AMHERST, Mass. - A company with its roots at the University of Massachusetts has introduced a computer game that allows people who are visually impaired to compete on an equal footing with sighted competitors. Although a handful of other games enable blind players to compete against each other, Zform’s game is the first that puts opponents on equal footing, regardless of their eyesight, say company founders. Zform officially launched its first game last week. The game is an accessible version of the five-card draw poker. A synthesized voice tells visually impaired players what cards they have been dealt, what moves other players have made, and what cards have been thrown down. It can be downloaded from the World Wide Web. The company also has other accessible games in development.
AMHERST, Mass. - Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts was bedecked with red, white, and blue flowers for the 80th Commencement of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture this afternoon, May 25. Associate degrees were conferred on 115 students in six majors: arboriculture and park management; equine industries; fruit and vegetable crops; horticulture; landscape contracting; and turfgrass management.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg, nationally known attorney and special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, will deliver the main address at the University''s 132nd Commencement, to be held at 10 a.m. on Sun. May 26, in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Approximately 4,000 undergraduates are candidates for bachelor''s degrees.
AMHERST, Mass. - Fathers in contemporary television sitcoms are more likely to be portrayed as foolish bumblers than their counterparts in the 1950s and 1960s, and the trend is even more pronounced if they are from the working class, according to a recent study by Erica Scharrer, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts. Scharrer’s findings were published in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media’s winter 2001 issue.
AMHERST, Mass. - Robert S. Bond and William P. MacConnell, alumni and retired members of the natural resources conservation faculty, have donated 234 acres of Princeton, Mass., forestland to the University for instruction, research, and timber harvesting/forest management purposes. The gift was accepted and acknowledged by the University''s Board of Trustees at its meeting in Amherst today, Nov. 7.
AMHERST, Mass. - The 79th Commencement of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the UMass was held May 26 in Bowker Auditorium on campus. Associate degrees were conferred on 115 students in six majors: arboriculture and park management; equine studies; fruit and vegetable crops; horticulture; landscape contracting; and turfgrass management.
AMHERST, Mass. - Jeff Taylor, chief executive officer of Monster.com, will speak at the undergraduate Commencement of the University of Massachusetts, Sun., May 27 at 10 a.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Taylor will receive a bachelor’s degree from University Without Walls during the ceremonies. Keynote speaker at the event is Emmy Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer. Finance major Karen Borsetti, of Beverly, is student speaker.
AMHERST, Mass. - Thursday, April 26, marks the ninth annual "Take Our Daughters to Work Day" at UMass, when girls between the ages of 9 and 15 can visit offices, laboratories, and other campus locations to learn first-hand what women contribute to the University workplace, and what they can learn. The event is free and open to the children, grandchildren, and other relatives of the campus community.
AMHERST, Mass. - With the assistance of a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM), a multidisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Massachusetts is testing ways to use common pond plants to stabilize and decontaminate seriously polluted areas of the historic Blackstone River Watershed. Extending from south central Massachusetts to Pawtucket, R.I., the Blackstone has been designated an American Heritage River by Congress, and its surrounding area, the Blackstone River Valley, is a National Heritage Corridor.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts alumna Marjorie Blanchard will be the Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence at UMass Mon. Nov. 27 - Wed. Nov. 29. The highlight of her visit will be a public lecture titled "Balancing All the Lives You Lead," Tues. Nov. 28, 4-5 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Following the lecture, Blanchard will be honored by University officials, and will be presented with the Eleanor Bateman Award by Chancellor David K. Scott. There also will be a reception from 5-6 p.m. at which Blanchard will sign copies of her book "The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life." All events are free and open to the public.