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Professor Baoshan Xing of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences gave an invited talk at a symposium on “Assessment of Biological Effects of Nanomaterials” held March 23-24 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Officer Rita Contardo joined the UMass Police Department March 19 after graduating with high honors from the 22-week Western Massachusetts Police Academy in Springfield.

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Carole E. Cumps, 66, of Chicopee, the retired deputy director of the International Programs Office, died March 27 at Wingate in South Hadley.

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Sergio Breña, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

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Marion P. Hogan, 94, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Miami, Fla., retired principal clerk in the Financial Aid Office, died March 8.

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WFCR reporter Tina Antolini is the winner of a Gracie Award for her three-part series “Voices of the Transgender Community of Western Massachusetts” that aired last August.

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Jerry S. Moore, director of development at public radio station WFCR since 2007, stepped down March 20 to join the Gettysburg Foundation in Pennsylvania and its $120 million capital campaign.

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Sheila C. Bair, who chairs the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., has been named a recipient of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

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The Cambodia Daily published an interview Feb. 14 with Guy Lanza, director of the Environmental Science Program, regarding the Southeast Asian nation’s plans to develop hydroelectric resources.

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Duncan Irschick, associate professor of Biology, and Jeff Lockman from Tulane University were recently awarded a one-year $291,589 National Institutes of Health grant to expand their ongoing studies of human motor development and performance.

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