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Nancy B. (Bottone) Hellman, 70, of Northampton, a former assistant dean in the College of Engineering and longtime advocate for women’s engineering education, died Jan. 6 at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds.

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Margaret L. (Puhach) Hastings, 84, of Northampton, a retired junior clerk and stenographer in the Admissions Office, died Jan. 3 in Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Northampton.

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Professor Rex E. Wallace, who chairs the Classics Department, and graduate student James Patterson delivered a paper on the Etruscan Texts Project Online at the third biennial conference, “Ancient Studies — New Technologies,” held Dec. 3-5 at James Madison University in Virginia.

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Music professor Wayne Abercrombie is the new president of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, which has more than 3,000 members in 11 states and the District of Columbia. He is serving a two-year term.

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Daniel A. Keedy, 77, of Amherst, retired instrumentation specialist in the Chemistry Department, died Dec. 25 at home following a brief illness.

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Jessica Hayes, 25, of Sunderland, the acting office manager in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, died Dec. 21 after being struck by a car on Route 116 in Sunderland.

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Margaret S. “Peg” Wherry has been appointed director of Academic Program and Instructional Services for the Division of Continuing Education. She will begin work in January.

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Raymond Bradley, director of the campus’s Climate System Research Center, and alumnus Caspar Ammann, are among the international contributors to a new website aimed at providing reliable information about climate change and global warming.

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Paul E. Barrett, 63, of Amherst, a former faculty member in the Botany Department, died Dec. 2 at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

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Chemical Engineering professor Phil Westmoreland has been elected to the governing board of the Council for Chemical Research (CCR).

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