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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 2, 2014, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Yellen, who succeeded Ben Bernanke as Fed chair this year, has continued his emphasis on nursing the U.S. economy back to health after the Great Recession of 2007-2009 with the help of historically low interest rates. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. Advance tickets are …

RI university facility under construction collapses

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — An athletic building under construction at a private university collapsed Tuesday, injuring six construction workers and leaving crumpled steel strewn across the site. Workers were installing steel beams on a new indoor practice facility for Bryant University in Smithfield around 8:15 a.m. when the beams collapsed, university spokeswoman Elizabeth O’Neil …

Harvard launches live ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers. In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television …

UMass professor Sandra Petersen receives $50,000 to create mentoring program for minority faculty in sciences, technology, engineering and math

Friday, August 7, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst professor is doing her best to keep female minority faculty in the science, technology, engineering and math fields by establishing a support and mentoring program. Sandra Petersen, who recently was honored at the White House for mentoring minority graduate students in …

UMass students to participate in 20-campus ‘Global Dialogues on Incarceration’ project

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMHERST — Building off a project exploring the role of the U.S. naval base which contains a detention camp for global terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, University of Massachusetts Amherst students will participate in a 20-campus “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” project. The project, which just received …

Raise cap on federal student loans, expand reach of ‘Pay As You Earn’ plan

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The most-discussed problem with federal student loans is that some people borrow more than they ultimately can repay. The Obama administration is trying to fix that. Another problem, paradoxically, is that students cannot borrow enough. To understand how this is a problem, remember that the federal government is …

UMass Amherst places second in Princeton Review ranking of ‘Best Campus Food’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to …

UMass trustees approve first female chancellor for Lowell

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees unanimously approved Jacqueline Moloney as the new chancellor for the Lowell campus Monday. Moloney, who has been UMass-Lowell’s executive vice chancellor, succeeds Marty Meehan, now UMass System president. Moloney, a UMass-Lowell graduate, is the first woman to lead the …

UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with …

UMass official to attend ‘Open Textbook Network’ meeting

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — With textbook costs estimated at about $1,300 by the College Board, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is participating in the first meeting of a group advocating for “open textbooks,” resources students can use for free. Marilyn Billings, scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian for UMass will …

Organic farming conference to return to UMass next month, feature speeches from neurologist, consumer activist

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — A regional organic farming conference that drew more than 1,000 visitors to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last year is set to return next month, highlighted by keynote speeches from a neurologist and a consumer …

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 …