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Albert DiCarlo, 90, of Northampton, a retired foreman at Physical Plant, died Jan. 23 at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehab Center in Northampton.

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Microbiology professor Susan Leschine, founder and chief scientist of Qteros Inc. in Marlborough, has been selected by Mass High Tech as one of its 10 “Women to Watch” in the technology field.

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Forest Resources graduate student Mollie Freilicher discussed the discovery of the Asian longhorned beetle in the Worcester at the annual meeting of the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association on Jan. 17.

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The recent election of associate professor Al Crosby as vice-chair of the West Coast Polymer Gordon Research Conference highlights the campus’ leadership of the most prestigious conference on polymer research, according to his colleague, associate professor Todd Emrick, the rising chair of the conference.

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Robert A. Rothstein, the Walter Raleigh Amesbury, Jr. and Cecile Dudley Amesbury Professor of Polish Language, Literature and Culture, is the author of the recently published “Two Words to the Wise: Reflections on Polish Language, Literature and Folklore.”

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Robert L. Rowell, 76, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Chemistry, died at home on Jan. 18.

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James E. Walker, 80, of St. Petersburg, Fla., a retired plumber/steamfitter I at Physical Plant, died Jan. 15.

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Minuteman offensive coordinator Kevin Morris was promoted Jan. 19 to replace head coach Don Brown, who resigned earlier this month to take over as defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland.

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Art professor Michael Coblyn marched with two of his sons in the inaugural parade as part of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, the ceremonial unit of the Massachusetts National Guard.

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The UMass Police Department’s Honor Guard presented the colors at the Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets basketball game on Jan. 8 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

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