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Education professor Sonia Nieto will read from and discuss her new book, “Why We Teach,” on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Food for Thought Books in Amherst.

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Lila Gierasch, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2006 Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Scott Garman, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has received $150,000 from the Charles H. Hood Foundation to study Fabry disease.

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Carol W. (Wziontka) Demaradzki, 77, of Amherst, a retired design illustrator in Design and Production Services, died Aug. 30 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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Hilde C. Winterer, 94, of Northampton, a retired technical assistant, died Aug. 24 at Hampshire Care.

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Robert J. Mailloux, research professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has received the 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (APS).

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Alumnus Justin Rouleau has been named head ski coach by athletic director John McCutcheon.

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An analysis by geoscientist Michele Cooke of the computer models that characterize the tectonics of the Los Angeles Basin suggests that five faults in the basin pose more of a seismic hazard than previously estimated.

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Thomas A. Beauchesne, 52, of New Salem, greenhouse superintendent for the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, died Aug. 24 at Athol Memorial Hospital.

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The Board of Trustees approved Aug. 24 the appointments with tenure of Sonia Alvarez as professor of Political Science and Eve Darian-Smith as associate professor of Legal Studies.

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