Established in 2009 in honor of Gerald R. Fink ’62, the annual Fink Bioscience Symposium enables students who aspire to careers in healthcare policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact with Amherst alumni who are leaders in these fields. This year's symposium will feature topics including healthcare policy and careers, and the science behind them. Recent Amherst College alumni Niyi Odewade '17 and Emily Jackson '13 are scheduled to speak, among others. The Keynote address will be given by esteemed molecular biologist and professor of genetics at Harvard, Gary Ruvkun. Ruvkun is the recipient of the Lasker Award and Gruber Prize.
The symposium includes a dinner with the keynote address; registration is required. Please see the Fink Symposium website for registration, a full list of speakers and schedule: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/553184
The Fink Bioscience Symposium is sponsored and directed by the members of the Amherst College Class of 1962 and is managed by the office of Conferences and Special Events.
Join us for a weekend celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the second annual Legacy Symposium, on Saturday, Jan. 27, at noon in Johnson Chapel, featuring keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez, who will be speaking on this year's theme of "Beloved Community."
Immediately following the keynote address, there will be a reception in the Keefe Campus Center atrium.
This event is free and open to the public. For accessibility/accommodations, contact MRC@amherst.edu or call (413) 542-5372
Intellectual and cultural historian Steven E. Aschheim (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) will present a lecture on "The Dialectic of Enlightenment Revisited." In his lecture, Aschheim will critically interrogate Adorno and Horkheimer's 1944 much admired "Dialectic of Enlightenment", addressing its contextual and ideological origins, its philosophical biases and theoretical assumptions and the nature of its emphases and omissions as the work sought to grasp the barbarism of the time. He will also highlight a rather overlooked publication detail which ideally should have given the authors pause to somewhat revise their provocative views and positions, but in practice did not.
Aschheim is the author of Brothers and Strangers: The East European Jew in German and German Jewish Consciousness, 1800-1923 (1982), The Nietzsche Legacy in Germany 1890-1990 (1993), Culture and Catastrophe: German and Jewish Confrontations With National Socialism and Other Crises (1996), In Times of Crisis: Essays on European Culture, Germans and Jews (2000), Scholem, Arendt, Klemperer: Intimate Chronicles in Turbulent Times (2001), Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad (2007) and At the Edges of Liberalism: Junctions of European, German and Jewish History (2012).
Laura Balzer of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present "Estimating the Impact of Cluster-Based Interventions: The SEARCH trial and HIV prevention in East Africa."
Evaluation of cluster-based interventions presents significant methodological challenges. In this talk, we describe the design and analysis of the SEARCH trial, an ongoing community randomized trial to evaluate the impact of early HIV diagnosis and immediate treatment with streamlined care in rural Uganda and Kenya. We focus on three choices to optimize the design and analysis. These choices are compared theoretically and with finite sample simulations. We demonstrate how each choice improves efficiency relative to standard practice, while maintaining nominal confidence interval coverage. We conclude with practical implications and some ongoing challenges.
Leah Penniman from the Soul Fire Farm is a woman of color, educator, farmer, writer and food justice activist. She will speak about the intersection of Black Lives Matter and food justice, land and food as tools to end mass incarceration, and how gender influences this dynamic. This event will bring together a wide range of student groups on campus to address environmental and social justice issues.
On Friday, February 9, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring “Zebrafish. One Word, Many Ways to Examine Sensory Encoding" presented by Josef Trapani, assistant professor of biology. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.
Joseph Scapellato is the author of Big Lonesome, a story collection, and the forthcoming novel, The Made-Up Man. Of the former, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Vividly recasting many Western archetypes, Scapellato's inventive, hallucinatory prose dazzles.” His work has appeared in North American Review, Kenyon Review Online, Post Road and other publications and has been anthologized in Harper Perennial’s Forty Stories, Gigantic Books’ Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction and & NOW’s The Best Innovative Writing. Scapellato is an assistant professor of English at Bucknell University.
Refreshments will follow the reading.
Ann Patchett calls Hermione Hoby “a writer of extreme intelligence, insight, style and beauty” and says, of her brand-new debut novel, Neon in Daylight, “Hermione Hoby paints a garish world that drew me in and held me spellbound. She is a marvel." Hoby writes about culture, especially books, film, music and gender, for numerous publications, for which she has interviewed such actors, writers and pop stars as Toni Morrison, Meryl Streep and Naomi Campbell. She also writes the Stranger of the Week column at The Awl. Hoby grew up in South London and currently lives in Brooklyn. The event will be followed by refreshments.
Laser cooling is a tool that allows physicists to obtain samples of atoms, and even molecules, near the temperature of absolute zero, - colder than anything we observe in the universe. We describe the ideas behind laser cooling of atoms and using them as building blocks for diatomic molecules at ultracold temperatures. The atoms or molecules can be trapped and exquisitely probed with lasers, serving as extremely precise quantum oscillators, or “clocks”. These systems are useful for measurements in fundamental physics, as well as for studies of quantum optics and chemistry.
Forrest Gander, whose “unflinchingly curious mind” the New York Times has praised, and whom the Washington Post called “restlessly experimental, precise and hallucinatory,” is a writer, translator and editor. His 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include two novels, numerous poetry collections, many collaborative works and an essay collection. Gander’s essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review and the New York Times Book Review. He lives in California. The event will be followed by refreshments.
Recent Amherst graduates, Melih Levi '15, a literary critic and translator of Turkish fiction, and Lindsay Stern '13, a fiction writer whose first novel Better Animals will be published next year, will read from and discuss their work. The event will be followed by refreshments.
On Friday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2017-18 is sponsoring "Using Networks in Data Analysis" presented by Amy Wagaman, associate professor of statistics. This event will take place in the Mullins and Faerber rooms, Lewis-Sebring Commons.
Alice Sebold has called Susan Stinson “a novelist who translates a mundane world into the most poetic of possibilities.” Stinson is the author of Spider in a Tree and winner of the Lambda Literary Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. Her other novels are the Lambda Literary finalist Venus of Chalk, Martha Moody and Fat Girl Dances with Rocks. Her chapbook of poetry and short essays is Belly Songs: In Celebration of Fat Women. Stinson has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships, and has widely published her fiction, essays, interviews and reviews. She lives in Northampton, MA and taught fiction writing at Amherst last fall. The event will be followed by refreshments.