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Jeffrey Hescock
Jeffrey Hescock has been appointed executive director of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and Emergency Management. He has held the position on an interim basis since June 2017. Andrew Mangels, vice chancellor for Administration and Finance, said, “Jeff brings over eight years of...
Simon Neame
Simon Neame, dean of university libraries, has been elected president of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). Founded in 1970, the BLC is a community of academic and research libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire that fosters interlibrary collaboration, innovation and sharing...
Kevin Spiteri, left, and Ramesh Sitaraman
Doctoral student Kevin Spiteri and professor Ramesh Sitaraman from the Laboratory for Internet-Scale Distributed Systems (LIDS) in the College of Information and Computer Sciences were honored with the Excellence in DASH Award at the Association for Computing Machinery Multimedia Systems Conference...
Emma Anderson, left, and Erika Dawson-Head
Emma Anderson and Erika Dawson-Head have been named the College of Information and Computer Sciences’ first directors of diversity. Anderson will be focused internally on building community and celebrating diverse identities and perspectives in the college. She will also work on increasing...
The Board of Trustees voted June 20 to award tenure to 47 faculty members from the Amherst campus: College of Education Darrell Earnest, teacher education and curriculum studies Michelle K. Hosp, student development Seon Yeong Yu, teacher education and curriculum studies College of...
Paul Hacking
Associate professor Paul Hacking, mathematics and statistics, with his collaborator Sean Keel from the University of Texas at Austin, has been invited to deliver a lecture at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) to be held on Aug. 1-9 in Rio de Janeiro. With Keel unable to attend...
Karam Scholarship recipients
Two UMass Amherst seniors and two entering first-year students are among the eight recipients of $5,000 awards from the James J. Karam Scholarship Fund. Established in 2013, the fund is named for businessman James Karam, who served nearly 10 years on the UMass Board of Trustees, including four...
Genny Beemyn
Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center, gave a keynote address on “The Experiences of Trans Students Today: What We Know and Do Not Know” at the Spectrum Conference: Preventing and Responding to Violence against LGBTQI+ Students on June 20 at the Capital Center in Albany, New...
Romain Vasseur
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected Romain Vasseur, assistant professor of physics, to receive significant funding for research, $150,000 per year for five years, as part of its Early Career Research Program. He is among 85 scientists from 55 from universities and...
Joan Hopkins
After 12 years with UMass Amherst and a 42-year career in higher education, Joan Hopkins, associate athletic director for student-athlete development, will retire, effective Aug. 31. Hopkins has served numerous administrative roles within the department, including associate athletic director for...

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