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Ed Moret talks about the deadly earthquake in Nepal on Saturday and about his visit to the country, at his home in Northampton Monday.

Valley residents with links to Nepal urge help for relief work

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Kabindra Man Shakya, a Nepalese postdoctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found out about the earthquake that devastated his country when he received a call from his wife’s family at 4 a.m. Saturday. “At night when you get a call, you already know it is bad news,” he said Monday. He learned the earthquake had happened …

Storied NYC college awaits results of AG’s finance probe

Monday, April 27, 2015

NEW YORK — First came a hotly debated decision by Cooper Union to start charging its students after being tuition-free for generations. Then came an investigation by the state attorney general into the school’s management of its finances. Over the past year, Cooper Union’s reputation as a world-class training ground for engineers, architects and artists has taken a back seat to headlines about …

TEDx at UMass explores ‘pioneering’ as event expands; 12 speakers reach audience of over 700

Saturday, April 25, 2015

AMHERST — Speakers at the largest TEDx event convened at the University of Massachusetts explored the theme of pioneering Saturday, defined this way by the event’s chief curator, Nicole Malinowski: “to develop or be the first to use and apply.” “We are living in an age of transformative and powerful pioneering ideas being …

UMass engineering seniors’ year-end projects tackle issues like guiding the blind, treating post-traumatic stress

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Can police chest cameras turn on automatically during an arrest? Can Blue Tooth technology help the blind navigate through their day? Can a device worn by soldiers help doctors treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder when …

Rally at UMass calls attention to student debt resulting from loans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — As 100 or so prospective students and families made their way past the University of Massachusetts Amherst student union Thursday, a circle of current students wearing signs with messages such as, “You are not a loan,” …

Smith College commencement speeches to be offered in Mandarin, Spanish translations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least 130 friends and family members of the graduating Smith College class of 2015 will be the first to pilot the college’s new simultaneous translation service at commencement next month. The May 17 event will be translated into Spanish and Mandarin by live translators working …

Filmmaker Josh Fox to urge divestment from fossil fuels in talk at UMass

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

AMHERST — Renewable energy technology that exists today could replace all fossil fuel use in this country, according to filmmaker Josh Fox, who will speak Thursday evening at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of its Earth Day celebrations. Where the difficulty lies is in making the …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …