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Smith Neuroscience Professor Dies

Friends and members of the Smith community gathered at Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Monday, Feb. 12, to remember Stefan Bodnarenko, associate professor of psychology, who taught in the neuroscience program. Bodnarenko died early on Feb. 12 after suffering a severe heart attack. Smith lowered the flag in front of College Hall to half-staff in his memory.

Bodnarenko had joined the Smith faculty in 1994. His research involved the complexity and precision of the connections that are made among the brain’s billions of neurons. A biophysicist/neuroscientist, who completed his doctoral studies at the City University of New York in 1989, Bodnarenko
taught courses in neuro-anatomy and biopsychology at Smith.

Calling hours for Bodnarenko will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Union Funeral Home in Union, New Jersey. A funeral will be held for Bodnarenko on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Plans are under way to schedule a memorial service at Smith for Bodnarenko in the near future.

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