Event Calendar

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mon, Apr 22, 2013

German Table

From 11:45 am. to 1:30 p.m., come to chat and practice your German with faculty and friends in the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall.

Japanese Language Table

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room A

The Japanese Language Table will meet this semester on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m.(for first-year language students), Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 1:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 1. Meetings will take place downstairs in Valentine in Terrace Room A on Mondays and Fridays, and in the South Conference Room on Wednesdays.

"The Psychology of Trading and Investing"

Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room

Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz '67 will speak about his time at Amherst, lessons from his professional career and his views on how people should manage money.

David M. Margulies '73 Delivers Croxton Lecture

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 4

David M. Margulies, M.D., executive director of the Gene Partnership at Children’s Hospital in Boston (CHB) and a member of the faculties of the Division of Developmental Medicine, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, and the Division of Genomics at the Harvard Medical School, will deliver a Croxton Lecture titled “Towards Precision Care” on Monday, April 22, 2013, in Merrill Science Center 4, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. New York governor Mario Cuomo; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Stephen Jay Gould, professor of geology at Harvard University are among Amherst’s past Croxton Lecturers.

Soon, it will be practical to study an individual’s DNA and RNA in order to characterize disease and plan treatment with much greater accuracy than is now possible. Functional genomics and bioinformatics are now being used to define the underlying biologic mechanisms that give rise to common illnesses and phenotypes. In the not-too-distant future, we will routinely grow specific tissues from a small snippet of skin and evaluate the effect of drugs, small molecules, and other bioactive substances on this tissue as a part of planning to treat a person’s illness. Dr. Margulies’s talk will describe some of the science and technology that is leading us toward the era of “precision care.” The lecture will hold particular interest for those contemplating a career in medicine, the biosciences, or biotechnology, or those who acknowledge the possibility of needing effective treatment for a serious illness in the decades to come.

Ongoing Events

Campus Challenge Fill-A-Truck Food & Educational Supply Drive

Form a friendly competition among teams, join a "tabling" group, or donate individually. We will be happy to accept nonperishable food items and school supplies. Drop-off sites include Barrett Hall, the Cadigan Center, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse, Fayerweather, Frost Library, Merrill Science Center, Pontypool, Pratt, Seelye Mudd and Smith House.

Be counted! Register your donation to Campus Challenge-sponsored drives or to ANY organization addressing poverty and/or educational opportunity. Complete a participation form online at http://www.amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge. The form may be submitted anonymously. Bonus: every participation form is entered into a drawing for $200 to be made at the end of April. Even though our major drives this year were scheduled for spring, we made significant progress in the fall. We can reach our goals for the year. The Campus Challenge Committee invites you to join them in making positive expressions of ways that Amherst staff, faculty and students relate with neighbors.

New Exhibits at Beyond Words Gallery

Frost Library, Beyond Words Gallery

Come to the second floor of Frost Library to view the student exhibits on display at Beyond Words Gallery!

Anzia Rae Mayer '13 presents two styles of ancient Chinese calligraphy dating as far back as 1000 BC and as recently as 200 BC, including China's first standardized written script. Eirene Wang '13 exhibits the best strips from The Amherst Student's only syndicated strip, "The Hamster Student," as well as other pieces from her first comic book compilation. And Sebastian Herrera '14 portrays absurd or fantastic situations in 35mm color film.

Interested in displaying your student work next year? Contact Amy Johnson at ahjohnson@amherst.edu.