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Joseph ''Bud'' N. LaClaire Sr., 84, of Leverett, a retired electrician I with Housing Services, died Sept. 3 at the Cozy Corner Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sunderland.

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Poet Dara Wier will read from her work on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall to open this semester''s Visiting Writers Series.

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WFCR-FM has named Brad Spear, host of the Boston Symphony Orchestra''s "Live from Tanglewood" broadcasts, as a classical music announcer.

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James E. Young, professor and chair of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, will appear on the History Channel on Sept. 10 to discuss the memorialization of contemporary history, focusing on the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City.

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Helen Barrington, a producer for Public Radio International’s “The World” at WGBH in Boston, has been named program director at WFCR-FM.

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Alexis Venechanos, first assistant coach with the reigning national women’s lacrosse champion, Northwestern University, is the new head coach of the Minutewomen.

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Dennis Hanno, associate dean for Undergraduate Matters at the Isenberg School of Management, has accepted an appointment as dean of the undergraduate school and professor and endowed chair holder in the accounting division at Babson College in Wellesley.

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The Board of Trustees voted Aug. 23 to award tenure to eight Amherst campus faculty members.

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Patricia Bianconi, associate professor of Chemistry, last week was awarded a $25,000 Technology Investigation Award by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center.

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The appointment of Robert Rothstein, professor of Comparative Literature, to the Walter Raleigh Amesbury, Jr. and Cecile Dudley Amesbury Professorship for Teaching and Research of the Polish Language, Literature and Culture was approved Aug. 23 by the Board of Trustees.

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