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Deane Bates
Deane W. Bates Sr., 81, of Chesterfield, a retired 29-year Physical Plant carpenter, died Dec. 16. Born Oct. 1, 1935 in Williamsburg, he graduated from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School and served in the Army from 1955 to 1957, stationed in Panama. He joined UMass Amherst in 1968 and...
Daniel Padberg
Daniel Ivan Padberg, 85, of Bryan, Texas, a former professor of food resource economics and dean of the former College of Food and Natural Resources, died Dec. 12 in an automobile accident. Born Nov. 9, 1931, in Summersville, Missouri, he was a Navy veteran. He earned his bachelor’s and...
Panos Kevrekidis
Panos Kevrekidis, distinguished professor in mathematics and statistics, was recently awarded a fellowship by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to work with Dimitrios Frantzeskakis, professor of physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on “Hamiltonian and open...
Patricia Madden, 74, of Amherst, a retired technical assistant in microbiology, died Dec. 5. Born Feb. 27, 1942, she was a graduate of Amherst High School. She joined the university as a laboratory helper in 1961 and retired as 2002. She is survived by her sister Rosemary and Rosemary’s...
Statehouse
Members of Team Eureka!, which encourages girls to explore STEM fields, and current and former university employees who worked on the Academic Program Inventory Team have been selected to receive citations for outstanding performance through the 2016 Commonwealth Annual Performance Recognition...
Carolina Aragon
Carolina Aragon, landscape architecture and regional planning, was honored with a Citation Award from the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (WMAIA) on Dec. 1 for her project “High Tide,” an outdoor installation landscape/art piece at the RFK Greenway...
Rick Adrion at ECEP
Nearly 100 educators, researchers, nonprofit and industry leaders and government officials from 16 states and Puerto Rico recently attended a two-day summit of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) project in Washington, D.C., organized by Rick Adrion, Renee Fall and Sarah Dunton of the...
Amel Ahmed
Amel Ahmed, political science, has been appointed director of diversity advancement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), effective in January. A scholar of comparative politics, American political development and democratic theory, she will be working to promote excellence,...
Dovi J. Afesi
Dovi J. Afesi, 71, of Easthampton, a former assistant professor in Afro-American studies, died Dec.2. He was born June 23, 1945, to the Ewe people in the village of Hohoe, Volta Region, Ghana. He grew up in Ghana and was selected from a nationwide pool to attend the Achimota secondary school in...
Catherine Portuges

Catherine Portuges, professor of comparative literature and director of the interdepartmental program in film studies, organized a panel on “Émigré Directors in Hollywood: New Perspectives on (Mutual) Influence” for the 48th annual convention of the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies held Nov. 17-20 in Washington, D.C

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