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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 head a team to build and test objects that mimic the larynx of a bat to create a high pitched sound only …

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 officers. The Joint Terrorism Task Force, based out of the FBI’s Springfield office at 1441 …

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 effective at controlling blood sugar levels for adults with diabetes. Test subjects must be between …

UMass English professor Charles ‘Charlie’ Moran III dies at age 78

Monday, June 22, 2015

AMHERST — Charles “Charlie” Moran III, who played a pivotal role in shaping the University of Massachusetts Amherst writing program during his nearly 50 years in the Pioneer Valley, died of acute myeloid leukemia Sunday at the age …

UMass trustees approve 5 percent tuition increase, technology fee for Amherst campus

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — Tuition and fee increases proposed by a University of Massachusetts board of trustees committee last week were approved by the full board Wednesday. It will be the first tuition increase in three years for the university …

UMass Board of Trustees votes to approve tuition, fee hikes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AMHERST — In a Wednesday meeting at the Mullins Center, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees took a voice vote in support of tuition and fee increases proposed last week by its finance committee. A few members …

Opening statements Wednesday in trial of Justin King, second defendant accused of gang-rape at UMass

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The second of four trials expected in connection with an alleged gang-rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday with opening statements. The Hampshire Superior Court jury that will hear the case of Justin A. King was selected Tuesday afternoon, at …

Slovenian professor visits UMass to advocate for creation of World Bee Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — As pollinators across the world — particularly the honey bee — are succumbing to diseases and colony collapses, the government of one bee-loving country is trying to create a day to celebrate their worldwide importance. Janko Božič, a professor of animal behavior and beekeeping at Ljubljana …

Astronomers to mark year’s longest day Sunday at UMass Sunwheel

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — Astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will celebrate the bookends of the longest day of the year by gathering at sunrise and sunset Sunday at the UMass Amherst Sunwheel. Located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium and just off Rocky Hill Road in Hadley, the Sunwheel …

Jurors still being chosen for trial of Justin King, second defendant in alleged UMass gang rape

Monday, June 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection for the rape trial of Justin A. King of Pittsfield will continue Tuesday as court officials said eight jurors were chosen Monday. Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Tuesday will continue questioning a new pool of over 100 potential jurors, based partly on questions suggested …

Jury selection begins Monday in trial for second of four men accused of gang-raping UMass student

Friday, June 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection will begin Monday in the trial of Justin A. King, the second of four men to be tried in connection with the alleged gang-rape of a student in her University of Massachusetts Amherst dormitory …

Accreditation commission seeks comment about UMass Amherst Police Department

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AMHERST — Members of the public are invited to provide comments about the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department on Monday as part of that department’s accreditation process. Assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will be on site beginning Saturday to observe all …

Old Chapel at UMass recognized on National Register of Historic Places

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Old Chapel, built in 1885 as the “New Chapel,” has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places and will reopen next year after two decades on the sidelines. Closed since 1996 because of deterioration of the tower, the …