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 a nine-month renovation. A staple of campus life since the early 1970s, the Blue Wall was renovated in response to the announced … 0

UMass climate report addresses regional species at risk

Sunday, July 5, 2015

AMHERST — State fish and wildlife agencies across the Northeast and Midwest are now updating their 10-year state wildlife action plans, and climate change is a bigger concern than ever before. To help them gauge what’s ahead, scientists at the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offer a report on response to climate change for hundreds of regional … 0

Letter: Father of GCC

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Much has been said and written about former State Rep. Walter Kostanski since his death at age 91. And rightly so. Few people contribute as much to improving the quality of life in their community as Walter. Fewer still leave a legacy that spans generations. Among his innumerable achievements in the Legislature, arguably his most significant was the leadership role he played in … 0

State prison sentence for second defendant in UMass rape trial

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

UMass Amherst historian earns Fulbright Scholarship

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

AMHERST — Karen Y. “Kym” Morrison, assistant professor of African diaspora history at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a Fulbright research fellowship for the fall 2015 semester. She will travel to the South American nation of Brazil in August to begin work on her project titled … 0

Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former student in 2012 in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on the three counts of aggravated rape he faced. He was loaded … 0

Jury selection for second defendant continues in UMass gang rape trial

Monday, June 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection for the rape trial of Justin A. King of Pittsfield will continue today as court officials said eight jurors were chosen Monday. Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Tuesday will continue questioning a new pool … 0

Pulling for the pollinators: Slovenian professor visits UMass, advocates for a ‘World Bee Day’

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — As pollinators across the world — particularly the honey bee — are succumbing to diseases and colony collapses, the government of one bee-loving country is trying to create a day to celebrate their worldwide importance. Janko … 0

UMass lauded for community service

Sunday, June 14, 2015

AMHERST — For the eighth year in a row, the University of Massachusetts has achieved recognition for its community service projects from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The organization placed UMass on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, according to a statement from … 0

Good news for Old Chapel

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Old Chapel, built in 1885 as the “New Chapel,” has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places and will reopen next year after two decades on the sidelines. … 0

Wild weekend in Amherst: Moose tranq’d near school, teenage girl attacked by black bear

Monday, June 1, 2015

AMHERST — Even though a moose roaming through Amherst neighborhoods near three public schools for nearly 24 hours had not caused harm to anyone, the animal was chemically immobilized Friday morning before being brought to a rural, wooded location 30 miles away from town. The next night, a … 0

UMass food scientist wins award for rapid pathogen detection

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A University of Massachusetts food science researcher has won an award for developing a method of rapid pathogen detection in food. The researcher, Sam Nugen, engineered viruses to identify and separate microbial contaminants from food. His methods may help food manufacturers skip the wait time for safety test … 0

UMass Amherst Hadley Farm, and its Bay State Morgans, reach out with public riding instruction

Sunday, May 31, 2015

AMHERST — A summer-long program of adult riding instruction for everyone from novices to advanced equestrians begins today at the University of Massachusetts Hadley Farm Equine Center. It is a first-of-a-kind effort for the UMass Amherst riding program, according to director and instructor Anne Wiktor. She said horses … 0