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The Building Bridges showcase and opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from noon to 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center atrium. The one-day, drop-in event will feature food, workshops and performances as well as provide an opportunity for individuals to celebrate the creative work done by members of the campus community.

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Building Bridges installation
Monika Roy, a doctoral student in environmental health sciences, won the university’s second annual Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) on March 2. Organized by the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development, the three-week-long contest tested the research communication...
Three Minute Thesis Competition winner Monika Roy (right) with second place winner Yuren Yue (left) and People’s Champion Xiaoqiong Cao.
The following letter was sent to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Advisory Board on March 16 by Andrew P. Mangels, vice chancellor for Administration and Finance, in response to proposed service reductions that would take effect this year. To the members of the PVTA Advisory Board: On...
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Inspired by sculptures in the exhibit “Five Takes on African Art” at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, stylist Kamala Bhagat recreates an ancient African hairstyle on the head of artist Sonya Clark. The performance, “Hairdressers Are My Heroes,” celebrates artists...
Sonya Clark and Kamala Bhagat
Four academic departments are piloting a new approach to evaluating teaching as part of a multi-university project supported by a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The computer science, linguistics, music and dance, and physics departments were selected last month from a...
Classroom teaching

Vowing to preserve the university’s affordability mission while continuing to pursue excellence, UMass President Marty Meehan outlined five areas of focus to ensure a world-class UMass education remains affordable for students from all backgrounds in his annual State of the University address.

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Marty Meehan
This story by Abigail Charpentier originally appeared in the Daily Collegian.  Since its founding in 2011, Latinos Unidos (LU) has been uniting Latino students on campus and educating community members on Latino culture and heritage. With 111 members on Campus Pulse and 20-30...
Students of Latinos Unidos
The campus community has until March 14 to makes its voice heard on bus service cuts proposed by the PVTA to deal with an expected $3.1 million budget shortfall for fiscal 2019. The changes, which include at least one route elimination, would take effect July 1. There are 18 proposed service...
PVTA bus

The geosciences department, internationally known as host to one of the top electron microprobe laboratories in the world, will add a new, state-of-the-art $1.1 million microprobe to its toolkit later this year, say professors Michael Williams and Michael Jercinovic, who direct the electron microprobe/scanning electron microscope facility in Morrill Science Center.

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Calcium compositional map of a chemical reaction preserved in a rock from the Athasbasca Terrain, northern Saskatchewan, Canada. The reaction occurred between two minerals, feldspar, upper left, and pyroxene, lower right.
Five nights a week, students collect leftover hot food from UMass Amherst dining halls and deliver it to local people in need. Working as part of the national Food Recovery Network, the campus volunteers tackle the dual issues of food waste and food insecurity.
Food recovery

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