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Joyce E. Smar, 53, of Amherst, director of programming at the Fine Arts Center, died Aug. 21 at home.

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Joseph J. Kuzmeski Jr., 94, of Leverett, a retired senior technical assistant in the College of Food and Natural Resources, died Aug. 17 at home.

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Patricia L. Twarog, 58, of Greenfield, a retired clerk II in the Graduate School, died Aug. 14 at the Franklin Medical Center following a period of failing health.

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William E. Naff, 76, of Leverett, professor emeritus of Japanese and former chairman of the Asian Studies Program, died Aug. 5 of cancer.

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Assistant professor Susan Roberts of the Chemical Engineering Department is conducting research that could dramatically increase the world’s production of Taxol, one of the closest things science has to a cure for cancer.

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Two faculty members have been awarded $20,000 grants to help accelerate the commercialization of technologies developed in their laboratories.

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Andrew Effrat has been named associate provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention by Charlena M. Seymour, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The appointment takes effect Sept. 1.

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Tania R. Mastaliz, 89, of South Deerfield, a retired junior library assistant, died Aug. 6 at the Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield.

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Raymond W. Bradford, 87, formerly of South Deerfield, a retired campus accountant, died July 26 at the Northampton Nursing Home.

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Stanley J. Waskiewicz, 89, of Hatfield, a retired janitor in Physical Plant, died Aug. 3 at the Linda Manor Extended Care facility.

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