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The Institute for Social Science Research has selected six faculty members to serve as its 2014-15 scholars: Dania Francis, assistant professor, economics and Afro-American studies Naomi Gerstel, professor of sociology Ray La Raja, associate professor of political science...
Barry William Averill, former executive director of University Health Services (UHS), died Feb. 14 at his home in Easton, Conn. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he served four years in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1966. He began his health care career at the University of...
Karen Kurczynski, assistant professor of art history, was in Silkeborg, Denmark, on March 1 for the opening of a major museum exhibition on Danish artist Asger Jorn for which she is co-curator. Denmark is celebrating the centennial of Jorn’s birth with two exhibitions, both of which feature...
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society this month named Bruce Croft, Distinguished Professor in the School of Computer Science, as a recipient of its Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding contributions to information retrieval and the development...
“Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production,” by communication professor Lisa Henderson, is a finalist for the annual Lambda Literary Awards—known as Lammys—in the LGBT Studies category. Finalists for the awards were announced in early March by the Lambda...
Virginia Scott, 79, professor emerita of theater and a founding member of the theater department, died March 1 at her home in South Amherst. Born in St. Louis, she began her life in the theater when she played Jo in a production of “The Little Women” at age 14. After receiving a B.A....
History professor Audrey Altstadt has been awarded a yearlong fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Altstadt was one of 20 fellows selected from a field of 330 applicants. Fellowship winners will work with the Woodrow Wilson Center to turn scholarly research into relevant...
Lorraine A. “Sue” (Strong) Warner, 64, of Belchertown, a retired clerk in the Graduate Dean’s Office, died March 5 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Born in Hardwick, Vt., she grew up in Amherst. She was a 1967 graduate of Amherst Regional High School. She joined the campus...

American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, recently named Paul Barten, professor of forestry and hydrology in Environmental Conservation, to its science advisory board. Barten says his primary motivation is to protect drinking water supplies and aquatic ecosystems.

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Armen Baibourtian from the United Nations office in Armenia is a visiting scholar and professor in the department of political science for the Spring 2014 semester. He is teaching two classes: “At the Crossroads: The Caucasus between the East and the West” and “The Caucasian Knot...

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