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University of Massachusetts Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham speaks at the campus police department Friday. He was sworn in as chief in a ceremony later in the day.

New UMass top cop sworn in

Friday, February 12, 2016

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief Tyrone A. Parham was sworn in Friday in an afternoon ceremony at the Mullins Center. Earlier in the day, Parham spoke to reporters about his impressions of the department, which he joined in January. “My entire professional career was at one institution and when this job came about, it looked like this … 0

Amherst’s College Pizza loses license to sell food

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — A 2014 incident in which surveillance video shows a nearly naked man preparing a sandwich for a customer at College Pizza, and other alleged unsanitary behavior by the same employee, prompted a yearlong suspension of the restaurant’s license this week. The Board of Health voted 3-0 Tuesday to impose the suspension, until January 2017, on College Pizza at 150 Fearing St. … 0

Dean, 2 associate deans resigning from UMass College of Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have tendered their resignations. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as Associate Deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will be leaving the college, according to an announcement from UMass Provost Katherine Newman last month. Deputy Chancellor Robert … 0

UMass ecologist leads 1st study of climate change impact on sugar maples

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — As maple sugaring season approaches, plant ecologist Kristina Stinson at the University of Massachusetts recently received a two-year, $149,800 grant to study the impact of climate change on the quantity and quality of sugar maple sap, including its chemical composition. The researchers believe this is the … 0

Beastcam: Building a better animal camera

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — When UMass Amherst biologist Duncan Irschick was studying the morphology of sharks in Florida last April, he wanted a better way to understand their body shapes. So Irschick, along with two undergraduate co-inventors, created a 3D … 0

In NH, Sanders tops ‘honest’ category in UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found … 0

UMass student dies in fall from lab building window

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts senior fell to his death from a fourth-floor window at the Hasbrouck Laboratory early Friday morning, according to UMass officials. James Tilley, a physics major and math minor from Windham, N.H., was identified as the victim in an email sent to the … 0

UMass astronomers join global look into galaxy’s center

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. … 0

UMass employees on leave amid misconduct investigation

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and misuse of campus resources in the Physical Plant division, according … 0

Rosenberg disappointed in UMass system funding in Baker budget proposal

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg on Monday criticized Gov. Charlie Baker for a “woefully inadequate” and “disappointing” increase for the University of Massachusetts in his budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Baker’s … 0

UMass researchers design seat belt for buses

Sunday, January 31, 2016

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have designed a Retrofit Seat Belt System that makes it possible suitable for an estimated 30,000 motor coaches and intercity buses nationwide that currently don’t have safety belts. The new devices are expected to become commercially available within the next … 0

UMass to host events for Black History Month

Sunday, January 31, 2016

AMHERST — In honor of Black History Month, the University of Massachusetts and the UMass Amherst Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success will host a series of campus events including art exhibits, lectures, celebrations and cultural dining experiences throughout February. The programming begins today with a reception … 0

Amherst College dumps Lord Jeff

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AMHERST — Amherst College’s board of trustees announced Tuesday that the college will no longer use the controversial Lord Jeff as its unofficial mascot. “Amherst College finds itself in a position where a mascot — which, when you … 0