Amherst Bulletin: 'Senior Center Angel': Amherst College student excels at connecting generations

Bessie Young ’11 was the subject of this glowing feature in the local newspaper that focused on her service to the Amherst Senior Center. “Each year we have 50 students that we supervise,” commented the organization’s director, Nancy Pagano. “In my 38 years here I have never seen a student leader who, through her public service, has made such a varied and long-term significant difference to our elder and college community and endeared herself to so many.”

Psychology Today: Meditation and Art

Physics professor Arthur Zajonc blogged about a program sponsored by the Mead Art Museum that encourages the practice of contemplative engagement with paintings. “Contemplative beholding of art - indeed of anything - can lead to the animation of whatever is before us,” he wrote. “New eyes, ‘the right eyes,’ suddenly open, waking us up, and consequently awakening everything around us.”

Dow Jones: Venezuela's Economy Struggled In 2010 But Its Bonds Thrived

Poli sci professor Javier Corrales commented on the state of Venezuela’s economy in this piece that ran in the Wall Street Journal, among other outlets. “As the government’s popularity declines, quite significantly, its institutional control has risen,” he said. “In terms of a functioning economic market, this is a market in decline. It’s remarkable how much capital flight there has been. And it’s because of the arbitrary policies of the government.”

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Highly valuable Audubon original 'Birds of America' on display at Amherst College

Frost Library’s rare 2-by-3-foot original volume of John James Audubon’s Birds of America was the subject of a lengthy story in the Amherst-area newspaper. 

Ilan Stavans on the Shortening of the Spanish Alphabet

“It’s kind of a magic realist moment. They decide that 2 of 29 letters will disappear,” Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin American and Latino culture, told the New York Times of the development. “All the dictionaries will have to be remade, which is good for selling the Royal Academy’s dictionary, which they keep producing as though it’s the Bible.” Stavans also spoke about the revision with Public Radio International’s The World program.

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Art synthesis: Curator fosters creative collaboration at the Mead

Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Curator of Russian Art at the Mead Art Museum, was the subject of a lengthy article (subscription required) in the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper.

Jason Robinson's Music Releases

One of music professor Jason Robinson’s music albums, The Two Faces of Janus, was reviewed by web magazine Audiophile Audition, as well as online publication All About Jazz, which dubbed it “one of the year’s most compelling modern jazz recordings.” A second release, Cerulean Landscape, was the subject of a short but glowing item in The Bay Area Reporter; in it, the newspaper raved that Robinson and his collaborator “create a multi-hued, high-flying lyricism for the 21st century.”

Boston Globe: School Panel seeks advice on class sizes

Economics professor Steven Rivkin role as a consultant to a Boston-area school district was featured in this story in Massachusetts’ most high profile newspaper.