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The Board of Trustees voted Feb. 16 to award tenure to Dhandapani Venkataraman of the Department of Chemistry.

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Tilman Wolf, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

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Phillip R. Westmoreland, professor and head of the Chemical Engineering
Department, has been chosen to chair of the the executive board of the National Program Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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Agnes (Gross) Howard, 88, of Amherst, professor emeritus of French, died Feb. 6 in Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield.

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Chemical Engineering professor Michael Henson has been elected to the board of trustees of CACHE Corporation.

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Brian Burrell, a lecturer in the Mathematics and Statistics Department, will read from his new book, “Postcards from the Brain Museum,” on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley.

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Henry G. Jacob, 82, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Mathematics, died Jan. 31 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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As the campus continues preparations for a major fund-raising campaign, University Advancement has filled three key posts. The new staff are Toivo Tammerk, assistant vice chancellor for Development; Ken Schexnayder, director of Advancement Communications and Campaign Public Relations; and Jennifer Farner, campaign coordinator.

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Jennifer L. Pinkham, 49, of Pelham, a research associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, died Feb. 1 at home after a long illness.

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Loretta Yarlow, former director of exhibitions at Pratt Institute in New York City, is the new director of the University Gallery. She replaces Betsy Siersma, who retired, and is the fourth director of the campus’s largest gallery.

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