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Harry Rockland-Miller
Harry Rockland-Miller, recently retired staff psychologist and director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), has been awarded the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors’ (AUCCCD) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution...
Banu Subramaniam
Banu Subramaniam, women, gender, and sexuality studies, is spending the 2017-18 academic year as a fellow at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. Each year, the center awards 10 to 22 resident fellowships. Fellows devote themselves primarily to their own research but also...
Toby Applegate
Toby Applegate, a lecturer in geography in the department of geosciences, has received a yearlong fellowship from the Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College to contribute to an interdisciplinary project on refugees and forced migration. The project, “Refugees,...
Sandra Petersen
Sandra Petersen, veterinary and animal sciences and director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), presented a workshop at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring on Oct. 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. The institute is the nation’s largest gathering of...
3D model of a live horned frog
Polymer scientist Al Crosby and functional biologist Duncan Irschick, the inventors of the gecko-inspired adhesive, Geckskin, are co-directors of a new, system-wide UMass Center for Evolutionary Materials. It is intended to be a home for researchers from many fields who are interested in pursuing...
Tricia Serio
In a recent article in the open access journal eLIFE, College of Natural Sciences Dean Tricia Serio joins six fellow biological sciences researchers in thinking aloud about the future of research. They propose that improving the postdoctoral training experience can be a way to address problems in...
Po-zen Wong, 64, of Amherst, professor emeritus of physics, died Oct. 16. Born Nov. 6, 1952, in Shanghai, China, he moved to Hong Kong at the age of 4, where he stayed until he graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with bachelor’s degree in physics. He moved to the United States...
Verda Mae Dale
Verda Mae Dale, 101, of Amherst, a former extension professor in home management, died Oct. 17. Born July 31, 1916, in Protection, Kansas, she grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Coldwater, Kansas, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. She rode a horse many miles to Coldwater High School...
Laura Furlan
Laura Furlan, English, has published her first book, “Indigenous Cities: Urban Indian Fiction and the Histories of Relocation,” which looks at how urban Indian texts rewrite Indians into the national space of the city, while simultaneously reclaiming city space as indigenous territory...
Brian D. Bunk
Brian D. Bunk, senior lecturer in history, gave the annual Schell Lecture at the University of South Dakota (USD) on Oct. 17. His talk, “A Copy of Spain: Spanish Immigrants in the United States and the Challenges of Assimilation,” examined how the experiences of immigrants from Spain...

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