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Anthony R. Harris, professor emeritus of Sociology, has received a two-year grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to research race differences in homicidal outcomes from criminal injury.

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Music professor Jeffrey W. Holmes has been chosen to receive this year’s Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators Lifetime Achievement in Jazz award.

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Afro-American Studies professor John H. Bracey, Jr., gave the keynote address at a Feb. 13 symposium, “Fight for Freedom: A Century of the NAACP and the Struggle for Racial Equality,” at the Langston Hughes Center at the University of Kansas.

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Research conducted by John C. Carey and Carey Dimmitt of the School of Education’s Center for School Counseling Outcome Research forms the basis of “Innovation & Inspiration: Ten Effective Counseling Practices from the College Board''s Inspiration Award Schools,” published recently by the College Board.

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Rich Bonanno, UMass Extension weed science educator and adjunct professor in Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, was recognized Feb. 9 as a Weed Science Society of America Fellow during the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

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Arthur R. Swift, 70, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Physics, died Feb. 5 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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An article in Advanced Materials by Chemistry professor Vincent Rotello was among the journal’s most downloaded papers during 2008, according to editor Guido Kemeling.

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Four faculty members have been asked by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to organize and host a workshop on “Dispute Resolution in a Connected Health Care World” in May in Washington, D.C.

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Olga Gershenson, assistant professor in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded an IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship to conduct research in Russia.

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“Samsara Rounds” for large orchestra by Bruce MacCombie, professor of Music, will have its world premiere performance at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York on Feb. 17.

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