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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 …

Old Chapel at UMass recognized on National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Old Chapel, built in 1885 as the “New Chapel,” has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places and will reopen next year after two decades on the sidelines. Closed since 1996 because of deterioration of the tower, the …

Tuition increase, technology fee may push cost to attend UMass Amherst over $25,000 for next school year

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts trustees committee voted Wednesday for a 5 percent tuition hike and a new $250 technology fee that would increase the bill to more than $25,000 for in-state students attending school and living …

Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura tells graduates ‘crossing borders is never easy’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her …

Corporation for National and Community Service recognizes UMass for eighth consecutive year

Monday, June 8, 2015

AMHERST — For the eighth year in a row, the University of Massachusetts Amherst achieved recognition for its community service projects from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The organization placed UMass on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, according to a statement from …

College students peddle science on bike trip cross-country

Sunday, June 7, 2015

BOSTON — Seven students from Harvard and MIT are cycling across America, stopping in many rural towns to get kids interested in science through hands-on workshops to program computers, launch model rockets and build robots. The students hope …

Area observers skeptical of new surveillance law

Sunday, June 7, 2015

With the recent passage of the USA Freedom Act last week, experts at local colleges said that while some of the new guidelines curbing government surveillance are a step in the right direction, the law may fall short …

Hartsbrook School faculty speaker Nicki Robb entreats graduates to stay awake to what is happening in the environment

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HADLEY — While the eight members of the Hartsbrook School graduating class of 2015 prepared to receive their diplomas Saturday, faculty speaker Nicki Robb drew their attention to some of the four- and six-legged members of the school’s …

University of Massachusetts tuition may rise

Saturday, June 6, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts tuition may rise for the first time in three years, according to university system spokesman Robert P. Connolly. The past two academic years saw a tuition freeze thanks to what Connolly called an …

Barnard votes to admit transgender women

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NEW YORK — Barnard College has decided to admit transgender women, becoming the latest women’s college to issue a new policy acknowledging the fluidity and complexity of gender. The policy, announced Thursday, says Barnard will consider applicants “who …

Alum gives Harvard $400M gift

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard has received its biggest gift in school history — a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire and alumnus John Paulson, the university said Wednesday. The endowment from Paulson will support the …