UMASS AMHERST

Shipworms are saltwater mollusks known for consuming wood, causing extensive damage to ships and piers. They may also offer a key to new types of biofuel.
Reuben Shipway / UMass Amherst

Researchers at UMass Amherst say they've solved at least one mystery about a destructive saltwater mollusk known as the shipworm.

Sand and ocean waves in a photograph taken at Salisbury Beach in Salisbury, Massachusetts, during the summer survey of grain size and face slope.
Steve Mabee, Massachusetts State Geologist / Submitted Photo

Our New England landscape was shaped over 10,000 years ago by glaciers that deposited sediments. On sunny summer days, people flock to relax on some of those glacial sediments — or beaches — up and down the New England coast.

Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud
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A UMass-Amherst-led study suggests that therapy works best when patient and therapist are carefully matched - even if that means using telemedicine.

The study found that therapists chosen based on their track record in a particular area of mental healthcare, like depression or anxiety, helped their patients more than those chosen for pragmatic reasons, like insurance or location.

A pregnant woman visits a doctor's office.
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A new report finds that when a female employee asks for an accommodation at work because of a pregnancy, in many cases, she'll be fired.

In this file photo, Tapestry Health employees provide free COVID-19 testing in Springfield and Agawam, Massachusetts.
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The pandemic has affected every person’s life, but there is consensus that communities of color — especially Black and Hispanic — have been affected the most.

However, in Massachusetts, the data to prove that is hard to pin down.

A deer tick.
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A UMass Amherst laboratory stopped its longstanding practice of testing ticks as of December, but the service is expected to restart this week, separate from the university.

The UMass hockey team poses after winning the 2021 NCAA championship.
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Filip Lindberg had 25 saves, Aaron Bohlinger scored his first career goal, and Massachusetts beat St. Cloud State 5-0 to win the program’s first NCAA title.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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A UMass Amherst official said, as the weather gets warmer, the university is working to ensure students avoid large gatherings and limit the spread of COVID-19.

UMass Amherst Lockdown Taking Mental, Financial Toll On Students

Feb 16, 2021

A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases at UMass Amherst has left students stuck in place after the university ordered a two-week lockdown.

The lockdown requires students to shelter in their dorms except to get food and attend essential appointments and also bans all student gatherings and outdoor exercise through next Sunday.

For a first-person account of how students are handling this, WBUR’s Morning Edition spoke with Sara McKenna, a UMass senior and secretary of University Policy with UMass Amherst’s Student Government Association.

Students are allowed to go to the COVID-19 testing site at UMass Amherst's Mullins Center, but the university is warning of possible sanctions for those who continue working off-campus jobs.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

As UMass Amherst tries to beat back a major COVID-19 outbreak, some students are frustrated by at least one new restriction.

The campus of UMass Amherst.
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UMass Amherst students were ordered to sequester this week after a spike of COVID-19 cases on campus. As of Friday morning, there were more than 600 active cases.

Cases Of COVID-19 Continue To Rise At UMass Amherst

Feb 11, 2021
The UMass Amherst campus.
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UMass Amherst now has 541 active COVID-19 cases amid a major outbreak that prompted the near-shutdown of campus.

A sign upon entering Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Updated at 5:44 p.m. 

The town of Amherst, Massachusetts, will keep in place capacity limits and a business curfew — both of which were set to loosen on Monday — as part of efforts to contain a COVID-19 outbreak at its flagship University of Massachusetts campus.

The UMass Amherst campus.
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UMass Amherst is announcing new restrictions on students due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

An aerial view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in June, 2017.
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The legislative session on Beacon Hill is drawing to a conclusion — and it is a time of transition. Some representatives, such as Aaron Vega of Holyoke, who represents the 5th Hampden District, are serving their final days in the House. A group of newcomers, including Jake Oliveira of Ludlow, who will represent the 7th Hampden District, will be sworn in next week.

Heavily redacted paragraphs are shown as part of a sponsored research agreement between the UMass Amherst and Raytheon in 2015. This document and 10 others like it were redacted by the university.
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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has been trying to get its hands on all the agreements UMass Amherst signs with private businesses to conduct many millions of dollars in sponsored research.

A caravan of trucks, with flags supporting President Trump's reelection, drove on Route 9 in Hadley, Massachusetts, on Nov. 1, 2020.
Nancy Cohen / NEPM

While relatively few believe President Trump's declarations that he's done more for African Americans than any other president with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, a new survey shows broad agreement that the 16th president was the most impactful.

Some Additional Students To Return To UMass Amherst In Spring

Oct 23, 2020
The campus of UMass Amherst.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

UMass Amherst plans to expand its campus population in the spring, announcing Friday that first-year and transfer students will be invited to campus next semester after learning remotely throughout the fall.

Town Hall in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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With Amherst, Massachusetts, in the state’s COVID-19 red zone, the town manager says the numbers don’t reflect nuances in the population. 

COVID-19 testing at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst.
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UMass Amherst will likely do considerably more COVID-19 testing of students and staff than originally announced — at a considerable cost.

A COVID-19 testing site at the Mullins Center on the UMass Amherst campus.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

UMass Amherst said 17 students have tested positive for COVID19 since April — all but one who lives off-campus.

Alex Morse (center), the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, before a debate in August 2020 against his opponent in the Democratic primary, U.S. Rep Richard Neal.
Don Treeger / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Three weeks after signing on to a letter that shook up a congressional race in perhaps unexpected ways, leaders of the College Democrats at UMass Amherst are apologizing to Alex Morse.

A UMass Amherst staffer works inside the closed Berkshire Dining Commons in the Southwest Residential Area on August 27, 2020.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

UMass Amherst will place about 780 staff on "indefinite furlough” as it deals with a budget deficit caused by COVID-19 and efforts to stop its spread.

Ann Becker of UMass gives direction on how to administer a COVID-19 test at the Mullins Center.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

Carly O'Connell is excited to go back to UMass as a sophomore in legal studies. She'll be among about a thousand students allowed to live on campus — some are taking hands-on classes, and others, like O’Connell, got special permission for personal reasons.

A "Welcome Back Students" sign hangs outside an Amherst, Mass., store August 6, 2020. It was the same day UMass told thousands of students because of COVID-19 developments, they would not be able to live on campus as planned.
Jill Kaufman / NEPM

Hundreds of resident assistants at UMass Amherst were expected to move into dorms this week. But UMass revised its COVID-19 policy late last week. It allows only a fraction of students to live on campus this fall, including far fewer paid RAs. 

Alex Morse in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 2015.
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The Massachusetts Nurses Association says it will continue to support Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's campaign for Congress in the state's 1st District.

UMass Amherst football players.
UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts is canceling its 2020 football season, officials announced Tuesday.

Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts, speaks to reporters during the launch of his congressional campaign on July 22, 2019.
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Alex Morse says he is staying in the race for Congress. In a statement posted to social media Sunday night, the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, defended himself against allegations he engaged in inappropriate behavior involving college students, while again apologizing for "making some students feel uncomfortable."

Alex Morse in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 2015.
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Updated at 3:56 p.m.

Calling the allegations "serious and deeply concerning," UMass Amherst said Saturday it was investigating whether Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse violated university policy or federal law during his time teaching on campus.

This comes after the Massachusetts Daily Collegian reported that the College Democrats of Massachusetts wrote the mayor a letter accusing him of using his “position of power for romantic or sexual gain.” 

The campus of UMass Amherst.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

Updated 4:25 p.m.

UMass Amherst has reversed its plans to allow students to decide whether to return to campus housing.

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