UMass Amherst Hosts Annual Native American Powwow Saturday

Friday, April 17, 2015

AMHERST — Native American music, dance and culture will be the focus of the annual powwow today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Curry Hicks Cage at the University of Massachusetts. The powwow brings people together to reflect on the importance of family, friends, community and community partners, and provides an opportunity to give thanks and honor the traditions of their ancestors. The powwow will feature Native American … 0

McGovern doles out $1.7M to UMass food programs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman Jim McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed to programs detecting harmful bacteria and minerals on food, developing a new safer type of … 0

Peregrine falcons return to UMass nesting site

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — For the first time in a dozen years, a new pair of young peregrine falcons has nested on the top of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The nesting site lost the pair that had been there for more than a decade when the male died in January and the female never returned. That pair produced … 0

UMass food scientist honored for work with edible oils

Monday, April 6, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts scientist has been honored for research on how certain edible oils impact body fat and muscle mass and bone density. The American Oil Chemists’ Society has honored food scientist Yeonhwa Park for her “significant and important contributions” in the area of bioactive … 0

UMass Amherst work advances knowledge of how bacteria communicate

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — Bacteria have traditionally been viewed as solitary organisms that “hang out on their own,” says molecular biologist Kevin Griffith of the University of Massachusetts. But, scientists now realize that, in fact, bacteria exhibit social behavior — an insight that could lead to new health discoveries. As … 0

Dalai Lama may speak at UMass this fall

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, … 0

UMass prof gets $500K wastewater research grant

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — A UMass professor has received a $500,000, 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on algae and bacteria and ways to improve wastewater treatment. The grant funds assistant professor Caitlyn S. Butler’s work on “algal-sludge granules,” which can produce oxygen during wastewater treatment, … 0

Blarney blowback: Students crowd court docket

Monday, March 10, 2014

AMHERST — While town and university officials huddled Monday for post-mortems of Saturday’s Blarney Blowout, some 30 college-age people answered to criminal charges connected to the pre-St. Patrick’s Day mayhem. And that was just the beginning. More court … 0

Bile sentenced to 8 to 10 years in UMass gang rape case

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge Wednesday sentenced Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. to eight to 10 years in state prison for his part in a gang rape at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which the judge characterized … 0

Neil deGrasse Tyson named UMass graduation speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the … 0

Jury convicts man in UMass gang rape case

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of … 0

Finding fault

Sunday, March 22, 2015

AMHERST — New modeling and analyses of fault geometry in the Earth’s crust by geoscientist Michele Cooke and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are advancing knowledge about fault development in regions where one geologic plate slides past or over another, such as along California’s San Andreas … 0

UMass police chief to leave for Rockport

Sunday, March 15, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John K. Horvath will take a pay cut to become chief of the Rockport Police Department on the North Shore, according to a report in the Gloucester Times. When Horvath … 0