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JERREY ROBERTS
University of Massachusetts assistant professor Kevin Kittilstved describes his research on quantum dots Thursday, July 23, at Goessmann Laboratory.

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 the performance and energy efficiency of the devices. Kevin Kittilstved, an assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is …

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 join leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities at the University of Minnesota on …

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 …

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 …

Area police news

Friday, May 8, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ariana G. Napoletano, 19, of Boston, was arrested at 1:37 a.m. Friday on Triangle Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and turning right on …

Amherst police issue traffic advisories for UMass commencement

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMHERST — Police remind motorists to expect heavy traffic Friday afternoon into the evening due to the undergraduate commencement ceremony at the University of Massachusetts. The commencement ceremony, held at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in the area of Rocky Hill Road and North University Drive, is scheduled for 4:30 …

New UMass president Marty Meehan visits Amherst campus, hopes for quick resolution to unfunded raises

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AMHERST — In his first visit since being named the next president of the University of Massachusetts system, Marty Meehan told students and staff in Amherst, Wednesday, he would be on campus more than his predecessor. “One of …

Area police news

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police issued a written warning to a woman who drove her vehicle into a concrete wall outside the Mom’s House Chinese Food Market, 318 College St., at 11:16 a.m. Saturday and fled. The wall sustained damage in excess of $1,000, police said. ∎ Andrew P. Robichaud, …