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Laura Briggs, chair of the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies program, participated in the International Institute of Social Studies International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Surrogacy in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Donna Johnson, president of the University Staff Association at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been elected chair of the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Higher Education Leadership Council.

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New England Public Radio has announced that John Voci, until recently interim executive director for programing and content, has been hired to fill that position permanently, and Cheryl Willoughby has been hired as the host of Sunday Classical from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on WFCR.

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The life stories of two members of the department of mathematics and statistics are part of The Historymakers, the nation’s largest African-American video oral history archive, which was recently moved under the auspices of the Library of Congress. Professors emeriti Donald St. Mary and...
Karla Maria (Detlefsen) Bordeaux, 83, formerly of Lake Pleasant, the retired manager of the Munchy Store in Franklin Dining Commons, died Aug. 12 at Charlene Manor, Greenfield, where she had been a resident since December 2011. Born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, she lived in Lake Pleasant since 1958...
Ronald Henderson Graves, 81, of South Deerfield, a retired skilled laborer with Housing Services, died at home Aug. 8 of lung disease. He spent most of his life on the same street in South Deerfield. After graduating from Greenfield Trade School in 1950 he joined the Air Force. He worked for a...
Eleven thousand, three-hundred, some-odd: that is the number of parking spaces in Jonathan “Jon” King’s new domain as manager of Parking Services. At the same time, King – who succeeded Michael Brennan as parking chief on June 1 – is quick to point out that for many...
Jonathan Rosa, assistant professor of anthropology, was a guest on Melissa Harris-Perry’s program on MSNBC on Aug. 10 as a panel discussed issues of race and race-related developments in the news. Among the topics tackled by the panel was Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks’ recent comments...

Brian Kane, the Massachusetts Arborists Association Associate Professor of Commercial Arboriculture in the environmental conservation department, is this year’s co-recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s  Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.

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Music faculty members Eric Berlin and Nadine Shank, along with the UMass Trumpet Ensemble, performed at the Schagerl Brass Festival held July 9-13 in Melk, Austria. The concerts were held at Stift Melk, an enormous Benedictine abbey overlooking the Danube River.

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