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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 Needham, died in her dorm room at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area on Oct. 19. Massachusetts Department of Public Health …

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 needed to position herself to be one step ahead of her competitors. As she learned …

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 Northeast Climate Science Center at UMass, was the project leader for the center’s effort to …

Virginia AG unveils rescue plan for college

Monday, June 22, 2015

SWEET BRIAR, Va. — Prominent alumnae of Sweet Briar College are rejoicing over a mediated settlement to keep the 114-year-old Virginia women’s college open, a rescue deal that caps frantic monthslong efforts to stave off a planned August …

Mourners gather at Smith College to remember lives of nine killed in Charleston shooting

Friday, June 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 people gathered Friday night at Smith College for music, prayer and meditation to mourn the killings of nine Charleston, South Carolina, churchgoers. “It’s really important to be here,” longtime activist Frances Crowe of Northampton …

Smith School for Social work invites community to vigil Friday night for victims of Charleston shooting

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers at the Smith College School for Social Work are planning a vigil at 7 p.m. Friday night for its students and the wider community to mark the killings of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday night as they prayed at the historic Emanuel African …

University renames institute after youngest bombing victim

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BRIDGEWATER — Bridgewater State University has formally renamed its Institute for Social Justice for the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, and announced plans for a bronze memorial to him on the campus where his parents met. …

UMass trustees approve 5 percent tuition increase, technology fee for Amherst campus

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — Tuition and fee increases proposed by a University of Massachusetts board of trustees committee last week were approved by the full board Wednesday. It will be the first tuition increase in three years for the university …

UMass Board of Trustees votes to approve tuition, fee hikes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — In a Wednesday meeting at the Mullins Center, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees took a voice vote in support of tuition and fee increases proposed last week by its finance committee. A few members …

Without a glitch Students learn Yiddish during intensive summer program Yiddish Book Center

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AMHERST — Though English speakers commonly say they “schmooze” with others to get in their favor, use the word “klutz” to describe a clumsy person and say there’s a “glitch” when their computers are acting up, many people …

Slovenian professor visits UMass to advocate for creation of World Bee Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — As pollinators across the world — particularly the honey bee — are succumbing to diseases and colony collapses, the government of one bee-loving country is trying to create a day to celebrate their worldwide importance. Janko Božič, a professor of animal behavior and beekeeping at Ljubljana …

Astronomers to mark year’s longest day Sunday at UMass Sunwheel

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the bookends of the longest day of the year by gathering at sunrise and sunset Sunday at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel. Located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium and just off Rocky Hill Road in Hadley, the Sunwheel …

Accreditation commission seeks comment about UMass Amherst Police Department

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AMHERST — Members of the public are invited to provide comments about the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department on Monday as part of that department’s accreditation process. Assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will be on site beginning Saturday to observe all …