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Robert V. Poirier, 77, of Greenfield, a retired staff assistant with the Office of Information Technologies, died Dec. 13 at the Franklin Medical Center.

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Carl H. Eiben, 85, of Amherst, a retired associate professor with the Feed, Seed and Fertilizer Laboratory, died Dec. 10.

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Anibal Gomez, 79, of Holyoke, a retired maintainer I with Physical Plant, died Dec. 9.

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Two UMass Amherst Police Department sergeants have been promoted to lieutenant and three new officers have joined the force after graduating from the training academy.

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Alex Fischer, a former committee staff person on the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, has joined the staff of Commonwealth College as assistant director of public relations.

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John M. Maki, 97, of Hadley, professor emeritus of Political Science, died Dec. 7 at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation.

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Ralph J. Gould Sr., 82, of Amherst, a retired painter at Physical Plant, died Dec. 6 at the home of his daughter in Cushman.

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Nathaniel Whitaker, associate professor in Mathematics and Statistics was one of six University system faculty who received the President’s Public Service Awards on Dec. 8 in Boston.

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Recent work by Alfred Crosby, assistant professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, and doctoral student Edwin Chan, was highlighted in the news section of the Nov. 30 issue of the journal Nature Materials.

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Jane E. Fountain, professor of Political Science and Public Policy, gave an invited lecture at the World Bank workshop on “Small States: Growth Challenges and Development Solutions” on Dec. 7 in Washington D.C.

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