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Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor in political science and public policy, was an invited participant at the 34th Aspen Italia Seminar for Leaders held in Venice, Italy, from May 9-11.

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Jonathan Richard Quick, 72, professor emeritus of English, died May 13 in Charlottesville, Va. He earned his B.A. at Rutgers University in 1963 and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale University in 1966 and 1968, respectively. He was a member of the faculty from 1968 until his retirement in 2002. He...
Luis Fuentes, 85, of Boqueron, Puerto Rico, professor emeritus of education, died May 9. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was a graduate of Manual Training High School in Brooklyn. From 1946-47, he served in the Marine Corps and later in the Marine Corps and Army reserves. He returned to active duty...
Kinesiology professor Barry Braun has been elected as a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology. Election to the academy is one of the highest honors for a professor in kinesiology. The academy promotes the study of kinesiology by recognizing scholarly research, through annual meetings, and...

Psychology professor Linda Tropp presented research on “The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination” on May 14 as part of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues’ second Congressional Seminar in the series “Psychological Insights into Legislative Issues” in Washington, D.C.

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There was a new wrinkle to Graduate School Commencement this year – awards for members of the staff for distinguished service to the Graduate School and its students.  Susan Roberts, associate dean of the Graduate School and professor of chemical engineering, called the staff...
A May 27 reception will honor Bruce Wilcox as he retires after 32 years as director of University of Massachusetts Press, which itself is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The reception will take place the University Club from 4–6 p.m. Wilcox told the Daily Hampshire Gazette recently that,...

Pat Vittum, professor of turf entomology in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and interim director of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, was honored for her dedicated service to the turf industry on May 12 by the Stockbridge Alumni Turf Group at its 10th annual Joseph Troll Turf Classic at the Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y.

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Ten student employees, 10 staff members and two teams of employees were recognized for outstanding contributions to the university at an April 28 reception hosted by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy at the Marriott Center.

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English professor Dara Wier’s “You Good Thing” placed sixth on The Believer magazine’s readers survey of favorite works of poetry in 2013. Published by Wave Books, “You Good Thing” is the 11th collection of poems penned by Wier, who directs the MFA Program for...

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