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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.

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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.