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Elizabeth Holden
Elizabeth “Betty” Holden,” 81, of Amherst, a retired clerk in the provost’s office, died Jan. 9. Born in Turners Falls on Dec. 24, 1935, she joined UMass Amherst in 1987 and retired in 1996. She was the wife of Herbert Holden. She is survived by her sisters Agnes Dobez of...
Amel Ahmed
Associate professor of political science Amel Ahmed is being recognized as a UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar. Ahmed focuses her work on what she calls “esoteric topics, such as small electoral reforms” that, she says, don’t always spark the liveliest of conversations at dinner...
Ray Bradley
Raymond Bradley, distinguished professor in geosciences and director of the Climate System Research Center, was recently elected to the European Academy, Academia Europaea, joining 21 other U.S. members in its Earth and Cosmic Sciences section. Founded in 1988, the organization of more than 3,500...
Korina Jocson
Korina Jocson, associate professor of education, has been selected as the new editor of Equity & Excellence in Education (EEE), the official journal of the College of Education. In publication since 1963, the journalfocuses on topics related to equity, equality and social justice in K-12 or...
Symeon Gerasimidis
Symeon Gerasimidis, civil and environmental engineering, has been selected by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and collaborate with professor Anastasios Sextos of that university’s civil engineering department on a variety of...
Robbie Bergquist
UMass Amherst alumnus Robbie Bergquist and his sister Brittany, co-founders of Cell Phones for Soldiers (CPFS), have been named to Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for their efforts to connect military members serving around the globe. Bergquist graduated from UMass Amherst in 2014...
Robert Potash
Robert A. Potash, 95, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Latin American History and a leading authority on the history of the military and politics in Argentina, died Dec. 30. Born Jan. 2, 1921, he graduated first in his class at Boston Latin School and majored in history at Harvard College with...
Joseph Larson
Joseph S. Larson of Pelham, professor emeritus of environmental conservation, has been elected chairman of the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board. He succeeds George Dary of Lenox who served on the board for 38 years, 32 as chairman. The Fisheries and Wildlife Board consists of seven...
Underground railroad
Frank Sleegers, landscape architecture and regional planning, and a team of graduate students were given honorable mention for their submission to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia Chapter competition, Transforming the Tunnel: The Rail Park. This competition, founded in 2006...
Karen Plotkin, 59, of South Deerfield, a retired assistant professor of nursing, died Dec. 26. Born Jan. 21, 1957 in Leominster, she was a graduate of Fitchburg State College and the Leominster School of Nursing. She began her nursing career as a visiting nurse in the Fitchburg area. She joined...

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