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Gift of Class of 2008 Mentioned in USA Today

May 27, 2008 e-News

Rob Schur ’98, assistant director of Amherst’s Annual Fund, discussed the trend in recent years among seniors to contribute to the Annual Fund upon graduating, rather than give their alma mater an item (a bench or a clock, for example). As of Wednesday, May 21, an incredible 82 percent of the Class of 2008 had donated to their gift and coordinators had raised a total of $13,490 ($10,000 is from an anonymous alumnus who made the donation once 80 percent of seniors had chipped in.)

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Alumna's Research Featured in New York Times Story

May 27, 2008 e-News

The article described the six tribes of bacteria that Julia A. Segre ’87, a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute, and her team discovered in the crook of the human elbow.

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Biology Professor Receives Guggenheim Award

May 27, 2008 e-News

Amherst’s Michael Hood—one of just 190 winners from institutions across North America—received the prestigious prize in support of his research on the evolutionary ecology and disease distribution of a fungus that causes a common plant disease.  

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Eight Graduates Named Fulbright Fellows

May 27, 2008 e-News

The awards will enable the new alumni to study and/or teach abroad during the 2008-09 academic year. Winners are headed to France, Germany, China, Chile, Italy and Indonesia, among other locations.

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Marx to Grads: "Create Lasting Changes" in U.S. Schools

May 27, 2008 e-News

In his traditional address to the graduates during Amherst’s 187th Commencement exercises May 25, President Anthony W. Marx charged the members of the Class of 2008 to help fix what he sees as a flawed American education system by either working in the nation’s public schools or working to improve them as members of the community. Marx’s thought-provoking remarks and the ceremony itself capped a series of activities celebrating this year’s seniors; read or listen to his speech or check out photos, transcripts and audio from the weekend at the Commencement Web site.

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Amherst Awarded $1.3 Million for Science Research, Education

May 7, 2008 e-News 

The college has received a $1.3 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to expand summer research fellowships for Amherst students, create a faculty position in molecular neuroscience, upgrade lab equipment and launch collaborations with area schools, among other initiatives.

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Marx, Financial Aid Policies in Times

May 7, 2008 e-News 

President Anthony W. Marx and the college’s decision to eliminate loans for students were featured in a lengthy New York Times article about universities becoming “significantly more affordable for the majority of students.”

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Student Co-Authors Boston Globe Op-Ed

May 7, 2008 e-News

Conor Clarke ’08 and classmate Greg Yothers, an inmate at the Hampshire County Correctional Facility participating in the college’s Inside-Out program, argued against the disenfranchisement of incarcerated felons in Massachusetts.

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Two Seniors Win Watson Fellowships

May 7, 2008 e-News

Seniors Oscar Báez, a political science major, and Ryan Shields, a biology and sociology major, are two of just 50 undergraduates from institutions across the United States to receive Thomas J. Watson Fellowships for travel and independent study during the 2008-09 academic year. Since the Watson program’s founding 40 years ago, a total of 80 Amherst students have received the prestigious fellowships.

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Amherst Alumni Jobs Now Online

May 7, 2008 e-News 

Have a vacancy in your office to fill? Want to browse employment listings posted by fellow Amherst alumni? Create or search for alumni-to-alumni job opportunities online.

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