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Robert MacWright joined the Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) as director on March 3. MacWright has been involved in academic technology transfer since 1985. He previously served as director of academic technology transfer programs at Rutgers University, the University...
Christopher Crooker has been named assistant vice chancellor for development, according to Michael Leto, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations. Crooker is expected to begin his new duties around April 21. In his new role, he will direct programs in corporate and foundation relations...
Distinguished Professor Lila Gierasch of biochemistry and molecular biology and chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2014 Mildred Cohn Award for her work in protein folding, structure and function from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The award recognizes...
Helen Barrington, New England Public Radio's executive director for programming and content, is stepping down April 18 to serve as executive director of Voices Boston, formerly PALS Children's Chorus. Barrington has been with the station for nearly 8 years. "Helen has done great work...

Professor emerita of economics Nancy Folbre has been chosen to receive the Beth Shulman Award from the National Employment Law Project in recognition of her scholarship and leadership promoting employment issues of special concern to low-wage and women workers. The award will be presented to Folbre on April 30 in Washington, D.C.

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Tameka L. Gillum, associate professor of public health, gave an invited talk at the 39th annual Association for Women in Psychology Conference held March 6-9 in Columbus, Ohio. Gillum’s talk, “Sexual Minority Youth’s Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence” was part of the...
Two faculty members and several graduate students from the College of Education presented their research during the Second International Conference on Heritage Languages held March 7-8 at UCLA’s National Heritage Language Resource Center. Theresa Austin, professor in the language, literacy...
Ronald Steele, 80, professor emeritus of music, of Amherst, died Feb. 25 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, following a long illness. Born in Montclair, N.J., he began the two artistic pursuits that would exist side by side throughout his life, when he picked up a violin and a camera for the...
Herschel G. Abbott, 92, professor emeritus of forestry, died March 1 at his home in Leverett. Born in Woodstock, Maine, he was a junior at the University of Maine when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He immediately enlisted in the United States Navy V7 program. Upon graduation in 1943, he reported for...
Sidney J. Claunch, Jr., 93, of Easthampton, professor emeritus of management, died Feb. 17 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. Born in Humboldt, Tenn., he spent his youth in Oakwood, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. After graduation from Oakwood High School in 1940, he worked as an apprentice tool...

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