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UMass Amherst

GREG SAULMON
Justin A. King waits for his sentencing hearing in Hampshire Superior Court to begin Monday, June 29, 2015.

Jurors in Justin King trial discuss evidence, verdict in UMass gang-rape case

Thursday, July 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kenneth F. Bushey II, one of a dozen jurors who on June 24 found Justin King guilty of raping a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, said he went back to court Monday to watch as King was sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison. “I didn’t go to see justice done or …

Following Iran brouhaha, UMass revises guidelines for international admissions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

AMHERST — Following a widely condemned decision to limit admissions and course availability to Iranian students in February and a quick reversal of that position, University of Massachusetts Amherst officials this week announced new guidelines for international admissions. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski provided a copy of a May 26 memo from Chancellor Kumble …

Area police news

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Amherst ∎ A wallet was stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported to police at 7:07 p.m. Monday. ∎ Police are investigating a break-in to the Aerobics and Fitness Studio, 20 Belchertown Road, reported at 12:26 p.m. Monday. Nothing was reported stolen from the business. Easthampton ∎ Police are investigating …

UMass cello professor Astrid Schween to join prestigious Juilliard String Quartet

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty cellist Astrid Schween will be the first woman to join the prestigious Juilliard String Quartet when she replaces a retiring musician who has been with the group since the 1970s. Schween, …

UMass Amherst to host Jawaharlal Nehru University of India faculty to collaborate on climate-change research

Monday, June 1, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst this week will host scientists from the other side of the globe to discuss climate issues affecting the entire planet. From Tuesday to Thursday, UMass is holding joint workshops with visiting scientists from India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University on topics including water …

UMass food science researcher Sam Nugen wins award for developing rapid pathogen detector

Monday, June 1, 2015

A University of Massachusetts food science researcher has won an award for developing a method of rapid pathogen detection in food. The researcher, Sam Nugen, engineered viruses to identify and separate microbial contaminants from food. His methods may help food manufacturers skip the wait time for safety test …

Construction worker hurt when 700-pound granite foundation stone falls on him at UMass job site

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — A worker suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and leg after a granite slab estimated at 700 pounds fell on him while he was working Friday on the South College Academic Facility renovation and expansion project on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, according to a …

UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” …

Judge rules three remaining defendants in alleged UMass gang rape case will be tried separately

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The three remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged 2012 gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will be tried separately, a judge ruled, despite the state’s efforts to combine two of the trials. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Friday denied …

State Senate budget drops key aspect of MBTA reform proposed by governor; would allow UMass to keep in-state tuition

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BOSTON — A state budget proposal outlined by Democratic Senate leaders on Tuesday appeared to derail a key portion of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the struggling Boston-area transit system. The $38 billion spending plan submitted by the Senate Ways and Means Committee includes a section …

UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy addresses Amherst Town Meeting, promises continued collaboration on economic development

Monday, May 11, 2015

AMHERST — With a joint planning study focused on housing and economic development complete, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy is promising the University of Massachusetts and the town will continue to work together for their mutual benefit. At his second-ever appearance before Town Meeting, Subbaswamy said Monday that the …

University defends radio show’s silencing

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is defending its decision that caused the “Focus” public affairs program to be taken off the air of the campus radio station May 3, observing that the potential for a lawsuit outweighed the free-speech implications. UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said management’s option …

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tells UMass graduates science matters

Friday, May 8, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave the University of Massachusetts Class of 2015 a clear endorsement of the importance of education in human affairs during his speech at the school’s 145th commencement Friday afternoon. “The most dangerous …