Amherst College e-News July 14, 2017

student group photo Annual Fund has Record Year — This year, 11,326 donors made a gift to the Amherst Annual Fund--and set a new record for dollars raised, with $10.7 million.

summer program attendees in beneski A Summer of Purple — This season, Amherst hosts some 4,600 participants and staff in 45 different camps, classes and groups

thoreau graphic Pritchard on Thoreau — In The Boston Globe, Professor Emeritus William H. Pritchard '53 reviews a new Henry David Thoreau biography. Pritchard will teach "Great English Writers" at Amherst this fall. 

old photo of magic trick The Oldest Trick in His Book — On This American Life, Teller '69 (of magician duo Penn & Teller) explains how he developed a routine that, in the words of the show, is among his "most beautiful and puzzling."

Jack profile Photo Meeting Unmet Needs — Sociologist Anthony Jack '07 was an Amherst undergraduate when he brought to the College's attention some hidden costs that burden low-income students. On Boston Public Radio, President Biddy Martin and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Katie Fretwell '83 explain how Amherst now provides aid for bedding, winter coats, medical bills and other needs.

generic hospital image When Patients Don't Get Better — "There are some people we can't fix, no matter what lab tests or imaging or drugs we order," writes third-year internal medicine resident Benjamin Gold '11 in a Houston Chronicle article on palliative care.

18th century landscape image Ancient Fossils for a Digital Age — A new website offers an interactive way to explore Pioneer Valley history and paleontology, including videos that explain why Amherst's third president, Edward Hitchcock, was convinced dinosaur tracks were made by birds.

Pierson profile photo A 90-Year-Old's Record-Setting Firm — I'd hate to wake up and wonder what I'm going to do with my day," Jim Pierson '50 told his local newspaper about the prospect of retiring. He heads the longest-running business in East Orange, N.J.

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