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UMass vice chancellor
AMHERST — Julie L. Buehler of the University of Rochester has been appointed vice chancellor for information services and strategy and chief information officer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Buehler, who has served as deputy chief information officer at Rochester since 2008, will oversee UMass Amherst’s Office of Information Technologies. Working with the campus administration, individual colleges and faculty governance bodies, and in coordination with the UMass system IT office, she will also plan and implement the campus’ information and electronic communication strategy including academic, research and administrative computing.
Renaissance Center opens kitchen garden
AMHERST — Visitors to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Renaissance Center this summer can experience the sights, smells and tastes of n authentic 16th-century kitchen garden, now open for tours in North Amherst.
Stockbridge School of Agriculture students under the direction of professor John Gerber raised many historic fruit and vegetable varieties to create the full-scale replica on the center’s grounds.
The new garden, the adjacent to the Renaissance Center’s apple orchard and grounds, are free and open to the public for tours and picnics from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For those who can’t visit during the week, Renaissance Center staff also plan a Saturday, Aug. 17 event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UMass chemist awarded Fulbright
AMHERST — Jeanne Hardy, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will spend next spring and summer in Paris studying the shape and structure of a protein that is the focus of increasingly intense interest as a target in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Hardy has received a Fulbright Scholar award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to pursue the research.
Smith grants alumna $23K for race research
NORTHAMPTON — Smith College awarded a $23,000 grant to new alumna Emily Cook to enable her to write a book on race relations in the San Francisco Bay area during the early 1990s.
Cook is the third recipient of the college’s Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant program, which helps Smith’s Ada Comstock Scholars or recent graduates reach their highest potential by underwriting expenses associated with internships, independent research and travel, and creative and artistic projects. Cook graduated from Smith in 2011.
Hampshire prof wins animal research grant
AMHERST — The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation has awarded a grant of $10,000 to Hampshire College to support research into the role of environmental change in the evolution of animal communication.
The project, called The Role of the Environment in the Evolution of Multimodal Animal Communication in the Eastern Gray Squirrel, will be led by associate professor of animal science Sarah Partan.