Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass architecture students design community center for local Native American tribe

By David Barnstone

November 26, 2013

Filed under Campus News, News

In two adjacent studios on the top floor of the Fine Arts Center, architecture students at the University of Massachusetts have been designing a community center for a group of Native Americans with strong ties to a plot of land in central Massachusetts. Students i...

UMass geologist, Amherst attorney talk fracking in Sunderland

By David Barnstone

October 17, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Env. & Tech., Environment, Local News, News, Science & Technology

Sixty-eight percent of the electricity generated in Massachusetts in 2011 came from natural gas, yet none of that gas was produced here. The natural gas used to keep the lights on and power mobile devices is piped in from ot...

NSF funding allows students to travel abroad

By David Barnstone

October 7, 2013

Filed under Campus News, News

The anthropology department at the University of Massachusetts recently received $249,861 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support 15 students conducting field research throughout Europe over the next three years. This...

UMass astronomer solves mystery of Milky Way’s black hole

By David Barnstone

September 19, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Env. & Tech., News, Science & Technology

While most astronomers agree that a massive black hole sits at the center of every major galaxy in the universe, it is less clear how the gravitational pull of these regions interacts with the matter surrounding them. Now, an international team of scientists led by University of Mass...

UMass engineer gets Department of Energy funding to improve chemical reactions in fuel cells

By David Barnstone

September 5, 2013

Filed under Campus News, News, Science & Technology

Now, some of that money is coming to support the work of one engineer at the University of Massachusetts who is trying to understand the fundamental science of fuel cells and use that knowledge to suggest ways to make them less...

Governor OKs measure that could grant illegal immigrants in-state tuition

By David Barnstone

December 6, 2012

Filed under Archives, Local News, News, Politics

Illegal immigrants in Massachusetts may qualify for in-state tuition rates at the state’s public higher education institutions. Gov. Deval Patrick issued a directive on Nov. 19 clarifying the state’s stance on young illeg...

Permaculture spreads to local elementary schools

By David Barnstone

November 15, 2012

Filed under Campus News, News

Two apple trees planted outside of Wildwood Elementary School in late October marked the start of a new partnership between Amherst elementary schools and the University of Massachusetts Permaculture Initiative. The fruit trees...

UMass professor Hankinson researches breast cancer

By David Barnstone

November 13, 2012

Filed under Campus News, News

Women who have excess body weight during the first half of their life may be less likely to develop breast cancer later on, according to one researcher at the University of Massachusetts, who believes this relationship flips after ab...

Author discusses recent novel at Food for Thoughts Books

By David Barnstone

November 2, 2012

Filed under Local News, News

Six years ago, Dusty Miller retired from her career as psychotherapist and national trauma expert. She told the agent who had published her nonfiction writing that she wanted to write a book that was both a cozy mystery and ...

UMass scientist looks into hearing troubles for older adults

By David Barnstone

October 30, 2012

Filed under Campus News, News

One scientist at the University of Massachusetts is looking for new ways to help older adults who have trouble hearing in situations where multiple voices are competing for their attention. Karen Helfer, an associate professor of communication disorders, has received a $1.3 million ...

UMass team discover new molecules that may cure rare disease

By David Barnstone

October 23, 2012

Filed under Campus News, News

Biochemists and a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts have discovered two new molecules that may lead the way to improved treatment of a rare human disease. Associate Professor of Biochemistry Scott Garman and alumnus Nathaniel Clark are part of a research team that have discove...