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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 activist. The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s summer conference, “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves,” will take place from Friday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 16, at the university’s campus center and pond lawn. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who holds a medical degree from Bashkir Medical University in Russia and two post-graduate degrees in neurology and nutrition, will speak about how the digestive system may be responsible for increasingly common epidemics, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Without a glitch Students learn Yiddish during intensive summer program Yiddish Book Center

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

AMHERST — Though English speakers commonly say they “schmooze” with others to get in their favor, use the word “klutz” to describe a clumsy person and say there’s a “glitch” when their computers are acting up, many people …

Slovenian professor visits UMass to advocate for creation of World Bee Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — As pollinators across the world — particularly the honey bee — are succumbing to diseases and colony collapses, the government of one bee-loving country is trying to create a day to celebrate their worldwide importance. Janko Božič, a professor of animal behavior and beekeeping at Ljubljana …

Astronomers to mark year’s longest day Sunday at UMass Sunwheel

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the bookends of the longest day of the year by gathering at sunrise and sunset Sunday at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel. Located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium and just off Rocky Hill Road in Hadley, the Sunwheel …

Accreditation commission seeks comment about UMass Amherst Police Department

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AMHERST — Members of the public are invited to provide comments about the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department on Monday as part of that department’s accreditation process. Assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will be on site beginning Saturday to observe all …

Old Chapel at UMass recognized on National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Old Chapel, built in 1885 as the “New Chapel,” has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places and will reopen next year after two decades on the sidelines. Closed since 1996 because of deterioration of the tower, the …

Tuition increase, technology fee may push cost to attend UMass Amherst over $25,000 for next school year

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BOSTON — A University of Massachusetts trustees committee voted Wednesday for a 5 percent tuition hike and a new $250 technology fee that would increase the bill to more than $25,000 for in-state students attending school and living …

Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura tells graduates ‘crossing borders is never easy’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her …

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 …