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Amherst College Launches Sports Analytics Initiative, Seeking to Leverage Success of its “Moneyball” Alumni

Amherst College News Releases - Monday, 4/14/2014, at 11:48 AM
In the basement of Amherst College’s Alumni Gymnasium, men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone is on a mission to introduce students to the analytical side of college athletics, and continue building a pipeline from Amherst College to the business side of sports.

Student Music Tutors Hitting High Notes in Local Schools

Amherst College News Releases - Friday, 4/11/2014, at 11:23 AM
Since 2011, more than 40 Amherst College students have served as music mentors in Amherst Regional Public Schools, providing guidance for children who want to learn about wind, brass, percussion and string instruments, as well as vocal performance. The program is the brainchild of Amherst Music Professor David Schneider and has been supported by the college’s Center for Community Engagement.

What Makes Us Happy? The Answer is Not Kids, and It's Not Money

Amherst College News Releases - Wednesday, 4/9/2014, at 11:38 AM
Remember your first cell phone? You loved it. But when a friend got an iPhone your old flip phone lost its charm. You bought a new phone, and the cycle repeated. This is one example Catherine Sanderson, the James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology, uses to describe why belongings don’t make people happy.

Gus Greenstein ’14 and Meghna Sridhar ’14 Awarded Watson Fellowships

Amherst College News Releases - Wednesday, 4/9/2014, at 11:38 AM
Amherst College seniors Gus Greenstein and Meghna Sridhar have been awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships for the 2014–15 academic year. The awards fund independent study and travel for self-designed projects.

College Mourns a Colleague’s Passing

Amherst College News Releases - Monday, 4/7/2014, at 11:06 AM
Amherst College mourns the loss of Marian Matheson, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, who passed away after a brief, courageous struggle with illness.

With Lectures, Books and Samovars, Center for Russian Culture Aims to keep U.S., Russia Ties Strong

Amherst College News Releases - Thursday, 4/3/2014, at 1:46 PM
Whether it’s a lecture by an Amherst alumnus who’s a top authority on Russia or a reading of poems by leading Russian poets, the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College has stuck to its mission despite sometimes chilly official relations between Russian and the United States.

In the Chemist's Kitchen: Teaching Science with Food

Amherst College News Releases - Monday, 3/24/2014, at 4:46 PM
In Patricia O’Hara’s popular new introductory chemistry course, the periodic table of elements includes nitrogen, mozzarella and prosciutto. “Molecular Gastronomy and Food Science: From Test Tubes to Taste Buds” looks like a cross between a cooking class and a science lab—and that’s the point, said O’Hara, the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry.

Back to Salem! Jeffs Return to Final Four

Amherst College News Releases - Thursday, 3/20/2014, at 1:54 PM
The seventh-ranked Amherst men’s basketball team returns to the Salem Civic Center on Friday, Mar. 21 for the NCAA Division III championship weekend.

Provost’s Initiative Prompts Amherst to “Ask Big Questions”

Amherst College News Releases - Monday, 3/17/2014, at 3:27 PM
ABQ is short for “Ask Big Questions,” a program brought to campus by Provost Peter Uvin to encourage meaningful conversation among diverse members of the college community.

The Language of Love: Gates Cambridge Scholar to Study Troubadour Narratives

Amherst College News Releases - Monday, 3/10/2014, at 12:41 PM
Already an accomplished speaker, researcher and teacher of languages, Terrence Cullen ’13 is one of only 40 U.S. scholars to receive a Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.