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The Board of Trustees voted Aug. 24 to award tenure to nine Amherst campus faculty.

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N.J. (Jay) Demerath III of the Department of Sociology has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by President Jack M. Wilson. The appointment was made following approval by the Board of Trustees at its Aug. 24 meeting in Boston. The title recognizes Demerath for his outstanding academic and professional accomplishments.

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Rosio Alvarez, executive director of the Office of Information Technologies and deputy chief information officer, has been named a 2005-06 American Council on Education Fellow. She is one of 39 fellows selected this year for the national leadership development program.

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Joyce E. Smar, 53, of Amherst, director of programming at the Fine Arts Center, died Aug. 21 at home.

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Joseph J. Kuzmeski Jr., 94, of Leverett, a retired senior technical assistant in the College of Food and Natural Resources, died Aug. 17 at home.

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Patricia L. Twarog, 58, of Greenfield, a retired clerk II in the Graduate School, died Aug. 14 at the Franklin Medical Center following a period of failing health.

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William E. Naff, 76, of Leverett, professor emeritus of Japanese and former chairman of the Asian Studies Program, died Aug. 5 of cancer.

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Assistant professor Susan Roberts of the Chemical Engineering Department is conducting research that could dramatically increase the world’s production of Taxol, one of the closest things science has to a cure for cancer.

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Two faculty members have been awarded $20,000 grants to help accelerate the commercialization of technologies developed in their laboratories.

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Andrew Effrat has been named associate provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention by Charlena M. Seymour, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The appointment takes effect Sept. 1.

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