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Theresa Austin, associate professor in the Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies Department, has been selected to chair the 2006 American Council on the Teaching of
Foreign Languages'' (ACTFL) Florence Steiner Award Committee.

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Photographs of the rural South taken in the 1960s by Julius Lester, professor emeritus of Judaic Studies, will be on exhibit Feb. 1-26 at the Forbes Library in Northampton as part of Black History Month.

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Jean E. (Ward) Stowell, 80, of Amherst, a retired technical assistant II at University Health Services, died Jan. 25 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Nancy Lee Beaty, 82, of West Springfield, a retired associate professor of English, died Jan. 20 at home.

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Robert H. Gonter, 82, of Amherst, retired staff associate at the Research Computing Center, died Jan. 24 in the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.

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"Escaping into the Night," a historical novel for young adults by D. Dina Friedman, lecturer in the Business Communication Program of the Isenberg School of Management, was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

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Psychology professor Robert Feldman discussed his research on the prevalence of lying on ABC''s "20/20" on Jan. 20.

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Communication professor Jarice Hanson will moderate a national teleconference called "What''s News? A National Dialogue" from WHYY television in Philadelphia on Friday, Feb. 3.

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Julius Lester, professor emeritus of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, has won a 2006 Coretta Scott King Award for his book “Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue.”

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A year ago, Sara Aierstuck was in church, expecting a quiet Sunday sermon and fellowship. She left with what some might describe as a calling.

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