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Smith College shuts down event in Scott Gym

Sunday, April 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College police had to close down an event in Scott Gynasium late Friday night after the crowd became too large and additional people were trying to enter the building, a college spokesperson said. Sam Masinter, director of college relations, said in an email in response to questions from the Gazette that the “student event” in Scott Gym attracted a full house but that, just after midnight, an …

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer Amy Ziering to speak at Amherst Cinema about sexual violence on campuses

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AMHERST — Marking Sexual Violence Awareness Month, “The Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will be at the Amherst Cinema on Friday to answer questions and provide an introduction to her film examining the culture of sexual violence on college campuses. The film opens at the theater Friday, and Ziering will attend the 7 p.m. screening. Ziering participated in a conference call Thursday with …

UMass to establish College of Information and Computer Sciences

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AMHERST — Quick on the heels of the launch of its Center for Data Science came the announcement Wednesday that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will establish a College of Information and Computer Sciences. Formerly a department in the College of Natural Sciences, computer science became a “school” in 2012 and will rise …

Mikhail Gorbachev cancels visit to US, including talk at Amherst College

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has canceled his visit to the United States, including a speaking engagement scheduled at Amherst College on May 4. The cancellation was explained only by a reference to “unforeseen circumstances” in an announcement Tuesday on the Amherst College website. Gorbachev, 84, …

UMass unions plan to picket office of President Robert Caret over unpaid negotiated raises

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — Faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts Boston plan to picket the Boston office of system President Robert L. Caret on Wednesday over unpaid raises which unions contend were negotiated and agreed upon last year. Five UMass Boston unions are expected to take part in …

Federal education officials visit UMass, will hear from backers of rape survivors’ bill of rights

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst student activists are taking advantage of the chance to talk with federal investigators about sexual assault, violence and rape and hoping the conversations will lead their school to adopt new polices friendlier …

UMass students show off animal-handling skills at 80th annual Bay State Livestock Classic

Saturday, April 11, 2015

HADLEY — University of Massachusetts Amherst junior Lindsay Andersen said as soon as she stepped on the Hadley Farm her freshman year she knew she wanted to be a “goat person” — someone who raises the animals from …

Federal officials will visit UMass Amherst investigating response to possible sexual harassment and violence

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — A continuing investigation into the response by University of Massachusetts to possible sexual harassment and violence is prompting representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to visit the Amherst campus next week. An email sent Thursday from the office of the vice …

UMass research on how bacteria communicate may lead to medicines that keep people healthier

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — While a person might not have much to say to a bacterium, research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst scientist shows that bacteria are avid communicators among their own kind. Kevin Griffith, assistant professor of microbiology …

UMass announces launch of new center for data science

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — Fifty years ago the advice to college graduates was to go into plastics. Today, it’s data. In order to meet the booming demand for data scientists across nearly every field, the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced …

Donation of $60,000 to establish nursing scholarship at Greenfield Community College

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fund drive moved closer to its $800,000 goal this week when Greenfield resident Howard Ahlskog donated $60,000 in memory of his wife, a local hospital nurse for 27 years. Ahlskog wants the Foundation to establish a new nursing scholarship in …

In a stop at UMass, McGovern announces $1.7M in federal grants to bolster food-related research at the university

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman James McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed …

Eric Carle among six who will receive honorary degrees at Amherst College commencement

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Famed author and illustrator Eric Carle, who founded a museum dedicated to children’s books in Amherst, is one of six people who will receive honorary degrees at this year’s Amherst College commencement. The ceremony May 24 will begin at 10 a.m. on the main quad, with …