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IT field trip
The IT Staff Leadership Group recently hosted 29 Amherst Regional High School freshman and sophomore students for a technology field trip on the UMass Amherst campus. The goal was to give students experience on campus, highlight technology use and share related learning and employment opportunities...
Amand Hickey
Kinesiology doctoral student Amanda Hickey is the lead author on two recent publications examining the utility and validity of physical activity monitors. Hickey, with faculty mentor Patty Freedson, reviews the existing literature on the usefulness of consumer activity trackers in the current issue...
Marilyn Damon
Marilyn “Mac” Hadley Damon, 92, of Laconia, N.H., a former mathematics instructor, died May 31. Born April 18, 1924 in Fall River, she graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1941. Her college years coincided exactly with U.S. involvement in World War II when she attended then-...
Alice Fiddian-Green
The Graduate School recently awarded doctoral candidate Alice Fiddian-Green the Joseph L. Boscov Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. The $6,100 fellowship is awarded annually to a female graduate student with financial need “whose studies will equip her for increased service to the...
Hava Siegelmann
Hava Siegelmann, College of Information and Computer Sciences and director of the Biologically Inspired Neural and Dynamical Systems (BINDS) laboratory, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Hebb Award in recognition of her outstanding...
J. Edward Sunderland
J. Edward Sunderland of Durham, N.C., professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died May 24. Born in Philadelphia in 1932, he had also taught at North Carolina State University, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Purdue University. He received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from...
Raymond Bender
Raymond Francis Bender, 79, of Hadley, a retired associate vice chancellor for administration and finance, died May 23. He began work at UMass Amherst in 1967 as a head of residence and held staff positions in the College of Education and in payroll and in personnel and financial services. He...
The UMass Civic Engagement and Public Service Certificate was awarded this month to 18 graduating seniors. Molly Clark, architecture Christine Dasko, Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) holistic education Nora Emmott, public health sciences Olivia Espinoza, Social...
Seymour Epstein
Seymour Epstein, 91, of Amherst, professor emeritus of psychology, died May 20. Born July 15, 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he served in the Army in France during World War II, then completed his bachelor's degree in psychology at Brooklyn College. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from...
Cecelia Machaiek
Cecelia T. Jedrysik Machaiek, 93, of Kennebunk, Maine, a retired Cooperative Extension Service worker, died May 24. Born in Manchester, N.H., Dec. 24, 1922, she graduated from Central High School in Manchester and worked for New England Telephone Co. until she married in 1946 and moved to...

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