Amherst Students Challenge Williams Counterparts to Haiti Fundraising Contest

 

eNews: 02/04/10: Haiti

In an altruistic spin on a nearly 200-year-old rivalry, students at Amherst are challenging fellow undergraduates at Williams to a friendly competition to see who can collect the most money in support of earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. Starting Friday, Feb. 5, the two liberal arts schools will engage in a weeklong fundraising contest with the final results being tallied at halftime of the men’s basketball game between the colleges at Amherst on Feb. 12.

 

February 4, 2010 e-News

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ElBaradei, Tilghman to be Honored at Amherst Commencement

May 7, 2008 e-News 

The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the president of Princeton University and five others making an impact today—including Robert H. Brown Jr. ’69, Henry A. Freedman ’62 and Saraswathi Vedam ’78—will receive honorary degrees during the college’s ceremonies May 25.

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Amherst Renews Commitment to Financial Aid Policies

 

eNews: 02/04/10: Pres. letter

In a letter to students, faculty and staff on Jan. 26,, President Marx updated the campus community on the college’s budgetary process and made clear the Board of Trustees’ continued support for financial aid.

 

February 4, 2010 e-News

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Physics Department Receives Grant for Electron-Beam Evaporation System

 

eNews: 02/04/10: NSF

A $350,000 NSF award will enable Professors Jonathan Friedman, David Hall ’91 and Larry Hunter and UMass physicist Mark Tuominen to conduct research in quantum computing, ultra-low-temperature physics, materials science and nanoscience.

 

February 4, 2010 e-News

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Top Guns

 

eNews: 02/04/10: top gun

Rain was lashing the plane’s windshield, lightning crackled in the distance, and the students were about to undertake a perilous mission. Read the latest Campus Buzz to see how a liberal arts education prepares you to land a Boeing 737 in less-than-ideal weather.

 

February 4, 2010 e-News

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Anthropology Professor’s Book Quoted in New Zealand News Article

 

eNews: 02/04/10: meat

Deborah Gewertz’s Cheap Meat was discussed at length in a piece about whether regulation and/or public health education are needed in particular Pacific nations in order to limit consumption of high-fat lamb and mutton cuts.

 

February 4, 2010 e-News

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Register Now for Rocky Mountain Alumni College Aug. 14 - 21

 

eNews: 02/04/10: rocky mountain

Join Amherst geology professor Peter Crowley and Philip Robertson, professor emeritus of plant biology at Southern Illinois University, in Red Lodge, Mont., for a week-long program. In addition to exploring the history, geology, ecology and botany of Big Sky Country, participants will be able to enjoy spectacular scenery, field trips, hiking, rafting and more. Visit the travel opportunities section for more information.

 

February 4, 2010 e-News

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’09 Grad Blogs About Haiti Earthquake Tragedy

 

eNews: 10/19/10, Haiti

Richard André’s piece on the Americas Quarterly Web site touched on his own Haitian heritage and his hope for the country’s recovery. “Perhaps embedded in the horror of this earthquake is a genuine opportunity to rebuild Haiti, truly from the ground up, and emerge from this crisis with a chance to start fresh,” he wrote. Are you or a fellow Amherst alum involved in the Haiti recovery effort? We’re interested! Reply to this e-mail and let us know what you’re doing.

 

 

January 19, 2010 e-News

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Marx Comments on Accessibility in Washington Post Article

 

eNews: 10/19/10, Pres. Marx

President Anthony W. Marx spoke about the college’s efforts to continue to enroll students from low- and moderate-income families during the recession in a recent Sunday opinion piece. Telling columnist Steven Brint that the college was motivated by “a sense of social responsibility” to recruit undergraduates from all socioeconomic backgrounds, he added, “The big national question is: What do you do to make great education accessible to talented students whose families are not wealthy? … As a country, we have moved in the opposite direction. We won’t see the full damage [wrought by inaccessibility of higher education] for a generation, and by that time the leaders and politicians who made the prior choices will be long gone.”

 

January 19, 2010 e-News

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Economics Professor Finds Another Reason to Clear the Air: Better School Attendance

 

eNews: 10/19/10, Steve Rivkin

A new study co-authored by Steven Rivkin shows that high levels of air pollution—even levels considered acceptable by federal standards—markedly increase school absences among children.

 

January 19, 2010 e-News

 

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Mead Art Museum Launches Project to Conserve Rare Tibetan Art Pieces

 

eNews: 10/19/10, Tangka

Involving six of the Mead’s tangkas (cloth paintings of Buddhist deities mounted on silk scrolls), the initiative will eventually allow the long-hidden but fragile treasures to be safely handled, studied and displayed.

 

Jannuary 19, 2010 e-News

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