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Michael Wolff
Michael Jonas Wolff, 89, professor emeritus of English and a founding father of the field of Victorian studies, died Nov. 5. He was born July 2, 1927, in London. During the Blitz he was moved from London to St. Edward's School in Oxford, considered a safe area. He won a scholarship to...
Christian Santangelo
Christian Santangelo, physics, has been awarded the 2017 GSOFT Early Career Award from the American Physical Society’s (APS) Topical Group on Soft Matter, for his “seminal theoretical contributions exploiting geometry and topology to understand the elasticity of soft materials.”...
Mary Lynn Boscardin
Mary Lynn Boscardin, education, was elected to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) board of directors in a recent member-wide election. She will begin her term as the member-at-large, non-designated on Jan. 1. The board of directors establishes strategic direction for CEC, addresses issues...
Anna Nagurney
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at the society’s annual meeting in Nashville,...
Alan K. Lego, 79, of Orange, a retired maintenance supervisor in the Physical Plant, died Nov. 28. Born July 8, 1937, in Worcester, he moved to Shutesbury in 1945 and graduated from New Salem Academy.  Following high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Eldorado. He...
William Rice
William Ward Rice Sr., 94, of Naples, Fla., professor emeritus of forestry and expert in wood technology, died Sept. 28. Born Sept. 11, 1922, in Albany, N.Y., he grew up in Montclair, N.J., graduating from Montclair High School in 1940. He attended the University of Maine, where he majored in...
Jay Berkovitz

Jay Berkovitz, chair of the department of Jewish and Near Eastern studies, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies for his book, “The Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinical Court, 1771-1789.”

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Rising researchers
Victor Champagne, Jack Duff, Robert Johnston, Randa Kallin, Greg Petrucci and Sarah Welch have been selected as fall 2016 UMass Amherst Rising Researchers. The Rising Researcher program celebrates undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship or creative activity. Details at https://...
Thom Hannum
Thomas P. Hannum, associate director of the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band, has been honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music for All with the 2016 George N. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education, a national award named for the man who directed the Minuteman...
Shelly Quinlan
Shelley Quinlan, R.D.O., has joined the eye care services staff of University Health Services (UHS). A board certified dispensing optician in Massachusetts for more than 20 years, Quinlan has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including ophthalmology, and has experience with fabrication,...

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