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Today - Wed, Oct 23, 2019

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Event poster showing a photo of a violent conflict on a street and a headshot of Angana P. Chatterji

"Kashmir: Unrelenting States of Exception"

Professor Angana P. Chatterji is founding co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative, and research anthropologist at the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley. Chatterji co-founded the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir in 2008. Her collaborative work with Kashmiri civil society organizations uncovered the unknown and mass graves
there, calling attention to the need for accountability. Chatterji will speak about her research, undertaken in partnership with civil society organizations in Kashmir, and to the events following Aug. 5, 2019, that evidence the injurious consequences affected by the majoritarian state.

This event, sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the South Asian Student Association at Amherst College along with funding from the Lamont and Lurcy Funds, is free and open to the public.

Math & Stats: Information Sessions for Prospective Majors: Stats 10/21 7:30 pm SMUD 207; Math 10/23 5 pm, 10/24 6 pm, SMUD 204

Mathematics: Information Session for Prospective Majors

Interested in majoring in Mathematics? Join the Mathematics faculty to chat, have your questions answered and eat!

Tufts University’s Gordon Institute: M.S. in Innovation & Management (MSIM) Info Session

The M.S. in Innovation & Management from Tufts University’s Gordon Institute is a full-time, accelerated program that will provide graduates with the product innovation, marketing, finance and leadership skills necessary to be a new leader in today’s technology-driven world.
Each semester, participants work on a fast-paced, immersive team venture called an Innovation Sprint, where they identify key problems, prototype solutions, and synthesize business and financial models that scale. With each of these three Innovation Sprints, participants go through the entire innovation cycle, from ideation to rapid prototyping.
Big team projects are also supported by small seminar-style courses that are interactive, in-depth, and taught exclusively by Tufts professors with decades of experience running innovative companies and social ventures.
Want to learn more? Attend this information session to hear from Ethan Robles, Tufts Gordon Institute’s Assistant Director of Admissions.

Oracle NetSuite: Sales Positions Information Session

If you’re interested in exploring a career in sales, please join Amherst alum Keon Webbe ’04 for this information session.
Keon is a Business Development Manager at Oracle NetSuite and will be on campus to chat about sales in corporate America and their Business Development Representative (BDR) Program. His team focuses on hiring the next future rock stars—high energy, sharp, focused recent college grads who are excited about a career in sales.
Oracle NetSuite offers a unique, hands-on learning opportunity and a well-defined career path. So if you’re curious and would like to lean more, be sure to attend.

Tomorrow - Thu, Oct 24, 2019

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Math Colloquium by David Freund: “Knot for Everyday Purposes”

David Freund is a preceptor in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University.

Abstract: Knots are a part of our everyday lives, from twisted strands of DNA, to shoelaces, braided hair and the inevitable tangle of headphones. Mathematics offers an insight into the structure and complexity of everyday knots and provides tools to tell them apart. Starting with pieces of string, we will explore the study of knots and how it ties together various fields of mathematics. No background knowledge is assumed.

There will be refreshments served at 4:15 p.m. in Seeley G. Mudd Building Room 208.

Math & Stats: Information Sessions for Prospective Majors: Stats 10/21 7:30 pm SMUD 207; Math 10/23 5 pm, 10/24 6 pm, SMUD 204

Mathematics: Information Session for Prospective Majors

Interested in majoring in Mathematics? Join the department faculty to chat, have your questions answered and eat!

Dr. Nadia Biassou, Wade Fellow

Current Wade Fellow, Dr. Nadia Biassou ’88, to Give Talk

Current Wade Fellow, Dr. Nadia Biassou ’88, will be presenting a talk titled “Boiling Rocks: Origins of Excellence.” Biassou is a renowned diagnostic neuroradiologist and is currently a Senior Research Physician in the Radiology and Imaging Sciences Department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.
The goal of sharing her extensive experiences through her presentation is to help students learn how identity informs career exploration and to collaborate on programming that teaches them skills for navigating a complex professional world before and after graduation.

Introduction to the Loeb Center's Business & Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program?
Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting general business or entrepreneurship? Whether you are a first-year student, a sophomore or a junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business or entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue.
The Loeb Center offers industry specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in industry-specific areas. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting or general business. We are also programming to help those considering starting their own companies, investing in start-ups or just gaining an innovative mindset.
The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director. She will talk about the career exploration and planning workshops included in the Business and Finance Program, the experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments. As recruiting for internships and full-time positions start early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO EARLY to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business and entrepreneurship.
There are multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program. You only need to attend one. We hope to see you at one of the following information sessions:
Friday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Loeb Center Events Room
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Paino Lecture Hall

Fiction Reading: Nicholas Mancusi '10

Nicholas Mancusi '10 is the author of the new novel A Philosophy of Ruin, which the New York Times Book Review called “riveting fun to read,” and which Alexander Chee called “An unforgettable debut. Mancusi is a writer to watch.”

Mancusi has written about books and culture for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsday, Newsweek, NPR Books, American Arts Quarterly, BOMB magazine and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

The event will be followed by refreshments.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Information Session

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) was established in 2003 as a research center at the Economics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, it has grown into a global network of researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty.

J-PAL's headquarters (J-PAL Global) and J-PAL North America (one of six regional offices) are both based at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The organization leverages research by affiliated professors from universities across the continent and a full-time staff of researchers, policy experts, and administrative professionals to generate and disseminate rigorous evidence about which anti-poverty social policies work and why. They do this by conducting randomized evaluations, sharing policy lessons, and building evaluation capacity.

J-PAL's work spans a wide range of sectors including healthcare, housing, criminal justice, education, and economic mobility. Attend this information session to learn more about the organization and how to apply for opportunities there.

Partners Group Information Session

Partners Group is a global private markets investment manager serving over 900 institutional investors. The firm has USD 91 billion in assets under management and more than 1,300 professionals across 20 offices worldwide.
Partners Group realizes potential in private markets by financing and developing great companies, desirable real estate and essential infrastructure. The firm creates value in its investments through active and long-term responsible ownership.
Want to learn more about the Group’s company culture, open entry-level opportunities and how to successfully apply for them? Attend this information session to hear from representative and Amherst alum Andrew Sommer ’19!

Mon, Oct 28, 2019


Alumni-in-Residence: Breakfast with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

This is an informal meeting with representatives of student organizations such as the Black Student Union, La Causa, the Amherst College Public Health Collaborative, Peer Mentoring Pre-Health Program, Association of Women in Science, GlobeMed, Charles Drew Health Professions Society, Project Salud, and Kidney Disease and Screening Program (KDSAP). This will be an opportunity for a dialogue. The students will share some of the work they’re doing on campus, and Dr. Wyche-Etheridge will offer her perspective and support from the context of her career and how her own Amherst experience was formative for her in the path she has pursued.

Exploring Education Studies and Education Professions at Amherst College

Becoming a Teacher/Education Studies at Amherst College is an interactive one-hour information session intended for all Amherst College students who wish to learn more about the Loeb Center’s Careers in Education Professions Program and Fellowship, how Amherst partnered with Mount Holyoke College to support teacher licensure, as well as what education studies related coursework are available to students at Amherst College.

Point72 Information Session

Point72 is a global asset management firm led by Steven Cohen that uses discretionary long/short, macro and systematic strategies to invest in eight offices across the globe. Their recruiters look for people who want to build a career with the firm—people who want to innovate, experiment, and be the best at what they do—while adhering to the highest ethical standards.
Point72’s 1,150+ employees, including more than 500 investment professionals, live by the tenets set forth in the firm’s mission and values and seek to be the industry’s premier asset management firm through delivering superior risk-adjusted returns, adhering to the highest ethical standards and offering the greatest opportunities to the industry’s brightest talent.
If you have a passion for investing, are great at what you do, enjoy the challenge of learning every day, and seek a rewarding career path, you are invited to attend this information session to learn more.


Alumni-in-Residence: “OPP: Embracing Other People’s Perspectives of Health and Wellness,” with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

Dr. Wyche-Etheridge has brought to her medical, public health, and public service career a deep commitment to address social injustice and inequity as it relates to the health and healing of people and communities. She has faced systemic challenges to addressing inequity, and through her leadership, has had a significant impact on dealing directly with the root factors that contribute to health and illness. She will discuss issues such as implicit bias in health care, the impact of racism on health, and the vital importance of engaging with patients and communities in a respectful, humble, and empowering way.

Tue, Oct 29, 2019


Alumni-in-Residence: View from the Bottom of the Bus: If you haven't seen it yet, you will..., Lunch with Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge ’87

Dr. Wyche-Etheridge’s career path is an inspiration for a number of reasons. Majoring in English and Spanish at Amherst, she can speak to the tremendous importance and value of Amherst courses that expand one’s horizons about the myriad ways that language, culture, literature, history, and other intellectual exploration contribute to the growth, sensitivity, compassion, and humanity that have been central to her career. She also exemplifies the power of resilience in pursuing one’s “calling” in life, that with perseverance and keeping the big picture in mind, it’s indeed possible to live out one’s passions and make a difference in the world. In addition, she will speak candidly about obstacles she has faced in her career and how she has dealt with them. She has lived out the importance of seeing life’s challenges like a bottle that is half-full rather than half-empty; in other words, the more that we can have a positive spirit and envision our lives and the people we serve in the context of strengths and opportunities rather than deficit, the more likely we are to have an impact for a more just society. Finally, her career path is a model for the fact that there are so many paths and roads that one can take to realize dreams and hopes.

Myriam Sarachik, City College of New York: “SURPRISE: Just because you think you’re heading toward a quantum phase transition does not mean you will get there.”

Measurements of the Hall coefficient, resistivity, magnetoresistance, magnetic response, and thermopower in two-dimensional strongly interacting electron systems have established that, contrary to expectations, a metal-insulator transition occurs at a critical electron density nc and a metallic phase exists in 2D. One intriguing mystery has been that, by contrast with the dramatic divergences that have been observed for all other physical properties, the magnetoresistance has exhibited smooth and uneventful behavior approaching and crossing nc. In this talk I will present new data and a different new analysis of the magnetoresistance of the strongly interacting 2D electron system in a silicon MOSFET for a broad range of electron densities. Our surprising results should trigger a re-examination of past work.

Jennifer Levi

Queer Rights and the Courts

All welcome for a discussion about “Queer Rights and the Courts: The Meaning of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Transgender Status,” with Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders and Professor of Law at Western New England University and Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College.

United Talent Agency: Summer Entertainment Internships 2020

Spend your summer immersed in the entertainment industry!
United Talent Agency (UTA) internships offer great exposure to the business practices that support and foster the work of writers, actors, filmmakers, game designers, brands and more. Industry insiders—in both the creative and business sides—consider talent agencies to be the ultimate training ground for understanding how Hollywood works.
Learn more about UTA directly from Dan Erlij ’90, a partner and long-time agent in the television literary department. Dan will join us remotely from UTA’s L.A. office to share his own experiences as an agent who represents television creators, show runners and writer-producers. Former UTA interns Ariana Lee ’20 and Amalia Roy ’21 will also speak about their time in the program and offer practical application advice.
UTA is one of the entertainment industry’s premier talent and literary agencies, representing many of the world’s most widely-known figures in every current and emerging area of entertainment, including motion pictures, television, books, music, digital media and live entertainment.

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

D.E. Shaw Group Information Session

Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm, founded in 1988, with offices around the world. As one of the world’s largest hedge fund managers, the firm has earned an international reputation for successful investing based on innovation, careful risk management, and the quality and depth of its research and staff.

The firm’s ideal hires are intellectual but also humble, rigorous in their work but flexible in their approach, interesting, friendly, and most of all, curious about the world around us. With a culture that combines some of the best aspects of academia, finance and technology, D. E. Shaw prides itself on a work environment that promotes collaboration, integrity, and adherence to the highest possible ethical standards.

Teams work in close collaboration—not in competitive silos—to share trade ideas, manage risks, streamline processes, and explore new opportunities. The firm is committed to the well-being and happiness of its employees, recognizing that different people thrive in different types of environments: some are most productive working in t-shirts or listening to music, while others need time away from the office to recharge after a challenging project.

Want to learn more about what it’s like to work at D. E. Shaw group? Attend this information session to hear from current employees and recruiters about company culture, entry-level opportunities, and how to successfully apply for positions there.

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Vulnerabilities of Data Analysis: From Political Spin to Data Manipulation

"Vulnerabilities of Data Analysis: From Political Spin to Data Manipulation" presented by Scott Alfeld
The Faculty Colloquium Series for 2019-20 presents a lecture titled "Vulnerabilities of Data Analysis: From Political Spin to Data Manipulation" presented by Scott Alfeld, assistant professor of computer science.

Learn how to bypass a state-of-the-art security system with sugar cubes and a slingshot. New security vulnerabilities have arisen with the growing use of machine learning in decision-making systems. In this talk I discuss the field of Adversarial Learning — the study of using machine learning techniques when the input data may be corrupted by an attacker. I’ll cover various techniques hackers employ and defenses again them. We'll then get our hands dirty attacking a learner at training time and see what finesse is needed when manipulating even the simplest of learners.

Faculty Colloquium events are sponsored by a group of faculty colleagues who meet informally with the purpose of supporting and promoting the College’s commitment to faculty research. Colleagues interested in joining this endeavor are welcome and should contact us by email: . Faculty, staff, and members of the administration are cordially invited to attend these presentations.

Prof. Russell Williams to Speak at Annual Economics Presentation for Family Weekend

The Department of Economics welcomes Professor Russell Williams ’72 of Wheaton College to speak at our annual economics presentation for Family Weekend. He will speak on “Economics of Race and Racism: Reflections on the History and Future of Economic Thought.”
This event is open to everyone. A reception with light refreshments will follow in Converse lobby.

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Charles Drew Health Professions Society: A Talk with Dr. Rankin

Dr. John A. Rankin will share his unique life story about how he carved his own path in the field of medicine. Dr. Rankin started his medical path matriculating at a medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, and then transferred to Rush Medical College. He completed his internal medicine residency at Rhode Island Hospital, and was later accepted at Yale’s 3-year fellowship training program. He shares his life story as a testimony to encourage students that there are no correct paths to any career, and looks forward to answering your questions during the session.