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Madeleine Blais
Journalism professor Madeleine Blais will be a featured speaker at a Nieman Foundation event on Sept. 12 marking the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes. Blais, who won a Pulitzer for feature writing in 1980 and was a Nieman Fellow in 1986, will join four other Nieman Pulitzer Prize winners in a...
Lili He
Lili He, assistant professor of food chemistry, is featured in the cover story of the Aug. 22 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. It introduces this year’s “Talented 12,” the magazine’s second annual feature highlighting “skilled young chemists” whose...
 Alejandro L. Briseño
Associate professor Alejandro L. Briseño, polymer science and engineering, has been selected to receive the 2017 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS), an honor that recognizes and encourages “excellence in organic chemistry.” Briseñowill...
Robert Colbert
Robert “Bobby Don” Colbert, 65, of Amherst, died Aug. 12. Born Sept. 28, 1950, in Reagan, Texas, he graduated from high school in Littlefield, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in school counseling from the University of Kansas and a...
Anna Sadlowski
Anna M. Sadlowski, 90, of Hadley, a longtime food service employee, died Aug. 13. Born in McKeesport, Penn., on April 26, 1926, she grew up in Holyoke and graduated from the Mater Delarosa School and Holyoke High School. She worked as a part-time fountain clerk from 1961-63. Beginning 1966 she...
Giles Kellogg Sr.
Giles G. “Dutch” Kellogg Sr., 82, of Hatfield, a retired 31-year public safety officer, died Aug. 9. Born Aug. 22, 1933, he attended Smith Academy where he was the basketball team’s first 1,000-point scorer. He joined UMass Amherst in 1966 as a fire and security guard and...
Jim Herlihy
Director of athletics Ryan Bamford announced the appointment of Jim Herlihy as senior associate director of athletics for finance and administration on Aug. 18. Herlihy arrives in Amherst with over 25 years’ experience as an athletics administrator, most recently serving as director of...
Colleen Gargan
Colleen Gargan, a doctoral student in communication disorders, was recently awarded a $2,000 Graduate Research Grant by the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). Gargan was among 11 scholars chosen from a pool of 34 applicants for this year’s grants. All applications were evaluated on...
Julie Brigham-Grette
Julie Brigham-Grette, head of geosciences and chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board, recently participated in a special program, “ICEBERGS Late Night,” part of the National Building Museum’s summer block party series in Washington, D.C. It was...
Joelle Labastide
Joelle Labastide, a postdoctoral fellow in physics, has been awarded $138,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship to examine the dynamics of “cargo transport,” the act of carrying organelles, proteins and other material around inside the cell. She seeks to uncover how kinesin-...

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