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Amherst’s College Pizza loses license to sell food

AMHERST — A 2014 incident in which surveillance video shows a nearly naked man preparing a sandwich for a customer at College Pizza, and other alleged unsanitary behavior by the same employee, prompted a yearlong suspension of the restaurant’s license this week. The Board of Health voted 3-0 Tuesday to impose the suspension, until January 2017, on College Pizza at 150 Fearing St. That means the restaurant cannot sell food during that period, but it may continue selling tobacco. That has prompted owner Basem “Sam” 0

Dean, 2 associate deans resigning from UMass College of Education

AMHERST — Three top officials at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have tendered their resignations. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as Associate Deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will be leaving the college, according to an announcement from UMass Provost Katherine Newman last month. Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, who was planning to retire, agreed to postpone retirement in order to serve as interim dean, temporarily replacing McCormick, according to 0

UMass ecologist leads 1st study of climate change impact on sugar maples

AMHERST — As maple sugaring season approaches, plant ecologist Kristina Stinson at the University of Massachusetts recently received a two-year, $149,800 grant to study the impact of climate change on the quantity and quality of sugar maple sap, including its chemical composition. The researchers believe this is the first study to look at the effect of climate change on sap quality, its sugar content and chemistry as opposed to flow and volume, and the first to investigate how red maple compares to sugar maple as 0

Beastcam: Building a better animal camera

AMHERST — When UMass Amherst biologist Duncan Irschick was studying the morphology of sharks in Florida last April, he wanted a better way to understand their body shapes. So Irschick, along with two undergraduate co-inventors, created a 3D modeling system that allows researchers to create models of the living animals they’re studying. “I was out there working with sharks and I grew a little frustrated that they have these complex body shapes I wanted to completely understand,” he said. “We came up with this new 0

UMass astronomers join global look into galaxy’s center

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. How is this possible? Gopal Narayanan, an associate professor in the UMass astronomy department, said readings from multiple telescopes around the world are being synchronized to fill in an Earth-sized readout of the center of the galaxy. The project is called the Event Horizon Telescope because its 0

Rosenberg disappointed in UMass system funding in Baker budget proposal

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg on Monday criticized Gov. Charlie Baker for a “woefully inadequate” and “disappointing” increase for the University of Massachusetts in his budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Baker’s budget proposal, released last week, includes a 1.4 percent increase for UMass, for a total of $539 million compared with the current year’s figure of about $532 million. “It is really a very modest increase and we’re going to have to work really hard in the Legislature 0

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 colonoscopy patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital acquired new colonoscopes in June 2012 but did not properly adjust its method for cleaning them until April 2013. Questions remain as to how that lapse occurred in the first place, and 0

UMass researchers design seat belt for buses

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have designed a Retrofit Seat Belt System that makes it possible suitable for an estimated 30,000 motor coaches and intercity buses nationwide that currently don’t have safety belts. The new devices are expected to become commercially available within the next year. The safety system will allow owners of buses and motor coaches to install the belts for about one-third to half of the current cost on existing seats, according to researchers at the Center for e-Design at 0

UMass to host events for Black History Month

AMHERST — In honor of Black History Month, the University of Massachusetts and the UMass Amherst Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success will host a series of campus events including art exhibits, lectures, celebrations and cultural dining experiences throughout February. The programming begins today with a reception for the art exhibit “I Breathe With You” from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House. Part one of the exhibit will open on Feb. 11 and will run through March 11. 0

Whately gets state money for cleaner drinking water

WHATELY — The town has received $410,000 from the state to provide cleaner drinking water. The money comes from the state’s revolving fund, and are administered by the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. The town of Whately must now agree to go forward with a clean water project by June 30, and must secure a local funding authority. The funding is part of Drinking Water Revolving Fund Project, which is aimed at providing better and cleaner drinking water to communities. “I am very pleased that Whately 0