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GRiD member Ankita Shankhdhar takes the PVTA bus every day from Puffton Village to UMass. With the data, she's interested in predicting how late buses typically run.

UMass hackathon seeks to unravel mysteries of PVTA bus performance

Saturday, February 6, 2016

AMHERST — These students already know the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses pretty well. They know certain buses tend to run a few minutes behind. They know that on weekend evenings, leaving downtown Amherst, they’ll have to squeeze. And sometimes, if traveling from one spot on the University of Massachusetts campus to another, it can be faster to walk. These …

UMass investigates alleged workplace fraud at Physical Plant, five employees on paid leave, one resigns

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and misuse of campus resources in the Physical Plant division, according to university officials. “Significant allegations …

University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers help create powerful telescope to explore center of galaxy

Saturday, January 30, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. How is this possible? Gopal Narayanan, an associate professor in the UMass astronomy department, said …

University announces WMUA restructuring as roles of students, community members to shift

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AMHERST — Under a restructuring of University of Massachusetts campus radio station WMUA, students will play a greater role in running the station next spring while community members will see a diminished role in on-air programming and the …

BU revokes Cosby’s honorary degree

Monday, December 14, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston University trustees have voted to revoke an honorary degree awarded to Bill Cosby. The university said in a statement Monday that the entertainer’s treatment of women “brought significant and lasting discredit upon himself” and was inconsistent with the school’s values. The university joins several …

Video game helps spur environmental learning

Sunday, December 13, 2015

PITTSFIELD (AP) — Through the use of a popular video game and a federal grant of nearly $37,000, one local partnership is using virtual insights to help shift students’ realities. Greenagers are just wrapping up a fall semester pilot of a program they call “Crafting the Landscape,” which …

Smith College junior Aly Johnson-Kurts interrupts Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to protest fracking at Paris climate talks

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College junior Aly Johnson-Kurts interrupted Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin at the Paris climate talks on Wednesday to protest a pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas through her home state. The governor responded by telling …

State lawmakers push debt-free college

Monday, December 7, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawmakers in 10 states launched a legislative push Monday intended to make debt-free public college a priority of the 2016 election. In a teleconference, the group of Democrats announced plans to introduce resolutions in the early primary states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, …

Gates Foundation awards $100,000 grant to three Smith College students working on system enabling non-cash purchases in India

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three Smith College students working on a system enabling non-cash purchases in India have received a grant from the Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant will support students Christine Yee, Darpan Bohara and Yashna Sureka in their …

UMass professor gets $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to research standard measurement of exercise

Monday, December 7, 2015

AMHERST— Catrine Tudor-Locke has spent much of her career studying walking behavior across a person’s life span. “I am interested in from the first steps you take as a toddler to the last steps you take in older …

Five College Learning in Retirement recruits participants for spring classes and special events

Monday, December 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The Willits-Hallowell Center at Mount Holyoke College was crowded with seniors one Sunday last month who came to learn about the spring 2016 classes and special events of the Five College Learning in Retirement program. …

Divisions emerge on campuses over tactics used by activists fighting racial discrimination

Monday, December 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Alton Luke II is an African-American sophomore at Occidental College who backs the broad goal of racial equity for students. But he has chosen not to support the minority student movement aimed at ousting college President Jonathan Veitch and improving campus diversity — and bluntly …

Higher education briefs

Monday, December 7, 2015

HCC professor awarded national fellowship HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College associate professor Vanessa Martinez, of Sunderland, has been selected as a 2015 Leadership Fellow for the American Anthropological Association. Martinez is an associate professor of anthropology in the …