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A B-52 bomber drops its payload on a North Vietnamese target in 1972. U.S. government and military officials mistakenly thought they could break North Vietnamese resistance with airpower. Source: Wikipedia

American Reckoning: UMass professor’s book looks at the tangled legacy of the Vietnam War

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Appy jokes that, to many of the students who take his class about the Vietnam War, the long struggle seems almost like “ancient history.” But as the University of Massachusetts Amherst history professor sees it, the Vietnam War has left a long, tangled legacy that is still very much with us today. Appy, who teaches a number of courses … 0

New app aims to make UMass move-in easier

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually, it will provide students with assistance in a number of aspects of campus life, … 0

UMass notches a record year for patents

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts was awarded 65 U.S. patents during the past fiscal year, a record amount for the system, which has doubled down on increasing research in recent years, university officials say. “Cutting-edge research by our faculty puts us in the upper echelon of universities nationally and makes UMass a major leader in innovation,” said UMass President Martin Meehan. “The … 0

Rosenberg asks UMass to reduce fee increase

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, while university spokesman Robert Connolly is asking for another $46 million from the … 0

UMass reports fewer off-campus student discipline cases, but suspension nearly triple in last academic year

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST — Fewer students were disciplined for off-campus behavior under the University of Massachusetts code of conduct during the 2014- 2015 academic year, but administrators handed down nearly three times the number of suspensions for the most serious offenses. UMass on Thursday released its annual Off-Campus Conduct Report, … 0

UMass history program goes nationwide

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — The Humanities Action Lab, part of a 20-campus coalition formed by the University of Massachusetts and its public history program, is receiving a $150,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to fund HAL’s “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” project. The project calls on students and community partners to … 0

State set to meet new emissions rules

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — Massachusetts should have little trouble adapting to President Barack Obama’s new rule on reducing power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions because the state already approved a more aggressive plan, according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst. The state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, enacted in 2008, sets … 0

Biochemist studies how plants cope with stress, at the molecular level

Sunday, August 9, 2015

AMHERST — Biochemist Elizabeth Vierling at the University of Massachusetts recently received a three-year, $682,982 National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond, at the molecular and cellular level, to stress in their environment and the role of a regulatory protein called S-nitrosoglutathione reductase (GSNOR). Vierling has … 0

Letter: Acting on energy

Thursday, August 6, 2015

In Monday’s Recorder, a letter to the editor suggested that we need both a national and statewide energy strategy that focuses on energy efficiency, weatherization and developing alternative technologies. I could not agree more. That is why I have been pushing for a long-term statewide energy policy that … 1

Climate models disagree on strength of carbon land sink across Northern Eurasia

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — In a new assessment of nine state-of-the-art climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide … 0

UMass Amherst neuroscientist’s clarifies prefrontal cortex’s role

Thursday, July 30, 2015

AMHERST — Results of a new study reported by David Moorman of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Gary Aston-Jones of Rutgers University suggest that adjusting behavior based on previous events involves an unexpected mix of neurons working together in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. Findings appear in the … 0

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 … 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 … 0