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UMass Amherst

Search underway for next head of UMass police department; position carries new title, responsibilities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — More than five months after Police Chief John Horvath announced he would leave the University of Massachusetts Amherst department, campus officials are beginning the search for a successor in a position that carries a revised title, job description and new responsibilities, including a larger focus on community policing. UMass officials this week announced they are commencing the search for an “assistant vice chancellor/chief of police,” with hopes of …

Defendant Adam Liccardi testifies in UMass rape trial

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi will begin deliberating Tuesday after hearing the defendant on Monday deny taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. Liccardi testified that the woman he is accused of raping initiated sex with him and …

UMass cancer researcher looks to limit testing on animals

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Shelly Peyton, a 34-year-old assistant professor and chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project that may lead to a reduction in testing cancer drugs in animals. Peyton recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in part to create environments that mimic human …

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 …

UMass doctoral student seeks subjects for diabetes study

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student is looking to make some test subjects sweat. Jennifer Blankenship, a kinesiology doctoral student at UMass, is looking for participants for a study to determine whether a long period of exercise or several short periods of exercise are more …

Five Colleges’ library annex plans rouse opposition in Hadley

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HADLEY — A proposed Five College Consortium library annex project off North Maple Street is facing opposition in a Planning Board hearing that began earlier this month and will continue in August. The building would initially house 2.5 million rarely circulating books in a roughly 35,000-square-foot facility. But …

UMass appropriation not a cut, governor’s office asserts

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July …

Judge denies motions to move or delay trial for Adam Liccardi and Caleb Womack, third UMass rape trial will begin Aug. 24

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior …

UMass tuition and fee hikes to remain in place following $5.25 million in cuts by Gov. Charlie Baker

Monday, July 20, 2015

AMHERST — With a sizable funding cut to the University of Massachusetts system included in the state budget signed Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker, the cost to attend the university will rise by the full amount approved earlier this year by the school’s trustees, the UMass president’s office …