Biologist, students use hummingbirds, flowers to unwrap evolution’s mysteries
Submitted on Thursday, 3/6/2014, at 11:07 AM
By Peter Rooney
In a jungle-like enclosure the size of a basketball court on one of the Caribbean’s most ecologically diverse islands, Ethan Temeles, Amherst College's Thomas B. Walton Jr. Memorial Professor of Biology, has devised an audacious experiment he hopes will help answer one of evolution’s most vexing questions once and for all.
Churchill Scholar: Battling Famine with Bioengineering
Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:33 PM
AMHERST, Mass. -- Christopher Finch ’14, Amherst College’s latest recipient of a Churchill Foundation Scholarship, intends to apply science to benefit a hungry planet, much in the way he conducted research to help fellow hockey players avoid injury.
The scholarship will allow the Steamboat Springs, Colo., native to conduct research in plant bioengineering next year at the University of Cambridge in England. For Finch, this award comes toward the end of an Amherst career noted for excellence in science and its application to real-world issues.
Starting at the Top: Eric Lax '13 and Trext
Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:35 PM
by William Sweet
Like many members of the recently graduated Class of 2013, Eric Lax is starting the summer in a new job. Unlike many of his counterparts, he’s starting at the top.
Putting aside his original plans to find an entry-level job for two years and go on to an economics Ph.D. program or business school, Lax is starting the summer as chief executive officer of Trext, Inc., a software firm that he founded with three students from Hampshire College.
Soda Pop Money and Smart Phones: Improving Access with Scholly
Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:34 PM
by William Sweet
Getting help with your college expenses just became as easy as picking up a phone, thanks in part to the work of Bryson Alef ’14.
Amidst all the news about increasing higher-education costs, Scholly, a new smartphone app that helps students sniff out the best scholarships, has been catching some attention, not to mention clicks at the App Store and Google Play. Alef, a double major in computer science and psychology, designed the app.