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An analysis by geoscientist Michele Cooke of the computer models that characterize the tectonics of the Los Angeles Basin suggests that five faults in the basin pose more of a seismic hazard than previously estimated.

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Thomas A. Beauchesne, 52, of New Salem, greenhouse superintendent for the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, died Aug. 24 at Athol Memorial Hospital.

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The Board of Trustees approved Aug. 24 the appointments with tenure of Sonia Alvarez as professor of Political Science and Eve Darian-Smith as associate professor of Legal Studies.

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The Board of Trustees voted Aug. 24 to award tenure to nine Amherst campus faculty.

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N.J. (Jay) Demerath III of the Department of Sociology has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by President Jack M. Wilson. The appointment was made following approval by the Board of Trustees at its Aug. 24 meeting in Boston. The title recognizes Demerath for his outstanding academic and professional accomplishments.

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Rosio Alvarez, executive director of the Office of Information Technologies and deputy chief information officer, has been named a 2005-06 American Council on Education Fellow. She is one of 39 fellows selected this year for the national leadership development program.

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Joyce E. Smar, 53, of Amherst, director of programming at the Fine Arts Center, died Aug. 21 at home.

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Joseph J. Kuzmeski Jr., 94, of Leverett, a retired senior technical assistant in the College of Food and Natural Resources, died Aug. 17 at home.

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Patricia L. Twarog, 58, of Greenfield, a retired clerk II in the Graduate School, died Aug. 14 at the Franklin Medical Center following a period of failing health.

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William E. Naff, 76, of Leverett, professor emeritus of Japanese and former chairman of the Asian Studies Program, died Aug. 5 of cancer.

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