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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter said Turkey should contribute more to the international fight against the Islamic State, saying that even after granting the U.S. military permission to fly combat missions out of Turkey air bases, the Turkish government needs to "do more." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be built into military uniforms or …

Baker directs $5.5M toward worker training in HCC appearance

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HOLYOKE — In an effort to support training for workers in the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $5.5 million in capital projects Tuesday at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Baker told reporters, elected officials and college leaders that it is important to invest in places like Holyoke Community College to …

UMass police officers receive diversity training

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — From a police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 to a prisoner dying while in custody of Baltimore Police this year, a seeming racial divide between police and black citizens with tragic outcomes has prompted numerous protests and riots nationwide. As apparent tensions between law enforcement …

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 …

UMass doctoral student seeks subjects for diabetes study

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student is looking to make some test subjects sweat. Jennifer Blankenship, a kinesiology doctoral student at UMass, is looking for participants for a study to determine whether a long period of exercise or several short periods of exercise are more …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

UMass appropriation not a cut, governor’s office asserts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July …

UMass tuition and fee hikes to remain in place following $5.25 million in cuts by Gov. Charlie Baker

Monday, July 20, 2015

AMHERST — With a sizable funding cut to the University of Massachusetts system included in the state budget signed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker, the cost to attend the university will rise by the full amount approved earlier this year by the school’s trustees, the UMass president’s office …

Families needed to host Japanese students enrolled in summer program at Amherst College

Saturday, July 18, 2015

AMHERST — Exchange students from Doshisha International Junior/Senior High School in Kyoto, Japan, will be coming to stay with families in and around Amherst starting Friday. The only problem is: there aren’t enough host families. Diane Caraker, a host parent, said she has never had trouble recruiting families …

Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fundraising campaign raises $1.1 million

Saturday, July 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Thanks to the strong annual fund support amounting to $1.1 million from 1,016 businesses and individuals, Greenfield Community College Foundation will continue to “invest in students and create a future” for students and the school. Along with the smaller donations this year, the foundation received three …

UMass bathroom policy affirms federal transgender protections in education

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to a University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender people’s rights to choose bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff …

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy welcomes tuition retention provision in state budget

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — Tuition at the University of Massachusetts is about to increase more than six-fold, and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says that is a good thing. The cost of attending UMass will not change substantially, but the way of accounting for it will. The portion of …

Pamela and Robert Jacobs donate $5 million to UMass for Judaic studies

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — A couple who graduated during the late 1960s from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have donated $5 million to their alma mater to support Judaic studies, as well as programming and resources for Jewish students. The gift, from longtime university supporters Pamela and Robert Jacobs, came …