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Astronomy professor Bill Irvine recently joined the scientific organizing committee for an International Astronomical Union (IAU) symposium on organic matter in space, to be held Feb. 18-22 in Hong Kong.

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William MacKnight, Distinguished University Professor emeritus in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department, received the International Award May 6 from the Society of Plastics Engineers.

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Mario A. Rotea has joined the College of Engineering as the new head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

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Professor James Cathey of German and Scandinavian Studies was recently decorated by the government of Finland as a Knight, First Class of the Order of the White Rose, in recognition of his longtime efforts to promote Finnish language, history and culture.

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Chancellor John V. Lombardi received the 2007 “CEO Who Gets It” Award May 8 from the Safety Council of Western New England for his outstanding commitment to promoting a safe and healthful working and living environment on campus.

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Edward C. Kozera, 61, of Englewood, Fla., a retired Physical Plant electrician, died May 5.

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Esther M.A. Terry, associate chancellor and professor and chair of the Afro-American Studies Department, was awarded an honorary degree by Bennett College for Women on May 5 in Greensboro, N.C.

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Robert (Bob) R. Archer, 78, retired professor of Civil Engineering, died April 28 at the Farren Care Center in Turners Falls after a long struggle with Lewy body dementia.

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An upcoming conference will pay tribute to longtime Philosophy and Women’s Studies professor Ann Ferguson, who is retiring after more than 42 years on the faculty.

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The bike path linking the campus to the Norwottock Rail Trail is being named in honor of Arthur Swift, professor emeritus of Physics, who championed the project for several years.

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