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Maryann Lombardi, who has served for the past year as acting director of Creative Economy for Outreach, has been named the first-full time director of the office, according to Vice Provost Sharon L. Fross.

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Gene E. Ando, 86, of Ayer and formerly of Ware, a former campus security officer, died Aug. 30 in Ayer.

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Janet Lathrop has joined the Office of News and Information as its science writer.

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KD Maynard is the new director of Undergraduate Advising, according to Pamela Marsh-Williams, assistant provost and dean of Undergraduate Advising and Learning Communities.

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Catherine Portuges, director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, co-curated “Check the Gate: Our 21st Century,” a festival of new Hungarian films held June 26-29 at the Curzon Mayfair Theater in London.

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Computer Science Distinguished Professors Don Towsley and Jim Kurose received the Association for Computing Machinery SIGCOMM Test of Time Award on Aug. 19 for their 1998 paper “Modeling TCP throughput: a simple model and its empirical validation.”

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Officer Christopher LaFlamme, the longest serving member of the UMass Police Department, was presented badge No. 1 by Chief Barbara O’Connor during an Aug. 25 ceremony in the Miller Room of Dickinson Hall.

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Bradley W. Thornton, 70, of Florence, a retired painter II with Physical Plant, died Aug. 20.

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William J. Sienkiewicz, 79, of Northampton, a retired motor truck driver at Physical Plant, died Aug. 21 at home after a long illness.

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María Idalí Torres, a faculty member in the Department of Public Health since 1992, has been named director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston.

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