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A new state apiary to be used for education, outreach demonstrations and research related to agricultural sustainability, pollination, honeybee health and hive management was opened June 20 at the campus’ Agricultural Learning Center. The event, which kicked off Massachusetts Pollinator Week...
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Physical Plant crews are working on the west bank of the Campus Pond this summer as part of a long-term effort to control erosion and improve the health of the pond and the wildlife habitat around it. Gary Glazier, head of landscape management, said the work will secure the bank’s edge and...
Crews working on the Campus Pond
Fourteen Amherst campus faculty and staff members are sharing more than $349,000 in grants from the President’s Office for science and technology research and arts and humanities/social sciences projects. The awards are part of a package of $1,090,500 in grants announced June 21 by President...
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UMass Amherst Libraries’ 2015 Annual Report won both People’s Choice award for Best in Show and Judge’s Award for Best Annual Report at ALADN 2016 in Boston for the second year in a row. UMass Amherst Libraries has a history of creative annual reports, including last year’s...
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Geraldine de Berly has been chosen to be the new vice provost for Continuing and Professional Education beginning in September, according to Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. De Berly joins the university from Syracuse University/University College where she spent nearly 20 years serving as senior associate dean providing leadership and management of strategy and program development for distance learning.

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Geraldine de Berly

As part of its continuing effort to expose students from all economic backgrounds in the commonwealth to the life-changing opportunities of attending college, the university recently welcomed a high school’s entire freshman class to campus.

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Chancellor Subaswamy with Abbott Lawrence Academy students

More then 300 culinary professionals attended the 22nd annual Tastes of the World Culinary Conference at UMass Amherst, which featured renowned chefs Alice Waters, Joanne Weir and Jehangir Mehta and six days of workshops and presentations on healthy food under the theme “Food is Medicine and Food is Love.”

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The single peregrine falcon chick from this spring’s nesting atop the W.E.B. Du Bois Library was banded June 13. The chick, a male, hatched May 21, the only survivor from four eggs laid his season.

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Falcon chick

Charles Schweik will assume the position of interim director of the School of Public Policy on June 1, succeeding M.V. Lee Badgett, who is stepping down after three terms.

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Charles Schweik

The campus pond is sporting three new AquaMaster fountains that include programmable LED lights. The fountains replace the originals installed in 2009.

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