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Lisa Wexler, associate professor of community health education, traveled to Tromsø, Norway, May 26-27 as an invited guest for a workshop on mental health and indigenous suicide in circumpolar communities. The workshop at the Fram Centre, an interdisciplinary research center associated with...
Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor in political science and public policy, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Experts Advisory Committee of the E-Government Research Center of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA). Fountain is the only non-Chinese...
Pianist Gilles Vonsattel, assistant professor in the department of music and dance, performed June 5 at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery in conjunction with “Master of the Night,” an exhibit of woodblock prints by the 19th-century Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika. Vonsattel...
Helen E. Podgurski, 93, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, retired office manager in the Office of the Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, died May 5. She was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of World War II. She joined the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s...
Robert Lee Gray, 83, of Amherst, retired business manager in physics and astronomy, died March 18. Born in Monessen, Pa., he earned his baccalaureate degree at California State Teachers College in Pennsylvania. A Korean War veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-55 as an electronic...
Louis Graham, assistant professor of community health education, spoke to the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Public Health Newswire on the topic of suicide prevention as part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Prevention...
The Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences of the Université​ catholique de Louvain in Belgium on May 27 conferred the title of doctor honoris causa on Thomas Russell, the Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Professor in the department of polymer science and engineering. The honor pays...
Judy Young, 61, of Amherst, former professor of astronomy and the builder of the UMass Sunwheel, died May 23 after a long illness. While Young was recognized nationally for her research on star formation, locally she was known as the creator of the Sunwheel, a stone circle whose 8-10-foot standing...

Susan Shapiro, associate professor in the department of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, has been appointed a senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Faculty and students from the College of Education’s language, literacy and culture (LLC) concentration have been selected to present their research at the International Society for Language Study Conference in Akita, Japan, June 13-15. The conference theme is “A Critical Examination of...

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