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Weedy rice
In a new study of how weeds evolve, in particular weedy rice – one of the prime threats to rice production worldwide and in the United States – Ana Caicedo, biology, and colleagues elsewhere found that “relatively few genetic changes are required for the emergence of weediness...
Housing the Urban Animal
Department of architecture faculty were well represented at this year’s Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Conference (ACSA) in Detroit in March. Several faculty presented papers on their research: Pari Riahi presented “The Improved versus the Planned: In Search...
From left: Bryn Rothschild-Shea, Aviva Ben-Ur and Canaan Asbury
Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, attended the Fulbright Berlin Seminar March 26-30, where she was nominated as a speaker on the “European Dimensions Panel,” convened at Berlin City Hall. Ben-Ur spoke about life in the Netherlands, where she is a...
Sandra Petersen
Sandra Petersen, veterinary and animal sciences, recently traveled to Warsaw, Poland, to serve on a panel of international experts that reviewed large project grants for the Poland International Research Agenda Programme. The program is funded by the EU through the Polish National Foundation for...
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The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute has announced that 12 faculty members have been chosen by the ISI Board as fellows for its 2017-18 seminar on “Dissent.” The fellows will approach the theme from a variety of perspectives, ranging from the humanities to social sciences, from...
Bearded Ladies
Four women paleontologists in geosciences appear on a recent website, “The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science,” which challenges perceptions of who is and is not a scientist and celebrates “the inspirational and adventurous women who have chosen to dedicate...
Jing Qian
Biostatistician Jing Qian, biostatistics and epidemiology, has received a two-year, $448,800 exploratory grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate, with collaborators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University, new statistical methods for use in regression analysis...
Panos Kevrekidis

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics recently named mathematics Distinguished Professor Panayotis “Panos” Kevrekidis to its 2017 Class of SIAM Fellows, recognizing him for “fundamental contributions to the existence, stability, and dynamics of nonlinear waves with applications to atomic, optical and materials physics.”

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Brazil students water challenge
Beatriz dos Santos Dias, a Ph.D. student in environmental conservation and advisee of professor Tim Randhir, was part of a team that won second place in a water conservation competition sponsored by the Brazilian Student Association, BRASA, at its Brazilian Undergraduate Students Conference,...
Andrew Fetler
Andrew Fetler, 91, of Hadley, professor emeritus of English and creative writing, died March 5. Born in 1925 in Riga, Latvia, he was the ninth of 13 children. He was raised in Latvia, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and Evanston, Ill. The family immigrated to the United States in 1939. To raise money...

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