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E. Harris Nober, 77, a professor emeritus of Communication Disorders who conducted key research in the use of residential smoke detectors, died May 23 of liver cancer at his home in Arlington, Va.

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Detective Dan Hagan, the longest serving member of the UMass Police Department, was presented badge No. 1 by Chief Barbara O’Connor during a pre-Commencement briefing on May 22.

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Blanche M. (Brochu) Jerome, 76, of Pelham, a retired dietary worker with Auxiliary Services, died May 18 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Chancellor John V. Lombardi recognized 10 student employees and eight staff members for outstanding contributions to the campus at a reception on May 11.

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Professor John Clement of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies has received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

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Vincent C. Cazzetta, 79, of Hartford, Conn., who once taught in the Sport Studies Department, died May 4.

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“Reverse Rapture,” a new volume of poetry by English professor Dara Wier, director of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers, has been published by Verse Press in Amherst.

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The School of Public Health and Health Sciences has awarded three grants $8,330 to faculty teams to foster interdisciplinary research in the public health and health sciences fields. The grants were created by Eileen Breslin, interim dean of SPHHS.

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Geosciences professor Rutherford Platt spoke on “Learning from Disasters: The Synergy of Law and Geography” on May 10 at the Urban Center in New York City.

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Robert Wick, professor of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach diagnostic plant pathology at Bangladesh Agricultural University and carry out research on species of Phytophthora, a destructive plant pathogen.

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