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GRiD member Ankita Shankhdhar takes the PVTA bus every day from Puffton Village to UMass. With the data, she's interested in predicting how late buses typically run.

UMass hackathon seeks to unravel mysteries of PVTA bus performance

Saturday, February 6, 2016

AMHERST — These students already know the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses pretty well. They know certain buses tend to run a few minutes behind. They know that on weekend evenings, leaving downtown Amherst, they’ll have to squeeze. And sometimes, if traveling from one spot on the University of Massachusetts campus to another, it can be faster to walk. These …

UMass investigates alleged workplace fraud at Physical Plant, five employees on paid leave, one resigns

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and misuse of campus resources in the Physical Plant division, according to university officials. “Significant allegations …

University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers help create powerful telescope to explore center of galaxy

Saturday, January 30, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. How is this possible? Gopal Narayanan, an associate professor in the UMass astronomy department, said …

Wilson, scholar of race, class, looks ahead at 80

Monday, December 28, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Seated in one of two offices he maintains on the Harvard University campus, William Julius Wilson points to the far wall and his framed citation for the 1998 National Medal of Science, only the second one …

Questions of due process, equal protection arise in federal lawsuit over UMass officials’ handling of sexual misconduct case

Sunday, December 27, 2015

AMHERST — In a federal lawsuit filed this fall against the University of Massachusetts Amherst and six of its officials, a male former student has joined other plaintiffs around the country in claiming that a school’s disciplinary process …

UMass Amherst professor using grant to help make data more trustworthy

Sunday, December 27, 2015

AMHERST — Data is plentiful and easily shared, but that means errors and false information can be spread quickly, too. Alexandra Meliou, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently received a $550,000 National …

Art at work

Monday, December 21, 2015

Creator of Harvard affirmative-action policy dies

Monday, December 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — Walter Leonard, an attorney and university administrator who designed an admissions process at Harvard University that led to more minority students being admitted, has died. He was 86. Leonard died Dec. 8 in Kensington, Maryland, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said his wife, Betty Leonard. The …

Smith College reports death of senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield has died, according to an email sent to the college community Friday afternoon. The circumstances of Collazo’s death were not described in the email sent by Donna Lisker, dean of the college and vice president for campus life. College …

Smith College faculty members sign letter calling for divestment from fossil fuels

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A letter signed by 85 current and former faculty members and sent to the Smith College board of trustees has joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the school to divest from fossil fuels. “Our hopes are to send a strong message to the trustees …

Rainy day gear

Friday, December 18, 2015

Inside Out Prison Exchange Program pairs Amherst College students, Hampshire County inmates in educational experience

Thursday, December 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The event was billed as a debate, but there was far more camaraderie than contention among the 15 students at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction — some inmates, some enrolled at Amherst College. …

Community members seek review by Senate and UMass presidents of WMUA restructuring

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AMHERST — Saying that the restructuring of operations at radio station WMUA will reduce the educational opportunities for students and diminish the cultural life of the Pioneer Valley, community members are calling on Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and …