Event Calendar

June 2018

Tue, Jun 5, 2018

Summer Researcher Reception

Working on an academic project on campus this summer? Student researchers are invited to enjoy some refreshments, talk informally about your projects, and learn about available resources. Rain location: Frost Library Friendly Periodicals Reading Room

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

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

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features

This workshop is in three parts:

• Tuesday through Thursday, June 5 – 7, 6-9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jun 6, 2018

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

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

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features

This workshop is in three parts:

• Tuesday through Thursday, June 5 – 7, 6-9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

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

You will learn about:

• Constructing and Sharing Maps (including with Google Earth)
• Mapping Named Data (including census data and street addresses)
• Mapping Coordinate Data (including using a GPS receiver)
• Mapping Image Data (including scanned maps and satellite data)
• Extracting Map Features

This workshop is in three parts:

• Tuesday through Thursday, June 5 – 7, 6-9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Fri, Jun 8, 2018

Ethics Luncheon Discussion

Join us for an open discussion on research ethics. Several faculty members will lead a group discussion, share their own insights into ethical dilemmas they have encountered, and describe scenarios that student researchers might face. Students will be encouraged to explore ethical questions related to their own research process and consider what to do when presented with an ethical dilemma. All summer research students and faculty are encouraged to attend. This workshop is mandatory for SURF students and strongly encouraged for SRP students. Lunch will be served. Please register in advance using the link below.

Registration Required

Mon, Jun 11, 2018

Exploring Data with Excel

Excel is an essential tool for organizing and exploring data from all fields of research. Its flexible tabular format provides a convenient display of data, and it provides many functions for basic statistics, selection, summary and plotting. In addition, if you understand Excel, you will also be familiar with Google Docs online spreadsheets. If you’ve been a casual user of Excel, there are many capabilities and tricks that you may not be aware of. Come and find out what you’ve been missing. Excel is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty and staff can download for free.

Monday, June 11, 6–8 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Zotero Workshop

Want to make your research process more organized and efficient? Attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero! Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that helps you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It's available in all computer labs on campus and you can download it on your personal computer for free. If you're interested but can't make it to the workshop, click on the more information link below to see the full workshop schedule or to make an individual appointment.

Analyzing Data with Mathematica

Mathematica is a multifacted tool for doing mathematics on a computer, from algebra and trigonometry through calculus and beyond. It can perform both symbolic and numeric calculations, and it provides numerous mathematical and statistical functions, letting you work with many different data formats, solve equations, and fit data to arbitrary functions. It can also graphically display functions and numerical data in two and three dimensions, allowing visualizations that you can easily manipulate. It is used by mathematicians and statisticians, scientists, engineers, economists, and even game developers. Mathematica can be installed on student-owned computers from the software drive; faculty- and staff-owned computers must obtain a home-use license.

This workshop is in two parts:

Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 from 6-9 p.m. A light dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance at https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Registration Required
Our Beloved Kin Map

The Texts of King Philip’s War and Native New England Continuance

In 2018, Yale University Press published two new books about King Philip's War: Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Amherst College Professor Lisa Brooks and Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast by Christine Delucia. In this talk, these two authors will talk about their books with emphasis on the published texts and other archival resources they relied on in their research.

This lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Rare Book School course "A History of Native American Books & Indigenous Sovereignty" held in the Amherst College Archives & Special Collections the week of June 10-15.

Wed, Jun 13, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Conversation with Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Norm Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, will discuss the office of diversity and inclusion’s work as it relates to staff development and workforce diversity at the College. All welcome! (This is the second in a series of informal dialogues with senior staff designed to enhance communication and interconnection at the College.)

ninja on the computer

Workshop: Writing while Researching

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

Designed for students embarking on a large scholarly project, this workshop will introduce writing techniques for taking effective and versatile notes, processing what you learn as you read and developing your own ideas in relation to the texts you’re reading. Bring a reading from your project, as we'll practice the techniques together. This workshop is taught by Jessica Kem, Director of the Writing Center.

Students Only Registration Required

Analyzing Data with Mathematica

Mathematica is a multifacted tool for doing mathematics on a computer, from algebra and trigonometry through calculus and beyond. It can perform both symbolic and numeric calculations, and it provides numerous mathematical and statistical functions, letting you work with many different data formats, solve equations, and fit data to arbitrary functions. It can also graphically display functions and numerical data in two and three dimensions, allowing visualizations that you can easily manipulate. It is used by mathematicians and statisticians, scientists, engineers, economists, and even game developers. Mathematica can be installed on student-owned computers from the software drive; faculty- and staff-owned computers must obtain a home-use license.

This workshop is in two parts:

Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 from 6-9 p.m. A light dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance at https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Registration Required

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

Exploring Data with Excel — Bonus Class!

Due to overwhelming demand, a second class has been scheduled!

Excel is an essential tool for organizing and exploring data from all fields of research. Its flexible tabular format provides a convenient display of data, and it provides many functions for basic statistics, selection, summary and plotting. In addition, if you understand Excel, you will also be familiar with Google Docs online spreadsheets. If you’ve been a casual user of Excel, there are many capabilities and tricks that you may not be aware of. Come and find out what you’ve been missing. Excel is part of Microsoft Office.

Fri, Jun 15, 2018

ninja at a computer

Workshop: Productive Habits for Big Writing Projects

10:00 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

If you are getting started on a long-term writing project such as an honors thesis, you may have good intentions about setting deadlines and staying motivated, but you may also recognize that you've never done this before. Learn practices that will help you start and complete a project you can be proud of while avoiding agony and despair. This workshop will introduce you to strategies for establishing good habits early, for writing more in less time, and for addressing procrastination and writer’s block. Participants should bring their calendars.

Students Only Registration Required

Sun, Jun 17, 2018

Ice Cream Cone with Flowers Inside. Text: Help Book and Plow with a big old job.

Flowers and Ice Cream at Book and Plow

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Greenhouse on Tuttle Hill

All are welcome to come help us plant the pick-your-own flower garden at Book and Plow Farm. It is a big job, and our stellar summer crew could use the support! We'll have ice cream there to enjoy afterward. Planting starts at 2 p.m. at the Greenhouse on Tuttle Hill with ice cream to follow. We'll meet up Sunday!

Students Only

Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Amherst College Travel Portal Training

We’re delighted to announce that the College has a new on-line travel portal which can be used to make air, hotel, car, and rail reservations (https://hub.fcm.travel/amherst). Your login is your Amherst College email and you will prompted to set up your password the first time you log in. In addition to best in class fare selections, other benefits of the tool include 24/7 worldwide emergency support, the ability to use your frequent flyer and membership numbers, travel policy guides, and phone access to travel agents as required. While training will be offered on campus in the near future, you’re invited to join one of our upcoming web classes on June 18 or June 25 from 10–10:45 a.m.

Meeting Password: Travel 18

Phone Dial-in
1-650-429-3300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
1-866-469-3239 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
Meeting number (access code): 285 766 852

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in three parts:

Monday through Wednesday, June 18 – 20, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Laurie Frankl, Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Basics

The Title IX team has been working hard to spread our message across campus, but we have not reached everyone. Given that most staff have the responsibility to report information about sexual misconduct, it is certainly our goal to reach as many in our community as possible with training that specifically addresses mandatory reporting and our Title IX processes. Our Title IX training is a 75-minute session. If you have questions about the training, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With warm regards,

Laurie Frankl
Title IX Coordinator

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in three parts:

Monday through Wednesday, June 18 – 20, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Wed, Jun 20, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Scientific Programming with Python

Python is a freely distributable high-level programming language that has become very popular for everything from scripting applications and web-page generation to solving scientific problems. It shares many basic characteristics with languages like Mathematica, Matlab and Labview, and has an extensive set of numerical and scientific modules. In this class we will use Python to build instructions describing a scientific problem, and solve it using the college computing cluster.

This workshop is in three parts:

Monday through Wednesday, June 18 – 20, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.
(additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest).

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response

Mon, Jun 25, 2018

Amherst College Travel Portal Training

We’re delighted to announce that the College has a new on-line travel portal which can be used to make air, hotel, car, and rail reservations (https://hub.fcm.travel/amherst). Your login is your Amherst College email and you will prompted to set up your password the first time you log in. In addition to best in class fare selections, other benefits of the tool include 24/7 worldwide emergency support, the ability to use your frequent flyer and membership numbers, travel policy guides, and phone access to travel agents as required. While training will be offered on campus in the near future, you’re invited to join one of our upcoming web classes on June 18 or June 25 from 10–10:45 a.m.

Meeting Password: Travel 18

Phone Dial-in
1-650-429-3300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
1-866-469-3239 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
Meeting number (access code): 285 766 852

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Cookout at the Mead, June 26, 2018, 4-6 PM

HOUSE Closing Cookout

Join us for lots of activities, live DJ, food, craft beer (21+) and one last chance to see HOUSE before it closes on July 1, 2018! Our HOUSE community cookout will take place on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, from 4-6 p. Free and open to all!

Wed, Jun 27, 2018

ninja at a computer

Summer Thesis Research Table

10:30 am - 11:30 am Frost Library, 1st floor research tables

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis project to find support from each other and from instructional staff. Each week will focus on an aspect of the research and writing process; topics will be determined by the group. These might be instructional activities, discussions, work sessions or whatever works for the group. Donuts and coffee will be served! Drop in or attend regularly. Hosted by Blake Doherty of Frost Library and Jessica Kem of the Writing Center.

Students Only

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Debugging and Version Control for Programming

Want your computer code to be perfect? Start by realizing that you will make mistakes when writing it! In this class you’ll learn how to discover and fix your errors. We will cover basic principles of debugging applicable to any programming language, though examples will use the Python language and its standard debugger pdb. Sometimes you’ll also want to try out new ideas without ruining the code that’s already working. We will therefore learn the basics of using the Git version control system, which makes it easy to fall back to an earlier version of your code if necessary. Git is also an important tool for working collaborating with others, so that you can safely experiment with taking their code in new directions.

Thursday, June 28, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m.

Please register in advance:

https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response