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UNH mourns loss of psychology professor

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations

The University of New Hampshire mourns the death of Stella Arambel, assistant professor of psychology. She died in a car accident Wednesday morning, March 9. Visiting hours were held earlier this week and services will be in California at the convenience of her family.

“The university community has lost a rising star with the untimely death of Professor Arambel. Her loss is staggering to her family, to her students and colleagues at UNH, and to the greater community of her research peers around the country and around the world. We are devastated,” UNH President Ann Weaver Hart said.

Arambel joined the faculty at UNH this summer after a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

“In the very short time she had been at UNH, Stella Arambel had a remarkable record of achievement. She came from Northwestern University in August and immediately set up an extensive lab in which she did research on cognitive processing. She was a true 'brain scientist' whose work on memory and language comprehension has been widely recognized for its path breaking use of neural imaging as a tool for understanding how the human mind functions. In addition, she was a very talented teacher and adviser to both undergraduate and graduate students, who were doing unusually advanced work under her direction. In a few short months she became a well-respected and key person in the Psychology Department. We grieve her loss in countless ways,” said Marilyn Hoskin, dean, College of Liberal Arts.

Condolences can be conveyed to Professor Arambel’s family in an online Guest Book at or mailed to her parents at: Vicki and Paul Arambel, 6743 Jasmine Ct., Chino, CA 91710.

For those who wish, donations can be made to the Lee Public Library, Stella Arambel Memorial Fund, 7 Mast Road, Lee, NH 03824. Arrangements are being made for a trust fund in memory of Stella Arambel for her daughter 8-year-old daughter, Maileen Liu. Details on how to contribute will be in an upcoming issue of Campus Journal.


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