People

Eric Naser
Eric J. Naser, 51, of Belchertown, a lead cook in Worcester Dining Commons, died, June 13. Born Nov. 2, 1965, in Boston, he grew up in Holyoke and had lived in Belchertown 15 years. He joined UMass Amherst as a dining commons worker in 2011 and had been a cook since 2014. He leaves his partner...
William L. Kilmer
William L. Kilmer, 84, of Amherst, professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died March 16. Born July 5, 1932, he was raised in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He attended Pennsylvania State University on a track scholarship and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees there....
Aaron Shackelford
The Fine Arts Center has named Aaron Shackelford as its new director of programming for the Center Series. Shackelford comes to the center from Carolina Performing Arts, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While he was there, he developed diverse, innovative programming and...
Shaheen Pasha
Shaheen Pasha, assistant professor of international journalism, has co-edited a new anthology “Mirror on The Veil” with Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown. The anthology, which features academic and personal narratives from more than 30...
Kimberly Lowney
Kimberly Lowney, a pre-award research administrator in grant and contract administration, spent a week in Moscow this spring under a special exchange participant fellowship, giving presentations on academic research grant administration in the United States and meeting with her Russian counterparts...
Donald Towsley
Is there a better mousetrap? Donald Towsley, Distinguished University Professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences, thinks so. He is being recognized as the final 2016-2017 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar for research that has led to big breakthroughs in computer networking....
From left: Phoebe Hannon, Andrew Keezer, Justin Fermann of iCons and Peg Crowley-Nowick
The Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program, a College of Natural Sciences curriculum initiated in 2011 that teaches teams of undergraduates to integrate various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas to solve global problems, has created the Crowley-Nowick Award...
Edward J. Mientka Jr.
The campus community is invited to honor Edward J. Mientka Jr., associate director of safety and fire program head in Environmental Health and Safety, at a retirement reception on Wednesday, June 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the University Club. Refreshments will be provided.  Mientka, who received...
Ruojie Zhang, left, and Zipei Zhang
Two doctoral students of food science professor David Julian McClements recently received awards from the American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS) at its annual meeting in Orlando. Zipei Zhang won the Honored Student Award, sponsored by the AOCS Foundation and designed to encourage graduate student...
Kari Sant
The Society of Toxicology (SOT) recently honored Kari Sant, a postdoctoral research associate in the department of environmental health sciences, with the Edward W. Carney Trainee Award. SOT is an organization of scientists from academic institutions, government, and industry representing the...

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