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Jay Melrose, 81, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Communications Disorders, died March 3 at the Center for Extended care in Amherst.

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Millie Thayer, assistant professor of Sociology, will speak on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center on the Mount Holyoke College campus.

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Three new department heads have been appointed in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library.

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Professor Phillip R. Westmoreland, acting head of the Chemical Engineering Department, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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Charles M. Schweik, assistant professor of Natural Resources Conservation and the Center for Public Policy and Administration, has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program to study open source software projects on the Internet.

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Jean S. Emery, 84, of Florence, a retired teller in Bursar’s Office, died Feb. 26 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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James Manwell, a research associate professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and his research colleagues on campus and at MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are sharing a nearly $600,000, one-year pilot grant to begin the design of the next generation of offshore wind turbines.

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Gregory Tew, assistant professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, has received a five-year, $515,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development program.

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As the new head of the library’s Special Collections and Archives Department, Robert S. Cox has plans to make the department and its resources known and used all over campus.

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At the request of the U.S. State Department, Afro-American Studies professor Steven Tracy will take part in a video conference on African-American music with Israeli musicians, writers, students and scholars at the American Center in Jerusalem.

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