Event Calendar

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy Info Table

The University of Saint Joseph’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program is a rewarding experience that prepares graduates for the many paths pharmacists can take. Students who graduate from USJ’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program go on to work in clinical research, medical sales, pharmacology, product/process development, and many other fields. Participants typically graduate in three years with a doctoral degree in hand, earning a highly-competitive salary while filling a societal need.
USJ was recently named a Top 10 University in MONEY magazine’s “Colleges That Add the Most Value,” and it was ranked #23 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of Best Value Schools and #55 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of Best Colleges – Regional Universities in the North.
Want to learn more about this program, its application processes, and whether it might be a great fit for you? Stop by this information table to speak with Admissions Counselor Jessie Lubka.

Employee Council Coffee Hour

Staff Survey Coffee Hour - Hosted by Employee Council

Please join us for a special Staff Survey Coffee Hour on Thursday, February 6 from 10-11 a.m. in the Science Center Café. This coffee hour will focus on the 2020 Staff Survey. Laptops will be available for people to participate in the online survey, and Dina Levi, Director of Inclusive Leadership, will be on hand to answer questions.

Black-and-white film scene of a man looking fearfully over his shoulder, with the letter M written on the back of his suit

German Film Series: "M"

In acclaimed director Fritz Lang’s first sound film and classic Weimar-era thriller, suspense reaches fever pitch as a notorious serial killer (Peter Lorre) terrorizes the big city to the point where the police and a crime syndicate conduct parallel campaigns to catch the criminal.

This film will be shown at both 4 and 7:30 p.m. in German with English subtitles.

Film still from "Girlfriends," showing two women facing each other and smiling as they sit on a couch in front of a fireplace

Helene Keyssar Lecture: "The Girlfriend Film: Affection and Affiliation" with Melissa Hardie

Long before the Bechdel Test codified and implicitly critiqued the failure of films to make female interaction the focal point of narrative activity, Fred Zinnemann’s 1977 Julia and Claudia Weill’s 1978 Girlfriends both described the difficulty of conceptualizing female affiliation in narrative as well as visual sequences. Within widely different industrial and political contexts, they each narrated the ways in which explicit interdiction and other forms of “sororophobia” arise as forms of plot advancement and affective dislocation in the lives of paired female friends. In Julia, the adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s memoir foreshadows as public historical and political allegory this separation or dislocation. In Girlfriends, the focus is personal and intimate, although the premise of the plot is also that this interdiction is a political and aesthetic matter. In both, an endeavor to separate affection from desire is gestured at as a condition of affection. This lecture will explore the ways in which women, in historical fact or imaginative revision, can be brought together as girlfriends.

Melissa Hardie is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Sydney. Much of her work considers “novel objects,” bridging modernist to contemporary textual practices to find unexpected areas of connection between what are usually thought of as discrete periods, practices or genres. Her recent essays have turned to Marielle Heller’s 2018 film Can You Ever Forgive Me?, about writer Lee Israel; texts by filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar and novelist Djuna Barnes; and George Cukor’s last film, Rich and Famous, which narrates the friendship of two women writers. Her current book investigates how the closet is a critical vector in the remediation of forms of confession and disclosure, focusing on television, cinema, memoir and the starlet. She is also co-editing a book on Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls with Meaghan Morris and Kane Race. Hardie is driven by an ethos of inclusivity, which means she focuses on the underexplored and underrepresented edges of canons and how fields are transformed when inclusion and diversity are made central concerns.

A reception will follow.

Event flyer including a headshot of Lori Chibnik

Statistics Colloquium: "Tackling Disparities in Genetics Research: Building the Research and Researchers Together" - Lori Chibnik

Since the sequencing of the first human genome, over 30,000 disease-associated variants have been identified, the majority through genome-wide association studies. While these advances in our understanding of how genetics contribute to disease risk are now being used to inform translational research, including development of therapeutics and genetic risk screening, large-scale genetic studies have primarily used only genomes with European ancestry. If this pattern continues, advances in genetics will be limited, with the ensuing risk that therapeutic innovations leave out large segments of the global population. In addition, genetic risk scores, having been developed primarily on European genomes, do not translate to other populations, thus leading to many false positives and negatives. Expanding study collections to other populations will help alleviate some of these disparities, however without engaging scientists and physicians on all levels and providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform these studies in their populations, there is a significant risk that the findings will again result in a widening of the massive research and treatment gaps with the rest of the world.

Using research on major mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and psychosis as examples, this talk will discuss work being done in the Neuropsychiatric Genetics of African Populations-Psychosis (NeuroGAP-Psychosis), a study which began collection in 2018 and aims to collect DNA and phenotypic data from over 17,000 cases (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) and 17,000 controls from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. I will present preliminary findings and highlight the development and implementation of a partner-training and capacity-building program, the Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Education in Research (GINGER), which focuses on building the next generation of computational genetics researchers in East and South Africa.

Lori Chibnik, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a biostatistician and assistant professor with an appointment in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Exhibition Opening and Lecture on Petrov-Vodkin’s “Mother of God and Child”

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition One Scholar, One Work: Masterpieces from the Thomas P. Whitney Collection of Russian Art and a lecture by Professor Wendy Salmond (Chapman University), “Exploring a Modern Icon: Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin’s Mother of God and Child, 1922.” The painting is on view in the Gallery of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Webster 202. A reception will follow.

Event flyer including a headshot of James M. Murphy and a graph on which the data points look like a smiley face

Math Colloquium: "Unsupervised Clustering, Harmonic Analysis and Applications" - James Murphy

Machine learning is revolutionizing the sciences, but most existing methods require large amounts of human-generated training data to succeed. In this talk, we will introduce the unsupervised clustering problem, which requires an algorithm to make predictions without training data. We will discuss some classical methods for clustering before introducing a couple of new approaches. Throughout, connections with graph theory, Fourier analysis and probability theory will be developed. We will also demonstrate
applications to image processing and remote sensing.

James M. Murphy is an assistant professor of mathematics at Tufts University. His research interests include theoretical machine learning and applied harmonic analysis. He works on problems in unsupervised and semi-supervised learning, high-dimensional probability theory, image and signal processing, graph theory and frame theory.

student with head on table next to thesis mug that reads "caution thesis writing in progress"

Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

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Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop: 9 Week Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?
This is a 9-week program open to first-year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry and exploring potential careers in finance. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Business and Finance Program through the Loeb Center. The series is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of career opportunities, and understand the lingo used in the finance industry. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.
What topics are discussed in the Workshop Series?
The 9-week course will include topics such as:
Overview of the Finance Industry
Investment Banking, Part 1: Corporate Investment Bankers
Investment Banking, Part 2: Global Markets (e.g., Sales and Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
Investment Banking, Part 3: CIB Operations and Supporting Functions
Investment Management and Asset Management
Industry Trends and Alternative Investments: Fintech, Hedge Funds, Insurance, and Real Estate
Private Equity
Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
Review of the industry and next steps to preparing for finance industry interviews
How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. beginning February 6, 2020 through April 9, 2020 (excluding spring break, March 19). YOU MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL 9 WEEKS.
Space is limited and advance sign up is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please register on Handshake for the first session (Feb. 6) that enrolls you for the entire series.
All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu). Please note that the April 2 session will be held in Lipton Lecture Hall in the Science Center, NOT Pruyne.

Event poster featuring photos of Westover and Jack and their respective book covers

"What Would Equality in Education Look Like?": A Conversation with Tara Westover and Tony Jack ’07

Tara Westover and Anthony Jack ’07 will discuss “What Would Equality in Education Look Like?” in a conversation moderated by Professor Leah Schmalzbauer. A book signing will follow this event.

Tara Westover is an American historian and writer known for her unique and courageous education journey. She was born to Mormon survivalist parents opposed to public education. Tara never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother... until Tara decided to get an education and experience the world outside of her community. Tara taught herself enough mathematics, grammar and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. She was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom and continued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from BYU in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in history in 2014. Her new book, Educated, is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a story that gets to the heart of what education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it. Tara argues that education is not just about job training, but a powerful tool of self-invention. Educated was long-listed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and has spent 32 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Former U.S. President Barack Obama named Educated as one of the books on his summer reading list of 2018.

Anthony Jack ’07, sociologist and assistant professor of education at Harvard University, is transforming the way we address diversity and inclusion in education. His new book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, reframes the conversation surrounding poverty and higher education. In it, he explains the paths of two uniquely segregated groups. First, the “privileged poor”: students from low-income, diverse backgrounds who attended elite prep or boarding school before attending college. The second are what Jack calls the “doubly disadvantaged”—students who arrive from underprivileged backgrounds without prep or boarding school to soften their college transition. Although both groups come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the privileged poor have more cultural capital to navigate and succeed—in the college environment and beyond.

This event is funded by the Croxton Lecture Fund.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series (9 Weeks)

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?
This is a 9-week program open to first-year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry and exploring potential careers in finance. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Business and Finance Program through the Loeb Center. The series is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of career opportunities, and understand the lingo used in the finance industry. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.
What topics are discussed in the workshop series?
The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Overview of the Finance Industry
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Global Markets (e.g. Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 - CIB Operations & Supporting functions
5. Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Industry Trends & Alternative Investments: Fintech, Hedge Funds, Insurance, & Real Estate
7. Private Equity
8. Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and next steps to preparing for finance industry interviews
How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8pm – 9pm beginning February 6, 2020, through April 9, 2020 (excluding spring break - March 19). YOU MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL 9 WEEKS.
Space is limited and advance sign up is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please register on Handshake for the first session (Feb. 6) That enrolls you for the entire series.
All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu).

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Registration Required

Schwemm’s Bingo Night

Come to Schwemm’s Bingo Night for a fun night!

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

Come and join the Russian House for Russian Tea! All students interested in Russian language or culture, no matter their level of language proficiency, are welcome. Food and tea are included!

Ongoing Events

Val After Dark

Val After Dark—Looking for Student Staff

We are running a pilot at Val with late night hours. On Thursdays and Fridays we will be open until 11:30 p.m. beginning February 6.
We are seeking student staff to work during our Val After Dark pilot. Please apply here:
https://amherst.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3444561 or stop into the Dining Services Office on the lower level of Val and apply in person.
Help us make this a success!

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