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As part of its effort to
spark innovation and entrepreneurship in the metro Boston area, UMass Amherst is expanding its renown UMass Amherst Innovation Institute (UMII) to the Mt. Ida campus in Newton.
The university has hired Kathryn Ellis, the former Economic Development Director for the City of Newton, to be director of the UMII, overseeing efforts
in both Amherst and Newton.

“By opening an office for the Innovation Institute on our Newton campus, we are putting out the welcome mat for innovators in the Greater Boston region
to collaborate with our researchers and our students,” said Chancellor Kumble