Event Calendar

July 2018

Mon, Jul 9, 2018

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:

• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages;
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript);
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in three parts:
Monday through Wednesday, July 9–11, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:

• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages;
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript);
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in three parts:
Monday through Wednesday, July 9–11, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jul 11, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Book and Plow Farm Veggie Sale

The Student Farmers will be selling salad mix, kale, chard, collards, herbs, zucchini, squash and garlic scapes on Wednesday in the Val atrium!

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:

• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages;
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript);
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in three parts:
Monday through Wednesday, July 9–11, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Amherst College student presents a research poster

Workshop: Effective Poster Design

Through examples, analysis, and discussion, we will determine what makes a research poster successful, and we will discuss visual design and rhetoric, effective use of graphics, and how to engage your audience. This workshop is part 1 of the poster design series; for part 2 (an introduction to the software for poster design), go to https://tinyurl.com/AmherstPoster.

This workshop is required for all SURF students, but other Amherst College students are welcome to attend as well.

Led by Kristen Greenland, Science Librarian, and Jessica Kem, Director of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Sat, Jul 14, 2018

"Creatures of Bliss and Mystery": A Children's Circus

The Emily Dickinson Museum will present its annual 19th Century Children's Circus on the Museum lawn. Enjoy 19th-century games, performances and special visits to Emily Dickinson's room. Through dance, face-painting and crafting, children will be transformed into the circus creatures of their dreams! Especially perfect for children ages 3 to 10 (accompanied by adults), this event is $5 for families and free for Friends of the Museum, and is open to the public.

Mon, Jul 16, 2018

MBA Case: Crack the Case Interview Preparation – Level 1 and 2 Workshops

The MBA Case Workshop is the perfect way to hone your case interview skills as well as work with fellow practicing classmates. There are two workshop sessions, so you may come for the full day, or just the morning or afternoon. See below for descriptions of each workshop, costs and how to register.

Crack the Case Level 1 (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Paino Lecture Hall)
Cases are not just for consulting interviews anymore. They are showing up in all types of interviews. Marketing, banking, high tech, healthcare, and a variety of other industries are also using cases to differentiate candidates. Our talented presenter will give you an overview of the typical case path for case interviews and insight into why companies give case interviews and what interviewers are looking for. Throughout this fast-paced workshop you will be challenged to break down unfamiliar problems, think aloud, and tackle a variety of analytical problems with the help of your peers. In Crack the Case Level 1 we introduce important case interview concepts and outline great ways to build your skills and consistency – whether you’re a complete beginner or already relatively familiar with case interviews. During the workshop, you will:
• Practice answer first communication
• Learn how to manage your notes and use natural logic to structure and solve tough problems
• Analyze charts and break down numbers to gain insights
• Experiment with different ways to approach market sizing
• Put these concepts into practice by solving mini and full business cases!
You will leave the workshop with tactical tips, suggested homework and additional resources to continue your preparation on your own and with peers.

Crack the Case Level 2 (1:30 – 5pm, Paino Lecture Hall)
Now it’s time to take your skills to the next level by practicing additional market sizing cases, structuring your case starts, and solving more complex business cases. As a follow-on to the Crack the Case Level 1 workshop, this event is designed for those who will be interviewing with case intensive firms. Through a series of partner exercises and interactive, large group activities, you will have the chance to build deeper skills in the areas of structuring, analytics, and answer first communication. Cases for this session will have more difficult math and additional handouts. During the workshop, we will:
• Incorporate tips for handling more unusual estimation cases
• Use your own integrated framework to approach a variety of business cases
• Practice mining for data and mid-case structuring
• Pull insights together to present logical and compelling conclusions
You will leave the workshop with a better understanding of your strengths and soft spots that need additional drilling and improvement.

Costs to cover the workshop:
• Level 1 workshop = $99
• Level 2 workshop = $99
• All Day (Level 1 & 2) = $150
Scholarships are available. See below.
Your student account will be charged your fee after the workshop. You will be billed if you do not cancel 48 hours in advance of the workshop date.

Registration
SPACE IS LIMITED, and reservations will be allocated on a first-reserved basis. If you would like to attend Level 1, Level 2, or both workshops, please complete the following steps:
1. RSVP through Handshake by Wednesday, September 5, at 11:55 p.m.
2. Complete the Handshake survey by selecting which workshop(s) you would like to attend and whether you are requesting a scholarship. If you select “No, I am not requesting a scholarship to cover fees,” your registration is confirmed and your student account will be billed following the workshop unless you cancel 48 hours prior to the event via email to Stephanie Hockman. If you select “Yes, I am requesting a scholarship to cover fees,” your registration will be confirmed via email.

About MBACASE
Founded by David Ohrvall in 2003, MBACASE’s core belief is that anyone can conquer their case interviews. David authored the book Crack the Case: How to Conquer your Case Interview, and we now train several thousand students each year at premier colleges and universities around the world. Their goal is to provide you with outstanding study materials, in-person and online training opportunities, and private coaching services to optimize your case interview performance and help you achieve your career goals. For more information about the Crack the Case System and their team of talented trainers and coaches visit their website (https://www.mbacase.com).

About Your Facilitator, Deborah Resnick
Deborah is a former McKinsey consultant whose experience at the firm spanned more than a decade. She began her career as a Business Analyst in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office, then left to get additional operational experience at both a start-up and large Fortune 500 companies, returning to consulting in 2006 after completing her MBA. As a top-rated Associate and Engagement Manager, Deborah managed a wide range of engagements across the globe and co-led McKinsey’s undergraduate recruiting efforts at Northwestern. From 2011-2014, Deborah oversaw staffing, training, people initiatives, and outplacement for over 400 consultants as the Director of Professional Development for McKinsey’s Midwest offices. With years of firsthand experience recruiting and interviewing candidates, Deborah has a deep, insider perspective on what companies are looking for and what differentiates top candidates. Deborah’s passion for helping individuals make successful career transitions shines through in the dynamic and practical workshops she facilitates. Deborah graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She has been helping MBA students, undergraduates, PhDs, and experienced professionals prepare for interviews for over 15 years and is excited to work with you!

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (PowerPoint)

Part 2 of the poster design series

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:

• Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.
• Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:

• PowerPoint: Monday, July 16, 6–8 p.m. or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 17, 6–8 p.m. or
• PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (InDesign)

Part 2 of the poster design series

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:

• Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.
• Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:

• PowerPoint: Monday, July 16, 6–8 p.m. or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 17, 6–8 p.m. or
• PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Investigating Networks with Gephi

Gephi is a freely distributable tool for exploring and analyzing networks, with or without a geographic component. Related items can be associated with each other with different colors based on their properties, and clusters of connections and other patterns can be easily visualized as you rotate and arrange the network. Terrific for social network analysis (e.g. who’s writing to who) and economic analysis (e.g. what one country is selling to others) and even for studying biological networks!

Wednesday, July 18, 6–8 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jul 24, 2018

Soccer Robot Presentation

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Merrill Atrium

Disappointed that the USA wasn’t in the World Cup? Come watch the Team Amherst soccer robot win against itself on Tuesday, July 24 in the Merrill Atrium! A formal presentation will be given at 2 p.m. and the rest of the hour will be a demonstration of the robot’s skills.

Writing Scientific Papers with LaTeX

LaTeX is a computer language for the creation of high-quality scientific and technical documents. In addition to structuring your writing in the usual paragraphs and sections, its features include mathematical equation typesetting, bibliographies, and automatic numbering of sections, equations, references, tables, and figures. LaTeX is built upon a lower-level typesetting language called TeX, and is open-source and free to use. It’s available in a number of packages that you can install on your own computer, and is most easily composed using a dedicated editor and interpreter. We recommend the following:

• Macintosh: MacTeX + TeXShop
• Windows: MikTeX + TexStudio

Tuesday, July 24, 6–8 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jul 25, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (PowerPoint)

Part 2 of the poster design series

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics, and applying special effects. You have two options:

• Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty, and staff can download for free.
• Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures, and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:

• PowerPoint: Monday, July 16, 6–8 p.m. or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 17, 6–8 p.m. or
• PowerPoint: Wednesday, July 25, 6–8 p.m.

Light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Book and Plow Farm Veggie Sale

Stop by the Val Quad on from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring cash and a bag to take home a delicious assortment of vegetables grow by our student-farmers.

Poster for Storytelling Identity event 3/3/13

Frost Library Digital Scholarship Summer Fellow presentation

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Frost Library, Friendly Reading Room

Sun, Jul 29, 2018

Iced Coffee Haus 2018

The Common is hosting its summer open mic event, Iced Coffee House! Join us for an afternoon full of great performances and free pizza. First-time performers, curious spectators, and experienced acts are all welcome! Free and open to the public.

Performers wanted! Please email wbruno21@amherst.edu or afarmer20@amherst.edu to sign up for a time-slot with a description of what you wish to perform or present!