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Event Calendar

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tue, Jan 16, 2018

snow shoveling: There are many ways to spend Interterm...maybe it's time to see what's going on at the Writing Center!

Thesis Writers' Retreat, Week 2

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.

Students Only

"Helping to Prepare Women and People of Color for a Career in the Sciences" Interterm Statistics and Data Science Workshop with Patricia Ordóñez

"Helping to Prepare Women and People of Color for a Career in the Sciences" is an interterm statistics and data science workshop with Patricia Ordóñez of the computer science department at University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras.

Topics will include identifying your mentoring needs and finding mentors, building your identity as a scientist/researcher, finding internships and fellowships, selecting the right graduate school program, graduate school admissions and funding, different career paths for data scientists, work life balance and dealing with roadblocks including racism and gender bias.

Please sign up in advance by emailing nhorton@amherst.edu

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.

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 arose@amherst.edu to discuss participating.

Students Only

Communicating With Confidence, a Speaking Intensive for Women

This four day intensive speaking course helps students who identify as women focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theater techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message, and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style, and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech. Limited to 10 Amherst College Students.

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

Communicating with Confidence

This four-day intensive speaking course helps students focus on what and how they want to communicate in all aspects of their lives. Drawing on a variety of theatre techniques used by experienced actors to relax, focus their message and connect with an audience, this course will coach students in the art of confident and powerful communication. Students will be guided to uncover their unique strengths, develop an authentic and personalized speaking style and overcome obstacles to delivering their message. Working closely together in a positive, supportive environment, students will finish the week with the presentation of an inspiring speech.

The course will meet four consecutive afternoons, Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Students Only

"Spurring Innovation and Diversity in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Data Science Through Hackathons in Puerto Rico": Talk by Patricia Ordóñez

Patricia Ordóñez of the computer science department at the University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras will discuss how hackathons can impact data science in Puerto Rico.

Abstract: The University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras (UPRRP) is a top biomedical research institution and one of the top producers of Hispanic Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States, yet it lags behind in computational science. While UPRRP has an undergraduate computer science department, students who wish to do computational science must do graduate studies in applied mathematics and take undergraduate programming courses or learn to code on their own. Yet, due to the increase in data generation in the natural sciences, there is a demand for scientists who are capable of formulating hypotheses in the sciences and then applying statistical data analysis to extremely large data sets (often referred to as Big Data). Faculty and students must learn how to manipulate and extract data from databases, as well as apply statistics and infer knowledge from the results. They also need to work and communicate with people from different disciplines to accomplish this task, because of the complexity of the tasks. Increasing Diversity in Interdisciplinary Big Data to Knowledge (IDI-BD2K) is a program that takes an interdisciplinary approach to developing an undergraduate data science program at UPRRP through the informal teaching of faculty and students.

The talk will focus on the use of innovative hackathons combined with faculty development through the IDI-BD2K to create community and develop biomedical data science on the island.

Ongoing Events

Next Gen Leadership Institute 2018

This leadership institute coordinated by CDSL and the Loeb Center is a five-day intensive program designed for first-generation and low-income students to cultivate and highlight existing social and cultural capital in their personal and professional lives.
There will be engaging workshops centered around first-gen and low-income identities, navigating classism, demystifying the arts, wealth and financial literacy education with BlackFem, Inc, but also lots of fun community building time over tasty meals and fun activities.

Apply now! The registration deadline is Friday, December 8 and space is limited.

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