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Brenda Bushouse, assistant professor of Political Science and Public Policy, has been awarded the Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy to study early childhood policies in New Zealand from February to August 2008.

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Joe Todd Clayton, 82, of Northampton, retired professor of Food Engineering, died May 18 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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Helen R. (Bemben) Szymanowicz, 94, of Hadley, a retired dining commons aide, died May 18 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst.

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The 40-year career of Biology professor and pre-med advisor W. Brian O’Connor will be celebrated June 9 when alumni and friends from around the world gather on campus for a dinner in his honor.

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Seshu Desu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University.

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The Japan Society of Boston is honoring Ranjanaa Devi, director of the Asian Arts and Culture Program, with its John E. Thayer III Award at the group’s annual dinner on May 31 in Boston.

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Charles W. Funk, 65, of Shutesbury, a retired storekeeper II with Auxiliary Services, died May 13 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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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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