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Comparative Literature professor Catherine Portuges gave a Mellon Lecture on “Muslims and Jews in Recent French Cinema” for the department of French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles on Oct.9.

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Three University Health Services staff members were featured speakers at the combined annual meetings of the New England College Health Association and the New York State College Health Association held Oct. 10–12 in Saratoga, N.Y.

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Virginia Eloise (Dakin) Grahame, 95, of Amherst, a retired instructor in the English Department, died Oct. 8 at Applewood.

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Professor Phillip R. Westmoreland of Chemical Engineering has been elected to the board of directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Melissa Mueller last month joined the Classics Department as an assistant professor.

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Juan C. Zamora, 77, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Spanish, died Oct. 8.

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Officers Aaron Boesch and Mike Williams are on duty with the UMass Amherst Police Department after completing a three-month field training program last month.

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Arthur F. Kinney, professor of English and director of the Renaissance Center, gave the keynote address, “A Poetics of Romance,” at an international conference on “Romance” held Oct. 3-4 at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

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Economics professor James Crotty’s contributions to the field of political economy are being recognized Oct. 19-20 with a conference titled “Rebellious Macroeconomics: Marx, Keynes & Crotty.”

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Three campus employees are heading to Boston to take part in the annual Step Out to Fight Diabetes on Oct. 13.

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