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Francis “Bugsy” Duda, 93, whose career as a technical assistant in engineering spanned more than 50 years, died April 23 at the Seashore Point Nursing Home in Provincetown. He was born and raised in Whately. After marrying Frances Bak in 1946, the couple moved to North Hadley. He...
Catherine Portuges
Professor Catherine Portuges of film studies and comparative literature was an invited member of a professional research delegation sponsored by Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) that visited Havana from April 1-6. Portuges met with representatives of the International Festival of New Latin...
Peter Hepler
Peter Hepler, professor emeritus of biology, has been named an honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, the highest award offered by the organization. Hepler is being recognized for his contributions to the applications of light and electron microscopy to the plant sciences. “...
Theoretical physicists Boris Svistunov, Nikolay Prokof’ev and Egor Babaev have collaborated on a new textbook for graduate students interested in superfluidity, superconductivity and topics where superfluid states of matter manifest themselves, from quantum fluids, superconductors and...

Eleven faculty members have been chosen by the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute as fellows for its 2015-16 seminar on “Secrecy, Publicity, Privacy, Security.” The fellows will approach the theme from a variety of perspectives, ranging from the humanities to geosciences, communication and computer science to finance. Each fellow will receive a $1,500 research allowance and participate in a yearlong faculty seminar.

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Vamsi Vakulabharanam
Vamsi Vakulabharanam, associate professor of economics, on April 9 addressed the annual conference of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) in Paris in the opening session on “Economic Growth and Inequality Across Time and Space.” Sharing the podium were inequality scholar...
William J. Webb, Jr., 71, of Thorndike, a retired maintenance working foreman at Physical Plant, died April 14. Born in Springfield, he was a lifelong resident of Palmer. He joined the campus staff in 1978 and retired in 2007. He leaves his wife of 41 years, Constance A. (George), his daughter...
Daniel Goldstein
The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) has named Dan Goldstein, instructor in the Online MPH in Public Health Policy, the recipient of the SPHHS Outstanding Online Teacher Award. The award, which is given annually by the school, recognizes excellence in online teaching....
MJ Peterson
MJ Peterson, professor of political science, has been elected secretary of the Faculty Senate beginning July 1. She was elected at the April 9 meeting of the senate and replaces Ernest May, music, who has been secretary since 2000. Peterson points out she is not the first woman to hold the job....
Genevieve E. Chandler
College of Nursing professor Genevieve E. Chandler gave a keynote presentation with Eric C. Arauz, president of Arauz Inspirational Enterprises on April 15 at the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies annual conference in Iselin, N.J. The keynote, “Breaking Bad: Is...

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