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University of Massachusetts Amherst awarded $5 million grant to run aviation research center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CHICOPEE — Westover Air Reserve Base, and its accompanying civilian airport, might see new life after military cutbacks are shrinking the size of its air fleet. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $5 million state grant to run a major air traffic control research and training center there while plans are being considered to make the base the site of low-cost flights to Washington D.C. and Disney World, …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak officer. That event is scheduled for the Bridge Street School cafeteria at 7 p.m. The ceremonial …

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years when Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be there to greet it. Young, who died May 23 at the age of 61 after …

Senate airs reporting of campus sex assaults

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Only a fraction of campus sexual assault victims go to police. Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it — or don’t report it at all. Some …

MIT pulls online lectures over harassment claim

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it has removed a retired physics professor’s lectures from an online learning platform after a school investigation found he had sexually harassed a woman. MIT said in a statement that it began investigating after receiving a complaint in October …

After email controversy, Smith President Kathleen McCartney leads campus vigil over police killings of blacks

Monday, December 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— Smith College President Kathleen McCartney led a vigil attended by 130 people Monday afternoon three days after she apologized for her original wording in an email she sent to the campus community in reaction to the …

‘Crosset Christmas’ at Amherst College draws 1,500, leads to two injuries and pair of arrests

Monday, December 8, 2014

AMHERST — Out-of-control partyers at Amherst College that resulted in two arrests, two injuries and intentionally pulled fire alarms prompted the Amherst fire chief and college officials to put an end to the event early Sunday. The annual event, known as “Crossett Christmas,” drew up to 1,500 people …

Amherst College endowment reaches all-time high of $2.15 billion

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — The endowment for Amherst College recently passed $2 billion, a milestone that will allow the college to continue covering its expenses, including providing grants to all eligible students. “It’s a very big, very healthy number,” Kevin Weinman, the college’s chief financial officer, said of the $2.15 …

Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella to announce plan for more women in sciences at second college summit in Washington

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella will announce a plan to get more women into the sciences when she joins President Obama and more than 400 fellow college leaders at the second College Opportunity Day …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker encounters recipient of his own scholarship during visit to UMass

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AMHERST — Squeezed between scheduled events during his visit to the University of Massachusetts Amherst science facilities, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker ran into a student who received a scholarship he established. UMass junior Patrice Charlot of Brockton is among …

Doctors without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson speaks to UMass students about fighting Ebola in Africa

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

AMHERST — For six weeks this fall, Doctors Without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson fought Ebola in Liberia. When she returned, she found herself fighting for the rights of her colleagues. Speaking to an ethics class taught by professor …

Indian schools facing decayed buildings, poverty

Sunday, November 30, 2014

WINSLOW, Ariz. — On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry bread during the school’s heritage week. “It reminds us of the Native American …

Smith College geosciences professor Sara Pruss featured on National Geographic Channel ‘Big Cat Week’

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When producers from the National Geographic Channel told Smith College professor Sara Pruss that they needed her expertise for a special on “big cats,” she wondered if they had the right person. Pruss, an associate professor …