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Virginia Eloise (Dakin) Grahame, 95, of Amherst, a retired instructor in the English Department, died Oct. 8 at Applewood.

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Professor Phillip R. Westmoreland of Chemical Engineering has been elected to the board of directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Melissa Mueller last month joined the Classics Department as an assistant professor.

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Officers Aaron Boesch and Mike Williams are on duty with the UMass Amherst Police Department after completing a three-month field training program last month.

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Juan C. Zamora, 77, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Spanish, died Oct. 8.

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Arthur F. Kinney, professor of English and director of the Renaissance Center, gave the keynote address, “A Poetics of Romance,” at an international conference on “Romance” held Oct. 3-4 at the University of Dundee in Scotland.

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Economics professor James Crotty’s contributions to the field of political economy are being recognized Oct. 19-20 with a conference titled “Rebellious Macroeconomics: Marx, Keynes & Crotty.”

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Three campus employees are heading to Boston to take part in the annual Step Out to Fight Diabetes on Oct. 13.

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Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management, delivered the Warren Lecture Oct. 5 at the department of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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Laura Lovett, assistant professor of History, will give a book talk titled “Conceiving the Future: Pronatalism, Reproduction and the Family in the United States, 1890-1938” on Monday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.

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