Slate.com: Self-Love, Actually

Psychology professor Catherine Sanderson discussed whether or not opposites really do attract in this article on the popular website.

Amherst Bulletin: 'Senior Center Angel': Amherst College student excels at connecting generations

Bessie Young ’11 was the subject of this glowing feature in the local newspaper that focused on her service to the Amherst Senior Center. “Each year we have 50 students that we supervise,” commented the organization’s director, Nancy Pagano. “In my 38 years here I have never seen a student leader who, through her public service, has made such a varied and long-term significant difference to our elder and college community and endeared herself to so many.”

Psychology Today: Meditation and Art

Physics professor Arthur Zajonc blogged about a program sponsored by the Mead Art Museum that encourages the practice of contemplative engagement with paintings. “Contemplative beholding of art - indeed of anything - can lead to the animation of whatever is before us,” he wrote. “New eyes, ‘the right eyes,’ suddenly open, waking us up, and consequently awakening everything around us.”

Dow Jones: Venezuela's Economy Struggled In 2010 But Its Bonds Thrived

Poli sci professor Javier Corrales commented on the state of Venezuela’s economy in this piece that ran in the Wall Street Journal, among other outlets. “As the government’s popularity declines, quite significantly, its institutional control has risen,” he said. “In terms of a functioning economic market, this is a market in decline. It’s remarkable how much capital flight there has been. And it’s because of the arbitrary policies of the government.”

To The Best of Our Knowledge: Science and the Search for Meaning: Five Questions: Can Science Be Sacred?

Physics professor Arthur Zajonc spoke at length about God and religion with the syndicated National Public Radio program about science.

Slate.com: Of Muskets and Health Care

Kevin Sweeney, professor of American studies and history, co-authored this piece on the Militia Act of 1792 for the high-profile online publication.

Medieval Detectives

After a semester’s worth of research, students in music professor Klara Moricz’s “Music and Culture” class have deduced that two pieces of sheet music in the Mead Art Museum’s collection are actually manuscripts for 14th century Gregorian chants. Their work was the focus of lengthy stories in the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper and on WFCR-FM

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Highly valuable Audubon original 'Birds of America' on display at Amherst College

Frost Library’s rare 2-by-3-foot original volume of John James Audubon’s Birds of America was the subject of a lengthy story in the Amherst-area newspaper. 

WBUR: The Accents of Latino Literature

Professor Ilan Stavans spoke with On Point, a program out of the Boston-area National Public Radio station WBUR-FM, Amherst’s WFCR-FM, Smithsonian.com and the Huffington Post about Latino literature and his new anthology.

Ilan Stavans on the Shortening of the Spanish Alphabet

“It’s kind of a magic realist moment. They decide that 2 of 29 letters will disappear,” Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin American and Latino culture, told the New York Times of the development. “All the dictionaries will have to be remade, which is good for selling the Royal Academy’s dictionary, which they keep producing as though it’s the Bible.” Stavans also spoke about the revision with Public Radio International’s The World program.

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