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Barbara Zecchi
Barbara Zecchi, professor of Spanish and Portuguese studies in the department of languages, literatures and cultures, has been named director of the interdepartmental program in film studies. She replaces recently retired professor Cathy Portuges, whose leadership over the years was essential in...
Bradley Bennett
G. Bradley Bennett, assistant professor of accounting in the Isenberg School of Management, is working with U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP as one of the two first-ever KPMG James Marwick professors-in-residence. Through the new program, Bennett is working with KPMG to better understand...
Sandra Petersen
Sandra Petersen, a nationally recognized leader in developing recruitment and mentorship programs for underrepresented graduate students from the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has been named senior graduate diversity advisor by Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the Graduate...
Jane Fountain
Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy and chair of the department of political science, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Academy of Public Administration. The academy was established by congressional charter in 1967 as a non-...
Ajla Aksamija
Ajla Aksamija, associate professor of architecture and author of “Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes,” was a presenter at the China ZNC (Zero Net Carbon) Professional Training Program in Shanghai, China, Sept. 20-22. She presented a workshop on...
A team of student researchers representing the department of polymer science and engineering (PSE) won second prize in August at the national 2017 BASF Science Competition, which challenged participants to solve a vexing problem facing manufacturers of the next generation of automotive body panels...
Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, anthropology and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, was keynote speaker Oct. 4 at the 2017 Hortense Parker Celebration at Mount Holyoke College. The annual event, which was started in 2009 by two seniors, is held in honor of Mount Holyoke’s students of color and...
Eric Berlin
“True Colors,” a jazz-tinged work in two movements written by renowned composer George Tsontakis for trumpet professor Eric Berlin, has been released on CD by Naxos Records. The work was commissioned and recorded in 2012 by the Albany Symphony Orchestra (ASO), where Berlin is principal...
Tobias Baskin
Tobias Baskin, biology, recently received a $238,000 grant from the Department of Energy to study cellulose and plant control of anisotropic growth, that is, growth rates that are not equal in all directions. As he explains, “Anisotropy is a hallmark of plant growth. Almost without exception...
Sandra Petersen
The Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP), a long-standing 15-institution alliance led by Sandra Petersen, veterinary and animal sciences, recently sponsored a workshop “If Not GRE, Then What?” aimed at developing better predictors of graduate academic...

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