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David Sela
A paper by nutritional microbiologist David Sela, food science, and colleagues at Harvard and Arizona State University was recently named one of the top five most viewed papers of 2017 in the open access journal, PeerJ, in four topic areas: food science and technology, gastroenterology and...
Larry Goldbaum
The campus community is invited to a retirement reception in honor of Larry Goldbaum, director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 4-6 p.m. in the Amherst Room, Campus Center.  Refreshments will be served. Goldbaum came to UMass Amherst in 1995 as director...
Premachandran Menon
Premachandran “Prem” Menon of Amherst, 65, a retired lecturer in electrical and computer engineering, died Jan. 1. Born in Malaysia, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957. After earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, he worked for 24 years...
Ronald Fredrickson
Ronald Harold Fredrickson, 86, of Osage City, Kansas, professor emeritus of education and founder of the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE), died Jan. 2. Born at home on the family farm west of Osage City on June 24, 1931, he graduated from Rapp School, a one-...
J. Kevin Crocker
J. Kevin Crocker, 65, of Hadley, a senior lecturer in economics, died Jan. 8. He was the department’s chief undergraduate advisor and honors program director. He joined the department in 2005 as lecturer, served as academic advisor beginning in 2007 and became senior lecturer in 2012. He...
Lila Gierasch
Lila M. Gierasch, Distinguished Professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named the 2018 recipient of the American Chemical Society’s Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry. She was honored for “her seminal contributions to peptide structure and...
Mark Leckie
Professor Mark Leckie and doctoral candidate Benjamin Keisling of the geosciences department have embarked on a two-month expedition aboard the drill ship JOIDES Resolution to the Ross Sea of Antarctica, south of New Zealand, where they will gather data on past climate and oceanic changes. The...
Barbara Partee
Barbara Partee, Distinguished Professor emerita of linguistics and philosophy, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Amsterdam on Jan. 8 for her contribution to the development of formal semantics in natural language. The award was presented during the university’s 386th...
Robert Laurence
Robert L. Laurence, 81, of Waynesboro, Virginia, professor emeritus of chemical engineering and founding coach of the UMass Amherst rugby team, died Dec. 28. Born in West Warwick, Rhode Island, on July 13, 1936, he was educated at Assumption High School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,...
David Lepak
David Lepak, 46, of Amherst, chair of the department of management and first holder of the Berthiaume Chair in Business Leadership, died Dec. 7. He joined UMass Amherst in January 2016. Mark A. Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School of Management, said Lepak “was a tremendous scholar, a fine...

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