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Springfield high school students spent six weeks at UMass Amherst during the summer, taking a great variety of academic and life skills courses through the Upward Bound program which helps students from lower income families to prepare for college.

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Upward Bound

Robert J. Manning, chairman and co-chief executive officer of MFS Investment Management, and Robert Epstein, co-chairman of Horizon Beverage Group, were appointed Aug. 11 to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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UMass Amherst researcher Pamela Loring is studying endangered coastal birds in areas of potential wind energy development. She fits mini transmitters onto plovers and terns and tracks their flights with 17 antenna towers along the Northeast coast.
Art instructor John Simpson and students from Commonwealth Honors College spent two weeks in July painting a mural for the new Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The hope is that the outdoor scene can provide comfort and respite for those undergoing treatment.
State lawmakers voted July 29 to override a gubernatorial veto and restore $5.2 million in funding for the UMass system. The House passed the override vote 139-16, while the Senate backed the measure 38-0. Earlier this month, lawmakers appropriated $531.8 million for the five-campus system, but...
University officials are awaiting final legislative review of the fiscal 2016 state budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, which appropriates $526.6 million for the UMass system, about $5.2 million less than the Legislature’s recommended $531.8 million. The University had originally sought $...
A fledgling peregrine falcon that left its nesting box atop the 27-story Du Bois library on July 13 has been found safe on the roof of the Campus Center, where its parents continue to care for it. University and state wildlife officials had asked all on campus to be on the lookout for the bird,...
Members of the turfgrass science and management program went back to basics last week to honor iconic teacher and mentor Joseph Troll, who died June 14 at age 95. Troll, professor emeritus of plant, soil and insect sciences, alumnus and a pioneer in modern turfgrass research, is credited with...
UMass turf research center
The state Legislature has passed a $38.1 billion budget for fiscal 2016 that includes $531.8 million for the University of Massachusetts system, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year but less than the $578 million requested. The budget also allows the five UMass campuses to retain tuition...
GeoEngineers, a Seattle-based earth science and technology company, has given the College of Engineering $10,000 for an unrestricted grant along with a $20,000 fellowship to fund coastal research. Professors Guoping Zhang and Don J. DeGroot of the geotechnical engineering project within the civil...
Don DeGroot and Guoping Zhang

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