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Rich Bonanno, UMass Extension weed science educator and adjunct professor in Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, was recognized Feb. 9 as a Weed Science Society of America Fellow during the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

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Arthur R. Swift, 70, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Physics, died Feb. 5 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

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An article in Advanced Materials by Chemistry professor Vincent Rotello was among the journal’s most downloaded papers during 2008, according to editor Guido Kemeling.

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Four faculty members have been asked by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to organize and host a workshop on “Dispute Resolution in a Connected Health Care World” in May in Washington, D.C.

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Olga Gershenson, assistant professor in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded an IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Fellowship to conduct research in Russia.

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“Samsara Rounds” for large orchestra by Bruce MacCombie, professor of Music, will have its world premiere performance at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York on Feb. 17.

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William F. Freisem, a former assistant professor in the School of Education, died Jan. 26 at the Bayview Manor skilled nursing facility in Seattle, having lived with Parkinson’s disease for the past several years.

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Eugene H. O’Neil, 47, of Hadley, a former cook and maintainer, died Feb. 2 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital as a result of an automobile accident.

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Hyunju Lee, a doctoral student in the School of Education’s Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, has received an Equity Scholar Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

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Baoshan Xing, Huanhua Wang and Robert Wick of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences published a paper on the toxicity of metal nanoparticles in soil in the Dec. 9 online edition of Environmental Pollution.

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