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Winter 2019

The Modern Salk

From majoring in art history to developing the HPV vaccine: the education and career of Dr. Doug Lowy ’64

By Katharine Whittemore

Alexander George, the Rachel and Michael Deutch Professor of Philosophy

Mind Games

With the help of a deck of cards and an old Amherst course catalog, philosophy professor Alexander George appears to become a mind-reader.

by Katherine Duke ’05

Andreas Georgiou ’83

Sisyphus Retold by Kafka

Visiting Lecturer Andreas Georgiou ’83 recalculated the national deficit of Greece. It could land him in prison for life.

by Rand Richards Cooper ’80


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The class of 2022 boasts a record average ACT and SAT composite score. It also marks the College’s largest number of applicants (9,724) and self-identified students of color (48 percent). Twenty-nine percent of the class qualifies for Pell grants.

About 36 percent of the faculty has been hired since 2011. The hiring boom continues this year, with nearly 50 new professors, lecturers and fellows. Math and stats has the most, with seven.

Amherst received a $50 million gift from an anonymous donor as part of the Promise campaign. This comes on the heels of $100 million from an anonymous alum, announced in April.

Video & Audio 

Watch President Biddy Martin talk about what the new Science Center says about the College, and what it means for the Amherst community.

Before giving a talk in Cole Assembly Room, author and journalist Aatish Taseer ’03 sat down to discuss the travels that became the basis of his first book, as well as the journey of self-discovery that became his forthcoming one.

Darryl Harper ’90 arrived at Amherst with plans to study psychology, but the possibilities of music were more intriguing. The jazz clarinetist is now back on campus, teaching in the music department.

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