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Thomas Bernaski, Jr., 75, of Greenfield, a retired UMass Police officer, died March 29 at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility.

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Family physician Margaret M. Gold has joined the medical staff of University Health Services.

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“Color and Time,” a set of four unaccompanied choral pieces composed by Music professor Bruce MacCombie, will be performed April 5 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Rose A. (Yagmin) Houle, 82, of Southampton, a retired institutional domestic aide in the dining commons, died March 29 at home.

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Frank J. Labato Jr., 56, of Vernon, Conn., alumnus and a former staff assistant in Environmental Health and Safety, died of cancer March 27.

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Classics professor Kenneth Kitchell received a lifetime achievement award from Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honorary society, which held its national conference on campus March 28-30.

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Virginia Anne (Hart) Belecz, 77, of Bloomington, Ind., retired clerk IV in the Dean’s Office of the School of Management, died March 10 at Bloomington Hospital.

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Debbie Felton, associate professor of Classics, spoke on “Catullus 8 and the Ballad Tradition” on March 15 at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of New England.

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Joe Hamill, professor of Kinesiology, gave a keynote address at “Running Medicine 2008: From the Lab to the Track,” a conference held March 28-29 at the University of Virginia.

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Two campus researchers and six others from across the University system have been awarded a total of $240,000 in grants from the President’s Office to support their work on technologies that show promise for commercial development.

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