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Lisa Sanders, assistant professor of Psychology, has won a three-year, $224,746 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how people process rapidly changing auditory information.

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Ximena Zúñiga, associate professor in Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services, and Martha Stassen, director of Assessment in Academic Planning and Assessment, last month hosted the sixth meeting of a multi-institutional consortium engaged in a project assessing the impact of intergroup dialogue courses on college students.

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Amilcar Shabazz, associate professor of history and director of American studies at Oklahoma State University, has been named the new chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.

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Chemistry professor Julian Tyson has been awarded a $200,000 Discovery Corps Fellowship by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research and educational efforts on the toxic contaminant arsenic.

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Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, was awarded an honorary doctorate by DePaul University’s school of education during its commencement ceremony on June 16.

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The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of deans George Langford and Joel Martin as Distinguished Professors. The appointments were accepted at the board’s June 21 meeting.

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Ethan Carr, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, has written a book examining the significance of the initiative known as “Mission 66,” which was launched in 1956 to revive the National Park System that Americans were using in unprecedented numbers.

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The Board of Trustees voted June 21 to award tenure to 15 Amherst campus faculty and approved eight offers of appointment with tenure.

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Michael Tevald, a postdoctoral research associate in the Kinesiology Department, has won the 2007 New Investigator Fellowship Training Initiative fellowship from the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

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Robert Kaplowitz, who begins a three-year position as the Five College Visiting Lecturer in Sound Design this fall, has received an Obie Award from The Village Voice.

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