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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty and Workday Demos

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. Throughout the month of October, we will offer a chance to see what the Workday experience looks like and what tasks you can do in the new system during the OHR Office Hours.

The second half of the hour will be open for general OHR Office Hours. We will engage in a conversation about workplace developments and communication highlights, and will offer group discussion or private consultation in break-out rooms with HR Representatives.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact for the access information.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko ( in order to receive the Zoom link.

Professor Philip Bucksbaum, Stanford University: "Ultrafast Strong Field AMO Physics"

Electron-electron and electron-ion forces drive all processes in chemistry, yet for many years these interactions were difficult to capture in experiments because of the ultra-short time scales and distances involved.

Two advances in laser technology led to methods that overcome these problems. The first was the development 30 years ago of powerful ultrafast lasers with focused optical fields comparable to the binding fields in chemical bonds, exceeding one volt per Angstrom. These lasers led to new ways to control the interactions of electrons in atoms on their natural time scales.

The second advance was the development in the last decade of ultrafast x-ray lasers with Angstrom-wavelengths and even higher focused fields. These can be used to produce movies of molecules as they undergo bond rearrangements in tens to hundreds of femtoseconds (millionth-billionths of a second). Recent improvements in the x-ray source will soon enable measurements that can resolve attosecond-scale (billionth-billionth of a second) electron motion in x-ray-atom interactions.

Buddhist Group

Amherst Buddhist Group: Guided Meditation and Discussion

Whether you're an experienced meditator or brand new to the practice, whether you identify as Buddhist or are just curious about the teachings, come join us to slow down, relax, and gain self-awareness tools. Sessions include guided meditation and discussion. New topic each week. Focused toward students, with faculty and staff welcome.
Please click here for the Zoom link. For more info please email interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (

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Amity Gaige: A Reading and Conversation

Join Amity Gaige for a reading from Sea Wife, her “stunning fourth novel” (The New York Times). “Sea Wife brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the fraught and hidden dangers of domesticity, motherhood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel,” says Lauren Groff ’01. A Q&A will follow.

Gaige is the author of three previous novels: O My Darling, The Folded World and Schroder, which was published in 18 countries, shortlisted for The Folio Prize and named one of Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review and many other publications. Gaige teaches at Yale University and lives in Connecticut with her family.

Registration Required
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Science and Service with Kyle Alvarado — Co-hosted by Amherst Effective Altruism & the Loeb Center's Careers in Science and Technology Program

Join Amherst Effective Altruism and the Loeb Center's Careers in Science and Technology Program as they host Kyle Alvarado, a mechanical engineering student that is using his skills and knowledge to increase food production and combat hunger.

Kyle Alvarado received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and is now a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Before joining the Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters (ALLFED) in 2019, Kyle was a research associate at the University, where he focused on improving technology-based Arctic-domain awareness for search and rescue. At ALLFED, Kyle researches alternative food production methods for earth during an agricultural disaster.

Having received NASA’s Alaska Space Grant, his current projects involve feeding people on earth and in space with electroactive bacteria and chemically synthesized sugar. Kyle also enjoys volunteering at his family’s youth football organization in Anchorage.

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U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs: Junior Fellowship Program Info Session

Join representatives from the Treasury Department’s Office of International Affairs to learn more about its Junior Fellowship Program opportunity.

In this information session, presenters will contextualize and speak to what it is actually like to work as a Junior Fellow, highlight information on how to apply, and share what the recruiting timeline looks like. Then, attendees will get a chance to hear from current Junior Fellow Lauren Knight (Amherst College Class of 2020), who will share details about what the experience has been like for her thus far.

Ongoing Events

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

The SHEs Present: Sex Week 2020

Join the Student Health Educators in the Department of Health Education for Sex Week, an annual period of programming to bring awareness to sexual health, diversity, and pleasure.

Sex Week(s) is taking place between Monday, October 19, and Friday, October 30, and there are many different opportunities for all types of engagement. Please see the list below (and the attached Sex Week calendar) for more information!

Sex Week Programs:
Graphically Yours, Graphic Sex Project Co-sponsored with Student Activities
Monday, October 19th
In Person: Main Quad, Tent #3 (Rain Location: The Powerhouse) 3-6 PM
Virtual: 8-9 PM Eastern / Zoom:
Description: Graphs and grids have never been so sexy! As part of Sex Week 2020, stop by the Graphically Yours event to view the national Graphic Sex Project gallery and the growing Amherst College collection. See how others have mapped and graphed their own sexualities, and pick up a kit to graph your own! For students who are remote or want to participate virtually, join the SHEs on Zoom at 8pm EST.

Getting Sexy, Not Sick During COVID-19
Thursday, October 22nd - 8-9 PM Eastern
Description: Stop by for an open conversation about safe and pleasurable sexual experiences during the pandemic. During this virtual workshop, we will provide resources and tools for students both on and off-campus so that they can make the most informed decisions when it comes to having safer and more pleasurable sexual experiences and maintaining safe COVID-19 practices.

Now That's the LGB-Tea Co-sponsored with the QRC & Pride Alliance
Monday, October 26th - 7-8 PM Eastern
RSVP Required for Zoom Link:
Description: A discussion-based workshop on sexual pleasure and safe sex practices for LGBTQ+ people.

Self-Serve Workshop
Wednesday, October 28th 7-8 PM Eastern
Description: Join the Student Health Educators for a Sex Week workshop about self-pleasure, orgasms, sex toys, and more! Attendance enters you into a raffle to win Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown! Feel free to bring a sweet treat!

Attendees at each program can enter a raffle for a different book on sex & sexuality.

Sex Week Social Media:
In addition to our virtual and in person programs, the SHEs will be promoting Sex Week on their social media accounts in various ways. Follow the SHEs on Instagram @ac_she and on to engage!

Sex Week Social Media Campaigns
Week 1 (Oct 19-23) Topic: All About Digital Sex - What it is, how it works, and how to do it safely
Description: Stay tuned for cybersex-related posts throughout the week & learn how digital sex can keep things fun during COVID-19.

Week 2 (Oct 26-30) Topic: Sex Work & Ethical Porn
Description: This week will center posts related to better understanding sex work and how to consume porn ethically.

Weekly Sex Week Trivia
At the end of each week the SHEs will post trivia questions related to that week's social media and program topics. Participants who answer correctly each week will be entered in a raffle for a sex & sexuality related book.

Instagram Live Q&A with the SHEs
Thursday, October 29th, Time TBD
As Sex Week 2020 wraps ups, the SHEs are hopping on Instagram live to answer students' sex-related questions.

All About Digital Sex: A SHE Sex Week Social Media Campaign

COVID-19 has prompted many things to move online - and sexual activity is no exception. Follow the Student Health Educators Facebook page and Instagram account, @ac_she, to learn about different types of cybersex & digital sex safety as part of our first Sex Week social media campaign.