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Dexter B. Shearer, 75, of South Deerfield and Vero Beach, Fla., a retired UMass Police sergeant, died May 13 at his Florida home.

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A first-of-its-kind career book on the sports industry by Sport Management professor Glenn M. Wong has just been published. Wong is one of the top 100 Most Influential Sport Educators in America as selected by the Institute for International Sport.

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Elisa Campbell of the Office of Information Technologies is one of many photographers whose images of Hadley are being shown all summer at the Summit House in Skinner State Park.

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Martha L. A. Stassen, director of Assessment, has been reelected president of the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN).

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Susan R. Sturgeon, associate professor in the Department of Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $232,588 by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to develop a diagnostic blood test for breast cancer.

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Faculty in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the School of Education have been awarded a four-year, $796,809 Personnel Preparation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support speech-language pathology doctoral students focusing on special education.

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Stephen B. Oates, professor emeritus of History, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lincoln Group of New York on May 17 at a luncheon at the Monkey Bar in Amherst.

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Stuart Chipkin, M.D., research professor in Kinesiology, is a principal guest this month on a one-hour cable television program, “The State of our Health, The Health of our State: Obesity in Massachusetts.”

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Gov. Deval Patrick has appointed health educator Amanda Collings Vann of University Health Services to the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

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A recent article in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Chemistry World” column featured research by Chemistry professor Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan and colleagues on a new three-part polymer and its pharmaceutical applications.

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