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Jane Blankenship, 80, of Pelham, retired professor of communication and a nationally recognized scholar in political and contemporary rhetoric, died April 24 in the Holyoke VNA Hospice of complications from a 2008 car crash. A recipient of the Chancellor's Medal as a Distinguished Faculty...
Jean F. Rogers, 90, of Northampton, an alumna and former adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing, died at home May 8 after a long illness. Born in Milton, she graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947, having served as a member of the United States Public...
Gerald M. Platt
Gerald M. Platt, 82, of Amherst, professor emeritus of sociology, died May 7 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Brooklyn, he worked his way through Brooklyn College as a stevedore at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He received his doctorate in...
Come Sunday morning when most people are reading newspapers, drinking coffee and enjoying some time away from work, Amber Davis of veterinary and animal sciences will be pounding her way up 90 floors, two steps at a time, of One World Trade Center in New York City. Davis, who is a competitive...
NSF video
Imagine a classroom where learning is tracked minute to minute through highly focused analysis of the discourse between students and their evolving ability to solve problems. That is at least part of what “microgenetic analysis” in educational research is about – intensively time...
Beth Berry
Three faculty members, two graduate students and a staff member were honored May 8 at Graduate School Commencement for their mentoring of and their contributions to the 1,700 graduate degree recipients and their programs. The Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award went to associate professor of...
Karen Kalmakis
Karen A. Kalmakis, associate professor of nursing, was recently selected by the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) for induction next month. The new FAANP members will continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their outstanding...
Lorraine Cordeiro
Among those acknowledged at this month’s Commencement ceremonies were the recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’ highest honor for classroom excellence. The award this year went to Lorraine Cordeiro, nutrition, William Leonard, electrical and computer engineering,...
Amilcar Shabazz
Amilcar Shabazz, professor of Afro-American studies and faculty advisor to the chancellor for diversity and excellence, was a guest on Amherst Media’s “Difficult Dialogues” on May 6, discussing the Black Lives Matter movement and issues surrounding law enforcement, communities of...
Whitmore Administration Building

Nancy L. Cohen, A. Yęmisi Jimoh and Russell Tessier have been appointed Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows, effective next fall. The program seeks to cultivate future campus leaders by offering tenured full professors a half-time, one-year, temporary appointment to an administrative area on campus and by providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units.

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