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Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences at Smith College, listens to a research presentation by students in her class, Invertebrate Paleontology and the History of Life, on Monday. At right is student Kenny Clark.

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 in the department of geosciences studies, is an invertebrate paleontologist and a carbonate sedimentologist — meaning she studies fossils of invertebrate animals …

Bill Cosby steps down as honorary co-chairman of UMass Amherst fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least two other schools that have distanced themselves from Cosby. Cosby is a graduate of UMass …

UMass groups offer space for discussion in wake of Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Sitting in a circle of upholstered chairs, Chrystal George Mwangi was one of dozens of faculty, staff and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who engaged in conversations Tuesday following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white Missouri police officer in the death of a black teenager in …

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,” …

Obama administration rules target for-profit colleges

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Obama administration on Thursday will publish new regulations intended to target for-profit career colleges that leave students with debts they cannot repay. The U.S. Department of Education rules will sanction schools with students who carry too much debt compared with their earnings after graduation. Programs that fail …

Report: State needs more skilled college graduates

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — There is a shortage of skilled graduates in Massachusetts and more are needed to fill jobs in key industries that fuel economic growth, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Higher Education Officials are basing their projections on an expected drop in the …

UMass director of community relations Tony Maroulis starts series of informal town-gown conversations

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An initiative to continue building relationships between the University of Massachusetts and its host communities begins Monday with a series of coffee-shop meetings. Tony Maroulis, director of community relations at UMass, is starting the “community conversations” at 10:30 a.m. at the Black Sheep Deli, 79 Main …

Dartmouth’s Tuck School, Smith College to partner

Friday, October 24, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth will offer its Tuck Business Bridge Program to undergraduates at Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts. It’s the first time the program will be delivered by Tuck faculty at another institution in the …

University of Massachusetts union members plan rally Friday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts employees who are part of five unions working under the terms of previous contracts will continue to rally Friday morning, hoping to draw attention to their negotiating position. Donna Johnson, president of the 1,000-member University Staff Association, said the unions are holding an …