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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 science being used to benefit military and …

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 …

MassPIRG report urges expanded use of open-source textbooks

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AMHERST — Four years into a campus initiative aimed at reducing textbook costs by making course material available for free online, University of Massachusetts students and staff are pushing for more faculty to use this option. While the Open Source Initiative has already saved an estimated $1 million in textbook expenses for UMass students since it started in spring semester 2011, a report …

UMass professor David Reckhow leads national team researching low-cost ways to keep drinking water clean

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AMHERST — Water — we drink it, cook with it, bathe in it, and our lives are dependent on it. Yet many people know little about how water is treated to make sure it is fit for human …

Area police news

Monday, December 8, 2014

Amherst ■ A teenage girl reported at 5:24 p.m. Friday that she was struck in the face by another teenage girl outside Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Ave. ■ Timothy G. Stahl, 35, of 43 Center St., Northampton, was arrested at 11:16 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on …

Town-Gown Steering Committee in Amherst recommends permanent successor

Friday, December 5, 2014

AMHERST — A permanent board to link the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst, which could be vital to the success of future housing and economic development initiatives, is a key recommendation from the Town-Gown Steering Committee in its draft final report. The steering committee met …

‘Food to School Leadership Summit’ planned for April at UMass

Friday, December 5, 2014

Food managers from hundreds of schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions around the region will gather in April in Amherst for the first-ever, three-day “Food to School Leadership Summit.” The gathering will be funded by a $50,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to the Franklin County Community Development …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker encounters recipient of his own scholarship during visit to UMass

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AMHERST — Squeezed between scheduled events during his visit to the University of Massachusetts Amherst science facilities, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker ran into a student who received a scholarship he established. UMass junior Patrice Charlot of Brockton is among …

Doctors without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson speaks to UMass students about fighting Ebola in Africa

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

AMHERST — For six weeks this fall, Doctors Without Borders nurse Deborah Wilson fought Ebola in Liberia. When she returned, she found herself fighting for the rights of her colleagues. Speaking to an ethics class taught by professor …

UMass rally in memory of Michael Brown draws 300 as part of international call to action

Monday, December 1, 2014

AMHERST — About 300 students and staff members at the University of Massachusetts Amherst walked out of their classes and offices Monday to rally in memory of Michael Brown, part of an international call to action proclaiming “black lives matter.” The UMass participants answered the chant “Tell me …

Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble plans second concert to support Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund

Friday, November 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Last March, the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble made up of 28 elite singers performed a concert in Northampton to benefit the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund. The concert was a success, said choral director Tony Thornton, …

Bill Cosby steps down as honorary co-chairman of UMass Amherst fundraising campaign

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least …

UMass groups offer space for discussion in wake of Ferguson grand jury decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Sitting in a circle of upholstered chairs, Chrystal George Mwangi was one of dozens of faculty, staff and students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who engaged in conversations Tuesday following a grand jury’s decision not …