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Research at UMass could prevent bats from being killed by flying into wind turbines

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMHERST — High pitched frequencies may be the key to preventing hundreds of thousands of bats from being killed by wind turbine blades, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team. Paul Sievert, a research associate professor in the department of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, will head a team to build and test objects that mimic the larynx of a bat to create a high pitched sound only …

UMass doctoral student seeks subjects for diabetes study

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student is looking to make some test subjects sweat. Jennifer Blankenship, a kinesiology doctoral student at UMass, is looking for participants for a study to determine whether a long period of exercise or several short periods of exercise are more effective at controlling blood sugar levels for adults with diabetes. Test subjects must be between …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But Five College Consortium officials are seeking permission to build a much larger facility in phases …

UMass appropriation not a cut, governor’s office asserts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July …

UMass tuition and fee hikes to remain in place following $5.25 million in cuts by Gov. Charlie Baker

Monday, July 20, 2015

AMHERST — With a sizable funding cut to the University of Massachusetts system included in the state budget signed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker, the cost to attend the university will rise by the full amount approved earlier this year by the school’s trustees, the UMass president’s office …

Families needed to host Japanese students enrolled in summer program at Amherst College

Saturday, July 18, 2015

AMHERST — Exchange students from Doshisha International Junior/Senior High School in Kyoto, Japan, will be coming to stay with families in and around Amherst starting Friday. The only problem is: there aren’t enough host families. Diane Caraker, a host parent, said she has never had trouble recruiting families …

Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fundraising campaign raises $1.1 million

Saturday, July 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Thanks to the strong annual fund support amounting to $1.1 million from 1,016 businesses and individuals, Greenfield Community College Foundation will continue to “invest in students and create a future” for students and the school. Along with the smaller donations this year, the foundation received three …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff …

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy welcomes tuition retention provision in state budget

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — Tuition at the University of Massachusetts is about to increase more than six-fold, and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says that is a good thing. The cost of attending UMass will not change substantially, but the way of accounting for it will. The portion of …

Pamela and Robert Jacobs donate $5 million to UMass for Judaic studies

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — A couple who graduated during the late 1960s from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have donated $5 million to their alma mater to support Judaic studies, as well as programming and resources for Jewish students. The gift, from longtime university supporters Pamela and Robert Jacobs, came …

WMUA general manager Andrew DesRochers predicts long-term benefits, despite growing tensions over personnel

Monday, July 13, 2015

AMHERST — The general manager for WMUA 91.1 is confident student leaders are making improvements to strengthen the University of Massachusetts radio station for future generations of undergraduates and create a safer work environment for both students and …

Colleges in US and Cuba form partnerships as travel restrictions ease

Friday, July 10, 2015

BOSTON — As the U.S. and Cuba mend ties, colleges in both countries are forming partnerships that once were heavily restricted. Only months after the U.S. eased travel restrictions, several colleges have struck agreements with Cuban schools to …

UMass: Tuition hike reduction on hold until Baker signs budget

Thursday, July 9, 2015

AMHERST — With the legislature’s conference committee budget approved, the University of Massachusetts system is holding off on deciding whether it will reduce tuition until Gov. Charlie Baker signs his version of the budget in 10 days, according to Robert Connolly, a spokesman for the UMass President’s Office. …