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UMass official to attend ‘Open Textbook Network’ meeting

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — With textbook costs estimated at about $1,300 by the College Board, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is participating in the first meeting of a group advocating for “open textbooks,” resources students can use for free. Marilyn Billings, scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian for UMass will join leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities at the University of Minnesota on Aug. 5 to 7 to participate in …

Organic farming conference to return to UMass next month, feature speeches from neurologist, consumer activist

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — A regional organic farming conference that drew more than 1,000 visitors to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last year is set to return next month, highlighted by keynote speeches from a neurologist and a consumer activist. The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s summer conference, “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves,” will take …

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 …

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. …

Institute gets $14M grant to help with Head Start

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

HADLEY — The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will continue to work with Head Start programs across New England. The institute Wednesday announced it had received a $14 million contract for the coming five years, which covers training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start …

State medical examiner determines that UMass student Chloe Malast died of blood clots

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — A state medical examiner has determined that a 21-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student who died in October succumbed to blood clots in her lung’s arteries that may have been brought on by birth control pills. Chloe Malast, a student in the Commonwealth Honors College from …

All the right moves: How a Smith College athlete Claire Edwards’ connections in the gym led to a career in dentistry

Monday, July 6, 2015

As a track and field athlete at Smith College in Northampton, Claire Edwards knew how important it was to be in the right place at the right time. If she wanted a strong finish to a race, she …

UMass report on climate change to help guide wildlife action plans in 22 states

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — The work of University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists will be used in 22 states to inform decisions about how to protect vulnerable wildlife from the effects of climate change. Michelle Staudinger, science coordinator for the …

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. …

Host of WMUA ‘Focus’ program turned off in May files grievance with UMass student-run radio station

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose “Focus” program on the University of Massachusetts student-run radio station was taken off the air in the middle of a broadcast in May is filing a grievance. Merrylees “Molly” Turner said Tuesday …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …