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History professor John Higginson, appeared in the Apollo Theater’s Uptown Hall series “The Harlem/South Africa Connection” on Oct. 12 in New York City. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of President Nelson Mandela’s election in South Africa, the forum focused on Harlem...
Elizabeth A. “Betti” Swasey, 70, of South Deerfield, died Oct. 4 of pancreatic cancer at the Fisher Home in Amherst. Born in Lynn, she spent her childhood years living in the Point of Pines neighborhood of Revere. In 1959, her family moved to Durham, N.H. She joined the campus staff...
New England Public Radio reporter Karen Brown has been recognized for her feature work by the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Brown won for her piece “Lance and Nina: A Story of Addiction and Redemption,” which aired in March. Brown told the emotional story of 24-year-old...
Sarah Tanner and Ken LeBlond have been named to interim positions at New England Public Radio to fill key vacancies while the station transitions to its new home in Springfield. 
Tanner will take over the role of interim executive director of development and major gifts from Cathy Ives, who is...
Two Isenberg School of Management professors, Steven Floyd and William Wooldridge, were honored Sept. 21 by the Strategic Management Society during its annual conference in Madrid. The conference devoted an entire session to the impact of their 25 years of research involving middle managers,...
Baoshan Xing, professor of environmental and soil chemistry in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, presented an invited keynote lecture at the 17th Conference of the International Humic Substances Society held Sept. 1-5 in Ioannina, Greece. His lecture, “The role of dissolved organic...
Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, professor of psychological and brain sciences, is leading diversity efforts in the College of Natural Sciences as its new director of faculty equity and inclusion. Her research, which focuses on beliefs and attitudes toward social groups, helps explain why women leave...
Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises, and Garett DiStefano, director of Residential Dining, were presenters at a conference on the “Mediterranean Diet and Workplace Health” hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with the PBS show “...
Jeffrey Blaustein, professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences and director of the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies, has been invited to present a plenary lecture at the 8th International Meeting on Steroids and Nervous System in Torino, Italy, on Feb. 18.
Brandon Keith Brown, assistant professor of music and director of orchestral studies, returned to campus this week after spending three weeks in Germany studying intensively under conductor Kurt Masur as the winner of this year’s Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Scholarship. Awarded by the...

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