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Political Science professor Peter Haas is among a number of environmental policy experts who have been invited by French President Jacques Chirac to participate in a conference on the environment on Feb. 2-3 in Paris.

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A research paper by Anna Nagurney, professor of Operations Management, and doctoral students Zugang Liu and Trisha Woolley has been selected as the lead article in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.

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Leslie E. Strong, 81, of Amherst, retired technical assistant I in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, died Jan. 23 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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The out-of-control demands and expectations placed on suburban moms and dads get a humorous reality check in a book by Meredith O’Brien, an adjunct faculty member and alumna of the Journalism Program.

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Justine Sowry, assistant coach of the United States National Team for the past three seasons, has been named head field hockey coach by athletic director John McCutcheon.

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Geosciences professor Raymond Bradley discussed global warming issues during a Jan. 18 press briefing at UMass Boston, where Gov. Deval Patrick signed an agreement bringing Massachusetts back into the seven-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Kathryn Maguet has been named the new director of the Center Series program at the Fine Arts Center.

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Saige Reisler has joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences as senior associate director of Development.

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Suzanne Palmer, computer systems administrator in the Chemistry Department, was recently nominated by the British Science Fiction Association for Best Short Story of 2006 for “Spheres,” which appeared in the November-December issue of Interzone magazine.

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Alice D. (Landry) Netto, 83, of Greenfield, a retired baker in the Dining Commons, died Jan. 14 at home.

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