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Ella Bernice (Jones) Fritsch, 91, of Whately, a retired senior clerk and stenographer in Athletics, died Nov. 16 at home.

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Associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics Panayotis G. Kevrekidis has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship to spend up to a year in Germany.

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First-year field hockey coach Justine Sowry was named Division I Coach of the Year by WomensFieldHockey.com on Nov. 19 after leading the Minutewomen (14-9, 6-1 A-10) to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001.

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Professor Anna Nagurney was honored Nov. 6 in Seattle during the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) with the 2007 Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS.

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Three faculty members from the Community Health Studies Department presented their research at the 135th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, held Nov. 4-7 in Washington, D.C.

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Professor Robert Gao of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has been named a Fellow of the IEEE, the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

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“Palladium Nights,” a dance featuring music by new faculty member Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, is a “trumpet-blaring, partner-swapping delirium” tribute to Latin jazz, according to the Washington Post.

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Rutherford H. Platt, professor emeritus of Geography, gave a keynote talk on “Law, and Landscape: Planning for a World of Cities” on Nov. 13 at the EuroMAB conference in Antalya, Turkey.

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Virginia Lee Verdier, 58, of South Deerfield, a retired clerk II in the Undergraduate Advising Center and an alumna, died Nov. 11 at home after a period of failing health.

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Lila M. Gierasch, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been nominated as an alumnae trustee at Mount Holyoke College.

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