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Saige A. Reisler, 33, of Florence, the interim director of Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, died June 6 after jumping from the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in New York.

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Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management, delivered a plenary talk at the NET2009 conference held May 28-30 in Rome.

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William McClure, director of Continuing and Professional Education, was the keynote speaker at the New England Region of the Association of Higher Continuing Education’s annual conference on June 4 at the University of Connecticut.

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Mary Andrianopoulos, associate professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Disorders, was an invited speaker at the XIX Scientific World Congress of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology held June 1-5 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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School of Education professor emerita Sonia Nieto received an honorary degree on May 14 from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., during the school’s graduate commencement ceremony.

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Andrew F. Cavanagh, a technical assistant in the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, has been named to a state advisory panel on ways to adapt to climate change.

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Former vice chancellor for University Advancement Dan Melley was awarded an honorary degree on May 17 during commencement ceremonies at Elms College in Chicopee.

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Dr. Frederick H. Bloom, director of Eye Care Services at University Health Services, was among the featured speakers at the American College Health Association annual meeting held May 26-30 in San Francisco.

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Astronomy professor William Irvine was recently selected to the board of the International Astronomical Union’s Division III (Planetary Systems Sciences).

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Anthropology graduate student Danica Willis has been awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant to pursue further studies in Serbian/Montenegrin language.

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