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Linda L. Slakey, retired dean and professor of Biochemistry, has been tapped by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead its Division of Undergraduate Education.

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Janna Baty of the Department of Music and Dance is playing the part of the evil spider in “The Bug Opera” in its East Coast premiere performances in Providence (Nov. 17), Littleton (Nov. 18-19) and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27.

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Cecilia C. Pesienski, 83, of South Windsor, Conn., a retired typist I in the Admissions Office, died Nov. 3 at home.

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Constance (Shaw) Phelps Vollinger, 59, of Chicopee, clerk III in the Classics Department, died Nov. 11 at home.

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The Board of Trustees voted Nov. 8 to award tenure to four Amherst campus faculty.

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Miles A. Seaver, 77, retired operations manager at the University Store, died Nov. 8 at Sunbridge of Hadley.

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Emil J. Lesenski, 79, of Whately, a former senior clerk in Duplicating, died Nov. 4 in the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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James P. O’Connell, 75, of Leverett, a retired associate professor of Accounting and Information Systems, died Nov. 1 at Harborside Heathcare-Westwood in Keene, N.H.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $276,000 grant to Chemistry professor Scott Auerbach to study how nanotechnology can be used to produce renewable biofuels.

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Psychology professor Jeffrey D. Blaustein has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Endocrinology following a yearlong search by the Endocrine Society.

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