A vial with a swab test for COVID-19.
Tony Spinelli / Connecticut Public

A western Massachusetts public health expert said the data isn't clear on whether COVID-19 cases are leveling off in the region.

The campus of UMass Amherst.
HOANG 'LEON' NGUYEN / The Republican /

UMass Amherst officials said the university has experienced a jump in racist occurrences targeting African American and Black students.

Theta Chi, a fraternity at UMass, had extensive damage including broken building and car windows, after a September 19, 2021, protest over anonymous allegations of sexual assault at the fraternity.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in front of a UMass Amherst fraternity house Monday for a second straight night following accusations of a sexual assault. The latest protest at Theta Chi was more peaceful than one on Sunday, which resulted in destruction of property at the frat, and two arrests, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / Masslive

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has started new bus service between Amherst and Worcester in Massachusetts.

Do You Need To Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day? 7,000 Is Perfectly Fine.

Sep 16, 2021
Lead author Amanda Paluch is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences.
Submitted / UMass Amherst

Research from UMass Amherst bolsters claims that fitness can be tied to the number of steps you walk per day. 

An invasive insect, the caterpillar Lymantria dispar.
Didier Descouens / Creative Commons /

Very hungry caterpillars have been killing mighty oak trees across southern New England for years.

The Northeast sees a lot of different insect invaders, says Audrey Barker Plotkin. She's a scientist with Harvard Forest.

Some trees will die because of insect defoliation, but Plotkin learned in her recent multiyear study why some oaks have more resilience.

The writer Callum Angus received his MFA from UMass Amherst.
Submitted / Ebenezer Galluzzo

In "A Natural History of Transition," author Callum Angus writes a collection of short stories about transgender experiences through a magical realism lens.

UMass Amherst Now Requires Masks Indoors, Extends Vaccine Requirement To Faculty And Staff

Aug 9, 2021
COVID-19 testing at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Starting Wednesday, UMass Amherst will require students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors to wear face-coverings in all indoor public spaces, including classrooms and the common areas of residence halls. 

Wind turbines in the Atlantic Ocean.

A new grant provided to UMass Amherst seeks to assist people of color and low-income students get jobs in the offshore wind industry.

Former Amherst Business School Dean Named UMass Dartmouth Chancellor

Aug 9, 2021
Benches and stairs as seen from the catwalk between the Campus Center and the Liberal Arts Building on the UMass Dartmouth campus.
LGagnon / Creative Commons /

Updated at 2:32 p.m. 

After 69 people formally applied to be the next chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, system officials landed on the person who has been leading the campus on an interim basis since January.

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.
Daniel Lobo / Creative Commons /

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.
Douglas Hook / MassLive /

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.
Ragnhlld Brosvik / Creative Commons

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.
UMass Hockey / via Twitter

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.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hamphire Gazette /

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 /

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.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

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.
Rhobite / Creative Commons

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.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / Masslive /

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.
Mark Bonica / Creative Commons /

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.
AbhiSuryawanshi / Creative Commons

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 /

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.
John Phelan / Creative Commons /

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 during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Daily Hampshire Gazette /

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