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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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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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Judy Steinkamp, director of Space Management, Facilities and Campus Planning in the Facilities and Campus Planning Division, has resigned to pursue a career opportunity at Pfizer, Inc. a pharmaceutical company. Her alst day was Nov. 19.

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Longtime softball coach Elaine Sortino will be inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame during the group’s national convention set for Dec. 3-6 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

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Harold L. Smith Jr., 82, of Amherst, a retired French professor, died Nov. 13 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Daria Fisk and Joe Connolly of the Labor/Management Workplace Education Program and radio team participant Joel Gomarlo led a workshop on the use of worker radio in workplace education programs at the annual conference of the Association of Joint Labor/Management Education Programs held Oct. 24 in New York City.

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