UMass Permaculture Spreads to Local Elementary Schools

The University of Massachusetts Permaculture Initiative was recognized in March as one of President Barrack Obama’s Campus Champions of Change, an honor shared by just four other community projects from colleges across the nation. Now the group is spreading its sustainable agriculture movement off campus.

To do that, Ryan Harb, the Permaculture Academic Program Coordinator at UMass, has been awarded a grant from the Creative Economies Fund. The Fund is

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UMass Professor Researches Hormones, Breast Cancer

Women who have excess body weight during the first half of their life may be less likely to develop breast cancer later on, according to one researcher at the University of Massachusetts, who believes this relationship flips after about age 50.

That turning point is menopause, the period in a woman’s life when she stops menstruating.

UMass epidemiologist Susan Hankinson said varying levels of hormones called estrogens and androgens might

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Mystery Meets Political Thriller, Reveals Controversy Over Bioweapons Research

Six years ago, Dusty Miller retired from her career as psychotherapist and national trauma expert. She told the agent who had published her nonfiction work that she wanted to write a book that was both a cozy mystery and a political thriller.

“You can’t do this, you can’t mix genres,” the agent said.

“I can’t help it,” Miller replied. “I must. The story is happening.”

Miller, 67, spoke to a

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