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UMass research aiding juveniles in corrections system gets fellowship

Monday, November 30, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts doctoral student studying how best to teach science to juveniles in youth correctional facilities, has received a national fellowship to aid her research. Christina Anderson Bosch, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in special education in the College of Education at UMass, was awarded a fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, according to a statement this week from … 0

UMass reacts to phony ‘White Student Union’ Facebook page

Thursday, November 26, 2015

AMHERST — A recently created “UMass Amherst Area White Students Union” Facebook page is not associated with the University of Massachusetts or any student groups, according to campus officials, and appears to be one of a number of similar hoax pages reported at colleges and universities around the country. UMass student trustee Emily O’Neil, writing in a post shared by the official UMass … 0

Final UMass 2012 rape defendant competent for trial

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room has been found competent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation. Jury selection in the trial of Caleb Womack, 20, is scheduled to begin Monday. The trial had been expected to begin … 0

Sounds good: large lecture, small class

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ah, the freshman class at the big state U — the one with 300-plus students crowded into a lecture hall as the professor delivers the day’s lesson from a stage, perhaps with a few visual backdrops to try … 0

Students at UMass, Amherst College demand change

Sunday, November 15, 2015

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and agreeing to a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin … 0

‘Million Student March’ draws hundreds at UMass

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst students rallied for a range of social and economic issues Thursday at a demonstration billed as the Million Student March — one in a series of such events held around the country. … 0

Deal would fund UMass pay raises, aid for students

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AMHERST — The presidents of the state Senate and University of Massachusetts have reached an agreement under which UMass may receive $10.9 million for employee pay raises after the money was removed from a supplemental budget approved last week. UMass, meanwhile, would establish a $5 million financial aid … 0

UMass braces for $10.9 million budget cut

Monday, November 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will bear nearly half of a system-wide $10.9 million cut after that amount to cover money already spent on pay raises was removed from a $328 million supplemental budget sent by the Legislature to Gov. Charlie Baker. The university asked for … 0

Extravaganja event organizers ask for one more year on Amherst Town Common

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

AMHERST — Despite being informed by town officials that this year’s Extravaganja festival would be the last permitted on the Town Common, the president of the Cannabis Reform Coalition at the University of Massachusetts is appealing to hold … 0

Three finalists for UMass police chief to visit Amherst campus during next two weeks

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has three finalists for police chief who will come to campus for community forums over the coming two weeks. The candidates are Joseph R. Riley, deputy chief of the New York City Police Department; Tyrone A. Parham, chief of police and … 0

UMass libraries director retires

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — After 11 years as director of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jay Schafer is stepping down. Schafer, who will be 67 in April, started as a library assistant at the El Paso, Texas, public library in 1971. Having run the UMass libraries since 2004, … 0

Amherst school board votes to buy solar power from Deerfield project

Sunday, October 18, 2015

AMHERST — A pair of solar projects planned at town landfill sites will proceed despite an Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee vote to buy power from a solar project in Deerfield, according to town officials. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee voted Tuesday to negotiate a 20-year contract with Chicago-based … 0

UMass robotics research gives hope to those with below-knee amputations

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts are developing better fitting, more functional and comfortable robotic lower limbs for persons with below-knee amputations, especially those over 65 years old. Frank C. Sup IV, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Brian R. Umberger, associate professor of … 0