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Renting college textbooks online can save money

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, would the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” advise students to buy a new copy of their own book? That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis Kowalski of Boxford, for whom the book is a required text in a required course. The UMass junior went online to rent … 0

Throwing light on a black hole

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — A record-breaking X-ray flare that came from the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, observed by an team led by an Amherst College astronomer, could help scientists better understand how this object 20,000 light years from Earth functions. Daryl Haggard, who joined the Amherst College faculty last fall, … 0

UMass chancellor ceases confidential informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Reactions were mixed to University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy’s announcement Thursday that he would be ending the university police’s student confidential informant program, saying it was “fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of our community.” “The personal, social and ethical costs of the confidential informant program clearly outweigh … 0

UMass, Amazon reach textbook deal

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — A virtual textbook store, run by the largest online retailer in the United States, will arrive on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus this spring, with officials expecting many students to have costs for purchasing classroom materials cut by about one-third. Amazon.com has agreed to a contract … 0

UMass reports off-campus student violations decline

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is reporting a 63 percent decline in off-campus code of conduct violations by students during the fall semester compared to the same period in 2013. The report released by the dean of students office showed 107 students were involved in 83 incidents … 0

Families mourn loss of Amherst pediatrician

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — Long time area pediatrician, Dr. Emlen Jones, has died at age 70. After attending the University of Rochester School of Medicine and getting his medical training at the University of North Carolina, Jones arrived in Amherst in 1978 to join the Valley Health Plan, an HMO … 0

UMass-connected neutrino research proving sun’s stability a top-10 Physics World breakthrough

Sunday, January 11, 2015

AMHERST — The sun is not going to blow up or sputter out any time soon. Most people had predicted (or just hoped) that was the case, but a team of scientists called the Borexino Collaboration — including … 0

Amherst school schedule changes draw ire

Friday, January 9, 2015

AMHERST — Parents and other community members expressed discontent this week with proposed schedule changes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School that would increase time for English, math, science and social studies while decreasing time for many electives. Leverett and Shutesbury elementary school students go on to the … 0

UMass prof ‘critical’ after Statehouse collapse

Thursday, January 8, 2015

BOSTON — Ralph Whitehead Jr., a journalism professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is in critical condition at a Boston hospital Thursday after he collapsed in the Statehouse following the Wednesday election of his friend, Amherst Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, as Senate president. A Massachusetts General Hospital … 0

Amherst fire captain to be Leverett chief

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LEVERETT — An Amherst native and captain in the Amherst Fire Department will become the next fire chief in Leverett this month. John Ingram was unanimously hired for the part-time position by the Selectboard Tuesday, said member Peter d’Errico. “By the end of the month, he’ll be in … 0

UMass research on bluefin tuna suggests more accurate stock assessments are possible

Monday, January 5, 2015

AMHERST — Using a new approach for determining the age of sexual maturity for wild stocks of western Atlantic bluefin tuna, researchers suggest that these fish mature at a considerably younger age than currently assumed. These findings could lead to changes in how fisheries scientists estimate the population. … 0

Recommended new hire would explore housing options for Amherst and UMass

Sunday, January 4, 2015

AMHERST — The special committee formed by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the town to address common housing and economic development opportunities has recommended hiring an economic development director, who would be charged with exploring mixed-use development sites, pursuing public-private development and creating a university “anchor strategy” for … 0

Amherst sees drop in police calls, violations

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

AMHERST — As the fall academic semester closed, town officials say a decline in noise complaints and calls for medical help, as well as a steep drop in tickets issued for quality-of-life violations, are all indicators of improved behavior by college-age people. Town Manager John Musante said the … 0