Amherst College e-News August 24, 2017

Joshua Buck speaking to a group of veterans Enlisting Education — The Warrior-Scholar Project brought 15 U.S. military veterans to Amherst this month. From campus, CBS This Morning reported on the weeklong "academic boot camp."

David Peck Todd with telescope Clouds Got In His Way — Did clouds block your view of Monday's solar eclipse? If so, you have much in common with David Peck Todd, class of 1875. He was the most famously unlucky eclipse chaser of his time.

Amherst community members viewing the eclipse Plan Now for the Next Solar Eclipse — "The eclipse that's happening in 2024 is going to be more significant in this region," Fred Venne, director of Amherst's Basset Planetarium, told New England Public Radio. "We'll be looking in the Amherst, Northampton, southern Vermont, northern Connecticut area at about close to 94, 95 percent coverage of the sun." 

Director Ron Bashford Staging The Scarlet Professor — A new opera composed by Amherst Professor of Music Eric Sawyer dramatizes the true, local story of a Smith College professor arrested in 1960.

Slexandra Purdy It's the Little Things — With funding from the National Science Foundation, Assistant Professor of Biology Alexandra Purdy will study the connection between gut bacteria and good health.

Rhea Parandelis Johnson '95 A '95 Runner's Goal: GoldRunner's World interviewed Rhea Parandelis Johnson '95, a former Amherst runner, now a psychiatrist, who competed as part of a relay race in the USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championships this summer.

Biddy Martin at Convocation Watch Opening Convocation Sept. 4 — President Biddy Martin will address the new first-year class at Convocation on Monday, Sept. 4. In addition, recently promoted professors will be awarded honorary Amherst degrees. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. EDT for the live webcast.

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