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University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speaks during a press conference Friday in the Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at which ex-Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis presented his recommendations regarding large crowd disturbances.

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski provided a copy of a May 26 memo from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy stating UMass admissions would not …

Host of WMUA ‘Focus’ program turned off in May files grievance with UMass student-run radio station

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose “Focus” program on the University of Massachusetts student-run radio station was taken off the air in the middle of a broadcast in May is filing a grievance. Merrylees “Molly” Turner said Tuesday that filing the grievance is a way to express her concern about the action, in …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has created the Neipp Family Scholarship Fund in Math and Nursing, established in memory of his …

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 …

UMass cello professor Astrid Schween to join prestigious Juilliard String Quartet

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty cellist Astrid Schween will be the first woman to join the prestigious Juilliard String Quartet when she replaces a retiring musician who has been with the group since the 1970s. Schween, …

UMass Amherst to host Jawaharlal Nehru University of India faculty to collaborate on climate-change research

Monday, June 1, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst this week will host scientists from the other side of the globe to discuss climate issues affecting the entire planet. From Tuesday to Thursday, UMass is holding joint workshops with visiting scientists from India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University on topics including water …

UMass food science researcher Sam Nugen wins award for developing rapid pathogen detector

Monday, June 1, 2015

A University of Massachusetts food science researcher has won an award for developing a method of rapid pathogen detection in food. The researcher, Sam Nugen, engineered viruses to identify and separate microbial contaminants from food. His methods may help food manufacturers skip the wait time for safety test …