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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts professor of chemical engineering Neil Forbes, right, and post doctoral fellow Nele Van Dessel work on cancer research in the UMass Life Sciences Laboratories in Amherst.

Bacteria, the good kind: UMass researcher thinks salmonella could be player in cancer battle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — Some day, cancer patients may owe their survival to creatures now considered harmful and even lethal in their own right — salmonella bacteria. In the mind of Neil S. Forbes, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the ideal way to fight cancer would be to build microscopic robots. The robots would be able to swim around inside the body, detect tumors, move inside of them and deliver drugs to kill the cancerous cells. Forbes is working on ways to make salmonella bacteria into the next best thing. Last month, he received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes …

Science for the People continues revitalization at UMass with panel discussion Saturday

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Less than a year after a group focused on using science to pursue social and environmental justice held a reunion at the University of Massachusetts — a quarter century after the original Science for the People was dissolved — the group plans to continue its revitalization this weekend. Activists affiliated with the organization that emerged from the anti-war movement and opposed …

February was coldest ever on record in Amherst, and elsewhere

Sunday, March 1, 2015

AMHERST — Residents might want to sit down when they open their heating bills for the month of February — the last month was the coldest ever on record. The average temperature in Amherst in the past month was 11.2 degrees, the lowest average monthly temperature since records were first kept in town …

Students frustrated by UMass Amherst banning guests from dorms during Super Bowl in attempt to control behavior

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening, freshman Ben Reider didn’t know who will win Sunday’s Super Bowl, but he expects one thing for sure: chaos on campus. “If we lose I guess they’ll …

Valley residents prepared as predicted historic storm begins to unfold late Monday

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As the winter storm began unfolding late Monday night — and the statewide ban on nonessential travel loomed — some people in the Valley were making plans to continue business as usual despite the prediction of a historic …

Governor names Victor Woolridge new chairman of University of Massachusetts board of trustees

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has named Victor Woolridge the new chairman of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees. Woolridge will replace current Chairman Henry Thomas, who submitted his resignation as chairman. Thomas will continue to serve on the board. Woolridge’s first job will be to …

Textbooks still pricey, but University of Massachusetts Amherst students and staff look for ways to reduce costs

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts Amherst students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, one wonders whether the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” would advise students to actually buy a new …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on …

UMass students agree with decision to end confidential drug informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts students interviewed Thursday all said they agree with the university’s decision to end its confidential informant program. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in an email Thursday morning told students about his decision to end the program because it was “fundamentally inconsistent” with the core values …

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy ends UMass confidential informant program, citing inconsistency with university’s ‘core values’

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Reactions were mixed to Thursday’s announcement by University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy that he will end the police department’s confidential student informant program, saying it is “fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of …

UMass malaria researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of infection

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Academics react to terrorism in France, study-abroad students safe

Friday, January 9, 2015

In an essay he wrote in response to the terrorism that occurred in Paris while he was visiting this week, Ronald C. Rosbottom opened with a response to someone who asked if he was safe. “The answer is …