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UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal initiative to create a research-to-manufacturing collaboration between industry and academia in the emerging field of flexible electronics. The initiative, announced by the U.S. Department of Defense Friday, is called the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute and will involve a total of 162 companies, universities and nonprofit institutions. It was created to …

Former UMass student who accused 4 men of rape takes stand in Adam Liccardi trial

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The prosecution in the trial of Adam T. Liccardi rested its case Friday afternoon after jurors heard over two hours of testimony from the former University of Massachusetts Amherst student who says she was gang-raped in her dorm room in 2012 by four men she thought were her friends. Jurors in …

UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious and missing teeth. Da’Sean M. Downey — listed on the team’s online roster as a …

UMass Amherst historian Karen Morrison earns Fulbright

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AMHERST — Karen Y. “Kym” Morrison, assistant professor of African diaspora history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship for the fall 2015 semester. She will travel to the South American nation of Brazil in August to begin work on her project …

Second defendant Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room during 2012. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on all three counts …

Jury begins deliberations in second UMass rape trial after defendant Justin King testifies that sex with woman in dorm room was consensual

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The jury in the rape trial of Justin A. King began deliberating Tuesday afternoon hours after hearing him testify that he and his friends had consensual group sex with an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student …

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 …