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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Carter said Turkey should contribute more to the international fight against the Islamic State, saying that even after granting the U.S. military permission to fly combat missions out of Turkey air bases, the Turkish government needs to "do more." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. The high-tech investment could lead to wearable health monitors that could be built into military uniforms or …

Former UMass student who accused 4 men of rape takes stand in Adam Liccardi trial

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The prosecution in the trial of Adam T. Liccardi rested its case Friday afternoon after jurors heard over two hours of testimony from the former University of Massachusetts Amherst student who says she was gang-raped in her dorm room in 2012 by four men she thought were her friends. Jurors in …

UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious and missing teeth. Da’Sean M. Downey — listed on the team’s online roster as a …

Organic farmers share ideas, expertise at NOFA conference

Sunday, August 16, 2015

AMHERST — For Northeast Organic Farming Association Executive Director Julie Rawson, the organization’s summer conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is about doing what organic farmers do best — sharing their knowledge. Among dozens of farmers and …

Library annex project in Hadley to be discussed at Planning Board meeting Tuesday

Sunday, August 16, 2015

HADLEY — Planning Board officials are expecting a large crowd to discuss a controversial Five College Consortium library annex project at its meeting Tuesday. The meeting is a continuation of a July 7 hearing attended by what Planning Board clerk William E. Dwyer described as a “large neighborhood …

UMass assessment suggests varying impact of pipeline construction on natural resources

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. in some cases may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a Natural Resource Assessment report, …

UMass receives $632,369 grant to support transfer students from community colleges to College of Engineering

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has received a four-year $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support academically strong students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. A key goal of the program is to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students with …

UMass students to participate in 20-campus ‘Global Dialogues on Incarceration’ project

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMHERST — Building off a project exploring the role of the U.S. naval base which contains a detention camp for global terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, University of Massachusetts Amherst students will participate in a 20-campus “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” project. The project, which just received …

Massachusetts has more aggressive plan than new federal rule reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions

Thursday, August 6, 2015

AMHERST — Massachusetts should have little trouble adapting to President Barack Obama’s new rule on reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions because the state already passed a more aggressive plan, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst. …

UMass Amherst places second in Princeton Review ranking of ‘Best Campus Food’

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to …

UMass Amherst hires neighborhood liaison to deal with off-campus incidents

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — Enacting a recommendation from a report based on the 2014 Blarney Blowout police response, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired a neighborhood liaison, who started work Monday. Eric Beal, an Amherst attorney and former chairman of the Amherst Zoning Board of Appeals, will work with …

National Science Foundation award funds UMass investigation of ‘quantum dots,’ research opportunities for community college students

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — When impurities like cobalt or oxygen react with the surface of semiconductor nanocrystals — known as “quantum dots,” which are used in some LED and tablet displays — the presence of these foreign entities can reduce …

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 …