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Football coach Don Brown, whose team is in the national semifinals, was named American Football Coaches Association Region I Coach of the Year in NCAA Division I-AA on Dec. 6.

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Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost for Faculty Development, was honored Oct. 29 with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award from the annual Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) in Higher Education.

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Poets Dara Wier and Alex Phillips will sign copies and briefly read from their recent publications on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m. at Amherst Books, 8 Main St. in Amherst.

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William E. Tomlinson, 93, of Sagamore Beach, an alumnus and retired professor of Entomology at the Cranberry Experiment Station in East Wareham, died Nov. 16 at his home.

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Geosciences professor Lynn Margulis and her son and frequent co-author, Dorion Sagan, are the co-directors of Sciencewriters Books, a new imprint of Chelsea Green Publishing Company aimed at developing outstanding works of science for the general public.

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Robert A. Rothstein, Walter Raleigh Amesbury, Jr., and Cecile Dudley Amesbury Professor of Teaching and Research in Polish Language, Literature and Culture, was one of the presenters at a panel on "Carpatho-Rusyns in the Twenty-First Century" at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 17.

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Political Science and Public Policy professor Jane E. Fountain gave a keynote address at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference in Athens, Ga. on Nov. 8.

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Roy E. Rule, 60, of Sunderland, a retired clerk V at Physical Plant, died Nov. 23 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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M. Idalí Torres, associate professor of Community Health Education in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, has been appointed to Governor-elect Deval Patrick’s transition team.

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Nelson Lacey, associate professor of Finance, has been named Most Outstanding Department Chair by the International Society of Business Disciplines.

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