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Suzanne Palmer, computer systems administrator in the Chemistry Department, was recently nominated by the British Science Fiction Association for Best Short Story of 2006 for “Spheres,” which appeared in the November-December issue of Interzone magazine.

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Alice D. (Landry) Netto, 83, of Greenfield, a retired baker in the Dining Commons, died Jan. 14 at home.

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Two School of Education faculty members were elected fellows of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2006.

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Thomas J. Andrews, 89, of Amherst, alumnus and retired associate professor of Zoology, died Jan. 14 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

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Ximena Zúñiga, associate professor of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services in the School of Education, will help launch an intercultural dialogue effort involving Chilean high school students of Jewish and Arab heritage.

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Microbiology professor Derek Lovley’s research on microbial fuel cells will be featured on the new PBS NOVA series, “Science Investigators,” on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.

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Officer Matthew Malo of the UMass Amherst Police Department is being promoted to sergeant, effective Jan. 7.

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Professor James Manwell, director of the Renewable Energy Research Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has been appointed to the International Council for Science Panel on Renewable Energy (ISPRE).

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Patricia Vokbus, foreign student advisor in the International Programs Office, was one of 10 U.S. higher education representatives to visit Germany last month to learn about its education and vocational training systems.

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Patty S. Freedson, professor and chair of the Kinesiology Department, has been named to the science board of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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