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Melissa Mueller, assistant professor of Classics, spoke at the Second International Conference on Hellenic Civilization held May 15-18 in Alexandroupolis, Greece.

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The International Society of Political Psychology has named Linda R. Tropp, associate professor and director of the Peace and Violence concentration in the Psychology Department, as this year’s winner of its Erik Erikson Early Career Award.

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Stella M. (Zachlowski) Peterson, 92, of Greenfield, a retired food services staffer, died May 20 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

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William A. Nash, 85, of South Hadley, died May 21, professor emeritus of Civil Engineering, died May 21.

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Professor Maciej Ciesielski of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE), was awarded an honorary degree on May 21 by the Universite de Bretagne Sud, Lorient, France.

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Faculty senators paid tribute May 15 to three long-serving colleagues who are retiring.

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Charlena and Harry Seymour were the featured speakers at the awards dinner at the 30th annual convention of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing on April 18 in Alexandria, Va.

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Following her May 4 performance as Titania, queen of the faeries in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Renaissance Center’s annual spring festival of the arts, Provost Charlena Seymour was awarded the center’s highest honor, the Renaissance Medal, for her continuing support of the festival.

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Seven months on active duty in Iraq has given Sean Ward some perspective now that he’s returned to patrol duties as a UMass Amherst Police officer.

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Three faculty members are among the first 23 fellows named to the newly established Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.

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