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Monday, April 29, 2019

Mon, Apr 29, 2019

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Biology Honors Thesis Presentations

Candidates for Honors in Biology, class of 2019, will present Honors thesis projects. The schedule and a complete list of candidates and thesis titles appears below:


3:45 PM Irish Amundson Advisor: Michael Hood
"Density-Dependent Transmission in a Vector-Borne Pathogen"

4:00 PM Rachel Cohen Advisor: Michael Hood
“Coevolution as the Driver of Specificity in Host-Pathogen Interactions”

4:15 PM Augusta Hollers Advisor: Sarah Goodwin
"The Effects of Acoustic Experience on Mate Choice Plasticity in Fall Field Crickets (Gryllus pennsylvanicus) and House Crickets
(Acheta domesticus)"

4:30 PM Jocelyn Hunyadi Advisor: Ethan Clotfelter
"Morphological Predictors of Escape Performance in the Rusty
Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus)"

4:55 PM Leah Kim Advisor: Jeeyon Jeong
"Ferroportin 3: A mitochondrial iron exporter in Arabidopsis thaliana"

5:10 PM Gabby Ro Advisor: Alexandra Purdy
"Multiple modes of cAMP-mediated regulation of the acetate switch in
Vibrio fischeri "

5:25 PM Katie Rosenberg Advisor: Caroline Goutte
“Investigating a Possible Relationship between Germ cell proliferation and Apoptosis in the C. elegans ”

Event poster featuring a photo of a man playing a violin on a city street while police officers walk behind him in riot gear

"Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat"

Sarah Repucci is Freedom House’s senior director of research and analysis. In this capacity, she leads the team producing Freedom House’s flagship research and analysis reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net and Nations in Transit. Repucci has more than 10 years’ experience in research and evaluation techniques in the areas of democracy, human rights and good governance. Previously she worked for Transparency International and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, and as an independent consultant for a range of NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and private businesses.

This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Department of Political Science at Amherst College.

It is free and open to the public.

2018-2019 LJST Seminar Series – LAW and ILLIBERALISM

2018-2019 LJST Seminar Series – Law and Illiberalism "Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech"

On Monday, April 29 at 4:30pm in Clark House Room 100 at Amherst College, Elizabeth Anker, Professor of English and Associate Member of the Law Faculty at Cornell University, will present a paper titled “Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech.” This is the final presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and Illiberalism.”

Professor Anker’s field of research includes human rights, law and literature, immigration law, and legal and political theory. She is the author of Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature (Cornell, 2012). She is currently writing two books, On Paradox: Rights and the Claims of Theory and Our Constitutional Metaphors: Law, Culture, and the Management of Crisis.

To receive a copy of the paper which will be presented, please email the LJST Department assistant coordinator at

About the seminar series – Law and Illiberalism

With increasing pressure on liberal constitutional values in the United States and abroad, legal institutions face complex challenges. Such taken-for-granted phenomena as judicial independence, freedom of the press, and a commitment to truth are now under attack. "Law and Illiberalism" is designed to explore how legal institutions and legal officials can and should respond to those challenges.

What techniques and resources does law offer in the face of growing illiberalism? How can law check executive power when the executive insists that there is no difference between law and politics? What is law’s role in policing, protecting, framing truth in a world of radical lying and dissembling? What happens to free speech notions that the answer to bad and even false speech is more speech in a world of Facebook and Twitter? What pressures do such technologies place on liberal legal regimes? Does law have a role to play in protecting scientific truth? What lessons can be learned from examining other places or times when liberal values were under attack?

Ongoing Events

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.

Studio Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition

until May 26 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Saturdays.
Special Hours for Commencement Weekend: Open Saturday and Sunday, May 25 an 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.