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Computer Science professor Andrew Barto has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition of his contributions to reinforcement learning methods and their neural network implementations.

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Sonia Nieto, professor of Language, Literacy and Culture in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, received the 2005 Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award during the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual convention held Nov. 17-20 in Pittsburgh.

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The Board of Trustees voted Nov. 16 to award tenure to Claire E. Hamilton, associate professor of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and T.J. “Lakis” Mountziaris, professor of Chemical Engineering.

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Professor Rex Wallace, who chairs the Classics Department, graduate student James Patterson and alumnus Michael Shamgochian presented a paper on the Etruscan Texts Project Online at "Markup for Museums: Scripts, Artifacts, and XML" a conference held Nov. 12-13 at Brown University.

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The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) presented its Moving Spirit Award on Nov. 15 to Anna Nagurney, professor of Operations Management, in recognition of her “outstanding and sustained contributions” as the faculty advisor to the campus’ student chapter.

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Lawrence E. Meunier, 62, of Deerfield, a retired carpenter I at Physical Plant, died Nov. 13 at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Dean Allen, 79, of Amherst, retired principal psychologist at University Health Services, died Nov. 1 at home.

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Kelly Aiken of Hadley has been named the first director of Outreach Workforce Development.

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Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies and History, has been awarded a research fellowship in American history by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Barton Byg, professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, has been chosen as one of six Five College 40th Anniversary Professors to mark the founding of the education consortium in 1965.

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