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University of Massachusetts professor of chemical engineering Neil Forbes, right, and post doctoral fellow Nele Van Dessel work on cancer research in the UMass Life Sciences Laboratories in Amherst.

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the ideal way to fight cancer would be to build microscopic robots. The robots would be able to swim around inside the body, detect tumors, move inside of them and deliver drugs to kill the cancerous cells. Forbes is working on ways to make salmonella bacteria into the next best thing. Last month, he received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization this weekend. Activists affiliated with the organization that emerged from the anti-war movement and opposed …

After delays in deportation trial, DREAMer Bryan Torres now a student at Amherst College

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised him for 10 years — but he knew he had to push forward to reunite …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …

Drug sickens 11 students at Wesleyan

Monday, February 23, 2015

Police in Middletown, Conn., on Monday said they are searching for the source of what is likely a bad batch of Molly, an illegal synthetic party drug that sickened at least 11 students at Wesleyan University, two critically, after many used the drug Saturday. The drug, often found …

State rules that peer mentors at UMass may vote on joining Resident Assistant Union

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — Live-in peer mentors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will have the opportunity to join the Resident Assistant Union after a ruling by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. The board issued a decision Friday ordering a vote among the approximately 75 peer mentors at UMass to …

Warren asks people’s support for more just education policies

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Speaking Thursday at Greenfield Community College, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked for people’s support to help make college more affordable, to support early childhood education and to make education a priority and an opportunity for everyone. …

Faculty, students blast UMass misstep on Iran

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — One day after University of Massachusetts Amherst officials reversed a ban on admitting Iranians to certain graduate programs, the university chancellor apologized to faculty and students, many of whom expressed outrage and remorse over the policy. …

Boston College under investigation over access for disabled

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College has become more difficult to navigate for people with disabilities in recent years, according to former and current students whose complaints have prompted an investigation into whether the school is violating accessibility laws. Students said in a complaint to the U.S. Education Department’s …

Juliet Garcia, first Hispanic woman to lead U.S. college or university, will be commencement speaker at Smith

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university will be the commencement speaker this spring at Smith College. Juliet V. García, former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, was announced Wednesday as the speaker. “Juliet García is an accomplished leader in …

UMass reverses policy on Iranian graduate students in engineering, natural science programs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will …