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Luis Fuentes, 85, of Boqueron, Puerto Rico, professor emeritus of education, died May 9. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was a graduate of Manual Training High School in Brooklyn. From 1946-47, he served in the Marine Corps and later in the Marine Corps and Army reserves. He returned to active duty...
Kinesiology professor Barry Braun has been elected as a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. Election to the academy is one of the highest honors for a professor in kinesiology. The academy promotes the study of kinesiology by recognizing scholarly research, through annual meetings, and...

Psychology professor Linda Tropp presented research on “The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination” on May 14 as part of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues’ second Congressional Seminar in the series “Psychological Insights into Legislative Issues” in Washington, D.C.

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There was a new wrinkle to Graduate School Commencement this year – awards for members of the staff for distinguished service to the Graduate School and its students.  Susan Roberts, associate dean of the Graduate School and professor of chemical engineering, called the staff...
A May 27 reception will honor Bruce Wilcox as he retires after 32 years as director of University of Massachusetts Press, which itself is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The reception will take place the University Club from 4–6 p.m. Wilcox told the Daily Hampshire Gazette recently that,...

Pat Vittum, professor of turf entomology in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and interim director of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, was honored for her dedicated service to the turf industry on May 12 by the Stockbridge Alumni Turf Group at its 10th annual Joseph Troll Turf Classic at the Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y.

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Ten student employees, 10 staff members and two teams of employees were recognized for outstanding contributions to the university at an April 28 reception hosted by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy at the Marriott Center.

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English professor Dara Wier’s “You Good Thing” placed sixth on The Believer magazine’s readers survey of favorite works of poetry in 2013. Published by Wave Books, “You Good Thing” is the 11th collection of poems penned by Wier, who directs the MFA Program for...

Karen Kalmakis, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, has been reelected as the state representative of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

 

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Electrical and computer engineer Aura Ganz is being recognized as a Spotlight Scholar. Ganz spent the first part of her career increasing bandwidth capabilities to perfect optical and wireless networks—networks many use daily when searching the Internet or turning on smartphones. It was this...

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