UMASS AMHERST

Future Uncertainties

Jun 16, 2017

In this episode, Allyson Morin speaks with NEPR Media Lab and Community Journalism students Kimberly Cruz and Milton Sagardia. Allyson and Milton discuss Milton's fear that budget cuts will end the Gear Up Program while Allyson and Kim explore how language barriers erode the mother-daughter relationship.

Hairy woodpecker
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For birds, this time of year, it's all about the music.

But some birds have a different take on song. Rather than singers, they're percussionists.

Every spring, like clockwork, I wake up to an insistent, rhythmic sound. It's a woodpecker tapping a tree with its beak. It sounds to me like a big bird. But every time I gaze up, I can't find it.

Ornithologist Don Kroodsma, a retired UMass biology professor, says it's probably a Downy woodpecker, the smallest around here.  

Jesse Carrillo, left, talks to his lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr. of Boston, after the guilty verdicts were announced on May 30, 2017.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette

A former UMass graduate student will be sentenced Wednesday in the heroin overdose death of another student.

Jesse Carrillo was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and distribution after Eric Sinacori died from heroin supplied by Carrillo.

Hannah Tran-Trinh is a 2017 graduate of UMass Amherst.
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Commentator Hannah Tran-Trinh graduated last week from UMass Amherst. She says she learned a lot there, but the best lessons were hard-won.

I grew up in Boston. My friends were quite the colorful bunch, but I never thought twice about the fact that we were a diverse group of kids. I just loved feeling comfortable. Being a part of something I felt I belonged to.

But then I showed up in western Mass. and it was the whitest place I'd ever seen.

500 mg calcium supplements, with vitamin D.
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A study out of UMass Amherst shows a possible connection between the early onset of menopause and the some common nutrients.

The study looked at more than 116,000 women, who were tracked starting in 1989. It found that those who consumed the most vitamin D and calcium in the foods they ate were at a 17 percent lower risk of early menopause compared to those who ate the least.

A Journalist's Challenge To Her Colleagues

May 10, 2017
Shaheen Pasha teaches international journalism at UMass Amherst.
UMass

Commentator and journalist Shaheen Pasha was a 19-year-old newsroom intern when a male colleague behaved in ways she felt crossed a line. As stories of sexual harassment in the media are surfacing more often these days, she's got some requests of her colleagues.

UMass Amherst denied Kalsang Nangpa's request to carry the Tibetan flag during a special part of the university's commencement ceremony.
Submitted Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Graduation at UMass Amherst is less than two weeks a way. One senior, a public health major from Medford, wants to carry the Tibetan flag in a parade of flags, but the university says no.

In Edie Meidav's New Book, 'Silver Cords' To Youth

Apr 28, 2017
Edie Meidav's new book, "Kingdom of the Young."
Sarabande Books

"A probing and deeply ruminative cross-genre odyssey."

That's how Kirkus Review describes the newest book of short stories from UMass Amherst professor Edie Meidav, called "Kingdom of the Young."

I sat down with Meidov this week and asked her how she describes her writing.

Noam Chomsky Weighs Our Prospects for Survival

Apr 24, 2017
Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The world renowned linguist has lectured and written extensively on the subject, as he has on philosophy, politics, international affairs and numerous others.

Chomsky was invited by the UMass Amherst Political Economy Research Institute to speak on the existential threats posed by nuclear weaponry and climate change.

His talk, “Prospects for Survival,” was recorded on April 13th, 2017 at UMass Amherst.

A promotional graphic used by UMass in the two days between Pat Kelsey agreeing to become the new head basketball coach -- and when he backed out of the deal.
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UMass officials seem to have a learned a lesson, after the school's first choice for men's basketball coach backed out of his deal.

Shortly before his introductory press conference last month, coach Pat Kelsey told UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford that he'd changed his mind and didn't want the job.

That evening, a clearly distraught Bamford told reporters that Kelsey had signed a memorandum of understanding -- essentially a pre-contract -- and might owe UMass a lot of money for backing out of the deal.

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