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Paul E. Utgoff, professor of Computer Science, died Oct. 11 due to complications from surgery that he elected to undergo as part of his battle against appendiceal cancer. He was 57.

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Robert L. Stern, professor emeritus of Music, is the recipient of an ASCAPLUS Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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Alfreida B. (Flint) Thrasher, 83, of Amherst, a retired administrative assistant I in Human Resources, died Oct. 17 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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David Ford, associate professor of Chemical Engineering, and a colleague at Johns Hopkins University have received a $542,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate photonic crystals, transistors and nanowires.

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Sara Lennox, director of German and Scandinavian Studies and president of the German Studies Association, presided over the GSA’s 32nd annual conference held Oct. 2-5 in St. Paul, Minn.

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Joseph A. Stryszko, 80, of Northampton, a retired trades worker at Physical Plant, died Oct. 15 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

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Faculty members representing the nine schools and colleges were recognized Sept. 23 for their service to the Graduate School through participation on thesis and dissertation committees.

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Elizabeth (Kelly) Tedford, 61, of Hadley, a clerk IV in the Controller’s Office, died Oct. 6 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Panos Kevrekidis, associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and colleagues report in the journal Physical Review Letters that they have confirmed the mathematical prediction of oscillations and interactions of dark solitons behaving like particles at the coldest temperatures in the universe, a few billionths of a degree Kelvin.

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Christopher Shanky, a licensed independent clinical social worker, has joined the Mental Health staff of University Health Services.

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