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Chemistry professor Michael Maroney discusses the biological benefits of trace elements in a Jan. 11 segment on “Distillations,” a new weekly podcast on the past, present and future of chemistry.

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Lori Bindig, a doctoral student in Communication, recently had her master’s thesis on the 1990s TV show “Dawson’s Creek” published by Lexington Books.

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Last year’s sharp increase in foreclosures stems from the housing market’s abrupt decline combined with the groundswell of subprime mortgages issued from 2002 into 2007, according to Sheila Bair, chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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M.V. Lee Badgett, associate professor of Economics, is among the “20 Powerful Lesbian Academics” profiled in the March issue of Curve magazine.

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Dee Boyle-Clapp, former executive director of the Pioneer Valley Humane Society, has been named the new program coordinator for the Arts Extension Service.

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Margaret Lucille Everson, 89, alumna and retired head clerk in the Graduate School, died Feb. 20 in Hadley.

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Leopold “Terry” Teraspulsky, 86, of South Hadley, cellist and professor emeritus of Music, died Feb. 14 from complications of heart disease.

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Research professor E. Bruce Brooks and A. Taeko Brooks of the Warring States Project gave two lectures at Clark University on Feb. 18.

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Carey Dimmitt, assistant professor in Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services, is among three national content experts selected to advise the Education Resources Information Center, an online digital library of education research and information.

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English professor Ron Welburn was the February author in the Vine Deloria, Jr. Native Writers Series at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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