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Fannie C. (Horr) Ely, 97, of Hadley, a retired clerk in Residential Life, died Nov. 10. Born March 28, 1921 in New Salem, she joined UMass Amherst in 1962 as a kitchen helper and became a junior clerk in 1966. She retired as a senior clerk in 1979. She loved horses and rode and cared for her...
Linda Cohen
Linda Cohen, 83, of Amherst, a retired staff assistant in the psychology department, died Oct. 24. Born Aug. 12, 1935, in Laconia, New Hampshire, she graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in education. She moved to Amherst in 1976 and assumed administrative...
Israel Rivera
Israel (Izzy) Rivera, a graduate student in the School of Public Policy, was recently honored by the Black and Latino Caucus of the Massachusetts Legislature for his community work and leadership. The award was given in conjunction with a recent LatinX Excellence on the Hill day hosted by the...
Paul Edward Drummond, 88, of Amherst, a retired director of physical operations for the chemistry and physics departments, died Dec. 7. Born Sept. 25, 1930, in Dorchester, he was a graduate of Boston College where he went on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. from...
Robert Charles Cook
Robert Charles Cook, 57, a former managing software engineer in computer sciences, died Nov. 18. Born in Springfield, Nov. 7, 1961, he spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Amherst, where he grew up with one sister and eight brothers. He graduated from Amherst Regional High School in...
Thomas Russell
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected Thomas P. Russell, Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Professor of polymer science and engineering, to the rank of NAI Fellow. The NAI recognized Russell for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating...
Brian Martin
“Lookin’ Forward” by graduate student Brian Martin is one of only six compositions selected from a highly competitive national field for inclusion in the Jazz Education Network’s Young Composer Showcase. All six winning compositions will be performed by the U.S. Army Jazz...
Torrey Trust
Teachers around the world are benefiting from open educational resources (OER) developed by students in two courses taught by Torrey Trust, assistant professor in the department of teacher education and curriculum studies in the College of Education. Open educational resources are in the public...
Eiko Strader
Eiko Strader, a 2017 Ph.D. recipient in sociology, has been honored with a 2018 Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation on immigration and wage inequality. The awards recognize outstanding research by graduates in the fields of mathematics,...
Erinn E. Knyt
Erinn E. Knyt, associate professor of music history, has been awarded the American Musicological Society’s (AMS) Teaching Award for her article “Teaching Music History to Graduate Students.” The award was announced last month at the society’s annual meeting in San Antonio,...

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