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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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Walter Melnick, 85, of Huntington, formerly of Amherst, alumnus and retired Cooperative Extension administrator, died Oct. 30 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

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Kenneth M. Rewa, 60, of South Deerfield, a retired accountant in the Controller’s Office, died Oct. 31 at home.

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Christine (Field) Purinton, 86, of Buckland, a retired junior library assistant, died Oct. 31at Newham Hospital, London, England.

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Sarah F. Poissant, assistant professor of Communication Disorders, has been awarded a two-year, $156,792 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to study the effects of noisy environments on the ability of cochlear implant users to understand speech.

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Thom Hannum, associate director of the Minuteman Marching Band and percussion instructor, was honored Oct. 15 for his 25 years of commitment to the band and his involvement in improving its nationally recognized percussion program.

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The second edition of "Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity" by Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel with United for a Fair Economy and Class Action, has been published by The New Press.

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Chemical Engineering professor Phillip R. Westmoreland is among the winners of this year’s David A. Shirley Award for outstanding scientific achievement at the Advanced Light Source of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

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Alista E. Gradowski, 24, an undergraduate from Hadley, died Oct. 22 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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