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James Carroll, a cultural historian whose subject areas of expertise broadly encompass African-American and African diasporic music histories, Africana studies, critical theory, music theory, study abroad and adult education, has joined the faculty of the University Without Walls as a lecturer and academic program manager at the UMass Center at Springfield.

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Kenneth Reade has been appointed the new director of International Student and Scholars Services in the International Programs Office. Reade has worked in international education since 1989 and most recently served in the Office of Visa and Immigration Services at Dartmouth College.

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During a trip to Peru from Oct. 12-17, M.V. Lee Badgett, director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, educated diplomats, government officials, working professionals and university students on the potential negative economic consequences of discrimination against lesbian, gay,...
Comparative literature professor Catherine Portuges, who directs the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, was an invited delegate at the Hungarian Film Week held Oct. 13-19 in Budapest. Features, documentaries and short films produced over the past three years were screened under the...

Professor Baoshan Xing has been awarded the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award by the Soil Science Society of America for his outstanding contributions in the areas of soil chemistry and mineralogy.

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David Scherer, professor of clinical psychology in psychological and brain sciences, has been appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to a five-year term on the Board of Registration of Psychologists. The board licenses qualified individuals to practice psychology, and has responsibility for protecting...
Cristine Smith, associate professor of international education in the College of Education, has been invited to serve on the research advisory board for the Global Reading Network, a five-year, USAID-funded project to generate and disseminate research and resources on early grade reading...

Professor Panos Kevrekidis of mathematic and statistics is serving as the Stanislaw M. Ulam Distinguished Scholar for 2014-15 at the Center for Nonlinear Studies of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. 

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History professor John Higginson, appeared in the Apollo Theater’s Uptown Hall series “The Harlem/South Africa Connection” on Oct. 12 in New York City. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of President Nelson Mandela’s election in South Africa, the forum focused on Harlem...
Elizabeth A. “Betti” Swasey, 70, of South Deerfield, died Oct. 4 of pancreatic cancer at the Fisher Home in Amherst. Born in Lynn, she spent her childhood years living in the Point of Pines neighborhood of Revere. In 1959, her family moved to Durham, N.H. She joined the campus staff...

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