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A package of books and CD-ROMs about developing aural skills, written by Music professor Gary S. Karpinski, was published in August by W.W. Norton.

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Rex Wallace, professor and chair of the Department of Classics, has received a $10,000 grant to continue work on an online database of Etruscan inscriptions recovered from current archaeological excavations.

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Malvika “Molly” Mookerjee, 22, a senior Communications Disorders major from Newton, died Sept. 30 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Frances J. (Merry) Chickering, 77, of Greenfield and Winter Haven, Fla., a former clerical staffer, died Sept. 29 at home from lung cancer.

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Anna Nagurney, professor of Operations Management, and Harvard University computer scientist David Parkes are hosting an exploratory seminar on "Dynamic Networks: Behavior, Optimization, and Design" to be held Oct. 20-21 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Clara (Toczydlowski) Shea, 81, of Hatfield, retired assistant cook in the Whitmore Snack Bar, died Sept. 27 morning at home.

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Afro-American Studies professor and harmonica player Steve Tracy and members of The King Bees will perform blue favorites at the Augusta Savage Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Robert Gao, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Electromechanical Systems Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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Bruce MacCombie, professor of composition in the Department of Music and Dance and former associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Music Lives Foundation.

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Albina (Bea) Soltys Newton, 88, of Hadley, a retired cleaning service matron at University Health Services, died Sept. 21.

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