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Monday, January 8, 2018

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

A topographic map with an overlaid digital elevation model and a calculation of a particular watershed.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

It’s been estimated that 80% of all data has a spatial component. Come learn how to map it and analyze it during Interterm, and you may make new discoveries!

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a set of powerful tools to discover spatial relationships and illuminate your research with intuitive maps:

• Illustrate historic sites and extract features from old maps
• Spatially correlate census, economic, and other data
• Display geologic formations and delineate watersheds
• Track human, animal, and plant populations
• Map locations from a GPS receiver

This course is in six parts: January 2 – 5 and 8 – 9, each day from 9 a.m. – Noon

Contact: Andy Anderson, Academic Technology Services,, x2255

snow shovelers: There are many ways to spend interterm...maybe it's time to find out what's going on in the writing center.

Interterm Creative Writing Residency

Interterm is writing time! Join us for a two-week independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers’ and artists’ colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote sustained, undistracted attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. We will convene every morning -- the heart of the program -- for two and a half hours of writing (eight sessions total). Each session will start with a brief meeting at Frost Cafe to warm up our writing muscles, set goals and discuss challenges. Then we'll write independently (together or alone, as suits each writer) until quarter to noon, when we’ll meet to discuss progress and our writing experiences. Many participants then go to lunch at Val together. Participants are welcome to work on either new or existing projects. And for participants seeking guidance, instruction or simply feedback on their work, we'll offer up to four, one-on-one mentoring sessions with program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency. This event is led by writing associates Roy Andrews '80 and Emily Merriman.

Week 1: Monday, January 8 through Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m. until noon at Frost Library Café.
Week 2: Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19 from 9 a.m. until noon at Frost Library Café.
Final Community Reading: Friday January 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at Alumni House.

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shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Thesis Writers' Retreat, Week 1

Perhaps you plan to write intensely over Interterm, but staying motivated to write without the structure of a regular schedule can be challenging. You are invited to join fellow writers at the Writing Center’s Thesis Writers' Retreat, to commit to write together for a consistent, extended period of time. At the start of each week, the group will establish its rules for participation, and then writers will develop their goals and strategies for success for the week. Every day, writers will set (and discuss) individual goals at 9 a.m., and then review and discuss progress before the session ends at noon. In between is writing time; Writing Center staff will be available for consultation, and coffee and snacks will be plentiful.

Registration is required, and space is limited.

Participants must agree to:
* Attend, and be on time for, the first session of the week, where we will discuss the retreat model and establish the group's rules.
* Commit to attend all or most days in the session
* Observe the retreat rules, as set by the group at the opening session
* Set and assess daily goals in a writer's log

Students may register for one or two weeks:
Week 1: Monday, January 8 to Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Week 2: Tuesday January 16 to Friday, January 19 from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Because space is limited, students will be accepted into the retreat in the following order: 1) Amherst College students writing a senior thesis, 2) Amherst College students with other long-term, academic writing projects and then 3) Five College students writing a thesis or similar long-term academic writing project.

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shoveling snow: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to check out what's happening at the writing center.

Personalizing the Process (Introductory Workshop for Individualized Writing Instruction)

Part of developing as a writer is paying close attention to how you move through the process of writing. In this program, we will focus on process both in group and one-to-one settings. In the introductory workshop we, as a group of students and writing associates, will investigate the writing process to (a) establish a common vocabulary and (b) serve as a jumping-off point to explore your own process. You then will partner with a writing associate to discuss, in 4-6 one-to-one sessions, how and what you write (please bring a few recent papers), identifying strengths, opportunities for development and ideas and methods to help you strengthen your papers and enhance the overall experience of writing.

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A laptop computer typing out an HTML document.

Web Programming

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. At the heart of the Web are several content and programming languages that will be covered in this example-based course:

• The Web content languages (HTML and CSS) that are the foundation of webpages
• The Web programming language (JavaScript) that makes web pages dynamic and interactive
• A document object library (jQuery) that makes it easier to manipulate your pages
• User-interface frameworks (Bootstrap and React) that provide pre-built components for your pages
• A Web server (Node.js + Express) that lets you store and search for your data
• A server-side database (MongoDB) to provide efficient access to your data

Please think about a project to which you’d like to apply your new understanding!

This course is non-credit and no charge.

Prerequisites: Priority is given to the Amherst College community and then the Five College community through December 27, after which it is first-come, first-served.