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JERREY ROBERTS
University of Massachusetts Prof. Mostafa Elfawal prepares thin blood smears on slides Tuesday in his lab at Fernald Hall.

UMass researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of malaria

Sunday, January 25, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst scientists Mostafa A. Elfawal, Stephen M. Rich and their team at the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology found that malaria parasites in … 0

Gill-Montague approaches preliminary budget, envisions cuts

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The early prognosis for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget calls for cuts. The district’s business director presented early numbers for the 2015-2016 school year budget at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. “The elephant in the room is that we’ve got to make a bunch of staff reductions, that’s what is recommended in the budget … 0

Renting college textbooks online can save money

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, would the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” advise students to buy a new copy of their own book? That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis Kowalski of Boxford, for whom the book is a required text in a required course. … 0

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because … 0

Libraries offer STEAM programs for young learners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Science in the Kitchen,” “Machines and Mechanisms with Lego Duplo,” and “Measuring Dinosaurs” are just a few of the upcoming learning programs to be offered to preschoolers from now through March at the Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving and Wendell public libraries, through the Union 28 Community Network For Children. … 0

MCAS in China?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — What does Massachusetts public education have that China doesn’t? MCAS, for one thing. But the superintendent of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is seeking special legislation that would make it possible for Chinese secondary education students to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam … 0

Mohawk Notebook

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mohawk seeks ‘level service’ budget BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District committee has been given a budget preview, calling for an $18 million spending plan, which Superintendent Michael Buoniconti says will provide “level services” for Mohawk students. The $18.1 million budget represents a 2.4 percent overall … 0

Talks planned for Mohawk-Rowe membership

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ROWE — The Rowe School Committee has voted to discuss the prospect of re-joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, as a Grade 7 through 12 member, ending a 32-year separation between the town and the high school district. The vote was two in favor, with committee member … 0

‘Education must be the right of all’

Monday, January 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — “I have always found this day to be a day in which our community can come together and not only celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, but more, his life’s work,” Greenfield Community College President … 0

Throwing light on a black hole

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — A record-breaking X-ray flare that came from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, observed by an team led by an Amherst College astronomer, could help scientists better understand how this object 20,000 … 0

Solar panels eyed for Hawlemont

Monday, January 19, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If all goes as hoped, the “greening up” of Hawlemont Regional School won’t just be about its new agriculture-based curriculum, it will also be about “green” energy. According to School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, the school is … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Greenfield’s Green River School to get roof, window repairs

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Green River School, which houses the Math and Science Academy, will get window and roof replacements paid for with a $1.6 million state grant. The School Building Authority approved the town’s proposed repair project for the Meridian Street school this week. The program, known as … 0