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University of Massachusetts Amherst awarded $5 million grant to run aviation research center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CHICOPEE — Westover Air Reserve Base, and its accompanying civilian airport, might see new life after military cutbacks are shrinking the size of its air fleet. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $5 million state grant to run a major air traffic control research and training center there while plans are being considered to make the base the site of low-cost flights to Washington D.C. and Disney World, …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak officer. That event is scheduled for the Bridge Street School cafeteria at 7 p.m. The ceremonial …

Solstice sessions honor Judith Young, astronomer who created UMass Sunwheel

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMHERST — On Sunday the sun will rise and set over the shortest day of the year. It will be the first winter solstice in more than 15 years when Judith Young, an astronomy professor, will not be there to greet it. Young, who died May 23 at the age of 61 after …

UMass drinking-water research gets $5.6 million in grants from US Environmental Protection Agency and state

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — In large laboratories on the third floor of the E Lab II building at the University of Massachusetts, professors and graduate students in civil and environmental engineering examine potable water for contaminants as they also explore …

‘Free plants’ sign leads to magnolia mix-up at Smith College Lyman Conservatory

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Students and staff at the Smith College Lyman Conservatory were relieved to learn Wednesday that the disappearance of a flat of rare plants was the result of a mix-up, not a theft. The plants, which had …

Faculty backs fossil fuel divestment movement

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or …

Creating the night away: Young innovators descend on Mount Holyoke College for hackathon

Friday, November 7, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Over 200 students showed up at Mount Holyoke College Friday ready to stay up all night, but they weren’t there for a party. They came for a hackathon — a competitive event in which computer …

Harvard under fire for secret classroom photos

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Harvard University is coming under fire from faculty and students for secretly photographing about 2,000 undergraduates in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. The experiment was disclosed at a faculty meeting Tuesday and first reported in The Harvard …

Local Peace Corps member’s photo helps promote agency’s message

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A photograph taken by a Northampton High School graduate is now being used as inspiration to make a difference in developing countries. Florence resident Jonathan Foster-Moore, now 24 and a member of the Peace Corps in …

Smith salutes Piotr Decowski, late physics professor’s genius for teaching

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Decowski can remember being a toddler in the backseat of the car, and asking his father, Piotr, endless questions about nature, science and anything else that made him wonder. “I was a very curious kid,” …

Obama administration rules target for-profit colleges

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Obama administration on Thursday will publish new regulations intended to target for-profit career colleges that leave students with debts they cannot repay. The U.S. Department of Education rules will sanction schools with students who carry too much debt compared with their earnings after graduation. Programs that fail …

Report: State needs more skilled college graduates

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — There is a shortage of skilled graduates in Massachusetts and more are needed to fill jobs in key industries that fuel economic growth, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Higher Education Officials are basing their projections on an expected drop in the …

UMass director of community relations Tony Maroulis starts series of informal town-gown conversations

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An initiative to continue building relationships between the University of Massachusetts and its host communities begins Monday with a series of coffee-shop meetings. Tony Maroulis, director of community relations at UMass, is starting the “community conversations” at 10:30 a.m. at the Black Sheep Deli, 79 Main …