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Associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics Panayotis G. Kevrekidis has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship to spend up to a year in Germany.

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First-year field hockey coach Justine Sowry was named Division I Coach of the Year by WomensFieldHockey.com on Nov. 19 after leading the Minutewomen (14-9, 6-1 A-10) to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001.

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Professor Anna Nagurney was honored Nov. 6 in Seattle during the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) with the 2007 Award for the Advancement of Women in OR/MS.

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Three faculty members from the Community Health Studies Department presented their research at the 135th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, held Nov. 4-7 in Washington, D.C.

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Professor Robert Gao of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has been named a Fellow of the IEEE, the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology.

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“Palladium Nights,” a dance featuring music by new faculty member Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, is a “trumpet-blaring, partner-swapping delirium” tribute to Latin jazz, according to the Washington Post.

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Rutherford H. Platt, professor emeritus of Geography, gave a keynote talk on “Law, and Landscape: Planning for a World of Cities” on Nov. 13 at the EuroMAB conference in Antalya, Turkey.

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Virginia Lee Verdier, 58, of South Deerfield, a retired clerk II in the Undergraduate Advising Center and an alumna, died Nov. 11 at home after a period of failing health.

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Lila M. Gierasch, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been nominated as an alumnae trustee at Mount Holyoke College.

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Two clinicians from Mental Health Services presented their work at the 24th fall conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) held Nov. 11–13 in Philadelphia.

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