Event Calendar

Today - Sat, Nov 25, 2017

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Leisure Reading Afternoons

Join the Office of Residential Life in an afternoon of leisure reading in Stearns common room every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Bring a book, a cozy blanket/stuffed animal and reading material. It can be in any form and from any genre. Come make new friends who love to read, de-stress, maybe accomplish your new year reading resolutions and gain all the benefits that come with reading. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided.

Mon, Nov 27, 2017

German Table

German Table

Enjoy informal conversations with students who have studied in Germany, the German faculty members, the German language assistants and other native speakers. Join us on the Mezzanine of Valentine Dining Hall every Monday from 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m.

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Math & Stats Table

Please come join us on Mondays from 12-1 p.m. in Valentine Terrace Room A (down the stairs). Come and have lunch with fellow math and stats students, majors and professors! Everyone is welcome-you don't need to be a math or stats major. We often chat about math and stats-related topics, but we also talk about lots of other things and it's a great chance to get to know each other. We hope to see you there!

"Statistical Methods for Improving HIV Treatment Monitoring in Kenya" - Statistics and Data Science Colloquia Featuring Joe Hogan of Brown University

Joe Hogan of Brown University will discuss "Statistical Methods for Improving HIV Treatment Monitoring in Kenya."

In places like the US and western Europe, individuals with HIV who are taking antiretroviral therapy are monitored regularly. This typically involves taking measurements of CD4 cell counts (a measure of immune system function) and HIV viral load (a measure of viral burden) every three to six months.

In low- and middle-income countries, however, this level of monitoring is not typically possible because of limitations in funding, technology and infrastructure. One approach that enables more frequent monitoring is the use of pooling for viral load testing. Individual blood samples are pooled, and a viral load assay is applied to the pooled sample. If viral load exceeds a certain threshold, some or all of the individual samples are tested separately.

We show how statistical methods are used to develop algorithms that lead to the fewest possible tests, thereby saving assays and enabling more testing. Our approach makes use of ideas from machine learning and decision theory.

New Study Space on Campus

Study in the SWAGS Common Room

The Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department is opening its common room as a study space for students every Monday afternoon during the fall semester. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Join us every Monday, except for October 9, which is mid-semester break, and November 20, which is Thanksgiving break.

Students Only
Debbie Wen ’19 and Faith Wen ’19 pose for the I Belong campaign

“I Belong” Reception & Dialogue

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join us for a reception and hors d'oeuvres from 4 to 5 p.m., and for the “I Belong” Dialogue from 5 to 6 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

The background of the poster includes photos of various Amherst students. Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on November 27th from 4 to 6pm in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for the third #AmherstIBelong campaign and dialogue.

I Belong Dialogue

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as we host our third #AmherstIBelong campaign with a reception at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry in Frost Library! Stop by for art, community, refreshments and to participate in the third belonging dialogue.

Grad School Info Session - Joe Hogan of Brown University

Joe Hogan is the Chair of Biostatistics at Brown University. As part of my collaborations in HIV, I serve as co-director of the Biostatistics Program for AMPATH, an international consortium of universities in the U.S., Canada and Kenya focused on treatment and prevention of HIV in Kenya, as co-director of the Biostatistics Core for the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research and as PI for the Biostatistics Core for the Brown Alcohol Research Center for HIV. My basic and collaborative research is funded by the NIH and USAID.

I teach both introductory and advanced courses in biostatistics, and supervise 1-2 Ph.D. students at any given time. Between 2003 and 2012 I directed the Biostatistics Graduate Program.

In addition to teaching and research, a significant recent focus involves biostatistics research capacity building at Moi University in Kenya.

Fall 2019 Medical School Applicants' Meeting

All current students applying to veterinary, medical and dental school through the Health Professions Committee for fall 2019 matriculation are required to attend this informational meeting to learn about application requirements and guidelines.

Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Chinese Language Table

The Chinese language table will meet this semester every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12-1 p.m. in the conference room below Valentine Dining Hall. Come join us to practice your Chinese!

Evie

Weekly Canine Office Hours

Whether you miss your dog, or simply want some canine affection, Huxley or Evie would love to see you! One or the other will be available weekly on Tuesdays from 4 - 5 p.m. for office hours at Frost Library. In nice weather, this will be held on the lawn in front of Frost. In poor weather, it will be beside Frost Cafe. This event is co-sponsored by the Wellness Team and the Amherst College Library.

"From Managing the Cloud to the Cloud Managing You" - Computer Science Talk by Timothy Zhu of Penn State University

Timothy Zhu of Penn State University will discuss "From Managing the Cloud to the Cloud Managing You."

Abstract: Cloud providers invest billions of dollars each year in building cloud infrastructures. How then should we effectively manage all these resources to optimize cost, performance, reliability, etc? What can the user do to manage the cloud? What can the provider do to manage your application? In this talk, we’ll explore various research problems in cloud computing resource management and new research opportunities at PennState in my research group for those considering grad school. I’ll also discuss my grad school experiences and provide advice on applying to grad school.

Bio: Timothy Zhu is an assistant professor in computer science and engineering at PennState. He received both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where his research was in the broad area of resource management in clouds. He will continue this work at PennState by building a research group focused on this area. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Timothy worked on graphics device driver development at NVIDIA, a visual computing technology company. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship and a EuroSys best student paper award for TetriSched.

Insight Meditation Group

Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, or just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness--or because you are curious.
Led by Mark Hart, Buddhist advisor
mhart@amherst.edu

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German House hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture. Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Russian Table

The Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine Dining Hall. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance, for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

First Year Loeb Seminar: Finding Your Foundation

First year students, the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning is part of your journey here at Amherst, from start to finish. We expect you to start your journey this fall through this fun and interactive workshop. You can get to know other first year students, identify your skills, understand how your values, culture and family influence your thinking about work and careers and also prepare for meaningful summer experiences such as internships, research, summer jobs, studying abroad, volunteering and more. R.S.V.P. required. Don’t miss out!

QTPOC GROUP

QTPOC Affinity Group, Wednesdays 6:30PM QRC

Amherst Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Group seeks to support students, staff and faculty in the five colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. This closed QTPOC Affinity seeks to provide a safe space for queer people of color to build community, to celebrate all facets of our identities, and to engage in meaningful discussion.

Every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the QRC

Blair Academy Information Session

Founded in 1848, Blair Academy is a dynamic coeducational boarding school where students in grades 9-12 pursue a superior college preparatory education empowered by strong faculty-student relationships and a vibrant community life.

Blair teachers are experts in their subject areas and they know its students exceptionally well. The full faculty meets four times a year to discuss each student’s progress; faculty members are active in every aspect of student life; and each student is guided by both an assigned academic monitor and an advisor of his or her own choosing. In every classroom, as teachers challenge students with new ideas and skills, they ensure that students learn how to learn, preparing them to confidently and creatively address the demands of college and our ever-changing global society.

Attend this session to learn about Blair Academy's programs and teaching opportunities, as well as more about what life is like for staff at a boarding school, from Gwyneth Connell '00, Blair Academy's dean of teaching and learning.

Internship Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a resume and cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a resume and cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

The resume and cover letter workshop schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m. in Paino
Wednesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. in Paino
Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. in Pruyne
Wednesday, November 29 at 8 p.m. in Pruyne
Thursday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in Paino

Ongoing Events

Rotherwas Room, photo by Maria Stenzel

Study at the Mead!

Throughout the week, we will have lots of art activities to help you destress from finals period. We also have comfy chairs, plenty of outlets, great lighting, and extra tables to give you an inspirational place to work and study.

Closed on Mondays, but open until Midnight on school nights!