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Betsy Dumont
Betsy Dumont, professor of biology and vice provost for academic affairs, recently received the Gerrit S. Miller Award from North American Society for Bat Research “in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to the field of Chiropteran biology,” placing her among the world...
Matthew A. Lackner
The Board of Trustees voted Dec. 10 to award tenure to Matthew A. Lackner, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Andrea Pocar, assistant professor physics. The board also approved the appointment with tenure of Moon-Kie Jung as professor in the department of sociology...
Aviva Ben-Ur
Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded a 12-month National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support her project titled “Jewish Autonomy on the Imperial Frontier: Suriname, 1651-1825.” Ben-Ur argues that Jews, like other frontier...
Curtis Allen Johnson, 97, of Medford Leas, N.J., a former professor of agricultural engineering, died Oct. 31. Born in Mead, Neb., he was raised on a farm, which led to earning a B.S. in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska. He was assigned to civilian public service for the...
Rosalind Coleman, 76, of Hadley, a retired typist II in Afro-American studies, died Oct. 23 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.   She retired from university service in 1991. She leaves her daughter, Rhonda Coleman, her son, Tom Coleman, a grandson, a sister and several nieces and nephews....
Claire “Pat” O’Connor
Claire (Granfield) “Pat” O’Connor, 86, of Amherst, a retired clerk III with Housing Services, died Dec. 13 in Amesbury. She retired from campus service 1993. She leaves her six children, Mary O’Connor of Amesbury, Eileen (O’Connor) Iacobucci of Palm Harbor, Fla.,...
Lisa Lehmberg, associate professor of music education, co-authored an article titled “Senior Citizens’ Participation in Music and Quality of Life: Two Contrasting Case Studies,” that was  published in the 40th Anniversary Proceedings of the International Scientific Research...
Emmon Bach, 85, professor emeritus of linguistics, died Nov. 28 at his home in Oxford, England, of pneumonia-induced sudden respiratory failure. Born in Kumamoto, Japan, he was the the youngest of six children of Danish missionary parents who moved with their family from Japan to the U.S. in 1941...

The United States Golf Association has named Stockbridge School of Agriculture professor Patricia J. Vittum as the recipient of the 2015 USGA Green Section Award, which recognizes an individual’s distinguished service to the game of golf through work with turfgrass. 

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Paul Arslanian, lecturer and piano accompanist in the dance program since 1999, received the Pioneer Valley Buzz Award for 2014 from Easthampton Community Arts+ on Dec. 5. The award recognizes those who have made a positive creative “buzz” in the region, and brought awareness to the...

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