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Alice Fiddian-Green
The Graduate School recently awarded doctoral candidate Alice Fiddian-Green the Joseph L. Boscov Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. The $6,100 fellowship is awarded annually to a female graduate student with financial need “whose studies will equip her for increased service to the...
Hava Siegelmann
Hava Siegelmann, College of Information and Computer Sciences and director of the Biologically Inspired Neural and Dynamical Systems (BINDS) laboratory, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Hebb Award in recognition of her outstanding...
J. Edward Sunderland
J. Edward Sunderland of Durham, N.C., professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died May 24. Born in Philadelphia in 1932, he had also taught at North Carolina State University, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Purdue University. He received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from...
Raymond Bender
Raymond Francis Bender, 79, of Hadley, a retired associate vice chancellor for administration and finance, died May 23. He began work at UMass Amherst in 1967 as a head of residence and held staff positions in the College of Education and in payroll and in personnel and financial services. He...
Seymour Epstein
Seymour Epstein, 91, of Amherst, professor emeritus of psychology, died May 20. Born July 15, 1924 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he served in the Army in France during World War II, then completed his bachelor's degree in psychology at Brooklyn College. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from...
Cecelia Machaiek
Cecelia T. Jedrysik Machaiek, 93, of Kennebunk, Maine, a retired Cooperative Extension Service worker, died May 24. Born in Manchester, N.H., Dec. 24, 1922, she graduated from Central High School in Manchester and worked for New England Telephone Co. until she married in 1946 and moved to...
Aline Gubrium
Associate professor of community health education Aline Gubrium and colleagues recently authored an article in the academic journal Qualitative Health Research. Titled “Measuring Down: Evaluating Digital Storytelling as a Process for Narrative Health Promotion,” the article details...
Michelle Goncalves

Michelle Goncalves, founder and executive director of UMass Women into Leadership and director of special projects in the Office of the Chancellor, has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize for her work to reduce the gender gap in public leadership.

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Leckie group
Mark Leckie, geosciences, and graduate student Raquel Bryant this month guided nine undergraduate STEM students from diverse backgrounds around the nation on a 10-day ship-based geoscience and oceanography voyage from San Diego to Hawaii as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) STEM...
Scott Auerbach
Scott Auerbach, chemistry, has been named the winner of the first Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The award was announced at the UMass Honors Dinner on April 13.  Theprizehonors outstanding faculty members from each of the five UMass...

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