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The doctoral program in the Psychology of Peace and Prevention of Violence is convening a weekend conference to honor retiring professor Ervin Staub, the program’s founding director.

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Mary Louise Casa, 58, of Colrain, clerk III in the Library, died May 1 at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield.

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Three members of the faculty and staff have received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for the 2005-06 year, according to Ginger Etinde of the Provost’s Office.

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Ethel H. David, 93, of Northampton and formerly of Amherst, retired principal clerk in the President’s Office, died April 28 at Hampshire Care in Leeds.

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Six faculty members have been chosen as 2006-07 Family Research Scholars by the Center for Research on Families.

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John M. Clark, an environmental toxicologist in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, is part of a team of researchers that has been given the green light to take steps towards sequencing the genome of the human body louse.

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"Free Spirits," a new, feature-length documentary film by Communication Department lecturer Bruce Geisler about a renowned Western Massachusetts commune and its notorious founder, Michael Metelica, will be shown May 6-7 at 4:15 and 6:45 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Northampton.

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Norma Jean Anderson, 74, of Shutesbury, professor emeritus of Education and an advocate for educational access and diversity, died April 25.

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Leevine McCray, 47, of Amherst, a maintainer I with Housing Services, was killed April 23 after his car hit a tree on Route 9 in Belchertown.

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Ronald K. Hambleton, Distinguished Professor in Educational Policy, Research and Administration, has been chosen by the American Psychological Association to receive its Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award.

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