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Karianne Santiago Ruiz

Public Health Sciences major Karianne Santiago Ruiz has been selected as a 2019-20 This is Public Health (TIPH) ambassador by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

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Irene Gao

Nutrition major Irene Gao recently served as panelist in a special topic workshop on student mental health during the 2019 Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) annual meeting held in Dublin, Ireland in May.

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Rutherford “Rud” Platt

At its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this spring, the American Association of Geographers adopted a resolution on climate change submitted by Rutherford “Rud” Platt, emeritus professor of geography, and six colleagues.

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Katherine Boyer

Katherine Boyer, associate professor of kinesiology, has been elected to the Executive Council of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). She will begin her two-year term at the ISB's 27th Congress being held in Calgary, Canada from July 31 through August 4.

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Lee Badgett

M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and public policy, has been tapped to co-chair the American Economic Association's newly formed Committee on the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession. The new standing committee will monitor the status and support the advancement of LBGTQ people in the economics profession, through mentoring and other activities. AEA President Ben Bernanke announced the appointment in a June 27 letter to the association's membership.

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Left to right, doctoral student Ian Sparks, professor Yasu Morita, doctoral student Alam Garcia-Heredia, postdoctoral fellow Takehiro Kado and assistant professor Sloan Siegrist

Microbiologists Yasu Morita and Sloan Siegrist recently were awarded a two-year, $422,500 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to investigate a new strategy for interfering with a well-proven antibiotic target, cell wall synthesis.

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Four UMass Amherst students have been awarded $5,000 scholarships from the James J. Karam Scholarship Fund in recognition of their academic achievements and campus involvement. They are among eight students in the University of Massachusetts system to receive the award.

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Christian Puma, Patricia Gubitosi and Daniela Narvaez

Doctoral students of Spanish, Daniela Narvaez and Christian Puma, recently presented their research at the 11th Workshop on Linguistic Landscape held at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Farm animal snout with flies.

John Stoffolano, professor of entomology in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, spent May 24 to June 2 in Foggia, Italy, at the virology unit of medical and veterinary entomology in the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Puglia e della Basilicata.

 

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Jessica Sizer

Jessica Sizer, a student in the Master of Public Policy program, was elected to an at-large seat on the Palmer Town Council on Tuesday, June 11. She will be sworn in on July 1.

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