Event Calendar

Today - Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Jonathan Baugh, IQC: "Quantum Hybrid Systems: Semiconductor Nanostructure Devices for Quantum Information Applications"

The electron spin is a natural choice for encoding a quantum bit (qubit), the fundamental building block of a quantum information processor. In this talk I will review semiconductor quantum dot approaches to realizing spin qubits, and some of the key challenges to scaling up. I will describe recent efforts in my research group to develop CMOS-like silicon quantum dots for scalable, long-lived spin qubits and ideas for implementing active error correction in such devices. Results will also be presented from experiments on quantum devices based on III-V nanowires, including superconductor-semiconductor junctions that show unusual effects such as Andreev bound states and proximity supercurrent. These nanowire junction devices are useful in the exploration of Majorana bound state physics as a possible basis for topological quantum computing.

NYU Law School Information Session

Melanie Hochberg Giger, associate director of admission, Office of JD Admissions at New York University School of Law will be here to talk about the law school application process and answer students questions.

Insight Meditation Group (Mindfulness)

5-6 p.m. Chapin Hall, Chapel
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 in the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.

Academic Essentials

It's Time to Manage your Time

This workshop offers strategies for gaining control over how you use your time, for managing long-term projects while still getting your daily work done, and for avoiding procrastination and perfectionism. Some of our time together will be devoted to planning your individual weekly schedule and routines, as well as mapping out of your semester as a whole. Please bring any planner you use (online or paper), along with the syllabi for your courses. Led by Kristen Brookes, senior writing associate, and Charri Boykin-East, senior associate dean of students. Pre-registration is required.

Students Only

Finding Internships and Jobs in Government & Nonprofit

Did you know that most internships and jobs in the government and nonprofit sectors are posted during the spring semester or when a job opens up…which can be at any time! Moreover, these employers don’t typically recruit on campus. Yet you are probably anxious to start planning now for next summer or post-graduation. Join the Career Center for a workshop to learn about relevant resources for finding opportunities and important strategies for helping you explore your options and prepare now for future applications.

Adaugo Ugocha speaks at Amherst Explorations, April 2016

Starring: you! How to show up authentically for successful presentations

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Converse Hall, Porter Lounge (3rd floor)

This workshop will help you identify and use your strengths to present confidently and authentically every time you speak. Pre-registration is required.

Part of the Speaking with Confidence Workshop Series. These six, highly interactive (i.e. fun!) public speaking workshops will teach you how to become calm, confident and compelling presenters. Take an individual workshop as an introduction to basic skills or attend the entire series to build on those skills and see impressive results. The series culminates in a celebratory evening of inspirational speeches on November 1. Taught by Susan Daniels, associate in public speaking.

Students Only

Cadent Consulting Group Information Session

An Amherst alum from Cadent Consulting Group will be here to present and discuss their full time analyst position.

Sharing your Study Abroad Experience: In Writing

September 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Webster 215
Facilitated by Emily Merriman, writing associate
This second workshop in the series on sharing your study abroad experience focuses on writing about what you encountered. Come and write about such topics as characterizing significant people you met, describing a striking landscape, developing the narrative of a surprising incident, and explaining the challenges of re-entry to U.S. culture. You will leave the workshop with material that you could use in a blog post or a cover letter. Perhaps most importantly, by writing them down you will crystallize some of your formative experiences into memory.

Blurry black-and-white image from Schlemowitz's camera roll

Correspondences: Films by Joel Schlemowitz

An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents with Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz Appearing in Person

Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay and stereographic media. His films evoke a conciseness emulating the poem’s heightened state of experience, an undercurrent of droll humor, a preoccupation with the tactile nature of the filmic image, and an eye toward the 19th century.

An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents

An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents

Join Filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz in "An Evening of Cinematic Epistles, Odes, and Documents". The event will occur on Tuesday, September 27, 7 p.m., in the Keefe Campus Theater.

Joel Schlemowitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Brooklyn who works in 16mm film, shadowplay and sterographic media. His films evoke a conciseness emulating the poem's heightened state of experience, an undercurrent of droll humor, a preoccupation with the tactile nature of the filmic image, and an eye towards the nineteenth century.

Eldridge Industries Information Session

Eldridge Industries is a buy-side investment management firm. They are hosting an information
session to discuss both their full-time analyst position and their summer internship program. Please join John Klein '85 to find out more about the firm and these opportunities.

Intro Meeting of ASK

We are Amherst Safe Space for Kinksters but also support other alternative relationships such as polyamory.

A lot of people have read or seen 50 Shades of Grey but many kinksters agree it is a poor representation of healthy and consensual kink practices. If you’re interested in BDSM, kink, fetishes, open or polyamorous relationships, come to our 101 meeting with Q&A! Snacks from The Henion Bakery will be provided!

Questions? Concerns? Email ASKclub@amherst.edu

Students Only

Black Nonbinary Group - First Meeting!

BNG is a new subgroup of The Black Student Union that centers black nonbinary and gender nonconforming people and provides an alternative space to Black Men’s Group and Black Women’s group. Open to all. Five College inclusive. You don’t need to be a BSU regular to come! Contact jfields17@amherst.edu for more information.

Students Only
Kaffeeklatsch

German Kaffeeklatsch

Every Tuesday at 9 p.m. the German house hosts Kaffeeklatsch, an informal gathering for conversation and refreshment. This is a great opportunity to meet others interested in German language and culture.

Come join us for Kaffeeklatsch Tuesdays at Porter House!

Tomorrow - Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Midweek Mindfulness Meditation

Take a break from the busyness of life and come practice mindfulness meditation, a proven tool to reduce stress and create greater ease of living. In this class there will be periods of guided instruction as well as time for discussion. Sessions are facilitated by Adi Bemak, a long time teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), who teaches both at Valley Mindfulness and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. This class is open to faculty, staff and students - and no experience is necessary!

Everybody Has a Story Week September 26-30

One faculty member, one staff member and one student will share a meal together for an hour during the lunch period at Valentine. Tables will be reserved upstairs in the mezzanine and several discussion questions will be provided to help guide conversation. Each person will have 10 minutes to tell some of their story as well as time to listen to the others. We hope that this event will facilitate conversations that help us to foster social cohesion and the kind of inclusive community we desire at Amherst. You will be assigned to a random triad in the time slot(s) you sign up for. Get your assignment at the registration table in the Val Atrium. Faculty and staff can sign-in for lunch. Questions? Contact Paul Sorrentino pvsorrentino@amherst.edu or Maeve McNamara mmcnamara19@amherst.edu Learn more and sign up here! https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/announcement/story

Cadent Consulting Group Information Table

Stop by Keefe Atrium and talk with an Amherst alum from Cadent Consulting Group.

French Table

The French Table will meet on Wednesdays from noon until 2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend.

Russian Table

Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Webform Training for the Amherst College Website

This training will teach you how to create and use web forms to gather information from users.

David Kotz of Dartmouth College: "Security and Privacy: Mobile Medical Applications"

Mobile medical applications offer tremendous opportunities to improve quality and access to care, reduce cost and improve individual wellness and public health. These new technologies, whether in the form of software for smartphones as specialized devices to be worn, carried or applied as needed, may also pose risks if they are not designed or configured with security and privacy in mind. For example, a patient's insulin pump may accept dosage instructions from unauthorized smartphones running a spoofed application. Another patient's fertility-tracking app may be probing the Bluetooth network for its associated device, exposing her use of this app to nearby strangers. In this talk, Dr. David Kotz presents an overview of the security and privacy challenges posed by mobile medical applications, including important open issues that require further research. 

Sophomore Career Jumpstart: APEX Launch

Sophomores, jumpstart your career exploration by joining us for the 2016 launch of the Amherst Professional Accelerator (APEX)! This exciting program is designed to help sophomores gain career direction and tangible professional skills throughout the academic year. At Sophomore Career Jumpstart, you will learn more about how the program is structured and the learning opportunities it offers. Plus, the first 40 students to show up will receive a mini care package to launch them into their semester!

You can also learn more about APEX on our website: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/491922. Just keep in mind, the registration deadline for participating in APEX is October 5!

Ongoing Events

artwork by Joe Ablow

Joe Ablow: A Life's Work, a retrospective exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery

Joseph Ablow was artist-in-residence at Amherst College for the academic year 1975–76. He came again for one-semester residencies in the spring of 1982 and in the fall of 2003.

Opening remarks and reception on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the gallery. Remarks will be given by Robert T. Sweeney, the William. R. Mead Professor of Art and the History of Art.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Russian Table

Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!

Russian Table

Russian Table is an opportunity for all interested in conversing in Russian to meet regularly with Russian faculty and students. We'll meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays on the Mezzanine level in Valentine. Russian speakers at all levels are very welcome!