Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Google: UMass discontinuing Google Apps service potentially unprecedented

By Matt Rocheleau

May 11, 2010

Filed under Archives, Campus News, Local News, Science & Technology

It's not often to hear Google has failed at anything, but according to the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Google Apps service offered at the beginning of the school year has failed to catch on with students. University...

The Norwottuck Trail finds itself a pain in the glass and planning

By Chelsea Whitton

May 2, 2010

Filed under Environment, Health & Wellness, Local News

The Norwottuck Rail Trail, an 11-mile stretch that winds through Belchertown, Amherst, Hadley and Northampton, Massachusetts, presents its users with preserved land, the Connecticut River, a view of the mountains and fresh New...

Watch your waste: Can students saving energy save the word?

By Danielle Kahn

May 2, 2010

Filed under Environment

Every morning Kassaundra Pereira, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, wakes up to an alarm on her phone. After she gets out of bed, she flicks on her light. She then makes her way to the bathroom where she showers...

National Geographic Speaker discusses human connection with trees

By Chelsea Whitton

April 28, 2010

Filed under Environment

In coordination with National Arbor Day on April 30 and as part of the “Spring 2010 TEI Environmental Lecture Series,” the University of Massachusetts hosted a lecture by Nalini Nadkarni, a National Geographic Speaker, Tuesday...

Commonwealth Honors College Hosts Lectures on Sustainability and Environment

By Kat Manser

April 28, 2010

Filed under Environment

As part of the 40th Earth Day and Commonwealth Honors College’s tenth birthday, a series of “Daffodil Lectures” were held in the Integrated Sciences Building on sustainability and the environment last Saturday. The lecture...

UMass’ Second Life: Do virtual worlds hold the future of online education?

By Max Calloway

April 22, 2010

Filed under Science & Technology

Several UMass professors and graduate students have been turning to the massive online community of “Second Life” in an attempt to revolutionize the way education is delivered online, and they are not alone.  “Second...

Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute expands research lab in Springfield

By Jennifer Heshion

April 14, 2010

Filed under Science & Technology

The Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI) announced the beginning of a $4.3 million project on April 13, to expand the research space of the former engineering manufacturing building in Springfield thus making way for...

UM chemists devise new method of creating electricity

By Jennifer Heshion

April 13, 2010

Filed under Archives, Campus News, Science & Technology

Chemists at the University of Massachusetts have developed a new polymer-based method for converting sunlight into electricity. Using the new method, the UMass chemists have created photovoltaic devices which are responsible...

CampusLIVE launches new personalized video chat service

By Nick Bush

March 21, 2010

Filed under Archives, Science & Technology

Five minutes on ChatRoulette can be very revealing – sometimes too revealing. The former University of Massachusetts students at CampusLIVE have an answer for those who feel that the video chat options currently in existence...

Slideshow: Nor’easter pummels North Shore

By Justin Gagnon

February 28, 2010

Filed under Archives, Environment, Local News, Slideshows, Web-Exclusive

A nor'easter hit the North Shore on the night of Feb. 25 into the following morning. The storm pulled trees from the ground, ripped roofs off of houses and businesses, and even started a fire. Many cars were crushed by fallen trees and parts of buildings. Crews are working around the clock to clean up the mess, but a handful of houses are still without electricity....

UMass ranks high in licensing and patent activity

By Tim Jones

February 23, 2010

Filed under Campus News, Science & Technology

The University of Massachusetts was recently ranked 13th for total licensing income among institutions, according to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The data, entitled “Licensing Revenue and Patent Activity,...

Amherst sleeps out to protest climate change

By Lauren Vincent

February 21, 2010

Filed under Campus News, Environment

Christopher Potter has been living in a tent on the University of Massachusetts campus for 121 days. The sophomore political science major is protesting the use of fossil fuels for electricity by refusing to sleep in the dorms...