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Faculty in the Classics Department played an active role at the joint meeting of the American Philological Society and the Archaeological Institute of America held Jan. 8-11 in Philadelphia.

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Representatives of University Health Services and the UMass and Amherst police departments discussed responses to high-risk student drinking during the annual Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Intervention Strategies Conference held Jan. 22-24 in Boston.

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The 90,000-member Society of Automotive Engineers has named David Schmidt, associate professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, as this year’s recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, which is focused on exceptional younger engineering educators.

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Melvin S. Steinberg, 80, of Northampton, a former associate professor of Physics who taught at Smith College for 32 years, died Jan. 22 of pancreatic cancer.

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Albert DiCarlo, 90, of Northampton, a retired foreman at Physical Plant, died Jan. 23 at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehab Center in Northampton.

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Microbiology professor Susan Leschine, founder and chief scientist of Qteros Inc. in Marlborough, has been selected by Mass High Tech as one of its 10 “Women to Watch” in the technology field.

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Forest Resources graduate student Mollie Freilicher discussed the discovery of the Asian longhorned beetle in the Worcester at the annual meeting of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association on Jan. 17.

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The recent election of associate professor Al Crosby as vice-chair of the West Coast Polymer Gordon Research Conference highlights the campus’ leadership of the most prestigious conference on polymer research, according to his colleague, associate professor Todd Emrick, the rising chair of the conference.

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Robert L. Rowell, 76, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Chemistry, died at home on Jan. 18.

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James E. Walker, 80, of St. Petersburg, Fla., a retired plumber/steamfitter I at Physical Plant, died Jan. 15.

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