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Hyunju Lee, a doctoral student in the School of Education’s Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, has received an Equity Scholar Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

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Baoshan Xing, Huanhua Wang and Robert Wick of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences published a paper on the toxicity of metal nanoparticles in soil in the Dec. 9 online edition of Environmental Pollution.

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Computer Science professor Victor Lesser is this year’s recipient of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-09) Award for Research Excellence.

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Joseph L. Balintfy, 84, distinguished professor emeritus of General Business and Finance, died Dec. 30 in Woodruff, S.C.

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Several works written or edited by professor Steve Tracy of Afro-American Studies have been published recently by the Oxford University Press.

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Charles E. Turner, 85, of Amherst, a retired clerk in the Central Mail Room, died Jan. 28.

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Veronica M. (Descarage) Kaslauskas, 82, of Amherst, a retired dietary worker at the dining commons, died Jan. 30 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.

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M. Sybil (Hartley) Eshbach, 88, of Amherst, a retired sales clerk II at the University Store, died Jan. 29 Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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Melissa Mueller, assistant professor in the Classics Department, has been elected a fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. for the 2009-10 academic year.

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Alfred J. Therrien Jr., 83, of Amherst, a retired custodial area supervisor, died Jan. 27 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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