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UMass engineering seniors’ year-end projects tackle issues like guiding the blind, treating post-traumatic stress

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Can police chest cameras turn on automatically during an arrest? Can Blue Tooth technology help the blind navigate through their day? Can a device worn by soldiers help doctors treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder when they get home? Can you play “Chopsticks” when no piano is in sight? These were among the questions posed by University of …

On Vietnam anniversary, panel at UMass focuses on lessons learned

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — On the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, veterans who fought the war, activists who fought against the war and those who tended to the war-weary gave voice to the many ways the battles and their aftermath reverberate today. One Vietnam veteran stood up at the University of …

Rally at UMass calls attention to student debt resulting from loans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

AMHERST — As 100 or so prospective students and families made their way past the University of Massachusetts Amherst student union Thursday, a circle of current students wearing signs with messages such as, “You are not a loan,” and “Thanks for my UMa$$ive debt” chanted at the top of their lungs, “Education is …

Area police news

Monday, April 13, 2015

Amherst ∎ The passing of two fraudulent checks at Greenfield Savings Bank, 6 University Drive, was reported by management at 10:37 a.m. Friday. The people who deposited the checks, each valued at nearly $2,000, may face criminal charges when the investigation is complete, police said. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana …

UMass students show off animal-handling skills at 80th annual Bay State Livestock Classic

Saturday, April 11, 2015

HADLEY — University of Massachusetts Amherst junior Lindsay Andersen said as soon as she stepped on the Hadley Farm her freshman year she knew she wanted to be a “goat person” — someone who raises the animals from …

Massachusetts Teachers Association files complaint with state over unpaid raises to UMass employees

Saturday, April 11, 2015

AMHERST — The Massachusetts Teachers Association has filed a complaint with the state because the University of Massachusetts maintains it does not have the money to pay raises to employees that were agreed upon last year. The complaint argues that employees at the UMass Amherst, Lowell, Boston and …

Federal officials will visit UMass Amherst investigating response to possible sexual harassment and violence

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — A continuing investigation into the response by University of Massachusetts to possible sexual harassment and violence is prompting representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to visit the Amherst campus next week. An email sent Thursday from the office of the vice …

UMass research on how bacteria communicate may lead to medicines that keep people healthier

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — While a person might not have much to say to a bacterium, research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst scientist shows that bacteria are avid communicators among their own kind. Kevin Griffith, assistant professor of microbiology …

UMass announces launch of new center for data science

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — Fifty years ago the advice to college graduates was to go into plastics. Today, it’s data. In order to meet the booming demand for data scientists across nearly every field, the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced …

In a stop at UMass, McGovern announces $1.7M in federal grants to bolster food-related research at the university

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman James McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed …

Orleans woman indicted on negligent motor vehicle homicide charge in death of UMass student last July

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — An Orleans woman has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. The indictment, issued Monday, alleges that Cynthia S. May, 64, drove “negligently so that lives …

Next UMass rape trial scheduled for June; prosecution seeks to join trials of two remaining defendants

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one of the men accused of gang-raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 is scheduled to stand trial in mid-June, and the prosecutor is seeking to try two of the three remaining defendants together at that time. Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, …

Amherst creates new advisory board to bridge disconnect between town, students

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — For many of the nearly 25,000 undergraduate college students who live in Amherst, interactions with the larger community are limited to their four years in town. To improve and expand the relationship between students and the town, and to better understand and address student concerns, Town …