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Professor Barton Byg of German and Scandinavian Studies, who directs the DEFA Film Library, spoke on “Konrad Wolf as Mediator” on Nov. 13 at the Center for German Studies at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

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Suzanne E. Peters has been appointed director of Financial Aid Services. Peters will begin her new duties in January and replaces Kenneth Burnham, who is retiring.

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J. Eliot B. Moss, professor of Computer Science, has been named an ACM Fellow by the Association of Computing Machinery.

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The Society of Automotive Engineers has named Robert Hyers, associate professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, as the 2008 recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, which is focused on exceptional younger engineering educators.

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David B. Kittredge, Jr., professor of Natural Resources Conservation, has been elected a Society of American Foresters (SAF) Fellow by the group’s New England section.

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Michael A. Knodler, Jr., assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, was elected to the board of the New England section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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William G. O’Donnell, 90, of Amherst, alumnus and professor emeritus of English, died Dec. 2.

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“The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television,” a collection of essays edited by Communication professor Martin F. Norden, was recently published by Rodopi.

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Krista Harper, assistant professor of Anthropology, will discuss her new book, “Wild Capitalism: Environmental Activists & Post-Socialist Ecology in Hungary,” on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Food for Thought Books.

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Edward E. Feit, 83, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Political Science, died Nov. 22 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in North Amherst.

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