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Deborah Good, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and Robert Griffin, Hospitality and Travel Management, were among five University system faculty recognized Sept. 23 for their cutting-edge work using technology to assess student learning.

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The Faculty Senate on Sept. 22 reelected Psychology professor Richard Bogartz as chair of its Rules Committee and chose Maurianne Adams of the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services to fill an at-large seat on the committee.

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Michael Grabscheid of Amherst has been tapped to lead marketing and communications initiatives for Outreach programs, according to Vice Provost Sharon Fross.

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Richard J. Farris, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Polymer Science and Engineering, has been chosen to receive the 2006 Polymer Analysis Division Founder’s Award from the Society of Plastic Engineers.

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William J. MacKnight, Wilmer D. Barrett Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Polymer Science and Engineering, has been chosen to receive the American Chemical Society’s Paul J. Flory Education Award for 2006.

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Jane E. Fountain, whose research focuses on the intersection of institutions, global information and communication technologies and governance, has joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science and the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA).

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Eugene M. Chmura, 75, of Hadley, a retired accountant III, died Sept. 14 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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Martin Sevoian, 86, of Amherst, alumnus and retired professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, died Sept. 14 at the Wingate Nursing Home in South Hadley.

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Rita R. Messier, 81, of South Hadley, a retired storeroom helper in Physical Education, died Sept. 11.

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Edward Bruce Bynum, director of Behavioral Medicine at the Mental Health Department of University Health Services, last month was awarded the Abraham H. Maslow Award by Division 32 (humanistic psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

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