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UMass Amherst developing ultrasonic bat signal

Friday, July 24, 2015

AMHERST — A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Texas A&M University is developing a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle for wind turbines that will protect bats by warning them to stay away. The UMass team will focus on designing and manufacturing of a whistle-like device based on a bat larynx, powered by air flowing over the wind turbine blade. Researchers plan to test the whistle design on … 0

Judge denies UMass rape trial delay

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The third trial in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 will not be moved or delayed as the defense requested, and instead will begin Aug. 24. Hampshire Superior Court Judge Richard J. Carey wrote in a decision Tuesday that he was not persuaded … 0

Tuition retention part of UMass 2015-16 budget

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST — Gov. Charles D. Baker’s staff sought to clarify Tuesday that though the governor’s University of Massachusetts appropriation was less than the Legislature’s, it was still an increase. Baker appropriated $526.6 million to UMass, which is about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s $531.8 million, approved July 8. William Pitman, Baker’s deputy communications director, said the appropriation was a $15 million, or … 0

Defendants in UMass gang rape case want new venue; Lawyers argue last two defendants won’t get fair trial because of media coverage

Monday, July 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Attorneys for the two remaining defendants charged in connection with an alleged gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012 told a judge Monday that media coverage of the case meant their clients could not get fair trials in Hampshire County — at least … 0

Digital storytelling conference coming to UMass and Smith College

Sunday, July 19, 2015

AMHERST — Students, scholars, storytellers, teachers, filmmakers, media practitioners and activists will share their knowledge and experiences working with digital storytelling at an international conference being held Sept. 25 to 27 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Smith College. Focusing on the theme of “Voices for Change: … 0

Letter: Medicare celebration

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I became a Medicare recipient just a few months ago. For the first time it’s a benchmark that I celebrated. I got my Medicare card and just about did a back flip. I couldn’t quite understand why I was so excited until it occurred to me that now … 0

UMass expands bathroom policy to protect transgender students

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender students’ rights to use bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff “should … 0

UMass chancellor praises tuition retention; Says budget move would help Amherst campus

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts tuition may be about to increase more than six-fold, and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says that is a good thing. The cost of attending UMass will not undergo a substantial change, but the way of accounting for it could. The … 0

UMass Amherst scientist to investigate estrogen-like chemicals’ cancer link

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — Much attention has been paid to genetics in breast cancer as disease rates rise, but most women have no family history of the disease, suggesting that there is an environmental risk we don’t yet understand, says environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg in the School of Public … 0

UMass alums donate $5M to support Judaic studies

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — Two 1960s graduates of the University of Massachusetts Amherst have donated $5 million to their alma mater to support Judaic studies, as well as programming and resources for Jewish students. The gift, from longtime university supporters Pamela and Robert Jacobs, came through the $300 million UMass … 0

Amherst-Pelham schools settle lawsuit with teacher for $180,000

Friday, July 10, 2015

AMHERST — Former teacher Carolyn Gardner and her attorneys will receive a total of $180,000 in a settlement with the town and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District, according to a copy of the agreement released Friday. Gardner filed a lawsuit against the district after she was targeted with … 0

Letter: Securing parental rights

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Did you know that parents with disabilities are far more likely than other parents to lose custody of their children as well as their parental rights during juvenile court proceedings? Despite abundant case law and anti-discrimination statutes, disabled parents still suffer from discrimination based off of the presumptions … 0

UMass Dining’s Blue Wall wins Best Concept Award from Food Management Magazine

Monday, July 6, 2015

AMHERST — Dining Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected as a winner in the Best Concept Awards given by Food Management magazine. A winner in the Best Renovation category, UMass Dining Services was honored for the Blue Wall, which reopened in September 2014 following … 0