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Mount Holyoke College seniors Bharati Manandhar, left, and Maame Appiah-Korang work together during a 48 hour "HackEbola" event in the University of Massachusetts Lederle Graduate Research Center on Saturday.

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers Friday night and Saturday in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass. On Smith’s laptop …

California regents OK tuition hike over protest

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Janet Napolitano prevailed Thursday in persuading the system’s governing board to authorize five years of tuition increases, a politically risky move likely to ignite months of debate to determine if the costs ultimately fall on students or taxpayers. Over the shouts of demonstrators and the opposition …

Former Brown dean, Nobel Prize winner, dies

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. He was 89. Greer was a founding director of the Nobel-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of …

Rose Olver dies at 77, remembered for 50 years on faculty at Amherst College

Thursday, November 20, 2014

AMHERST — Longtime Amherst College psychology professor Rose Olver, who helped usher in an era of equality with the hiring of female faculty and the enrollment of female students, died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home Wednesday …

UMass, Hampshire and Holyoke Community colleges get $810,000 grant to combine clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the …

Harvard, UNC sued over admission policies

Monday, November 17, 2014

BOSTON — Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation. The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving …

UMass drinking-water research gets $5.6 million in grants from US Environmental Protection Agency and state

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — In large laboratories on the third floor of the E Lab II building at the University of Massachusetts, professors and graduate students in civil and environmental engineering examine potable water for contaminants as they also explore …

‘Free plants’ sign leads to magnolia mix-up at Smith College Lyman Conservatory

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Students and staff at the Smith College Lyman Conservatory were relieved to learn Wednesday that the disappearance of a flat of rare plants was the result of a mix-up, not a theft. The plants, which had …

Faculty backs fossil fuel divestment movement

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or …

Creating the night away: Young innovators descend on Mount Holyoke College for hackathon

Friday, November 7, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Over 200 students showed up at Mount Holyoke College Friday ready to stay up all night, but they weren’t there for a party. They came for a hackathon — a competitive event in which computer …

Harvard under fire for secret classroom photos

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Harvard University is coming under fire from faculty and students for secretly photographing about 2,000 undergraduates in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. The experiment was disclosed at a faculty meeting Tuesday and first reported in The Harvard …

Local Peace Corps member’s photo helps promote agency’s message

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A photograph taken by a Northampton High School graduate is now being used as inspiration to make a difference in developing countries. Florence resident Jonathan Foster-Moore, now 24 and a member of the Peace Corps in …

Smith salutes Piotr Decowski, late physics professor’s genius for teaching

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Decowski can remember being a toddler in the backseat of the car, and asking his father, Piotr, endless questions about nature, science and anything else that made him wonder. “I was a very curious kid,” …