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University of Massachusetts professor of chemical engineering Neil Forbes, right, and post doctoral fellow Nele Van Dessel work on cancer research in the UMass Life Sciences Laboratories in Amherst.

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the ideal way to fight cancer would be to build microscopic robots. The robots would be able to swim around inside the body, detect tumors, move inside of them and deliver drugs to kill the cancerous cells. Forbes is working on ways to make salmonella bacteria into the next best thing. Last month, he received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization this weekend. Activists affiliated with the organization that emerged from the anti-war movement and opposed …

After delays in deportation trial, DREAMer Bryan Torres now a student at Amherst College

Friday, February 27, 2015

AMHERST — Bryan Torres was 12 when he made a three-week journey from El Salvador to Northampton. He cried nearly every day. He didn’t know if he would see his grandmother again — the woman who had raised him for 10 years — but he knew he had to push forward to reunite …

UPDATED WITH INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Beloved UMass peregrine falcon on mend after rescue from snowbank

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — A male peregrine falcon that has been the star of a popular webcam feed at the University of Massachusetts is recovering from injuries it suffered Thursday. Those who watch the falcon believe he may have crashed …

UMass students agree with decision to end confidential drug informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts students interviewed Thursday all said they agree with the university’s decision to end its confidential informant program. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in an email Thursday morning told students about his decision to end the program because it was “fundamentally inconsistent” with the core values …

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy ends UMass confidential informant program, citing inconsistency with university’s ‘core values’

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Reactions were mixed to Thursday’s announcement by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy that he will end the police department’s confidential student informant program, saying it is “fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of …

Online store run by Amazon will replace textbook annex at UMass Amherst

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — A virtual textbook store, run by the largest online retailer in the United States, will arrive on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus this spring, with officials expecting many students to have costs for purchasing classroom …

UMass malaria researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of infection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Academics react to terrorism in France, study-abroad students safe

Friday, January 9, 2015

In an essay he wrote in response to the terrorism that occurred in Paris while he was visiting this week, Ronald C. Rosbottom opened with a response to someone who asked if he was safe. “The answer is …

UMass Amherst reports 63 percent decline in off-campus student conduct violations during fall semester

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst reported Friday a 63 percent decline in off-campus code of conduct violations by students during the fall semester compared to the same period in 2013. The report released by the dean of students office showed 107 students were involved in 83 …

Black hole probed by team led by Amherst College astronomer Daryl Haggard

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — A record-breaking X-ray flare from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, observed by an Amherst College astronomer’s team, could help scientists better understand how this object 20,000 light years from Earth functions. …

‘Registration express’ Saturday at Holyoke Community College

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community Collge will hold a “registration express” on campus from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday during which people can apply, take the computerized college placement test, meet with an academic adviser and register for classes. The event is held outside the HCC admissions office, on …

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella elected to national Council of Independent Colleges Board

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella is now a member of the national Council of Independent Colleges Board. “It helps us really work together to sustain the nation’s historic mission of educating for democracy,” Pasquerella said Wednesday in a telephone interview from San Diego, where …