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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tue, Nov 10, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty

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 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!

All-Staff Town Hall

10:00 am Virtual

President Martin and the Employee Council invite you to an all-staff town hall. Please visit the Employee Council website to submit advance questions and appreciations by 1 p.m. on Monday, November 9. This is also where you can access Zoom connection information for the meeting.

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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.

Making Gifts to Loved Ones and Charities

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
You can maximize the value of your life’s work and help to take are of your survivors and philanthropic causes with a little planning. This webinar will review basic strategies for giving to individuals and charities during your lifetime, as well as legacy planning.

Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Discover how you can manage risk versus reward as well as understand the role of investing and managing risks, ways to help accelerate savings and tools that can help sustain a portfolio.

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Intro to Careers in the Arts — Hosted by the Loeb Center

Are you a creative problem solver with a desire to document, shape, and transform culture? Do you wonder if you can really “become” a filmmaker, painter, poet or performer? From museums and archives, to film and television, to the behind-the-scenes business of artistic practices—careers in the arts are a great fit for those looking to design professional pathways that combine rigor, creativity, and curiosity.

Regardless of experience level, you’ll leave this session with an understanding of:
• potential career trajectories
• industry timelines for internships and jobs, and
• Loeb Center resources designed to support your search.

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Mairead Case: A Reading and Conversation

Join Mairead Case for a reading from her new novel Tiny, a contemporary, poetic retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, set in the Pacific Northwest. A Q&A will follow.

Case is the author of the forthcoming The Georgetown Steamplant Graphic Novel with David Lansky, as well as the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS and the novel See You in the Morning, which Electric Literature called “[h]eartbreaking and familiar, liable to trigger flashbacks of alienation so vivid, they’ll make your feet sweat.”

Case teaches English full-time to eighth-graders and part-time at the Denver Women’s Jail. She is also a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild and volunteers for a community response team supporting queer and trans survivors of violence. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and is a former birthday party clown.

Registration Required
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Artist Talk with Jes Fan

The Mead Art Museum is partnering with the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Queer Resource Center to host a virtual artist talk and a virtual lunch with contemporary artist Jes Fan. Jes Fan was born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. Speculating on the intersection of biology and identity, his trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness as it relates to the materiality of the gendered body.

Working primarily in expanded sculpture, Fan often incorporates organic materials, such as soybeans and depo-testosterone, into larger assemblages fashioned of welded steel, poured resin and hand-blown glass. Previous projects have focused on the bio-politics of transgender identity and the slippery nature of embodiment in an era where HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and less extreme body-modification tactics such as bodybuilding are easily accessible, allowing the subject to mold their external body to match their internal state. Fan's recent research has explored the complex and porous systems formed between biological agents (including those existing in our own body) and the surrounding environment, seeking to queer the traditional hierarchy between organic and inorganic matter. He is currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

All are invited to attend this virtual artist talk, facilitated by Niko Vicario, assistant professor of art and the history of art. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Free and open to all!

This program will take place via Zoom. Please use the link below to register, and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

Registration Required

Alumni-in-Residence: Paths into Biotechnology — Developing Treatments for Humans and More, with Dr. Wendy Halpern ’88

In this Loeb Center Alumni-in-Residence session, Dr. Wendy Halpern ’88 will discuss her journey into biotechnology, including her experiences working toward developing treatment strategies for both humans and animals. She will also provide insight into how to step beyond the office to work to impact change at the national and international levels.

Dr. Wendy Halpern ’88 is a veterinary pathologist with more than 20 years of drug development experience. She earned her DVM from Ohio State University, where she also completed an M.S. in Veterinary Pathobiology, followed by a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico. Drawn by the appeal of biotechnology, she joined Human Genome Sciences in 2000, and subsequently transitioned to Genentech as a Scientist and Veterinary Pathologist in 2007.

In addition to specific project support at Genentech, she actively contributes to the nonclinical strategy and safety assessment for pediatric drug development, with emphasis on challenges in pediatric oncology. She represents the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) on an International Committee for Harmonisation (ICH) Working Group, which recently completed a new globally-harmonized, nonclinical safety guidance document for pediatric medicines (ICH S11). She has been an active member of the American College of Veterinary Pathology, the BioSafe group of BIO, the Birth Defects Research and Prevention Society, Safety Pharmacology Society, and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology.

This Alumni-in-Residence programming is presented by Amherst College's Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning. Learn more about the program here: