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Professor Jan Servaes, director of the Communication for Sustainable Social Change (CSSC), has been invited to deliver keynote addresses this fall at international conferences in Columbia, Thailand and China.

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Former hockey head coach Jack Canniff, 77, of Rockport, who led his squad to the 1972 ECAC Division II national title, died Aug. 29.

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Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for Faculty Development, traveled to China July 13-15 to participate in a conference on “Theory, Practice and Implications: Professional and Organizational Development for Chinese Higher Education in the Global Context.”

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Edward S. Pira, 86, of Rocky Hill Road, Hadley, professor emeritus of Agricultural Engineering, died Aug. 20 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Elizabeth Lyding Will, 85, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Classics, died Aug. 19 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.

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Chemical engineer George Huber, whose quick, single-step process for turning sawdust, plant stalks and other cellulosic waste into green gasoline was featured in a recent cover story in Scientific American magazine, has again received high-profile, national recognition for biofuels research, this time in the National Science Foundation’s online magazine, Science Nation.

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Robert (Bob) G. Light, 79, retired associate dean of the College of Food and natural Resources and former associate director of the Cooperative Extension Service, formerly of South Deerfield, died Aug. 15 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.

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An international research team headed by Elizabeth Dumont, Biology, is studying the wrinkle-faced, fruit-eating bat Centurio senex for clues to how it uses its powerful jaws.

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M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of Economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, has just published a new book, “When Gay People Get Married: What Happens when Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage.”

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Richard “Dick” Clark Jr., 70, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Education and former dean of the College of Education at UMass Boston, died Aug. 11.

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