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Seven months on active duty in Iraq has given Sean Ward some perspective now that he’s returned to patrol duties as a UMass Amherst Police officer.

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Three faculty members are among the first 23 fellows named to the newly established Massachusetts Academy of Sciences.

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“Four Seasons Around Our Valley,” an exhibit of photographs by Elisa Campbell, staff assistant at the Office of Information Technologies, is on display through June at the Northampton Cooperative Bank on Triangle Street in Amherst.

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Two new officers have started a 14-week field training program with the UMass Amherst Police Department following their graduation from the Western Massachusetts Police Academy on April 24.

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Joseph H. Hartshorn, 85, of Sarasota, Fla., professor emeritus of Geology, died May 5 at 85 in Sarasota, Fla.

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Jim Kurose, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Computer Research Association, a group of more than 900 North American organizations active in computing research.

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Brian Levine, associate professor of Computer Science, was honored May 3 for excellence in science and technology by the alumni association of the University at Albany, where he received his B.S. in 1994.

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For the second straight year and a record ninth time, softball coach Elaine Sortino this week earned Coach of the Year honors from the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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Lynn Omasta, contract and purchasing manager at Facilities and Campus Planning, has been selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as Hatfield’s Unsung Heroine of 2008.

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Lisa D. Sanders, assistant professor of Psychology, has been awarded a four-year, $300,000 grant by the John Merck Fund to support her research on how selective attention deficits contribute to language processing disorders.

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