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Helen A. (Sovinski) Zidik, 93, of Greenfield, a retired dining commons worker and a former resident of Sunderland and Turners Falls, died July 29 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

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Helen A. Zdanowicz, 95, of South Deerfield, a retired dining commons worker, died July 28 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Ernest E. LeClair, 81, of Amherst, a retired technical assistant in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, died July 23 at home.

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Senior associate athletic director Thorr D. Bjorn was named July 25 as the athletic director at the University of Rhode Island.

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Edmond C. Tolzdorf, 81, of Belchertown, a retired painter, died July 15 at home.

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Chemistry professor Craig Martin has received a four-year, $175,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how a key enzyme changes structure during transcription, the copying of genes to make RNA which allows genes to regulate cells.

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The UMass Amherst Police Department honor guard presented the colors for the playing of the national anthem before the July 14 Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

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Berkshire Dining Commons chef Anthony J. Jung took second place during the National Culinary Challenge held last week during the annual conference of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) in Seattle.

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Communication professor Marty Norden recently returned from a trip to the Czech Republic, where he gave several presentations.

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English professor and poet Martín Espada will be the featured guest on the PBS series “Bill Moyers’ Journal” on Friday, July 13.

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