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Sean Edward Hornby-Finch, 20, of Westhampton, a departmental assistant at the Blue Wall, died May 3 of injuries sustained in a car accident. Born in San Francisco, he attended Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School and Northampton High School, where he graduated in 2013. He he was attending...
Anthony S. Bechta, 79, of South Deerfield, a retired offset duplicating machine operator in Print Services, died April 23 in the Center for Extended Care, Amherst. He began working on campus in 1970 and retired in 1998, but returned on a post-retirement appointment in 2000-01. Memorial...
Jay Berkovitz
Jay R. Berkovitz, professor and chair of the department of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. Established in 1919, the academy is the oldest organization of Judaic scholars in North America. Fellows are nominated and elected...
Ron Welburn
“Hartford’s Ann Plato and the Native Borders of Identity” by English professor Ron Welburn, published this month by SUNY Press, reexamines the life and writing of the 19th-century essayist from an American Indian perspective. Combining ethnohistory, literary criticism and social...
Aline Gubrium
Aline Gubrium, associate professor of community health education, and anthropology professor Elizabeth Krause led an April 30 workshop on “Digital Storytelling as Narrative Shock: New Views on Young Parenting Latinas, Migration, and Family” at Columbia University. Their presentation,...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Laurel Smith-Doerr
Laurel Smith-Doerr, director of the Institute for Social Science Research and professor of sociology, represented the American Sociological Association in presenting her National Science Foundation-funded research to lawmakers on Capitol Hill on April 29 at an exhibition titled “Investments...
Martina Nieswandt
The American Education Research Association (AERA) recently published three books under its own imprimatur, including “Interest in Mathematics and Science Learning,” edited by K. Ann Renninger, Martina Nieswandt and Suzanne Hidi. Nieswandt is associate professor in the College of...
Maxene Anderson and Nina Brand

Crisis intervention specialist Maxene Anderson and teen crisis intervention specialist Nina Brand of the Center for Women and Community were recognized April 24 for their length of service by the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance.

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Judi LaBranche
Judi Bruno LaBranche, lecturer in kinesiology, has won the 2014-15 College Outstanding Teacher Award in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The award is sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, and given annually to honor...
Ebru Kardan
Ebru Kardan has joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean’s Office as director of external affairs and communication. She comes to the university from Mount Holyoke College, where she worked as the communications manager for the career development center, where she developed...

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