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Associate professors of sociology Millie Thayer and Agustin Lao-Montes and political science professor Sonia E. Alvarez are co-editors of “Beyond Civil Society: Activism, Participation, and Protest in Latin America,” published by Duke University Press. The book argues that the...
Laura Valdiviezo
Laura Valdiviezo, associate professor of teacher education and curriculum studies and editor of Anthropology and Education Quarterly, and Bjorn Nordtveit, associate professor of educational policy, research and administration and editor of Comparative Education Review, attended the American...
Don Robinson
Don Robinson, who retired as executive director of Environmental Health and Safety in June, received the Honorary Life Award from the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association on July 14 in Tucson. The Honorary Life Award is granted to individuals who have made significant and...
Sarah Craig
Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) has named Sarah Craig director of summer programs. Craig comes to the university with more than 10 years of higher education experience. She was the founding director of non-degree programs at Smith College, where she built and expanded academically...
Harley Erdman
Harley Erdman, a dramaturg and graduate program director of the department of theater, has written the lyrics for a new opera to be presented in the fall. “The Scarlet Professor,” co-created with Eric Sawyer, a composer based at Amherst College, is based on local author Barry Werth...
Alice Cheung, left and Hen-Ming Wu
Molecular biologists Alice Cheung and Hen-Ming Wu, biochemistry and molecular biology, recently were awarded a combined $1.35 million from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative and Organismal Systems and Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences to support their...
Jane Kent
Jane Kent, professor of kinesiology, has been named chair of the department. She takes over for Catrine Tudor-Locke, who assumed the position of associate dean of research and administration for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in March. “Jane has had a long-standing...
Michael Gilbert
The campus community is invited to a retirement reception for Michael Gilbert, Information Technology advisor for technology initiatives and services, on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 3-5 p.m. in the north lobby of the Lederle Graduate Research Center. Gilbert, a 28-year employee with UMass Amherst IT,...
Adriane Lam
Adriane Lam, a doctoral candidate in geosciences in professor Mark Leckie’s lab, recently launched a public outreach website, “Time Scavengers,” with her friend and fellow scientist, Ph.D. candidate Jen Bauer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Their goal is to explain...
Thomas Cassirer
Thomas Selmar Cassirer, 94, of Pullman, Washington, professor emeritus of French and Italian, died June 11. Born April 28, 1923, in Rome, Italy, he lived with his family in Rome, Berlin, and at the Odenwaldschule, a nontraditional German boarding school established by his uncle and aunt until the...

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