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Wayne Abercrombie, professor of Music and director of choral activities, lectured and taught master classes in conducting for the 7th Taipei International Choral Festival held July 31 to Aug. 5.

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Charles Schweik, associate professor of Natural Resources Conservation and Public Policy, has been appointed associate director of the National Center for Digital Government (NCDG).

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Skip Fox was named last week as the new head coach of the men''s and women''s skiing programs.

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Political Science and Public Policy professor Jane E. Fountain recently gave a keynote address at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Public Policy Studies Association of Japan and also presented an invited lecture to the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)in Tokyo.

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John William Eldridge, 84, of Santa Rosa, Calif., a retired professor of Chemical Engineering, died July 21.

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Leverne "Verne" J. Thelen, 81, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Education, died Aug. 13 at the Holyoke Soldiers'' Home after a long battle with Parkinson''s disease.

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Anthony Jung, the head cook at Hampshire Dining Commons, won the silver medal at the sixth annual National Association of College and University Food Services competition at the association’s national conference held in July in Toronto.

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Frank P. Lattuca Jr., professor and head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, received the Howard B. Meek Award from the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE).

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Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2006 Fudan International Management Science Forum, Aug. 18-19, in Shanghai, China.

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Richard Yam, international student advisor of the International Programs Office (IPO), was recently appointed as the Central and Western Massachusetts state representative of the New England Region XI of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

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