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GCC aims to offer courses in Amherst

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — School officials, local politicians and the leadership at Greenfield Community College are all eager to hold community college classes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School as part of a proposal that would move middle school classes to the high school. Some Greenfield Community College courses could be taught at the school as early as spring 2016, according to school officials. At the same time, Greenfield Community College will … 0

Amherst opposes pipeline on principle

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — At the final session of Town Meeting on Wednesday, members went on record as being overwhelmingly opposed to the controversial Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would run through western Massachusetts. The 134-7 vote on Article 30, stating that the town is opposed to the pipeline, came despite a moratorium on new natural gas customers or expanded use by current customers made … 0

UMass fundraising effort exceeds $300M goal ahead of schedule

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign at the University of Massachusetts has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the UMass Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert … 0

UMass creates ‘Honors-to-Honors’ scholarship program for transferring community college students

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has announced Honors-to-Honors, a new scholarship program that provides additional funding to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges who are accepted into the university’s Commonwealth Honors College, to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees. For many in-state students, the scholarship … 0

UMass Amherst research assesses wage theft in Massachusetts residential construction

Friday, May 15, 2015

AMHERST — New research published by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center asserts how the illegal theft of workers’ wages, especially those of undocumented immigrant laborers, has reached epidemic levels in the residential construction industry in Massachusetts. In the working paper “The Epidemic of Wage Theft in … 0

Rosenberg pipes up about gas, pipeline

Monday, May 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. should be the subject of a public hearing, in Western Massachusetts, by the state’s Department of Public Utilities, according to a letter sent to the agency by Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Monday. … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 2

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