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Event Calendar

July 2019

Mon, Jul 1, 2019

A stylized representation of two intertwined python snakes

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 four parts:

• Mondays, June 17, 24, and July 1, 8

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Tue, Jul 2, 2019

The watershed has the typical triangular shape, with the larger portion extending to the top of the Holyoke range and narrowing as it proceeds downhill to the reservoir.

Mapping Geographic Data with ArcGIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a powerful tool 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; and
• 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); and
• Extracting Map Features

This workshop is in four parts:

• Tuesdays, June 11,18, 25, and July 2

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Mon, Jul 8, 2019

Writing with Miss Emily: A Camp for Writers Aged 9-12

In Writing with Miss Emily, young writers between the ages of 9 and 12 will be immersed in the creative work of Amherst’s most famous poet. From July 8 to 12, 2019, young writers will see Emily Dickinson's world from a poet’s point of view. The creatively inspiring and encouraging camp will meet daily at Amherst's Jones Library. During the week, attendees will spend one day touring and writing at the Emily Dickinson Museum, including in the poet’s recently renovated bedroom. At the end of the week, families and friends will join the accomplished writers for a reading at the Jones Library.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Jones Library and Mass Cultural Council. To register or for more information, please email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.

Registration Required
A stylized representation of two intertwined python snakes

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 four parts:

• Mondays, June 17, 24, and July 1, 8

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScijz6Qre8lrzSjOJrujtOXhGpKob9m...

Registration Required

Tue, Jul 9, 2019

Analyzing Data with Mathematica

Mathematica is a multifacted tool for doing mathematics on 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: Tuesdays, July 9 and 16. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Wed, Jul 10, 2019

Summer Thesis Research Table

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, Research Tables (1st floor)

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis (or other similar long-term research projects). Each week, we’ll start with reflective accountability check-ins and then focus our discussion on a particular aspect of the research and writing process. Drop in or attend regularly. We'll provide the donuts! Hosted by Frost Library and the Writing Center.

Students Only

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:
• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript)
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in four parts: Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

"The Writers' Retreat" comic illustration of imaginary writing place, by Grant Snider, by permission.

Write-On-Site (for Faculty & Staff)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Faculty and Staff are invited to an informal, drop-in writing space. If writing with others inspires you to maintain a regular writing practice, please join us. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Writing Center.

Audience sitting and watching a woman speak at a podium in a room of the Emily Dickinson Museum

Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic

Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum during Amherst Arts Night Plus on July 11, 2019, for our monthly Open Mic. Poets, writers and performers of any kind are welcome! Come early to view the pop-up, contemporary art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist. The Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by this month's featured readers. Those who would like to share their work should arrive between 5 and 6 p.m. to sign up.

This month's featured reader will be announced at a future date. This month’s featured artwork is our Conservatory Art Installation, In Suspension, by Tereza Swanda, Ingrid Pichler and Fletcher Boote. The exhibit will be accompanied by a dance piece by Kelly Silliman.

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Writing Scientific Papers with LaTeX

LaTeX is a computer language for the creation of high-quality scientific and technical documents. In addition to structuring your writing in the usual paragraphs and sections, its features include mathematical equation typesetting, bibliographies and automatic numbering of sections, equations, references, tables and figures. LaTeX is built upon a lower-level typesetting language called TeX, and is open-source and free to use. It’s available in a number of packages that you can install on your own computer, and is most easily composed using a dedicated editor and interpreter. We recommend the following:
Macintosh: MacTeX + TeXShop
Windows: MikTeX + TexStudio

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Analyzing Data with Mathematica

Mathematica is a multifacted tool for doing mathematics on 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: Tuesdays, July 9 and 16. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Wed, Jul 17, 2019

Summer Thesis Research Table

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, Research Tables (1st floor)

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis (or other similar long-term research projects). Each week, we’ll start with reflective accountability check-ins and then focus our discussion on a particular aspect of the research and writing process. Drop in or attend regularly. We'll provide the donuts! Hosted by Frost Library and the Writing Center.

Students Only

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:
• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript)
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in four parts: Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

"The Writers' Retreat" comic illustration of imaginary writing place, by Grant Snider, by permission.

Write-On-Site (for Faculty & Staff)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Faculty and Staff are invited to an informal, drop-in writing space. If writing with others inspires you to maintain a regular writing practice, please join us. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Writing Center.

Sat, Jul 20, 2019

A circus performer holding a drum, leading a parade of four children on the lawn of the Emily Dickinson Museum

Buccaneers of Buzz: A Children’s Circus

Did you know Dickinson wrote around 100 poems about bees?

Join us this year at the Emily Dickinson Museum on July 20 for our Annual Children’s Circus, a family-friendly event that celebrates the role these important pollinators played in Dickinson’s poetry and in our lives today.

Learn more about the continued importance of pollinators with fun games, crafts, live music and a live demonstration hive. The Children’s Circus is free and open to all. Stop by between noon and 3:30 p.m. to see what all the buzz is about!

Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (PowerPoint)

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics and applying special effects. You have two options:

Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty and staff can download for free.

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:
• PowerPoint: Monday, July 22, or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 23, or
• PowerPoint: Tuesday, July 30

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Tue, Jul 23, 2019

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (InDesign)

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics and applying special effects. You have two options:

Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty and staff can download for free.

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:
• PowerPoint: Monday, July 22, or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 23, or
• PowerPoint: Tuesday, July 30

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Wed, Jul 24, 2019

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:
• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript)
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in four parts: Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Thu, Jul 25, 2019

"The Writers' Retreat" comic illustration of imaginary writing place, by Grant Snider, by permission.

Write-On-Site (for Faculty & Staff)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Faculty and Staff are invited to an informal, drop-in writing space. If writing with others inspires you to maintain a regular writing practice, please join us. Light refreshments will be available. Hosted by the Writing Center.

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Photograph of Ellen Mutter '18 conducting the Amherst College Choral Society in the Rotherwas Room at the Mead Art Museum. Photo by Jiayi Liu.

Dimensionism: Closing Concert

Join us to celebrate the closing of Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein with a live performance by the Amherst College Summer Treble Choir, conducted by Ellen Mutter '18, and the Madrigal Singers, co-directed by Ellen Mutter and Gilbert Wermeling '19. The concert will feature selections inspired by the Dimensionism exhibition, including Phillip Glass's Einstein on the Beach. This event is free and open to the public.

Take advantage of the evening’s live music to see this groundbreaking exhibition one last time before it closes on Sunday, July 28.

Sat, Jul 27, 2019

The Common Magazine logo

Iced Coffee Haus

In spirit of hot summer days and cold caffeinated beverages, The Common magazine will be hosting an Iced Coffee Haus on the Greenway Quad. Come listen to readings of pieces published in The Common, read something yourself, or just sit back, enjoy the performances and munch on some pizza. If you have any questions or are interested in signing up to either read or play music, please contact Elly at ehong21@amherst.edu.

Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Investigating Networks with Gephi

Gephi is a freely distributable tool for exploring and analyzing networks, with or without a geographic component. Related items can be associated with each other with different colors based on their properties, and clusters of connections and other patterns can be easily visualized as you rotate and arrange the network. Terrific for social network analysis, e.g. who’s writing to who, as well as economic analysis, e.g. what one country is selling to others and even for studying biological networks!

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Constructing Posters for High-Impact Communication (PowerPoint)

All summer research students are invited to describe their efforts and results at the annual Summer Research Poster Presentation on September 9. This class will help you produce a large-format poster that will get your message across here and at many other conferences.

This workshop will build on the design principles shared in Part 1 to show you how to lay out your poster, including adding text, photos, illustrations, and graphics and applying special effects. You have two options:

Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular program to build computer presentations, and it can also be used to lay out print posters. It is not the best tool for the job but it is more readily available and perhaps more familiar to you. PowerPoint is part of Microsoft Office, which students, faculty and staff can download for free.

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard tool for creating posters as well as newsletters, brochures and other print media. It is very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator but has other features that make it the best tool for combining text and graphics. Students can use InDesign on their own computers with an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

This workshop is repeated thrice, with different tools:
• PowerPoint: Monday, July 22, or
• InDesign: Tuesday, July 23, or
• PowerPoint: Tuesday, July 30

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Wed, Jul 31, 2019

Summer Thesis Research Table

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Frost Library, Research Tables (1st floor)

The thesis research table is a regular meet-up for students who are starting work on a thesis (or other similar long-term research projects). Each week, we’ll start with reflective accountability check-ins and then focus our discussion on a particular aspect of the research and writing process. Drop in or attend regularly. We'll provide the donuts! Hosted by Frost Library and the Writing Center.

Students Only
The words "Campus Museum Intern Celebration & Panel Discussion" in white letters on a light blue background

Campus Museum Intern Celebration and Presentation

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Join us to celebrate the work of summer interns from the Mead Art Museum, Emily Dickinson Museum and Beneski Museum of Natural History! Learn more about the unique role our campus museums play in the Amherst community and the wide range of responsibilities required to bring a museum’s mission to life-- from education and curation, to marketing and visitor services.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Featuring:
Arielle Kirven ’21, Mead Art Museum
Julia Molin ’21, Mead Art Museum
Caroline Needell ’22, Beneski Museum of Natural History
Julia Shea ’21, Mead Art Museum
Sebastian Son ’21, Emily Dickinson Museum
Maggie Wu ’22, Mead Art Museum
Yosen Wang ’22, Mead Art Museum
Jessica Yu ’22, Beneski Museum of Natural History

Sponsored by the Arts and Communication Program in the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning

Interactive Data Visualization on the Web

The World-Wide Web is a set of computer technologies that publish and display information over the Internet in a highly interactive manner. Snazzy, interactive visualizations of information produced by science or the digital humanities are all over the Web and easier to create than ever before. In this example-based course you’ll learn about:
• Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages
• A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript)
• A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle.

This workshop is in four parts: Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Please register in advance.

Registration Required

Ongoing Events

 A print depicting a 4,000x magnification of a microscope photograph

"Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte"

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.

RAD Self Defense

RAD Self Defense classes

R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) course is a comprehensive self defense program for folks who self-identify as trans or cis women and/or nonbinary. It begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. The R.A.D. system is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics.

Please email RAD@amherst.edu to sign-up and bring a friend!