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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 6-foot-4, 241-pound sophomore linebacker — will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed by Hadley Police this week. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. Police had not previously named Downey as the suspect in the case. …

At Adam Liccardi trial, UMass detective testifies about interview with defendant

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A University of Massachusetts police detective described to jurors in Adam T. Liccardi’s rape trial Thursday how the defendant’s account of what happened in a dorm room on Oct. 13, 2012, evolved over the course of a one-hour interview. Liccardi, Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., Justin A. King, all 21, and Caleb …

Jurors in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial see text messages exchanged by defendants

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unlike his two co-defendants who have already been convicted, Adam T. Liccardi did not text much with his friends about the night in October 2012 that led to the four of them being charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student. During the trial of Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. in March, …

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 …

Research at UMass could prevent bats from being killed by flying into wind turbines

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMHERST — High pitched frequencies may be the key to preventing hundreds of thousands of bats from being killed by wind turbine blades, according to a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team. Paul Sievert, a research associate professor in the department of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst, will …

Local police officers on FBI’s Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force work daily to investigate, foil suspected terrorist plots

Friday, July 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. District Court grand jurors who indicted Alexander Ciccolo Thursday on charges connected to an alleged terrorist plot had help in making their decision from a western Massachusetts task force consisting partly of local police …