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At the request of the U.S. State Department, Afro-American Studies professor Steven Tracy will take part in a video conference on African-American music with Israeli musicians, writers, students and scholars at the American Center in Jerusalem.

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A memorial services for David G. DuBois, retired visiting professor of Afro-American Studies and Journalism, will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, 2-5 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium.

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The Board of Trustees voted Feb. 16 to award tenure to Dhandapani Venkataraman of the Department of Chemistry.

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Tilman Wolf, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

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Phillip R. Westmoreland, professor and head of the Chemical Engineering
Department, has been chosen to chair of the the executive board of the National Program Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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Agnes (Gross) Howard, 88, of Amherst, professor emeritus of French, died Feb. 6 in Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield.

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Chemical Engineering professor Michael Henson has been elected to the board of trustees of CACHE Corporation.

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Brian Burrell, a lecturer in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, will read from his new book, “Postcards from the Brain Museum,” on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.

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Henry G. Jacob, 82, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Mathematics, died Jan. 31 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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As the campus continues preparations for a major fund-raising campaign, University Advancement has filled three key posts. The new staff are Toivo Tammerk, assistant vice chancellor for Development; Ken Schexnayder, director of Advancement Communications and Campaign Public Relations; and Jennifer Farner, campaign coordinator.

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