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University of Massachusetts fourth-year PhD students Moira Concannon and Andrew Smith discuss the 48 hour "HackEbola" event in the Lederle Graduate Research Center on Saturday.

HackEbola at UMass aids fight against West African epidemic

Saturday, November 22, 2014

AMHERST — From across the world, young mathematicians, biologists and other scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crunched numbers this weekend in hopes of aiding the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “It has to start somewhere,” said Andrew Smith, 26, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in organismic and evolutionary biology at UMass. On Smith’s laptop was a …

UMass, Hampshire and Holyoke Community colleges get $810,000 grant to combine clean-energy studies with sustainable agriculture

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the most part historically been two separate sides of sustainability education — clean energy and agriculture,” …

UMass drinking-water research gets $5.6 million in grants from US Environmental Protection Agency and state

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — In large laboratories on the third floor of the E Lab II building at the University of Massachusetts, professors and graduate students in civil and environmental engineering examine potable water for contaminants as they also explore new ways for purifying the water. But the amount of water hooked up to the …

Area police news

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amherst ■ Cindy A. Drake, 49, of 189 Michael Sears Road, Belchertown, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Sunday on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, and failure to use care in …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance Thursday night in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever …

‘That was not just his door, that was our door’: UMass Students respond to racist threats written on dorm room doors

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the University of Massachusetts Southwest Residential Area where several threatening racist messages were scrawled on dorm-room doors this week said Wednesday they believe racism is rare on campus and had not heard many of …

UMass chancellor names 11-member committee to review use of confidential student informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The 11-member group selected by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy to review the use of confidential student informants by UMass police is expected to report its findings by the end of the semester. The practice …

UMass President Robert Caret opposes police use of students as confidential informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret said Thursday that he is opposed to UMass police using students as drug-case informants, particularly if they have been arrested and are pressured by legal and personal worries. However, …

Amherst to study extending University of Massachusetts power grid to municipal buildings

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AMHERST — When the October 2011 snowstorm knocked out power to many parts of Amherst for several days, the University of Massachusetts was unaffected because its central heating plant continued to generate electricity for the campus grid. Whether the campus grid can be expanded to include Amherst municipal …

UMass Student Government Association delays decision on resolution addressing confidential informant program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — A resolution demanding an end to the confidential informant program used by University of Massachusetts Police — and calling on the department to make its top priority the well-being of all students — is being considered by student leaders. The Student Government Association met for more …

Area police news

Monday, October 6, 2014

Amherst ■ Anthony William Alicea, 20, of Dedham, was arrested at 12:33 a.m. Sunday on North Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Alicea’s …

UMass professor Robert Rothstein honored with Republic of Poland Order of Merit

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — Robert A. Rothstein, professor of Judaic and Slavic Studies and comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been honored with the Republic of Poland Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is given to foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad who have made …

District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law …