Event Calendar

Monday, November 27, 2017

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.

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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.

Ben Hersey Reading and Performance

Author Ben Hersey will be reading and performing from his book The Autograph of Steve Industry on Monday, November 27 at 8 p.m. at the Zü (26 Snell Street). Hersey is a writer and performance artist. His experimental work draws from a wide variety of sources including contemporary poetry, noise, New England colonial history, genealogy and found texts.