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Laura Rexroth, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Music and Dance, has been elected the Massachusetts state chair for the College Band Directors'' National Association.

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Lt. Col. Bernd “Bernie” F. Schliemann, professor of Military Leadership, has been appointed director of Outreach Planning and Administration by Sharon Fross, vice provost for Outreach.

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Professor Nancy Folbre of the Economics Department has been appointed a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City for the 2005-06 academic year.

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Mireille M. Azibert-Buteau, 82, of Northampton, a former assistant professor in Romance Languages, died May 29 at home.

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Eduardo Cattani, professor of Mathematics and Statistics, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research and lecture at the University of Buenos Aires during the 2005-06 academic year.

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The Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) has created a new annual award in honor of Peter H. Rossi, professor emeritus of Sociology and director emeritus of the Social and Demographic Research Institute (SADRI).

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Philip J. Cavanaugh, 70, of Amherst, retired associate director of the Department Public Safety and a 40-year veteran of the UMass Police Department, died May 31.

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E. Harris Nober, 77, a professor emeritus of Communication Disorders who conducted key research in the use of residential smoke detectors, died May 23 of liver cancer at his home in Arlington, Va.

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Detective Dan Hagan, the longest serving member of the UMass Police Department, was presented badge No. 1 by Chief Barbara O’Connor during a pre-Commencement briefing on May 22.

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Blanche M. (Brochu) Jerome, 76, of Pelham, a retired dietary worker with Auxiliary Services, died May 18 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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