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Monday, April 8, 2019

Mon, Apr 8, 2019

Schwarzman Scholars Information Session

Are you interested in pursuing a master’s degree that bridges the academic and professional worlds with a focus on leadership and China’s role in the world? Join staff from the Office of Fellowships and learn about the Schwarzman Scholars program. Schwarzman Scholars pursue a one-year masters in global affairs with a concentration in public policy, economics, or international studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

For accessibility/accommodations, or with questions, please contact Carter McClintock.

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"U.S. Policy in Iraq and Syria: No Friends but the Mountains"

​David L. Phillips ’81 is director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips has worked as a senior adviser to the United Nations Secretariat and served as foreign affairs expert and senior adviser to the U.S. Department of State during the administrations of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science at Amherst College, along with support from the Lamont Funds, and is free and open to the public.

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Biology Monday Seminar: "Investigating the Emergent Behavior of Teams of Cytoskeletal Motors Using DNA Origami and Single-Molecule Microscopy"

Nathan Derr, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences at Smith College, will present "Investigating the Emergent Behavior of Teams of Cytoskeletal Motors Using DNA Origami and Single-Molecule Microscopy."

The Derr lab pursues the biophysical and cell biological mechanisms of the cytoskeletal molecular motors dynein and kinesin. The group studies these molecular machines in two ways: 1) at the level of individual motors to better understand how they convert ATP into the productive work required by the cell, and 2) in small ensembles that allow us to observe how these motors interact with one another at the nanoscale. In these studies, the lab often employs techniques from the field of DNA structural nanotechnology. The Derr lab also pursues synthetic biology and the application of molecular motors to engineered nanoscale transport devices.

Computer Science Seminar with Dr. Catherine McGeoch, D-Wave Systems: "An Introduction to Annealing-Based Quantum Computing"

A quantum annealer is a computing system that exploits quantum effects-- such as superposition and entanglement --to perform computations. The quantum annealing systems built by D-Wave are designed to be efficient at solving NP-hard optimization problems. This talk will give an overview of how they work, what types of problems they can solve, and what is known to date about their performance.

Dr. Catherine McGeoch is a principal scientist at D-Wave. She was formerly the Beitzel Professor in Technology and Society at Amherst College and, for 27 years, a member of the computer science department at Amherst.

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"Stories from the Front Lines: Indigenous Environmental Justice and Human Rights Violations Under the Duterte Regime"

Guest Speaker Cristina Rey '19E will give a history of indigenous resistance in the Philippines and share first-hand updates on the current conditions of indigenous peoples in Mindanao who are being harassed, bombed, raped and murdered by Philippine military forces in response to their resistance to multinational mining corporations and other extractive industries. In addition, she will discuss one of the primary expressions of indigenous self-determination in Mindanao today: alternative community schools whose three basic pillars are academics, sustainable and organic agriculture, and holistic health. Her experiences in the Philippines can help shine light on the inside of the media blackout for those of us outside of its bubble.

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E2 Embracing Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: "Entrepreneurs Impacting Businesses Happens at All Ages"

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall

As an entrepreneur and business spin-up specialist, Noah Sanborn Friedman has been living the startup life since joining, one of the top startup accelerators in NYC. In a hybrid operator/investor role, Noah is in a unique position to help businesses, something he has done quite successfully, especially with one of the primary venture investments, 3x3 Insights. Come and listen to his experience from working with startups, and learn what the vibrant, fast-paced entrepreneurial culture is like in NYC and beyond.

Innovation exists in every aspect of our lives. Whether working for a large company or venturing off on your own, the skills of an entrepreneur are universally applicable. In the E2 Speaker Series, we continue to explore innovation and the culture entrepreneurship on campus and in the world.