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Gordon Lee Howard, 83, of Leverett, a retired technical assistant II in the Hotel, Travel and Restaurant Administration, died May 30 at the Kindred Care Parkview Specialty Hospital and Nursing Center in Springfield.

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Amanda Seaman, assistant professor of Japanese language and literature in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, has received a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.

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Priscilla Clarkson, professor of Kinesiology and interim dean of Commonwealth College, delivered the Joseph B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture on May 30 during the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

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Chemical Engineering professor Phillip R. Westmoreland presented the opening lecture for the International Workshop on Combustion-Generated Fine Carbon Particles, held May 13-16 in Anacapri, Italy.

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Eleven faculty members and teaching assistants were recently named Research Literacy Fellows by Commonwealth College for the 2007-08 academic year.

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Donald Towsley, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received the 2007 Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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Brenda Bushouse, assistant professor of Political Science and Public Policy, has been awarded the Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy to study early childhood policies in New Zealand from February to August 2008.

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Joe Todd Clayton, 82, of Northampton, retired professor of Food Engineering, died May 18 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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Helen R. (Bemben) Szymanowicz, 94, of Hadley, a retired dining commons aide, died May 18 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst.

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The 40-year career of Biology professor and pre-med advisor W. Brian O’Connor will be celebrated June 9 when alumni and friends from around the world gather on campus for a dinner in his honor.

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