Orin Hoffman ’01

Orin Hoffman

“We can suck the fish into the robot without killing it.” Orin Hoffman ’01 in “Send in the Robots.” Hoffman is the chief roboticist for the Lionfish Project, which helps fisherman by deploying robots to reach lionfish in deeper waters. Lionfish have no natural predators and are throwing off the ecological balance of coral reefs.

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Min Cheng

Min Cheng

“Considering my chronically contentious relationship with the English language, it is no surprise that I came to realize my bilingualism in the midst of a fight.” Min Cheng, a staff therapist in the College’s Counseling Center. This essay is adapted from Confluences: Lost & Found in Translation, a new multilingual magazine conceived by Aqiil Gopee ’20, Hapshiba Kwon ’20 and Emily Merriam, a Writing Center advisor. You can read Cheng’s essay in Chinese, French, Korean and Urdu at confluences.wordpress.amherst.edu.

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JinJin Xu ’17

Quote by JinJin Xu

“I went from introducing myself as a researcher, writer, student, to settling with and becoming a volunteer, and then in time, a friend.” JinJin Xu ’17, in “Real Lives of Refugees.” Traveling from China to India, Thailand to Germany, Xu interviewed a number of asylum seekers. She plans to transform those stories into a book about dislocated motherhood.

NOTE: In 2017, Amherst was distinguished for being the only school with three Watson Fellow winners, including JinJin Xu ’17. 

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Rebecca Segal ’18

Rebecca Segal: "I hope that today helps normalize the process of going into the military while you're at school."

“I hope that today helps normalize the process of going into the military while you're at school. ”  U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Rebecca Segal ’18 in the new Amherst magazine.

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Jeffrey Wright ’87

"Coming from theater, I try to grind down and polish, define and explore." Jeffrey Wright ’87

“Coming from the theater, I try to grind down and polish, define and explore.” Actor Jeffrey Wright ’87, speaking to Backstage about his role on HBO’s sci-fi thriller Westworld.

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Gardner Watts ’35

"You know the truth better." Gardener Watts ’35

“You know the truth better.” Amherst’s oldest living graduate, Gardner Watts ‘35, on growing older and wiser.

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Jeffrey Suliveres ’20

Jeffrey Suliveres

“This documentary unexpectedly became one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.” Jeffrey Suliveres ’20 in the new Amherst magazine.

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Katharine “Katie” Fretwell ’81

Quote by Katie Fretwell

“It is an accidental career. You won't find ‘admission officer’ on any of those career-pondering checklists. But as I was doing this work, I loved it.” Katharine “Katie” Fretwell ’81, former Dean of Admission, just retired after three decades of service to her alma mater. Read our interview.

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Physics Professor David Hall ’91

Quote by David Hall ’91

“The experiment is conceptually simple, but the phenomenon is both beautiful and remarkably complex.” Physics Professor David Hall ’91, speaking of the rare electrical phenomenon of “ball lightning.” Hall and his students are among the only people in the world to have made and observed a microscopic simile of ball lightning in his Amherst lab.

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Trent Maxey

Quote by Trent Maxey, associate professor of Asian languages & civilizations and history

“I was tired of intellectual historical ideas that float in ether. So I challenged myself to find out about how physical things shape how we experience ourselves.” Trent Maxey, associate professor of Asian languages & civilizations and history, speaking of his book in progress, Automotive Modernity: The Politics of Mobility in 20th-Century Japan.

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