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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 …

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 …

Barnard works toward a new policy on transgender admissions

Monday, June 1, 2015

NEW YORK — On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, …

Expelled student sues Amherst College, faulting investigation into 2012 rape case

Saturday, May 30, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A former Amherst College student expelled in 2013 after being found responsible for sexual assault is suing the college, arguing that a “deeply flawed” investigation failed to consider key evidence that proved his innocence. This is …

Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights

Saturday, May 30, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause. “Young women today …

Portman tells new Harvard graduates to take chances

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Natalie Portman advised graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday to use their inexperience to their advantage, saying she has learned that taking calculated risks can lead to life-changing rewards. The Academy Award-winning actress, speaking at Harvard College’s Class …

Restoration of Smith College’s Grécourt Gates part of a six-month renovation at West  and Elm streets

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A $1.5 million project is underway at Smith College to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility at West and Elm streets, and to refurbish the college’s historic Grécourt Gates. The construction project — expected to last six …

Filmmaker Waters to receive honorary degree from RISD

Monday, May 25, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Rhode Island School of Design offered iconic filmmaker John Waters an honorary degree, he was surprised. After all, he got thrown out of every school he ever went to. Known for quirky …

Former Saturday Night Live actor Brad Hall brings levity to Williston graduation ceremony

Sunday, May 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With the sound of bagpipes, applause and cheers in the air, 139 graduates took their seats under the big tent outside the Reed Campus Center for the Williston Northampton School’s 174th commencement ceremony Sunday morning. Giving …