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Jason Yellin has joined the Athletic Department as assistant athletic director for Media Relations.

Yellin comes to UMass after spending the past six years at the University of Maryland, serving most recently as the associate media relations director.

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David M. Mednicoff, assistant professor of Legal Studies, is one of four educators to earn a national award for innovative methods of teaching about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City, the Pentagon, and in western Pennsylvania.

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Lacrosse All-American Tracey Drown may have graduated in May, but she’s sticking with the team as assistant coach.

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Dorothy R. O''Connor, 86, of Holyoke, a retired administrative assistant in Telecommunications, died Aug. 19.

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Bob Paquette, director of News and Information Programming for WFCR-FM, , was awarded a first-place prize by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) for his 2003 interview with a mob enforcer for James "Whitey" Bulger. The prize was awarded during PRNDI''s July 31 awards banquet in Washington, D.C.

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John Marshall Clark, professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, received the American Chemical Society’s International Award for Research in Agrochemicals on Aug. 23 during the organization’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

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Emily M. Larkin, 98, of Pittsfield, retired head clerk in the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office, died Aug. 14 at home.

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The Board of Trustees voted Aug. 4 to award tenure to nine Amherst campus faculty.

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Carol Ann Cox, 62, of Amherst, a retired clerk for the Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black and other Minority Students (CCEBMS), died Aug. 4 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Steve Demski, director of UMass Extension, has been appointed vice chancellor for public service and continuing studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

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