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    A move by the University of Massachusetts Amherst to expand the flagship campus into greater Boston is being buffeted by headwinds. 


    A facility to train nurses for the growing healthcare industry in western Massachusetts is expanding.

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Everything is coming up roses for the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band.


Given the size and financial strength of some large college and universities in the US, it came as a bit of a surprise that a small, liberal arts college in western Massachusetts is the first institution in the country to go 100 percent solar.

Today on the Best of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the college president who got this project rolling.

A scientist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a grant to study the health effects of two perflourinated chemicals — PFOS and its recent replacement chemical. Given drinking water contamination issues in places like Newburgh and Rensselaer County, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the grantee about what she and her colleagues hope to accomplish.

A new online course is available on human trafficking.


    The University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst is in the midst of a $1.6 billion six-year building boom. Not all the construction results in brand new state-of-the-art buildings.  Millions of dollars have gone into saving and repurposing historic structures.

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced today the completion of the largest fund- raising campaign in the history of Massachusetts public higher education.


     The partnership between the University of Massachusetts flagship campus and the town of Amherst celebrated a milestone today.

The state is giving UMass Amherst $5 million to establish a public-private data science and cybersecurity research collaborative.

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The MassMutual Foundation has announced a $15 million grant to support the cybersecurity program at UMass Amherst over the next 10 years.

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A University of Massachusetts laboratory that tests ticks that people find on themselves or their pets for diseases is stepping up its efforts as tick season kicks into high gear.

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A conservative-leaning think tank and the University of Massachusetts clashed this week over admissions policy and capital expenses at the state’s land-grant public university system.

A plan is in place to discourage drunken disruptive behavior during the so-called Blarney Blowout this Saturday in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Hoping to repeat the success of last year, there will be a free concert, campus visitor restrictions, and an increased police presence. These steps were taken after rowdiness in 2014 at off-campus parties resulted in 70 arrests and national embarrassment to the state’s flagship public university.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill talked with university spokesman Ed Blaguszewski.

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After a loss to Hillary Clinton in Nevada, Vermont U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is hoping to rally supporters in Massachusetts.


A University of Massachusetts Amherst student was assaulted in a residence hall Thursday night by two men, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun. The assault resulted in what is believed to be the first campus-wide lockdown in the history of the UMass flagship campus. No shots were fired during the incident.


A new chief of police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was sworn into office today. The new chief arrives just in time to plan for an annual public safety challenge, the notorious “ Blarney Blowout."

Protecting a campus with almost 30,000 students, 6,000 people on the faculty and staff, and thousands of daily visitors situated in a bustling college town takes cooperation and collaboration, according to Tyrone Parham, the new UMass Amherst police chief.

" Safety is, I think, a part of everyone's responsibility," he said.

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A 21-year-old Pittsfield man has been convicted of raping a University of Massachusetts freshman in her Amherst dorm room nearly three years ago.

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst has hired attorney and former town official Eric Beal as the first neighborhood liaison. The new position was a key recommendation from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis , who was hired by the university to consult on how to handle large off-campus disturbances in the wake of the infamous 2014 “ Blarney Blowout.”  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Beal.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and longtime English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has died. James Tate was 71.


The cost of attending the University of Massachusetts will go up next year by hundreds of dollars. University officials approved contingency tuition and fee hikes today with the final increases to be determined once the Massachusetts state budget is finalized.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, meeting Wednesday on the flagship Amherst campus, voted to hike mandatory student charges by an average of 7 percent. The exact charges vary by campus.  The fee hike for undergraduates at UMass Amherst totals $913.

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New research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst asserts that wage theft is rampant in the residential construction industry in Massachusetts.  A series of case studies found workers – mostly immigrants -- who went unpaid for weeks, were denied pay for overtime, or paid less than they were promised.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the lead author of the paper, Tom Juravich, a UMass Amherst labor professor.


Martin Meehan, the president-elect of the University of Massachusetts, visited the flagship Amherst campus today.   It was his first campus visit since he was chosen to be the system president by a unanimous vote of the UMass Board of Trustees last Friday.  Meehan, a former U.S. Congressman and current chancellor at UMass Lowell, took questions from a group of students.  

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Last month was the coldest February on record in many places in the Northeast, and in some places it was the coldest month ever recorded.  At Amherst, Massachusetts, where official continuous weather observations have been recorded since 1893, last month’s average temperature was 11.2 F.  The previous record for any month was 11.6 F set in February 1934.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Mike Rawlins, manager of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst.

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Following dozens of arrests last year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst plans to limit the number of campus guests and increase police presence during an annual weekend party known as Blarney Blowout.

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New York University media professor Charlton McIlwain analyzes the journalistic slant present in news coverage of Michael Brown's death.

A group appointed by the UMass Amherst chancellor to look into the use of students as confidential campus police informants is expected to deliver its report in January.

       The 11-member working group has been meeting regularly since its appointment in October but was unable to meet a goal to issue a report and recommendations on the confidential informant program by the end of the fall semester two weeks ago.