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Members of Team Eureka!, which encourages girls to explore STEM fields, and current and former university employees who worked on the Academic Program Inventory Team have been selected to receive citations for outstanding performance through the 2016 Commonwealth Annual Performance Recognition...
Carolina Aragon
Carolina Aragon, landscape architecture and regional planning, was honored with a Citation Award from the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (WMAIA) on Dec. 1 for her project “High Tide,” an outdoor installation landscape/art piece at the RFK Greenway...
Rick Adrion at ECEP
Nearly 100 educators, researchers, nonprofit and industry leaders and government officials from 16 states and Puerto Rico recently attended a two-day summit of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) project in Washington, D.C., organized by Rick Adrion, Renee Fall and Sarah Dunton of the...
Amel Ahmed
Amel Ahmed, political science, has been appointed director of diversity advancement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), effective in January. A scholar of comparative politics, American political development and democratic theory, she will be working to promote excellence,...
Dovi J. Afesi
Dovi J. Afesi, 71, of Easthampton, a former assistant professor in Afro-American studies, died Dec.2. He was born June 23, 1945, to the Ewe people in the village of Hohoe, Volta Region, Ghana. He grew up in Ghana and was selected from a nationwide pool to attend the Achimota secondary school in...
Catherine Portuges

Catherine Portuges, professor of comparative literature and director of the interdepartmental program in film studies, organized a panel on “Émigré Directors in Hollywood: New Perspectives on (Mutual) Influence” for the 48th annual convention of the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies held Nov. 17-20 in Washington, D.C

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Michael Wolff
Michael Jonas Wolff, 89, professor emeritus of English and a founding father of the field of Victorian studies, died Nov. 5. He was born July 2, 1927, in London. During the Blitz he was moved from London to St. Edward's School in Oxford, considered a safe area. He won a scholarship to...
Christian Santangelo
Christian Santangelo, physics, has been awarded the 2017 GSOFT Early Career Award from the American Physical Society’s (APS) Topical Group on Soft Matter, for his “seminal theoretical contributions exploiting geometry and topology to understand the elasticity of soft materials.”...
Mary Lynn Boscardin
Mary Lynn Boscardin, education, was elected to the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) board of directors in a recent member-wide election. She will begin her term as the member-at-large, non-designated on Jan. 1. The board of directors establishes strategic direction for CEC, addresses issues...
Anna Nagurney
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at the society’s annual meeting in Nashville,...

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