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MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million in textbook expenses for UMass students since it started in spring semester 2011, a report titled “Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution” …

Amherst College outlines actions in quest for carbon-neutral campus

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — Amherst College trustees released a blueprint Tuesday for achieving a carbon-neutral campus, outlining steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase recycling and serve more homegrown food in its dining commons. The “Statement on Sustainability and Investment Policy” acknowledges the threats posed by climate change, states that climate change is caused by human activity and is something the college needs to confront. …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect from 5 p.m. Friday, March 6, until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 8. The statement said …

UMass bans admission of Iranian graduate students to specific programs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has banned Iranian nationals from admission to specific graduate programs, a move university officials say brings their policies into accord with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But representatives of Iranian students call …

Divest Smith College members use Valentine’s Day song to press for end to holdings in fossil fuel companies

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College President Kathleen McCartney received an unusual Valentine’s Day card Friday in the form of 30 singing students all advocating for the college’s divestment from fossil fuels. Students with Divest Smith College and members of …

Friday, February 13, 2015

Dean’s List Holyoke Community College The following local students have been named to the deans list at the Holyoke Community College. Amherst: Aisha Ahmed, Iqbal Ahmed, Nuria Ayala, Eric Braverman, Maritza Briones, Stephanie Briones, Amber Buescher, Jose Cabrera, Muhammad Chaudhry, Alice Correia, Yulia El Khoury Brianna Fuller, Phurbu …

Five College Consortium hopes to build library annex for 2.5 million volumes on Hadley farmland

Friday, February 13, 2015

HADLEY — An unpopular piece of property may finally have found its use — storing unpopular books. The Five College Consortium announced Friday that it hopes to build a 2.5 million volume library annex on a vacant piece of Hadley farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill …

Deaf advocates sue Harvard, MIT over closed captioning

Friday, February 13, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs. The National Association for the Deaf filed class action lawsuits in federal court, saying …

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance pledges $2 million to boost data science programs at Mount Holyoke, Smith colleges

Thursday, February 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. is making a $2 million investment in local women’s colleges to train what it hopes will be future employees. The Springfield-based company’s grant, called the MassMutual Women in Data Science program, will fund a four-year program beginning this fall at …

Former Amherst College student Angie Epifano speaks out in documentary about college rape

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — A new documentary shining a light on sexual abuse and rape on college campuses focuses on Amherst College’s past troubles and hopes for the future. When film producer Marjorie Nielsen began the project, called “It Happened Here,” she said she knew she wanted former Amherst College …

Amherst celebrates Black History Month with flag-raising, other activities

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

AMHERST — A red, black and green flag representing the Black Liberation Movement that began in the 1960s will be raised above the Town Common Saturday morning as part of the town’s recognition of Black History Month. Judy Brooks, a retired elementary school teacher, organized the flag-raising event …

Mount Holyoke College physics professor Alexi Arango seeks new ways to produce solar cells

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — In the custom-designed, state-of-the-art solar cell fabrication laboratory at Mount Holyoke College, Alexi Arango and his students are performing cutting-edge research on new semiconducting materials. Arango, 39, an assistant professor of physics, is exploring ways …

UMass environmental conservation professor Bethany Bradley suggests saving plants by expanding habitat

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — As climate change affects the habitats of plants, the best way to save some of them might be to plant them in gardens hundreds of miles away from their native homes. That’s what Bethany A. Bradley, …