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Raymond J. Equi
Raymond J. Equi, 77, of South Deerfield, a retired custodian, died Jan. 17. He attended Deerfield High School and graduated from Frontier Regional School in 1958. An Air force veteran, he was employed at the former Farm Bureau grain mill in East Deerfield before joining UMass Amherst as a...
From left: Food science department alumnus and member of its advisory board Yongjing Li, regional president of Asia Pacific DuPont Nutrition & Health, the main sponsor of the Bangkok meeting, with former faculty member Pavineess Chinachoti, center, and food science alumnus Zhen-Yu Chen.
The food science department began the celebration of its 100th anniversary this year at an international conference, “Foods for Health: Meeting the needs of future generations,” in Thailand on Jan. 10-12 at the Novotel Bangkok. Department head Eric Decker says that of the 85...
Rebecca Woodland on Pakistani TV
Associate professor Rebecca Woodland and lecturer Becky Mazur, both in educational policy, research and administration, visited Islamabad, Pakistan, where they delivered the Instructional Leadership Institute for Pakistani Educators (ILIPE) from Jan. 9-18. ILIPE is a cultural exchange program...
Hava Siegelmann
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, has elevated computer science professor Hava Siegelmann to the honorary position of Fellow for her “contributions to neural computation....
Shaheen Pasha
Shaheen Pasha, assistant professor of journalism, has been named a 2018 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she will research prison education programs across the country. Her goal is to create an immersive teaching and reporting model for university journalism programs to partner with...
Enobong (Anna) Branch
Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate chancellor for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, has been elected the 2019-20 vice president of the Eastern Sociological Society (ESS), a non-profit academic organization dedicated to promoting excellence in sociological scholarship and instruction...
Brian Phillips
UMass Amherst Athletics has hired Brian Phillips, most recently director of strength and conditioning at Elon University, to be the department’s director of sports performance. Phillips will work closely with the football program in his new role and brings a wealth of expertise gained with...
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Eight faculty members from across seven departments and six colleges have been named Public Engagement Faculty Fellows by the Public Engagement Project (PEP). They will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners and public debates. The fellows, who will...
Erin Baker
Industrial engineering professor Erin Baker and doctoral student Destenie Nock both gave presentations at the Distributed Energy Resources Workshop held at the University of Auckland in New Zealand Jan. 11-14. The workshop was sponsored by engineering professor Golbon Zakeri through the New...
Julius Lester
Julius Lester, a professor emeritus of Judaic and Near Eastern studies who was nationally renowned as author, civil rights activist, musician and photographer, died Jan. 18 at age 78. Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1939, the son of a minister. He grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and...

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