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Animal Testing Methods for Some Chemicals Should Change


Challenging risk assessment methods used for decades by toxicologists, a new review of the literature suggests that oral gavage, the most widely accepted method of dosing lab animals to test chemical toxicity, does not accurately mimic how humans...
24-Jun-2014 9:00 AM EDT

Dad’s Environmental Exposure and Reproductive Success


A new study, among the first in humans, is underway to investigate whether phthalate (plastics) levels in expectant fathers have an effect on the couples’ reproductive success, via epigenetic modifications of sperm DNA. Phthalates are detectable...
11-Jun-2014 2:00 PM EDT

A Mechanism of How Biodiversity Arises


A new study of how biodiversity arises shows how a mutation in a single gene in development can lead to different consequences not only in jaw shape, but how this leads to different feeding strategies. It is among the first to show how one genetic...
23-May-2014 3:40 PM EDT

UMass Amherst’s University Museum of Contemporary Art Receives Never-Before-Exhibited Warhol Prints


The University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a gift of six original never-before-exhibited Andy Warhol prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
23-May-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Wildlife Response to Climate Change Underestimated


Analyzing surveys sent in by citizen scientists over 35 years, researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species studied shifted northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but not always both. Thus earlier studies...
24-Apr-2014 11:00 AM EDT

UMass Amherst Announces $10 Million Gift from Douglas and Diana Berthiaume to Create Entrepreneurship Center


The University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced a $10 million gift from longtime supporters Douglas and Diana Berthiaume to create a world-class Center for Entrepreneurship within the university’s Isenberg School of Management.
23-Apr-2014 10:00 AM EDT

John W. Olver, Gail Collins, to Get Honorary Degrees

Former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver and journalist Gail Collins will receive honorary doctoral degrees at Undergraduate Commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, May 9. About 5,500 students will receive bachelor’s degree at the...
14-Apr-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Political Scientist Finds States’ Standardized Tests Have a Negative Impact on Parents’ Civic Engagement


New research has found that parents of public school students in states with more extensive and stringent student assessment systems express lower trust in government and more negative views of their children’s schools, threatening civic...
7-Apr-2014 11:00 AM EDT

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