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Associate professor Piper Gaubatz, a geographer in the Department of Geosciences, was recently invited by the municipal government of Shanghai, China, to address a meeting of high-level government officials, academics and members of the press designed to analyze prospects for shaping the city’s urban image and the course of urban development in preparation for the 2010 World Exposition.

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The Ecological Cities Project, directed by Geosciences professor Rutherford H. Platt, will collaborate with Istanbul Technical University (ITU) to hold an ecological cities workshop from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.

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LeRoy F. Cook, Jr., 73, professor emeritus of Physics, died of melanoma cancer on Jan. 6 at his home in Amherst.

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Lori Baronas, clerk IV in the Graduate Dean’s Office, recently became the first woman president of the Connecticut Valley Region chapter of the Antique Auto Club of America/Veteran Motor Car Club of America.

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Kirsti "Kitty" (Virkhaus) Kjeldsen, 74, of West Ossipee, N.H., a former Women’s Physical Education teacher and the campus’s first women’s gymnastics coach, died Dec. 27 of cancer.

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Helen D. (Baj) Stefan, 77, of Amherst, a retired facilities services worker with Auxiliary Services, died Jan. 8 at home after a period of failing health.

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Nancy B. (Bottone) Hellman, 70, of Northampton, a former assistant dean in the College of Engineering and longtime advocate for women’s engineering education, died Jan. 6 at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds.

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Margaret L. (Puhach) Hastings, 84, of Northampton, a retired junior clerk and stenographer in the Admissions Office, died Jan. 3 in Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Northampton.

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Professor Rex E. Wallace, who chairs the Classics Department, and graduate student James Patterson delivered a paper on the Etruscan Texts Project Online at the third biennial conference, “Ancient Studies — New Technologies,” held Dec. 3-5 at James Madison University in Virginia.

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Music professor Wayne Abercrombie is the new president of the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, which has more than 3,000 members in 11 states and the District of Columbia. He is serving a two-year term.

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