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  Welcome to the Retired Faculty Association

The aims of the Retired Faculty Association are:

To facilitate constructive contributions by its members to the University;
To ascertain the relevant needs of retired faculty and to communicate this information to the administration; and
To promote social and intellectual interaction among its members.

All retired faculty members and librarians are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Retired faculty members and librarians living outside the Amherst area, retired faculty members and librarians of other colleges or universities, and widows or widowers of persons who were eligible for Active or Associate Membership, may become Associate Members upon payment of Associate Member dues. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members without payment of dues.

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Featured News

Wednesday, September 11th Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 904-908
10:00 - 10:15 Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies  
10:15 - 10:40 Introductions and welcoming new members.
Nominations will be accepted from the floor for the office of Vice President.
Discussion of proposed changes to the Bylaws. 
10:40 - 11:00 Banu Subramaniam
Developments in WGSS
11:00 - 12:00 Mokhtar Atallah
Dietary Fiber and Health

Banu Subramaniam
Professor & Chair, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. The program is committed to interdisciplinary and intersectional analysis in which the study of women and gender is multi-faceted, diverse, and embedded in a network of power relations including race, class, sexuality, and nation. Professor Subramaniam works in the field of Feminist Science and Technology studies and is the author of Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism; Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity; in addition to numerous chapters articles and essays

Mokhtar T. Atallah
Professor Emeritus, Nutrition, retired from UMass Jan 2009. B.S., 1960, Agriculture, Cairo University; M.S. 1968, Ph.D. 1973, Food Science, WSU. His graduate studies focused on the enzymes that breakdown pectin. He joined the Dept. of Nutrition in 1976 after 2 Post-Docs, one in Food Sci. and one in Nutrition. His research was on the effects of variations in pectin on the digestion and absorption of other components in the diet, especially minerals. Atallah served as Acting Head of the Dept. of Nutrition before retiring in 2009. He taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses to majors as well as a popular introductory course to non-majors, reaching about 10,000 students during his tenure. He will discuss how fiber in the diet can influence a wide array of chronic diseases.




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