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Chemical Engineering professor Phillip R. Westmoreland is among the winners of this year’s David A. Shirley Award for outstanding scientific achievement at the Advanced Light Source of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

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Alista E. Gradowski, 24, an undergraduate from Hadley, died Oct. 22 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Donald S. Dickinson, 82, of Ocala, Fla. and formerly of Amherst, a retired control system specialist, died Oct. 17.

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Thomas Russell, Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Materials Research Society, an international organization with more than 13,000 members. His three-year term begins Jan. 1.

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Georgia (Perkins) French, 89, of Exeter, N.H. and formerly of Amherst, a retired assistant professor, died Oct. 3 at SunBridge of Exeter after a battle with cancer.

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Six weeks after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast, the president and Congress have failed to establish any credible expert review process to guide the recovery of the region, according to Geosciences professor Rutherford H. Platt.

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Bernice (Pedruczny) Lastowski, 80, of Hadley, a retired dietary worker I, died Oct. 16 at home.

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Robert Berrena and Jeffrey Young were sworn in as new UMass Police officers on Oct. 17 by Chief Barbara O''Connor.

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Professor Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management and alumnus Jose Cruz, who teaches at the University of Connecticut, have been awarded the best paper prize for 2004 by the journal Computational Management Science.

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Communication professor Donal Carbaugh will be honored Oct. 20 by the University of Washington when he is inducted into its communication department’s alumni hall of fame.

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