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Melanna Cox
Kinesiology doctoral student Melanna “Lanna” Cox was recently awarded the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) Fellowship. Cox was nominated by her department for this award, which provides a stipend of $25,000 and full tuition for the 2017-18...
Johnny P. Tooson
Johnny P. Tooson has been hired as the new executive director of student engagement and leadership, part of the Student Affairs and Campus Life leadership team. He begins his new duties Aug. 7. Tooson will oversee the student engagement cluster that includes student activities and involvement,...
Kari Sant
Environmental health sciences postdoctoral researcher Karilyn Sant recently received a three-year, $183,234 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to examine the mechanisms by which environmental...
Madalina Akli
Madalina Akli has been named director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) and lecturer of international studies. The appointment, effective in July, was announced by Gretchen Gerzina, dean of the Commonwealth Honors College. “We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Akli...
Anna Nagurney
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, has co-organized the 3rd International Conference on Dynamics of Disasters to be held in Kalamata, Greece, July 5-9. Conference co-organizers are: Fuad Aleskerov of the Higher School...
From left: Cameron Smith-Freedman, Matthew “Donnie” Rollings, Matthew Yee who joined the team in iCons 3, Cameron Lane and Lute Fateiger.
Four students in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program have been awarded first place in the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award 2017 for their research paper “What is it Going to Take to Make Solar Panels Cool?” The honor, which carries a $1,000...
Haivan Hoang
Haivan V. Hoang, English, is among five outstanding University of Massachusetts system faculty awarded the 2017 Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for their exemplary dedication to students and the university. The faculty members—one from each UMass campus—will receive $10,000...
Maryanne Steele
Maryanne Steele, Environmental Health and Safety officer for construction safety, was recently recognized by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration with the 2017 Safety and Health Professional of the Year award at the OSHA Summer Summit, a safety conference held on campus each year...
Mary E. Custard
Mary E. Custard, a UMass Amherst alumna and dean of students and former athletic director at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, has been presented the 2017 Louise Gaskins Lifetime Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). The award was presented at the 35th annual...
Eric Naser
Eric J. Naser, 51, of Belchertown, a lead cook in Worcester Dining Commons, died, June 13. Born Nov. 2, 1965, in Boston, he grew up in Holyoke and had lived in Belchertown 15 years. He joined UMass Amherst as a dining commons worker in 2011 and had been a cook since 2014. He leaves his partner...

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