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Don Towsley, Distinguished Professor in the Computer Science Department, is being recognized for his contributions to the field of computing networking by the Association of Computing Machinery’s special interest group on data communications, known as ACM SIGCOMM.

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Starting next month, Accounting professor Ray Pfeiffer will spend a year as a research fellow with the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, Conn.

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Raymond S. Bradley, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, has been elected an External (Foreign) Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

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Astronomy professor William Irvine has been elected a councillor of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, also known as the International Astrobiology Society.

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Victor Patnaude, 91, of Amherst, a retired maintainer, died June 5 at the Center for Extended Care after a long period of failing health.

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Ernest F. “Zeke” Bridges, 88, of Holyoke, a former storeroom helper, died June 2 at the Holyoke Medical Center.

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Sociology professor Douglas Anderton has been elected to the Sociological Research Association, an honor that recognizes the most successful researchers in the field.

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Geosciences professor Richard Yuretich has been appointed a program director in the Division of Earth Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

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Professor Daphne Patai of Spanish and Portuguese co-authored a commentary titled “An End to Foreign Languages, an End to the Liberal Arts” that appeared in the June 6 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Jeanne Hardy, assistant professor of Chemistry, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation, an Arizona-based foundation for the advancement of science.

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