Event Calendar

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Collaborate Across Groups

Does the word “collaboration” strike fear in you? Does it harken back to group projects where one person inevitably does all the work? In this session we will explore what collaboration actually means, when it is useful, and work through some methods for fostering true collaboration.

Retiring in the "New Normal"

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings many of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you’ve saved as it grows. And for those still working, we’ll talk about protecting your income in retirement, by creating a guaranteed income stream to help cover essential expenses and next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.

“Sharenting”: Protecting your kids’ privacy in our digital world

This holiday season, digital technology will take center stage in how we connect and celebrate with our families and friends. Whether it’s bonding over meals and opening gifts virtually, sharing festive social media posts, or gifting “smart” devices, we need to be thinking about how to protect the safety and privacy of our kids online. Leah Plunkett, a faculty member at Harvard Law School, will join us for a lively and eye-opening discussion about “sharenting”: all of the ways that everyday tech choices by parents, grandparents, and other trusted adults impact our kids' privacy and their opportunities – now and in the future.

Leah Plunkett is a faculty associate with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Special Director for Online Education at Harvard Law School. She’s a mother of two children and author of the best-selling book, SHARENTHOOD: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online, which has been praised by WIRED, The New Yorker, and Fatherly, among others. After appearing on his podcast, Armchair Expert, host and actor Dax Shephard called Leah a "fascinating woman and also very funny." (We agree!)

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Gradescope for Fast, Consistent Grading — Idea-Sharing Session

Gradescope is an online program for consistent grading through the use of rubrics for point assignment and standard responses for common errors. You can grade assignments, quizzes, and exams faster and more uniformly. Gradescope is especially useful for materials that are handwritten and for larger classes.

Many faculty are already using Gradescope, and there will be two idea-sharing sessions at lunch time on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 12.

Registration Required

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs

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. We will review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.

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

We look forward to connecting with you!

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Gaither JR Fellows Info Session (Carnegie Endowment)

The Carnegie Endowment is hosting a zoom call for students interested in the JR Fellows Program. Sit in on a discussion between one of Carnegie's research scholars/program directors and a recent former Junior Fellow. The scholar will discuss selecting and working with a JF and the former JF will talk about working with scholars and the nomination/application/interview process. AC deadline to apply is Jan. 4. To join the call, write to: jrfellowinfo@ceip.org and request zoom info for Scholar/JF discussion zoom call.

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Loeb Center Student Affinity Group Focus Groups

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning wants to hear from you!

The Loeb Center is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all Amherst students regardless of their backgrounds. We need your help to achieve that goal. Do you have suggestions about programming or resources the Loeb Center can implement to support students across affinity groups? Would you like to share your experiences searching for internships and/or jobs to give the Loeb Center better insight into the needs of you and your peers?

Please consider signing up to participate in a Loeb Center Affinity Group Focus Group session, which will consist of a small discussion via Zoom, facilitated by trained Loeb Center student workers.

Register to participate on Handshake, and if you have any questions, please contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu.

Math Colloquium: "Polyhedra: Plato, Archimedes, Euler"

A polyhedron is a three-dimensional analog of a polygon, such as a cube, pyramid or prism. This talk is about two special classes of polyhedra with elegant structures, and their study over the past 25 centuries. Regular polyhedra were known to Pythagoras and Plato, and semiregular polyhedra were introduced later by Archimedes. We will present all these regular and semiregular polyhedra and discuss their history. There will be some simple counting arguments to go with the many pretty pictures, but otherwise no prior mathematical background is required to understand this talk.

Rob Benedetto has been a professor of mathematics at Amherst College since 2002. Previously, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Rochester and Boston University. His research is in number theory and dynamical systems.

*The link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the day of the event. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend, please email kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent the day of the event.

Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: "Migraine: More Than Just a Headache"

Nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population experiences migraine headaches, and migraine ranks as one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. In this talk, Pamela Rist will discuss some of her team's research on the health effects of migraine, including the association between migraine and cardiovascular disease risk factors, stroke and cognitive decline. She will also provide an overview of some of the unique methodological challenges facing migraine researchers and highlight some future research directions.

Pamela Rist, Sc.D., is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an associate epidemiologist in the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her academic research interests are primarily focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (particularly stroke) and neurologic diseases (especially those with a vascular component), with the goal of identifying ways to reduce the morbidity burden associated with stroke, migraine and cognitive decline. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Rist is actively involved in teaching at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.