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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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J. Richard Beattie, 90, of Amherst, a professor emeritus in the College of Natural Resources and the Environment, died Dec. 6 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Krista Harper, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Public Policy and Administration, will study Roma human rights advances and attitudes in Eastern Europe next semester as a European Union Policy Affairs Research Fellow.

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Denzel J. Hankinson, 89, of Leverett, a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, died Dec. 6 at home of heart failure.

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Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor in Finance and Operations Management, Tina Wakolbinger, Ph.D. student in Management Science, and alumnus Jose M. Cruz, were among the 45 presenters at the First Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)College of Service Operations held Dec. 3-4 at Columbia University.

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James Kurose, professor of Computer Science, has been appointed Distinguished Professor by President Jack M. Wilson. The appointment was made following a vote of approval by the Board of Trustees at its Nov. 10 meeting at the Boston campus.

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Professor Sonia Nieto of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, last month was a featured speaker at events last month in Vermont, Rhode Island and Boston.

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“Return to the City of White Donkeys: Poems,” a new collection of poems by English professor James Tate, was published last month by Ecco Press.

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Jane A. Baran, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, was awarded the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Higher Education on Nov. 19 during the annual meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Philadelphia.

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