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Heather Rothenberg of the UMass Transportation Center was recently appointed co-chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Women’s Issues in Transportation.

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“Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History,” by Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor in Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, was published in February by New York University Press.

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Theoretical physicist Egor Babaev recently received welcome confirmation, from experimental work in Belgium and Switzerland, where researchers reported that a distinct new type of non-traditional superconductivity exists, as Babaev predicted as early as 2003 that it would.

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Two Student Affairs staff members and several students participated in the 85th American College Personnel Association (ACPA) annual convention held March 28 to April 1 in National Harbor, Md.

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Four students from the Masters of Arts in Teaching program in the Classics department presented a workshop at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of New England held March 19-21 at UMass Boston.

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Professor Baoshan Xing of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences gave an invited talk at a symposium on “Assessment of Biological Effects of Nanomaterials” held March 23-24 at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Officer Rita Contardo joined the UMass Police Department March 19 after graduating with high honors from the 22-week Western Massachusetts Police Academy in Springfield.

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Carole E. Cumps, 66, of Chicopee, the retired deputy director of the International Programs Office, died March 27 at Wingate in South Hadley.

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Sergio Breña, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

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Marion P. Hogan, 94, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Miami, Fla., retired principal clerk in the Financial Aid Office, died March 8.

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