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UMass Amherst epidemiologist leads study looking for link between phthalates and breast cancer

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Reliable data are lacking on whether phthalates, the plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, affect human breast cancer risk. Now epidemiologist Katherine Reeves at the University of Massachu-setts Amherst is leading the largest study to date investigating a possible relationship with a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Reeves and colleagues will study phthalate metabolites, which are products found in urine samples after the chemicals have passed through the body. They are measurable in nearly 100 percent of the United States population though levels vary widely, and have … 0

UMass creates scholarships to support top community college students in the Commonwealth Honors College

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has announced Honors-to-Honors, a new scholarship program that provides additional funding to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges who are accepted into the university’s Commonwealth Honors College, to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees. For many in-state students, the scholarship awards are expected to nearly eliminate their loan obligations. The program provides a special $6,000 … 0

DA grads ‘ready to dance with the world’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Graduate Conor Sullivan promised the crowd at Deerfield Academy Saturday that he was about to give one of the best, most heartfelt, tear-jerking speech they’d ever heard. “If it fails to live up to those expectations, I put full blame on my English teachers for the last four years,” he joked. … 0

Harvard prof. to NMH grads: Do great things with your education’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GILL — “You are needed, you are needed to pick up the broom and start sweeping,” Professor James Engell of the Class of 1969 told Northfield Mount Hermon 2015 graduating class Sunday. Engell, Harvard professor of English and … 0

GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began … 0

UMass fundraising effort exceeds $300M goal ahead of schedule

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign at the University of Massachusetts has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the UMass Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began … 0

UMass creates ‘Honors-to-Honors’ scholarship program for transferring community college students

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has announced Honors-to-Honors, a new scholarship program that provides additional funding to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges who are accepted into the university’s Commonwealth Honors College, to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees. For many in-state students, the scholarship … 0

Greenfield artist leads second-graders in re-creating masterpieces

Sunday, May 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An energetic group of second-graders became quiet for a moment as they took in their latest creation. “Remarkable,” one student called it. “It looks like a person,” another said. The image they created was indeed that … 0

State honors Greenfield Community College student from Rowe

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College student Guinevere Arthur Vanhorne is one of “29 Who Shine,” a group of outstanding Massachusetts public college and university graduates honored by the state Department of Higher Education. Every year, one graduate from … 0

Notable swan song: Alumni return for retiring Frontier band director’s final show

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that’s what Thursday night’s spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for long-time band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after … 0

Mass. energy officials at Hawlemont today

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLEMONT — John Lebeaux, state commissioner of agricultural resources, will be at the Hawlemont Regional School this morning, to speak at a tree-planting at the school. He will be accompanied by Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 … 0