Is DOMA Dead? An Amherst Expert Weighs in on the Future of Same-Sex Marriage

Submitted on Monday, 7/29/2013, at 10:31 AM

July 25, 2013

Professor Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Professor Martha Umphrey

On June 26 of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made landmark decisions in two cases related to same-sex marriage: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.

A rape roils India, and two Amherst experts weigh in

Submitted on Thursday, 1/24/2013, at 10:56 AM

With Chávez Absent, Venezuela Now Governed by Two Leaders, Says Amherst Poli Sci Prof

Submitted on Wednesday, 1/23/2013, at 8:48 AM

January 22, 2013

Presidential Inauguration Day: For citizens of the U.S. and most other democracies, the event signifies either a peaceful transfer of power to another administration or the opportunity for a re-elected president to make cabinet changes. But in Venezuela, this year’s presidential inauguration day, Jan. 10, was mired in controversy.

Game Theory Expert Analyzes Fiscal Cliff, Predicts Its Outcome

Submitted on Friday, 12/7/2012, at 10:11 AM

It would seem that the so-called fiscal cliff showdown playing itself out in Washington, D.C., would be an excellent case study for the game theory course that Professor of Economics Christopher Kingston is teaching this semester at Amherst College.

Philosophy Lectures by George Probe Miracles and Religion

Submitted on Thursday, 3/1/2012, at 3:14 PM

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Amherst College Professor of Philosophy Alexander George will deliver three lectures later this month as part of the prestigious 2011-12 Romanell Professorship, awarded by Phi Beta Kappa to one leading philosophy scholar each year. George has taught at Amherst since 1988, holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities and is himself a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Sleep + Extra Darkness = Math Prof’s Formula for Combating Jet Lag

Submitted on Tuesday, 12/20/2011, at 4:35 PM

December 19, 2011

Travelers who have taken long flights eastward know it all too well: The sluggish, altogether unpleasant feeling one experiences waking up the first day in a new time zone. For some, that condition of desynchronosis, or jet lag, can be a mere annoyance. For others, it can be a real vacation headache, disrupting sleep patterns and digestion for days.

Professor on “Arab Spring”: Setting Up New, Legitimate Regimes Will Be Hard

March 31, 2010

On Dec. 17, 2010, a Tunisian street vendor set himself ablaze to protest political corruption and police brutality. One month later, following nationwide protests and strikes inspired by his self-immolation, Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali abruptly resigned, ending his 23 years of autocratic rule.

“There are no communities that are prepared for a 30-foot-tall wall of water.”

March 17, 2011

As the devastation of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis continue to play out on the other side of the globe, geology professor Tekla Harms and her colleagues in the department have been following the situation with great interest and sympathy.

Arsenic: Poison and Building Block for Life?

The press conference announced last week by NASA promised to reveal details about “an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.”

The news, that researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in  California had, according to NASA , “discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic,” was indeed intriguing.

Who Knows: Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology, on Thanksgiving

Editor’s Update: Writer and editor Katherine Duke ’05 sat down with Deborah Gewertz, G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology just before Thanksgiving 2008 to get an anthropologist’s perspective on the biggest meal of the year.

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