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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 head a team to build and test objects that mimic the larynx of a bat to create a high pitched sound only …

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 effective at controlling blood sugar levels for adults with diabetes. Test subjects must be between …

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 Five College Consortium officials are seeking permission to build a much larger facility in phases …

UMass Amherst historian Karen Morrison earns Fulbright

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AMHERST — Karen Y. “Kym” Morrison, assistant professor of African diaspora history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship for the fall 2015 semester. She will travel to the South American nation of Brazil in August to begin work on her project …

Smith College ends Master’s in Education of the Deaf program; Clarke Schools establishes new partnership with Fontbonne University

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Class of 2015 is the last in the Smith College Master’s in Education of the Deaf program, which the college decided last year to discontinue. The program — which has graduated about 1,500 students — since 1962 had been a collaboration between Smith and Clarke …

Details emerge about internal staff conflict, upheaval at UMass radio station

Monday, June 22, 2015

AMHERST — A controversial decision to dismiss two long-time staffers from the student-run radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst followed a weeklong police inquiry into allegations that the host of the long-running Martian Gardens music program …

UMass English professor Charles ‘Charlie’ Moran III dies at age 78

Monday, June 22, 2015

AMHERST — Charles “Charlie” Moran III, who played a pivotal role in shaping the University of Massachusetts Amherst writing program during his nearly 50 years in the Pioneer Valley, died of acute myeloid leukemia Sunday at the age …

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 …