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KD Maynard is the new director of Undergraduate Advising, according to Pamela Marsh-Williams, assistant provost and dean of Undergraduate Advising and Learning Communities.

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Catherine Portuges, director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, co-curated “Check the Gate: Our 21st Century,” a festival of new Hungarian films held June 26-29 at the Curzon Mayfair Theater in London.

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Computer Science Distinguished Professors Don Towsley and Jim Kurose received the Association for Computing Machinery SIGCOMM Test of Time Award on Aug. 19 for their 1998 paper “Modeling TCP throughput: a simple model and its empirical validation.”

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Officer Christopher LaFlamme, the longest serving member of the UMass Police Department, was presented badge No. 1 by Chief Barbara O’Connor during an Aug. 25 ceremony in the Miller Room of Dickinson Hall.

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William J. Sienkiewicz, 79, of Northampton, a retired motor truck driver at Physical Plant, died Aug. 21 at home after a long illness.

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María Idalí Torres, a faculty member in the Department of Public Health since 1992, has been named director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at UMass Boston.

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Bradley W. Thornton, 70, of Florence, a retired painter II with Physical Plant, died Aug. 20.

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Brian D. Bunk, visiting assistant professor of History, co-edited “Nation and Conflict in Modern Spain: Essays in Honor of Stanley G. Payne,” published this month by the Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Arline M. (Hansen) Sheridan Molongoski, 89, of Glastonbury, Conn., a retired junior library assistant, died Aug. 19 in Manchester, Conn.

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Fergus M. Clydesdale, Distinguished Professor and head of the Food Science Department, presented the 2008 Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecture on Aug. 19 at the 236th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society held in Philadelphia.

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