Theoretical Physics Society Finds a Home on Amherst College Campus

June 29, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. — The Anacapa Society, a professional organization promoting research in all areas of theoretical and computational physics at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI), has found a permanent residence. On June 2, members of the group signed a letter of understanding with Amherst College that formalized its relationship with the school and established the college’s campus as its official home.

Amherst Biology Professors Jill Miller and Rachel Levin Awarded Five-Year, $400K NSF Grant

June 3, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College’s Jill S. Miller, assistant professor of biology, and Rachel A. Levin, visiting assistant professor of biology, have together received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

A Poetic Homecoming

April 27, 2009

When a reader searches Richard Wilbur’s name on The New Yorker magazine’s Web site, an incredible 99 results mentioning the prolific poet and member of the college’s Class of 1942 appear. (To put that in context, look up “Robert Frost” and 56 links pop up, while “Emily Dickinson” generates 75.) The pieces themselves are quite impressive, not surprisingly: They include Wilbur’s poems, reviews of his books and translations and other miscellaneous references, such as an intriguing letter by Norman Mailer that cites in passing an invitation Jackie Kennedy made to said Amherst alumnus in the 1960s.

Amherst College Professor Wako Tawa Awarded $150,000 Grant to Support Category Four Language Instruction

April 2, 2009                              
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AMHERST, Mass.—Wako Tawa, professor of Asian languages and civilizations at Amherst College, has been awarded a grant of $150,000 from the secondary education program of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to support her efforts to strengthen the teaching of “category four” languages, especially at the secondary level.

Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat Edits New Book on Wrongful Convictions

February 5, 2009   

AMHERST, Mass. — Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and expert on law, has edited a collection of essays about wrongful convictions in the United States.

Amherst College Prof Martha Sandweiss Publishes Passing Strange, the Tale of a 19th-Century Man Who Crossed the Color Line

February 2, 2009               

AMHERST, Mass.—Martha Sandweiss, professor of American studies and history at Amherst College, has just published Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line ($27.95, The Penguin Press, 2009), the extraordinary story of Clarence King, a 19th-century white explorer, geologist and writer who, for 13 years, lived a double life as a black Pullman porter and steel worker named James Todd.

Professors Leung and Marshall Unravel Intermolecular Interactions

Introduced by Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx, Professors Helen Leung and Mark Marshall present a lecture in honor of Professor Marshall’s appointment to the Class of 1959 Professorship of Chemistry and Professor Leung’s appointment to the George H. Corey 1888 Professorship of Chemistry. The lecture, titled, “Unraveling Intermolecular Interactions through Spectroscopic Determination of Molecular Structure,” was presented Thursday, February 25, 2009 in Cole Assembly Room.

Study Finds Climate Change Increases Risk of Plant Invasion in Eastern United States

AMHERST, Mass.—If present climate trends continue, three invasive plant species—kudzu, privet and cogongrass—are likely to continue their destructive march north, according to new computer modeling results predicting that climate change will greatly expand the range of all three species.

The First Land-Walkers?

April 27, 2009

Those tunes in your head? Not as many as you might think

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Psychology Professor Matthew Schulkind

If you've ever marveled at being able to recognize a song after hearing just a snatch of it, don't get too proud of your towering intellect.

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