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Alexander Chajes, 81, professor emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, died June 13. Born in Vienna, Austria, he was the only child of Johanna and Meier Chajes. When World War II broke out, his parents sought passage to the U.S. In 1940, after two years of trying, his family was...
Economics professor M.V. Lee Badgett, director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on June 12 that Congress should pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because lesbian, gay and bisexual people are nearly as...
Oswald Cornell Farquhar, 92, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Geosciences, died May 30 at home. He was born in Hexham, England. At age 16, he joined a cadet wing at an airfield developing military radar technology that played a pivotal role in World War II.  He later went on to champion the now-...
Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies, gave the opening address at the Underground Railroad Public History Conference held April 13-15 at Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. Sinha’s presentation was titled “Fleeing for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves and the Making of American...
The Board of Trustees voted June 6 to appoint Sheldon Goldman of the Political Science Department as a Distinguished Professor. The appointment recognizes Goldman's outstanding research, service and teaching over the course of his nearly 47 years on the faculty. During that time, Goldman has...
Ten staff members were honored May 2 for outstanding contributions to the university at a reception hosted by Chancellor Robert Holub at the Marriott Center of the Lincoln Campus Center.Chancellor's Citations were awarded to Claudia Brown, Dining Services; Kathryn A. DiSanto, External Relations...
William S. McClure, executive director of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), has been elected by University Professional...
John "Jack" W. Wideman, 83, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Education, died May 10 at The Atrium at Cardinal Drive in Agawam. Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., his childhood years were spent in Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. He graduated from the Hill School for Boys in Pottstown, Pa., in...
Amy P. Cotter, 75, of Northampton, a retired typist II in the Payroll section of Human Resources, died May 21 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born in Lawrence, she was educated in Turners Falls schools and had resided in Northampton since the 1950s. She worked on campus from 1979 until her...
Environmental Conservation professor Timothy Randhir gave a keynote address in a climate change and sustainability conference held May 23-24 at the National University of Colombia in Bogota in preparation for the Rio + 20 Earth Summit in June.Rio + 20, the short name for the United Nations...

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