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Mario Rotea, head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, delivered one of five plenary talks at the IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, held Aug. 5-9 in Harbin, China.

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Research by Narayanan Menon, associate professor of Physics, and colleagues in India that explores the phenomenon of “swarming” was recently published in the journal Science and highlighted on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday.”

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Computer scientist Andrew McCallum has received a two-year appointment to the first Council for the Computing Community Consortium, a group dedicated to identifying major research opportunities and goals for the computing field.

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Harold A. “Nippy” Bray, 85, of Amherst, a retired technical specialist at Physical Plant, died Aug. 3 at Maine Medical Center following a brief illness.

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Julia E. (Grybko) Wojtklewicz, 97, of South Deerfield, retired principal clerk with Army ROTC, died Aug. 2 at Hampshire Care in Leeds.

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Philosophy professor Louise M. Antony is the editor of “Philosophers Without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life,” released last month by Oxford University Press.

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Director of Athletics John McCutcheon has agreed to a three-year extension that will run through Feb. 29, 2012.

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Helen A. (Sovinski) Zidik, 93, of Greenfield, a retired dining commons worker and a former resident of Sunderland and Turners Falls, died July 29 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

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Helen A. Zdanowicz, 95, of South Deerfield, a retired dining commons worker, died July 28 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Ernest E. LeClair, 81, of Amherst, a retired technical assistant in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, died July 23 at home.

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