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Kevin Favaro, 70, of Northampton, a retired maintainer in custodial services, died Dec. 14. Born in Northampton Dec. 7, 1947, he graduated from Northampton High School and served in the Army. He joined the UMass Amherst Physical Plant as a janitor in custodial services in 1972 and retired as a...
Howard Peelle
Howard A. “Hap” Peelle, 73, of Amherst, professor of teacher education and curriculum studies and a pioneer in instructional applications of compters, died Dec. 15. Born Feb. 9, 1944, in Schenectady, New York, he grew up in Roslyn, Long Island, attended Friends Academy, Roslyn public...
David Vaillancourt
David Vaillancourt, senior associate dean of students since 2013, has been named associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life by Vice Chancellor Enku Gelaye. He will have specific responsibility for Residential Life operations, Center for Early Education and Care, Center for...
Cara Appel-Silbaugh
Veteran student affairs administrator Cara D. Appel-Silbaugh has been named dean of students by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life Enku Gelaye. Appel-Silbaugh, who is currently senior associate dean of students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is expected to assume her new...
Anthony Harris
Anthony R. Harris, 76, of Chesterfield, professor emeritus of sociology and founding director of the Criminal Justice Program, died Dec. 4. Born Aug. 23, 1941, in New York City, he attended Forest Hills High School and Queens College where he studied philosophy. After two years at Peterhouse...
Paul Vasconcellos
Paul Vasconcellos, 69, of Amherst, retired assistant dean of students, died Dec.9. Born Oct. 16, 1948, in New Bedford, he began his full-time employment at UMass Amherst as a head of residence in the Orchard Hill / Central Residential Area in 1982. He was later a staff associate in Housing...
Jason Kamilar
Jason Kamilar, assistant professor of anthropology, has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of Evolutionary Anthropology, a peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on current issues in biological anthropology, paleontology, archaeology, primatology, genetics, human ecology and other areas...
Richard Pilsner
Richard Pilsner, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS), recently received a five-year, $2.26 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to extend and replicate findings in an animal study of...
Kevin Young
Kevin L. Young is not one for easy answers. In fact, when it comes to beating corporate lobbyists at their own game, Young is a lot more interested in finding the right questions. “We don’t know enough about how business operates as a political force,” says Young, associate...
Lisa Sommers, left, and Maeve Howett
The department of communication disorders partnered with the College of Nursing for an interprofessional education (IPE) event Dec. 1 in the nursing simulation lab at the UMass Center at Springfield. Third-year students in the department’s doctor of audiology program, along with second-year...

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