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UMass official to attend ‘Open Textbook Network’ meeting

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — With textbook costs estimated at about $1,300 by the College Board, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is participating in the first meeting of a group advocating for “open textbooks,” resources students can use for free. Marilyn Billings, scholarly communication and special initiatives librarian for UMass will join leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities at the University of Minnesota on Aug. 5 to 7 to participate in …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Area observers skeptical of new surveillance law

Sunday, June 7, 2015

With the recent passage of the USA Freedom Act last week, experts at local colleges said that while some of the new guidelines curbing government surveillance are a step in the right direction, the law may fall short …

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, …