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Andrew Barto
Computer science professor emeritus Andrew Barto is the 2017 recipient of the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) IJCAI-17 Award for Research Excellence. The lifetime achievement award recognizes scientists who consistently produce high-quality research in their...
Erin Baker
Erin Baker, industrial engineering and director of Wind Energy Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), was a plenary speaker at WINDFARMS 2017 held May 31-June 2 at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain. WINDFARMS was planned to bring together wind farm...
John R. Cronen, 87, of Montague, a 42-year employee of veterinary and animal sciences and preceding departments, died May 29. Born in Greenfield Oct. 18, 1929, he graduated from Turners Falls High School. He joined UMass Amherst in the former farm department as a stableman in 1948. Other titles he...
International workshop in social sciences
Krista Harper, anthropology and School of Public Policy, and Jacqueline Urla, anthropology, with graduate students Alina Ryabovolova, communication, Dana Conzo and Brittni Howard, both anthropology, took part in an international graduate student workshop on “Grassroots: Economies, Politics,...
Deborah Niemann
A second, expanded edition of “Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliant Living” by homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert Deborah Niemann, an online instructor this summer at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was published June 1 by New Society Publishers...
Carson Cornelius-Burke
Carson Cornelius-Burke, most recently general manager of WUEV radio at the University of Evansville, Indiana, has been named director of student broadcast media for UMass Amherst, focusing primarily on student radio station WMUA. He begins work in June. Experienced in college radio operations,...
Robert Skalbite
Robert Skalbite, assistant superintendent of the university’s Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center, has been named to a new interim position as farm manager. This position will oversee operations at the Crop and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield...
Ruth Hooke
Ruth Ferguson Hooke, 90, of Vershire, Vermont, a retired longtime instructor, advisor and program coordinator at University Without Walls (UWW), died May 20. Born March 12, 1927, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, she attended the Westtown School and Wellesley College, then worked in Europe helping with...
Merka Fletcher
Merka (Mary Uris Oser) Fletcher, 71, of Shutesbury, a former assistant at the University Day School, died May 18. Born Oct. 27, 1945, she was raised in Clinton, New York, and earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. She spent a semester...
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The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) has awarded three research grants totaling $25,000 in its inaugural round of funding through the Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grant Program. The grant program is an annual competition designed to stimulate new scholarly collaborations for...

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