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Norman W. Ward Sr., 91, of Turners falls, a former cook, handyman and maintenance foreman, died Sept. 30. Born in Pelham July 31, 1925, he was a graduate of Amherst High School. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Seabees from 1943-46, including service in Guam, Saipan and Okinawa. He...
CEE awards
Fourteen graduates were honored Sept. 23 as the inaugural class of the civil and environmental engineering department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. The awards recognize their contributions to the engineering profession. CEE department head Richard Palmer and College of Engineering dean...
Emery Berger
Emery Berger, computer science, will give an invited talk Friday, Oct. 7 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Workshop on Software Correctness and Reliability. His talk will be “On the Correctness of Spreadsheets,” describing his work on automatically finding errors in...
Gina Chaput
Gina M. Chaput, a Ph.D. candidate in microbiology, was recently awarded the 2016 Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results Fellowship for her dissertation research to discover mechanisms of anaerobic bacterial lignin degradation that can be used to improve paper pulping...
James Heintz
James Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, will speak as a member of a panel called “Making Macroeconomics Work for Women” at the International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The event will be webcast at http://www.imf.org/external/...
Banu Subramaniam,
Banu Subramaniam, women, gender and sexuality studies, has been awarded the 2016 Ludwik Fleck Prize for the book “Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity” (2014 University of Illinois Press). The judges wrote, “Offering a narrative that...
Evan Ray, left, and Nicholas Reich
Evan Ray, a postdoctoral researcher in biostatistics, recently attended a workshop on forecasting outbreaks of influenza at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Ray, who attended with assistant professor Nicholas Reich, developed a new method for forecasting infectious...
Thomas Huf
Thomas Huf, senior program manager for Facilities and Campus Services, will introduce a program on U.S.-Iran engagement sponsored by the Atlantic Council on Monday, Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C. Called “Ties that Bind: US-Iran Engagement and the Peace Corps Legacy,” the program...
Clarence Brooks Jr.
Clarence Brooks Jr., an all-conference offensive lineman and assistant coach for UMass Amherst in the 1970s who went on to defensive coaching success in the National Football League and won a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens, died Sept. 17. He was 65. Born in New York City in 1951, he...
Shaheen Pasha
U.S. media coverage of women in Islam is stereotyped and full of “gendered” clichés, according to journalism professor Shaheen Pasha. “The people that are chosen to discuss this fall into two categories: You have someone who is wearing hijab [head covering] and then you...

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