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UMass Amherst

KEVIN GUTTING
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 …

February was coldest ever on record in Amherst, and elsewhere

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — Residents might want to sit down when they open their heating bills for the month of February — the last month was the coldest ever on record. The average temperature in Amherst in the past month was 11.2 degrees, the lowest average monthly temperature since records were first kept in town …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million …

UMass bans most vehicles without valid permits from campus parking lots between March 6 and 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban all vehicles from its lots without valid parking permits the weekend of Blarney Blowout, except for some planned events on campus. The university’s parking services department posted a statement on its website that the ban would be in effect …

Family, friends of Chloe Rombach hope for ‘independent life’ for her after severe brain injury in Northampton accident

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Family and friends of Chloe Rombach have learned to find hope in the smallest signs since the 22-year-old suffered a severe brain injury when she was struck by a car in December. She can breathe on her own …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …

Amherst Planning Board approves Crotty Hall to house Political Economy Research Institute at UMass

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — A new office building to house the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts will be built on a parcel on North Pleasant Street that serves as the so-called gateway between the campus and downtown Amherst. The Planning Board recently approved plans for Crotty …

State rules that peer mentors at UMass may vote on joining Resident Assistant Union

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — Live-in peer mentors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will have the opportunity to join the Resident Assistant Union after a ruling by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. The board issued a decision Friday ordering a vote among the approximately 75 peer mentors at UMass to …

Traffic rerouted after water main breaks near Campus Center parking garage at UMass

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — A water main break late Friday morning near the Campus Center parking garage forced University of Massachusetts officials to reroute vehicles traveling to and from the garage. UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons said traffic was detoured along Holdsworth Way and a couple of smaller roads, which has …

Faculty, students blast UMass misstep on Iran

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — One day after University of Massachusetts Amherst officials reversed a ban on admitting Iranians to certain graduate programs, the university chancellor apologized to faculty and students, many of whom expressed outrage and remorse over the policy. …

Toning down the Blarney: Amherst, UMass officials develop plan to rein in March mayhem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — Building on the success of their efforts to limit student rowdiness during the Super Bowl, University of Massachusetts officials are optimistic about their plans to manage what has become a bigger, rowdier event — the March …

UMass reverses policy on Iranian graduate students in engineering, natural science programs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will …