Amherst

UMass Sunwheel and sky-watching events mark Solstice Dec. 21

Sunday, December 14, 2014

AMHERST — The public is invited to witness sunrise and sunset associated with the winter solstice among the standing stones of the UMass Sunwheel on Sunday at 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Heavy rain, snow or dangerous winter conditions will cancel the gatherings. Sunwheel events mark the astronomical changes of the seasons. The winter solstice marks the date when nights are longest and days are shortest in the Northern Hemisphere … 0

Some at Amherst College prefer moose to Lord Jeffery

Friday, December 12, 2014

AMHERST — In the seven months since an 800-pound female moose visited Amherst College and toured the president’s house property, a vigorous campaign by students has sought to have the animal replace Lord Jeffery Amherst as the college’s mascot. Posters advancing the cause are stapled to bulletin boards in academic buildings, a Facebook page is dedicated to the moose becoming the mascot and … 0

UMass professor David Reckhow leads national team researching low-cost ways to keep drinking water clean

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AMHERST — Water — we drink it, cook with it, bathe in it, and our lives are dependent on it. Yet many people know little about how water is treated to make sure it is fit for human consumption. One expert is David A. Reckhow of Florence, a professor in the Department of … 0

Town-Gown Steering Committee in Amherst recommends permanent successor

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

AMHERST — A permanent board to link the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst, which could be vital to the success of future housing and economic development initiatives, is a key recommendation from the Town-Gown Steering Committee in its draft final report. The steering committee met … 0

UMass students disappointed in Cosby, support university’s decision to cut ties

Monday, December 1, 2014

AMHERST — Students at the University of Massachusetts who remember Bill Cosby as the fatherly Dr. Huxtable and creator of “Little Bill” are disappointed in the allegations against the comedian, and proud of their university’s decision to cut its ties with him. “If he’s not exemplifying what UMass … 0

UMass cuts ties with embattled Cosby

Thursday, November 27, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday night that it has cut ties with embattled entertainer Bill Cosby amid accusations that he sexually assaulted more than a dozen women during his career. UMass joins at least … 0

New courses will combine clean energy with agriculture

Sunday, November 23, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant that will be used to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry … 0

Amherst teachers, staff told not to talk about Gardner case

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School teachers and staff have been advised not to comment publicly or have discussions with students about former math teacher Carolyn Gardner, whose attorneys last month filed a discrimination complaint against the school district. Meantime, a Tuesday meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School … 0

UMass gets $5.6M for water research

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — UMass just got $5.6 million to find a modern replacement for chlorine for purifying municipal drinking water. The grant will go toward a mobile laboratory where long-term pilot tests can be done at public water supplies. On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award … 0

Ebola talk Wednesday at UMass

Sunday, October 26, 2014

AMHERST — Four panelists will discuss “The Ebola Epidemic: How We Got Here, Current Preparedness, and Future Outlook” Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The speakers are: ∎ Martha Anker of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health … 0

UMass student arrested, admits to writing racist graffiti in dorm

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student who admitted to police that he wrote racist notes on a dorm room door earlier this month has withdrawn from school and is remorseful, according to his lawyer. The graffiti was found at John Quincy Adams dorm and is different from … 0

UMass student found dead in dorm

Monday, October 20, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts student died at McNamara dormitory in the Sylvan residential area Sunday night, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A campuswide email sent Monday afternoon informed students, faculty and staff that Chloe Malast, a member of the Commonwealth Honors College from Needham, … 0

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This past weekend two of our students were the targets of … 0