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Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan
Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan, chemistry, received the Chemical Research Society of India’s (CRSI) Medal of Honor at a ceremony during the organization’s annual meeting at Punjab University in Chandigarh, India, on Feb. 4. The medal is given for outstanding contributions to...
Louis Graham
Louis Graham, community health education, is an author on two recently published journal articles dealing with place, identity and youth. Graham is the first author on “Spatial Stigma and Health in Postindustrial Detroit,” which is available in the February 2016 issue of International...
Mildred Ralicki
Mildred A. (Podlesny) Ralicki, 97, of Sunderland, a retired laboratory technician, died Feb. 18. Born in 1918, Mildred, who was also known as Mickey or Millie, graduated from Greenfield High School in 1936. She was a research and laboratory assistant from 1968 until her retirement in 1987,...
Donald Towsley

The Brazilian Academy of Sciences recently elected Distinguished Professor Donald Towsley, computer science, as a corresponding member. He will take office in May, during the Academy’s Magna Meeting.

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Eleanor M. (Yarrows) Hassell, 96, formerly of Amherst, a former secretary on campus, died Feb. 16. Born in 1919 in the Smith's Ferry section of Holyoke, she graduated from Smith Academy in Hatfield and attended the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she met her late husband, Stanley Hassell...
Jane Fountain
Jane Fountain, Distinguished University Professor and chair of the political science department, participated in the 4th World Government Summit Feb. 8-10 in Dubai. Fountain, who is also director of the National Center for Digital Government, was invited to the summit by His Highness Lt. Gen....
Angela McMahon
With the first game of her sixth year as head coach of the UMass women’s lacrosse team, Angela McMahon became the winningest coach in program history. The Feb. 12, 16-5 victory over Holy Cross gave McMahon 92 wins as head coach and moved her ahead of Hall-of-Famer Pam Hixson. During her...
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James Carson, a former collegiate defender who served stints at Valdosta State, South Carolina and Ohio State, has joined the football strength staff. Carson most recently was a graduate assistant at Valdosta State in Georgia. He oversaw the strength and conditioning efforts for the women’s...
Chester Davis
Chester Davis, 88, an early member of the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and its chairman for three years in the 1980s, died Feb. 5 in Tallahassee, Fla., where he lived. Born in 1927 in Gary, Ind., he was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the University of...
Cecelia Lorraine (McLean) Bristol, 88, of Hadley, a longtime clerk in several University departments, died Feb. 5. Born Feb. 26, 1927, in Belchertown, she was a graduate of Belchertown High School, class of 1944. She joined the University staff as a laboratory assistant in 1949 and went on to...

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