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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter said Turkey should contribute more to the international fight against the Islamic State, saying that even after granting the U.S. military permission to fly combat missions out of Turkey air bases, the Turkish government needs to "do more." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be built into military uniforms or …

Baker directs $5.5M toward worker training in HCC appearance

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HOLYOKE — In an effort to support training for workers in the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $5.5 million in capital projects Tuesday at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Baker told reporters, elected officials and college leaders that it is important to invest in places like Holyoke Community College to …

UMass police officers receive diversity training

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — From a police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 to a prisoner dying while in custody of Baltimore Police this year, a seeming racial divide between police and black citizens with tragic outcomes has prompted numerous protests and riots nationwide. As apparent tensions between law enforcement …

UMass named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for LGBTQ students

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has once again been named one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. Genny Beemyn, director of the UMass …

New app designed to make move-in easier for UMass students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts Amherst? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually it will provide students with assistance in a …

Massachusetts Senate president Stanely Rosenberg asks UMass officials to rethink fee increases

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, saying that such a move would ease the financial burden of a college …

Hadley planners, residents press for smaller Five Colleges library annex

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Although a representative for Five Colleges Inc. presented the Planning Board with a smaller library annex building than previously proposed, at the end of a two-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the board asked him to make it smaller still. The library annex was proposed to be larger …

Frustrations mount with WMUA review still weeks from completion

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — A review of operations of the University of Massachusetts radio station WMUA — including personnel matters that led to the dismissal of a longtime student adviser and the banning of a former program host from the …

UMass notches record year for U.S. patents, increasing its licensing income by $3 million

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts was awarded 65 U.S. patents during the past fiscal year, a record amount for the system, which has doubled down on increasing research in recent years, university officials say. “Cutting-edge research by our faculty puts us in the upper echelon of universities …

Organic farmers share ideas, expertise at NOFA conference

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AMHERST — For Northeast Organic Farming Association Executive Director Julie Rawson, the organization’s summer conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is about doing what organic farmers do best — sharing their knowledge. Among dozens of farmers and …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

UMass Off-Campus Conduct Report shows fewer students disciplined during 2014-15 academic year, but more suspended

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST — Fewer students were disciplined for off-campus behavior under the University of Massachusetts code of conduct during the 2014- 2015 academic year, but administrators handed down nearly three times the number of suspensions for the most serious offenses. UMass on Thursday released its annual Off-Campus Conduct Report, …

Massachusetts spends heavily on national searches for public college leaders

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts public higher education system is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct national searches for new chancellors and presidents, yet often turning to internal candidates, a process being defended by many. The search for a new president of the five-campus University of …