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David Mednicoff, assistant professor of Legal Studies and Public Policy, in early May concluded a week-long speaking and research tour of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

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Stuart R. Chipkin, research professor in Kinesiology, is being honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Committee Chair Service Award, which recognizes exceptional leadership and service to the organization.

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Fine Arts Center director Willie Hill will be the commencement speaker at his alma mater, Grambling State University, on May 20.

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Jane E. Fountain, professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the National Center for Digital Government, gave an invited lecture May 4 at a European Union-sponsored conference in Oslo, Norway.

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Helen Curtis Cole, 98, who served as dean of women from 1945-73, died May 8 in Amherst.

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Astronomy professor Bill Irvine recently joined the scientific organizing committee for an International Astronomical Union (IAU) symposium on organic matter in space, to be held Feb. 18-22 in Hong Kong.

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William MacKnight, Distinguished University Professor emeritus in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department, received the International Award May 6 from the Society of Plastics Engineers.

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Mario A. Rotea has joined the College of Engineering as the new head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

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Professor James Cathey of German and Scandinavian Studies was recently decorated by the government of Finland as a Knight, First Class of the Order of the White Rose, in recognition of his longtime efforts to promote Finnish language, history and culture.

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Chancellor John V. Lombardi received the 2007 “CEO Who Gets It” Award May 8 from the Safety Council of Western New England for his outstanding commitment to promoting a safe and healthful working and living environment on campus.

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