Jeffrey C. Hall ’67 Wins Nobel Prize

Submitted on Thursday, 10/19/2017, at 12:05 PM

Amherst congratulates geneticist Jeffrey C. Hall ’67 on his 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He and two fellow scientists were recognized for their discoveries of the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. Hall is the fifth Amherst graduate to receive a Nobel Prize. 

Anything and Everything

Submitted on Thursday, 10/19/2017, at 12:04 PM

Code runtimes. Kanye West’s Yeezus. Buddhism. On his first visit to Amherst, Emmanuel Osunlana ’18 had conversations on all three of these topics. As he writes in U.S. News & World Report, the intellectual curiosity of the students and the dedication of faculty drew him to the College—and, along with the alumni network, expanded his horizons once he arrived. 

Suarez Speaks on Puerto Rico

Submitted on Thursday, 10/19/2017, at 12:02 PM

Ray Suarez, the John J. McCloy ’16 Visiting Professor of American Studies, talked with the local news about what Massachusetts’ role should be in the rebuilding of Puerto Rico. Suarez, a broadcast journalist, is one of 22 visiting faculty members at Amherst this year.

Keep It Short

Submitted on Thursday, 10/19/2017, at 12:01 PM

“Brevity is the soul of twit. Don’t maximize that maxim,” wrote comedian Aparna Nancherla ’05E in the Sept. 28 New York Times. Her op-ed was a response to Twitter’s plan to allow 280 characters per message, doubling its traditional limit

Machine as Memory

Submitted on Thursday, 10/19/2017, at 11:59 AM

Davina Pardo ’99 filmed one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors for a documentary short and accompanying essay on The New York Times website. 

Mead Brings Photography to the Forefront

Submitted on Monday, 9/25/2017, at 12:40 PM

A new and exciting exhibition at the Mead Art Museum is “stretching the traditional boundaries” of photography, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

’18 Football Player Wins National Award for Community Service

Submitted on Monday, 9/25/2017, at 12:38 PM

The Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) named Reece Foy ’18 a member of the Good Works Team®. Foy is the fifth Amherst player to receive the prestigious award, which recognizes students whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in football. Other winners include Mike Proman '03, Justin Roemer '06, Chris Tamasi ’15 and Paul Whiting ’04.

Three Alumni Join Experiment in U.S.-China Relations

Submitted on Tuesday, 8/29/2017, at 4:34 PM

CNBC went to China to follow the first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, three of whom are Amherst alumni: Carlos Gonzalez Sierra '14 (whom the network profiled), Richard Altieri '15 and Servet Bayimli '16. Altieri gave a speech at the scholars' commencement.

Plan Now for the Next Solar Eclipse

Submitted on Tuesday, 8/29/2017, at 4:34 PM

"The eclipse that's happening in 2024 is going to be more significant in this region," Fred Venne, director of Amherst's Basset Planetarium, told New England Public Radio. "We'll be looking in the Amherst, Northampton, southern Vermont, northern Connecticut area at about close to 94, 95 percent coverage of the sun."