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Williamstown's Town Election Ballot Still Has Holes

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With just over a week left before the deadline to return papers for May's town election, there is just one contested race on the ballot, and there are two positions for which no one has pulled papers.
 
Town Clerk Mary Kennedy reported Thursday that the town's three-year seat on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee and one of the two Elementary School Committee seats up for grabs have attracted no interest to date.
 
There are two seats on the ballot for the Williamstown Elementary School Committee, though they will be largely pro forma elections. On July 1, the elementary school committee will cease to exist as the Mount Greylock Transition Committee formally takes overall operations for the three schools in the recently expanded district.
 
Incumbent Catherine Keating has taken out papers for her seat on the School Committee. The other seat up for election currently is occupied by Joe Johnson.
 
The McCann Tech post, a three-year seat, is currently held by Thomas Mahar. No one has taken out papers to fill the post.
 
Incumbent Select Board member Anne O'Connor has taken out papers and returned them to retain her three-year seat on the board, as has incumbent library trustee Charles Bonenti.
 
The Planning Board is the only panel to see a potential race so far. There are two seats on the ballot: a five-year seat currently held by Chris Kapiloff and the two years remaining on the seat held by Ann McCallum, who is stepping down from the board.
 
Both Stephanie Boyd and Michael Goodwin have taken out and returned papers to fill the seat held by Kapiloff.
 
Alexander Carlisle has taken out papers for McCallum's seat.
 
The deadline to return election papers with signatures is Tuesday, March 20.

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Williams College Promotes Seven Faculty Members to Full Professor

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the promotion of seven faculty to full professorships, effective July 1, 2020. 

They include Jessica Chapman, history; Lisa Gilbert, geosciences; Christopher Goh, chemistry; LeRhonda (Rhon) S. Manigault-Bryant, Africana studies; Ashok Rai, economics; Neil Roberts, Africana studies; and Fred Strauch, physics.

In addition, eight faculty have received new named chair positions: Daniel Aalberts is the Kennedy P. Richardson ’71 Professor of Physics; Stephen Freund is the John B. McCoy and John T. McCoy Professor of Computer Science; Marc Gotlieb is the Halvorsen Director of the Graduate Program in Art History; John Limon is the John Hawley Roberts Professor of English; Susan Loepp is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Mathematics; Lucie Schmidt, is the John J. Gibson Professor of Economics; Eiko Siniawer is the Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of History; and Steven Swoap is the Howard B. Schow ’50 and Nan W. Schow Professor of Biology.

Jessica Chapman

Chapman's specialization is the United States and the world, with research emphases on Vietnam, decolonization, and the Cold War. Her teaching interests include U.S. foreign relations, the Vietnam Wars, the Cold War and decolonization, sport and diplomacy, and the relationship between foreign policy and domestic affairs. Her first book, "Cauldron of Resistance: Ngo Dinh Diem, The United States, and 1950s Southern Vietnam," was published by Cornell University Press in 2013. The recipient of a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, she is currently at work on two book projects. She received her B.A. from Valparaiso University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lisa Gilbert

Gilbert's areas of interest include undersea volcanoes and hydrothermal vents and science education. Her deep-sea research emphasizes the geophysical and geologic structure of mid-ocean ridges, seamounts, and hydrothermal systems. She is also a field geologist, with projects on ancient underwater volcanoes now accessible in New Zealand, Cyprus, Oman, Canada, Connecticut, and the western United States. Each summer, and part-time during the academic year, she leads the Marine Geosciences Research Group at Williams-Mystic. Her ongoing work includes efforts at improving equity in higher education, building partnerships in sustainability education throughout the learning ecosystem, and systems thinking skills development. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

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