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Published: 1/6/2021 2:08:12 PM
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UMass researchers named as fellows for science work

AMHERST — Three University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honor bestowed upon members by their peers to recognize their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They include:

Alice Y. Cheung, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, “for contributions to understanding the molecular and cellular biology of fertilization and polarized cell growth in plants.”

Her research interests include understanding the signaling of pollen tube growth in plant sexual reproduction. Her lab works to identify female signal molecules, their receptors on the pollen surface and signaling molecules that regulate the pollen cellular machinery for growth.

Triantafillos Mountziaris, professor of chemical engineering, “for significant research contributions in the synthesis of nanostructured photonic materials and for national research leadership impacting the science and engineering community.”

Mountziaris’s research interests include developing efficient processes for manufacturing nanostructured materials with precise control on their size, shape, atomic structure and composition.

James V. Staros, professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology and retired provost, “for distinguished contributions in cell biology on the mechanisms by which binding of polypeptide hormones to their surface receptors are transduced into signals.”

Staros’ lab focused on the mechanisms by which the binding of polypeptide hormones to their cell surface receptors are transduced into signals in the cell and mechanisms by which those signals are regulated.

An induction ceremony for the new fellows will be held on Feb. 13.

Robinson Donovan donates food toThe Gray House

NORTHAMPTON — Robinson Donovan, P.C., a law firm serving clients in Massachusetts and New England, made a donation of 100 pounds of side dishes to The Gray House in Springfield for Thanksgiving.

Through the help of individuals and businesses like Robinson Donovan, The Gray House provided turkeys and accompanying food for families in need for Thanksgiving.

To make a donation to The Gray House, visit

Attorney Williamsappointed to HCC board of trustees   

HOLYOKE — Eleanor P. Williams of Longmeadow, a lawyer who now works for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, has been appointed to the Holyoke Community College board of trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker. Her term will expire on March 1, 2024.

Williams has worked for MassMutual since 2011, starting as assistant vice president and counsel in the company’s dispute resolution group. From 2017 to 2019 she served as chief of staff to the executive vice president and was part of the senior leadership team. She is now the business leader working with the product and marketing business units to drive product development and efficiency.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, a law degree from Boston College School of Law and a master’s of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Florence Bank donates $100K in 2020 to ease food insecurity in Valley

FLORENCE — Florence Bank donated nearly $100,000 in 2020 to support a new food distribution collaborative and nine other longtime nonprofits with a mission to feed people who are battling food insecurity in the Valley.

The gifts have been made since March to organizations in all corners of the region, including the Hilltowns, to help ease the economic strain brought on by COVID-19.

In the spring, Florence Bank donated $50,000 to the Community Food Distribution Project (CFDP) created jointly by the Northampton Survival Center and Grow Food Northampton to help fund emergency food distribution in the early months of the pandemic.

The new collaborative makes food staples available through on-site distributions at nearly a dozen local sites. Northampton Survival Center and Grow Food Northampton established the organization in partnership with Community Action Pioneer Valley, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, the city of Northampton and Northampton Public Schools.

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