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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tue, Jan 9, 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

Open Swim During Interterm

Pratt Pool will be open for students, faculty, staff and alumni during Interterm from noon until 2 p.m. on the following dates: January 9, January 10, January 11, January 12, January 14, January 15, January 16 and January 17.

Pratt Pool will reopen on January 22 at noon.

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

Building a Multilingual Children's Book Collection

What are the greatest children’s books around the world? What are the classics, the favorites, the best contemporary books? In this course, you will work collaboratively with librarians and other college staff to develop a new special collection of children’s books in multiple languages other than English. The new collection will be accessible both at the Frost Library and at a nearby Amherst elementary school. Students will develop their skills in a wide variety of areas: working with others to produce a complex, tangible outcome, local community engagement, global community outreach, translation, using multiple languages, assessing and writing about children’s literature and various skills related to librarianship, which may include collection development, special collections and cataloging. We will meet four times, in the Frost Library and at the Fort River School library. The early sessions will involve direct instruction and the latter ones will be spent working on group projects. Students may need to spend several additional hours during interterm working on the project. Students who wish to may continue to be involved in the project during the spring semester, as the books are physically collected and catalogued.

Tuesday, January 9 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 11 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 18 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Lani Blechman, Librarian at Fort River School
Emily Merriman, Writing Associate and Advisor for Multilingual Students
Este Pope, Head of Digital Programs

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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.

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

Jump Start Your Science Thesis

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 300B (Science Library)

Offered in two repeating sessions: choose to attend either January 9 or January 16.

During this meal-time workshop, enjoy some pizza while engaging in a series of interactive activities designed to acquaint you with the end-game of your science thesis, creating the written report of your work. Participants will learn: how to identify and use a good model thesis, how to pace the writing, suggestions for working through common pitfalls and ways you can use resources like the Writing Center and Zotero to support your work. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explain your study to peers outside your lab and practice getting that explanation into a sound-bite, a useful step in defining the scope of your project. At the end of two hours, we hope you will have a clearer vision of the final form of your thesis and the stepping stones ahead of you.

This program is designed for senior honors students in the sciences who would like support making the transition from research to writing. Participants do NOT need to have completed their research.

Prospective honors students seeking more information about the process of writing an honors thesis in the sciences are welcome to participate in limited numbers with the consent of the workshop leaders. If you are not a senior, please email to discuss participating.

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