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Four current and retired faculty members were recently named to the Top 100 Most Influential Sport Educators in America by the Institute for International Sport.

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Microbiologist James Holden has been awarded two grants to study microorganisms from deep-sea volcanic environments that grow best at temperatures around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Evelyn “Shorty” M. (Groves) Carey, 95, of Leverett, a retired dining commons worker, died Oct. 22 of lung cancer.

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Comparative literature professor Robert A. Rothstein is one of four international scholars named to a commission to oversee continued work on creating a single standard Rusyn language.

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Betty Porter, 102, of Middletown, Conn., a former stenographer in the President’s Office, died Oct. 9 at Middlesex Health Care Center after a brief illness.

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“Mehmed II the Conqueror and the Fall of the Franco-Byzantine Levant to the Ottoman Turks: Some Western Views and Testimonies,” edited, translated and annotated by Classics professor Marios Philippides, was published this summer by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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Two staff members from the Center for Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention (CADAP) at University Health Services spoke at the U.S. Department of Education’s national meeting held Oct. 18–21 in Omaha, Neb.

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Danny Schnell, professor and head of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, has been elected secretary of the American Society of Plant Biologists.

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“Contemplations,” an art exhibit by M.J. Alhabeeb, associate professor of Resource Economics, will be featured Nov. 1-29 at the Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library, 43 Amity St.

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Michael Swain, Fire Safety Services supervisor with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, was nominated for the 2007 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award.

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