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Amilcar Shabazz, associate professor of history and director of American studies at Oklahoma State University, has been named the new chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.

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Chemistry professor Julian Tyson has been awarded a $200,000 Discovery Corps Fellowship by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research and educational efforts on the toxic contaminant arsenic.

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Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, was awarded an honorary doctorate by DePaul University’s school of education during its commencement ceremony on June 16.

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The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of deans George Langford and Joel Martin as Distinguished Professors. The appointments were accepted at the board’s June 21 meeting.

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The Board of Trustees voted June 21 to award tenure to 15 Amherst campus faculty and approved eight offers of appointment with tenure.

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Michael Tevald, a postdoctoral research associate in the Kinesiology Department, has won the 2007 New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative fellowship from the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

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Robert Kaplowitz, who begins a three-year position as the Five College Visiting Lecturer in Sound Design this fall, has received an Obie Award from The Village Voice.

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Ethan Carr, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, has written a book examining the significance of the initiative known as “Mission 66,” which was launched in 1956 to revive the National Park System that Americans were using in unprecedented numbers.

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John H. Sadowski, 75, of South Deerfield, a retired storekeeper at the Physical Plant, died June 9.

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Norman Johnson of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences has written the first book for general audiences examining what biologists can learn about evolution by studying DNA sequences. The book will be available in July from the Oxford University Press.

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