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Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies and History, presented the 13th annual Lawrence Lee Pelletier Library Lecture on Oct. 23 at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

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Men’s soccer coach Sam Koch notched his 250th career win Oct. 26 as the Minutemen defeated George Washington 2-0 at Rudd Field.

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John T. Taylor, 75, of Nauvoo, Ala., a former campus police sergeant, died Oct. 20 in Jasper, Ala.

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Albert N. Beausoleil, 83, of Ware, a retired clerk in the Central Mailroom, died Oct. 17 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke after a lengthy illness.

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Regina K. Korpita, 79, of Sunderland, a retired campus telephone operator, died Oct. 19 in the Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland.

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Michael G. Brennan, 68, of Hadley, a former staff assistant at Physical Plant, died Oct. 19 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

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Paul E. Utgoff, professor of Computer Science, died Oct. 11 due to complications from surgery that he elected to undergo as part of his battle against appendiceal cancer. He was 57.

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Robert L. Stern, professor emeritus of Music, is the recipient of an ASCAPLUS Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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Alfreida B. (Flint) Thrasher, 83, of Amherst, a retired administrative assistant I in Human Resources, died Oct. 17 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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David Ford, associate professor of Chemical Engineering, and a colleague at Johns Hopkins University have received a $542,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate photonic crystals, transistors and nanowires.

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