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Shelly Peyton
Shelly Peyton, associate professor of chemical engineering, has been named to the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review in the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Peyton is the Barry and Afsaneh Siadat Career Development Faculty Fellow...
Elizabeth Adamitis
Elizabeth M. Adamitis, 80, of Amherst, a retired dining hall supervisor, died June 28. Born Aug. 12, 1936, in Northampton, she graduated from Amherst high school in 1953. She joined UMass Amherst as kitchen helper in 1960, held positions as a boarding hall worker and became supervisor of Worcester...
Olivia Clark
Alumna Olivia Clark, a creative marketing associate in University Relations, was a semi-finalist in the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant held June 30-July 1 in Worcester. Clark, who was crowned Miss Western Massachusetts 2017 in January, graduated in May as a BDIC major in advertising...
Stephen Schreiber
Stephen D. Schreiber, chair of the department of architecture, was elected regional director of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) at its 98th annual business meeting in Boston in June. Schreiber was elected to serve on the council’s board of directors by the...
Britt Rusert
Britt Rusert, Afro-American studies, has published her first book, “Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture,” which examines an overlooked chapter of the pre-Civil War United States in which black abolitionists used science to support their fight for...
Betsy Dumont
Elizabeth (Betsy) Dumont, professor of biology and senior vice provost for academic affairs, has been named the dean of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced.  The newest campus in the California system, UC Merced was established in 2005 and has been...
Cliff Warren
Men’s basketball program and head coach Matt McCall has announced the hiring of associate head coach Cliff Warren and assistant coaches Rasheen Davis and Peter Gash.          “Any time you are putting together a coaching staff, the main...
Erinn Knyt
Erinn E. Knyt, music history, has a new book “Ferruccio Busoni and His Legacy,” which is part critical biography and part interpretive analysis of the renowned composer, conductor and teacher. The book was published earlier this month by the University of Indiana Press. Many of Busoni...
Melanna Cox
Kinesiology doctoral student Melanna “Lanna” Cox was recently awarded the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) Fellowship. Cox was nominated by her department for this award, which provides a stipend of $25,000 and full tuition for the 2017-18...
Johnny P. Tooson
Johnny P. Tooson has been hired as the new executive director of student engagement and leadership, part of the Student Affairs and Campus Life leadership team. He begins his new duties Aug. 7. Tooson will oversee the student engagement cluster that includes student activities and involvement,...

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