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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 to create a high pitched sound only …

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 …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But Five College Consortium officials are seeking permission to build a much larger facility in phases …

Hartsbrook School faculty speaker Nicki Robb entreats graduates to stay awake to what is happening in the environment

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HADLEY — While the eight members of the Hartsbrook School graduating class of 2015 prepared to receive their diplomas Saturday, faculty speaker Nicki Robb drew their attention to some of the four- and six-legged members of the school’s …

University of Massachusetts tuition may rise

Saturday, June 6, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts tuition may rise for the first time in three years, according to university system spokesman Robert P. Connolly. The past two academic years saw a tuition freeze thanks to what Connolly called an …

Barnard votes to admit transgender women

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NEW YORK — Barnard College has decided to admit transgender women, becoming the latest women’s college to issue a new policy acknowledging the fluidity and complexity of gender. The policy, announced Thursday, says Barnard will consider applicants “who …

Alum gives Harvard $400M gift

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard has received its biggest gift in school history — a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire and alumnus John Paulson, the university said Wednesday. The endowment from Paulson will support the …

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 …