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George McGill
George Emmert McGill, 86, of Amherst, a professor emeritus of structural and planetary geologist who worked with NASA on probes of the solar system, died March 13. Born June 10, 1931, in Des Moines, Iowa, he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and biology from Carleton College and a...
Laura Frances (Dizenski) Martin, 91, of Athol, formerly of Leyden, died March 7. Born June 10, 1926 in Hadley, she graduated from Hopkins Academy in the Class of 1944 and earned a certificate in secretarial sciences from the former Northampton Commercial College. She worked in the sociology...
Eleanor Killam
Eleanor Killam, 84, of Amherst, professor emerita of mathematics, died Jan. 1. Born May 18, 1933 in Whitefield, New Hampshire, she graduated from Whitefield High School as class valedictorian. In 1955, she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree and created...
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The Office of Equity and Inclusion has announced the student, faculty and staff recipients of the campus climate improvement grants for the spring 2018 semester. The application period for grants for the 2018-19 academic year is now open. These grants, ranging from $250 to $2,500, are intended...
Amanda Herman
The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) has named Amanda Herman interim education curator. Herman is a multi-media artist who works directly with communities and individuals to create films, photos and public interactions that address complex social issues. Her film, “The Making...
Marty Norden
Communication professor Marty Norden delivered a plenary presentation at the Ephemera Society of America’s 38th annual conference, held March 16-18 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Norden spoke at length on the career of the early American screenwriter-director Lois Weber and the advertising...
Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, anthropology and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center, was recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on the board of directors of Mass Humanities. She will be sworn in at the State House in Boston on Monday, March 26. Mass Humanities is an independent...
Kevin Young
Kevin L. Young, associate professor of political science, has been appointed associate director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) for the 2018-19 academic year. He replaces Henry Renski, associate professor of regional planning, who is completing a three-year term.  ...
Anne Tessier
Anne R. Tessier, 92, of Florence, who earned associate and bachelor’s degrees in her 60s and was employed as a clerical worker in several departments, died March 17. Born in Holyoke, she graduated from St. Michael’s High School in 1942. She worked at local insurance agencies and in...
Noy Holland
English professor Noy Holland, a short story writer and novelist, has received the 2018 Katherine Ann Porter Award in Literature for her achievements and dedication to the literary profession. The $20,000 prize, which is given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, will be presented at the...

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