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UMass Amherst was ranked ninth among the nation’s Top 10 Safest College Campuses in a new report by College magazine. The article, in the online magazine’s Dec. 18 issue, noted that the top schools all made safety a priority, and all had low crime rates and “campus safety...
UMass Amherst campus
Rae Gould, an anthropologist and member of the Nipmuc Nation, has been named the campus’s first tribal liaison, providing the administration with an in-house advisor on Native American issues and an opportunity to develop stronger relationships with tribes in the region. Gould will also...
Rae Gould
Amherst has been named the fourth safest college town in America by the Safewise Report, an online home safety website. Using the FBI’s most recent crime statistics from 2015, SafeWise calculated the total number of crimes committed in each American city with at least one accredited academic...
Entering Amherst sign
Several bumblebee species have seen their ranges contract and some may face extinction due to several combined stressors, say ecologists Lynn Adler, professor of biology, and her former postdoctoral fellow Scott McArt, with others. Their recent analysis, one of the few to explore the relative...
Bee on flower
Jan. 1, 2018 will see the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band performing in the world famous Rose Parade as part of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California. The band’s Road to the Roses has been marked by many extra hours of rehearsals and marching practice.  
Band marching
The Board of Higher Education (BHE) voted Dec. 12 to allow students who relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria to pay in-state tuition at UMass campuses, state universities and community colleges. The rate break will be in effect through...
Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico
By a 55-45 percent margin, undergraduates voted last week to approve a fee increase to provide half the funding for a $50 million renovation of the Student Union. The other half of the funding will be a $25 million capital expenditure by the university, campus officials said. The renovation plan...
Student Union Building

Prompted by concerns over the House version of the Republican tax plan, the Graduate Student Senate has developed an online calculator that allows graduate students to assess how they might be affected by the legislation. Students can enter their income, tuition, filing status and number of dependents into the calculator and receive an estimate of their potential tax liability.

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Dominique Alfandari, veterinary and animal sciences, recently received a four-year, $1 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to produce and characterize monoclonal antibodies to proteins in a species of frog, Xenopus, used as a model system for developmental biology and human diseases...
Dominique Alfandari, right, and Hélène Cousin
The following statement was sent to the campus community on Dec. 7: Earlier this semester, the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) hosted a town hall as part of its Safe at Work campaign that underscored the need to rebuild trust between administrators and students and work as effective...
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy

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