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Professor Robert Gao of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has been named a Fellow of the IEEE, the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

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“Palladium Nights,” a dance featuring music by new faculty member Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, is a “trumpet-blaring, partner-swapping delirium” tribute to Latin jazz, according to the Washington Post.

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Rutherford H. Platt, professor emeritus of Geography, gave a keynote talk on “Law, and Landscape: Planning for a World of Cities” on Nov. 13 at the EuroMAB conference in Antalya, Turkey.

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Virginia Lee Verdier, 58, of South Deerfield, a retired clerk II in the Undergraduate Advising Center and an alumna, died Nov. 11 at home after a period of failing health.

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Lila M. Gierasch, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been nominated as an alumnae trustee at Mount Holyoke College.

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Two clinicians from Mental Health Services presented their work at the 24th fall conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) held Nov. 11–13 in Philadelphia.

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Graduate students in the Language, Literacy, and Culture concentration have recently received national and international recognition for their research, according to Theresa Austin, associate professor in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies.

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Steven F. Ball, 85, of Leverett, a retired tractor driver in the Veterinary and Animals Sciences Department, Nov. 3 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Harry Rockland-Miller, director of Mental Health Services, presented a workshop on “Situational Leadership” at the annual meeting of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors held Nov. 3-7 in Indianapolis.

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Magdalena Bezanilla, assistant professor of Biology, has been awarded a $625,000 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

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