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Andrea Assaf, an interdisciplinary theater artist, writer and educator, has been named the new artistic director of New WORLD Theater. She succeeds interim director Talvin Wilks, who has overseen the 25-year-old organization since 2002.

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Biology professor William E. Bemis has been named the new director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) in New Hampshire. His appointment is effective June 1, 2005.

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Salvatore R. DiNardi, professor emeritus of Environmental Health Sciences, recently received two honors from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

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Virginia “Ginny” Rees, of Halethorpe, Md., former director of Alumni Relations, died Sept. 20 at home.

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Grace S. Rollason, 85, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Biology, died Sept. 19.

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Three classic Greek plays translated by Robert Bagg, professor emeritus of English, have been published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

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Michael R. Cook, 53, of Pelham, a former associate professor of Chemical Engineering, died Sept. 13 at home.

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David H. Navon, 79, of Shutesbury, professor emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, died Sept. 8 at home after a brief illness.

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Cellist Astrid Schween, the newest faculty member in the Department of Music and Dance, will participate in her own welcoming event Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. Current and retired faculty members who perform on piano and string instruments -- Marylou Churchill, violin; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Salvatore Macchia, contrabass; and Estela Olevsky and Nadine Shank, piano— will join Schween in a concert of sonatas by Paul Hindemith and Serge Prokofiev.

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Kenneth G. Picha, former dean of the School of Engineering and professor emeritus of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, died Sept. 6 in Auburn, Ala. He was 79.

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