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Veronica M. (Descarage) Kaslauskas, 82, of Amherst, a retired dietary worker at the dining commons, died Jan. 30 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.

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M. Sybil (Hartley) Eshbach, 88, of Amherst, a retired sales clerk II at the University Store, died Jan. 29 Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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Melissa Mueller, assistant professor in the Classics Department, has been elected a fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. for the 2009-10 academic year.

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Robert W. Day, 84, alumnus and professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, died Jan. 12 in Oregon.

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Alfred J. Therrien Jr., 83, of Amherst, a retired custodial area supervisor, died Jan. 27 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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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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