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Mari Castañeda, associate professor of Communication, is assuming the role of faculty adviser for Student Bridges, a student-initiated outreach program that works to expand pathways to higher education for residents from Holyoke.

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Michele Leslie Leaf, 58, of Leverett, former staff attorney at Student Legal Services, died April 6 at home after a long battle with breast cancer.

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Anthony Tuck, assistant professor of Classics, spoke at the annual conference of the Classical Association of Massachusetts held April 5 at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem.

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Barton Byg, professor in German and Scandinavian Studies and founding director of the DEFA Film Library, will give the Five Colleges’ Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture on Monday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Hall in the Brown Fine Arts Center at Smith College.

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George Huber, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, will discuss his research on biofuels as a guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” on April 11.

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Officer Christopher Kennedy of the UMass Amherst Police Department was recently honored with a “Drive for Life” award from the Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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Economics professor Nancy Folbre’s article, “When a Commodity is Not a Commodity,” was published in the March 28 issue of Science.

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Zhongwei Shen, associate professor of Chinese and director of Asian Languages and Literatures in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has just published a new study of an important development in the history of the Chinese writing system.

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Melissa Mueller, assistant professor of Classics, spoke on “Phaedra’s Tablet: From Letter to Curse in Euripides’ Hippolytus” on March 25 at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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Thomas Bernaski, Jr., 75, of Greenfield, a retired UMass Police officer, died March 29 at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility.

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