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Tomorrow - Fri, Nov 15, 2019

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Headshot of Professor Jason Sello

Cheminar: “Illuminating Protein Homeostasis and New Pathways for Anti-Bacterial Development with Small Molecules”

Professor Jason Sello of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Pharmacy and Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, will hold a seminar titled “Illuminating Protein Homeostasis and New Pathways for Anti-Bacterial Development with Small Molecules.”

Faith and the Environment with Rabbi Ellen Bernstein

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ford Hall, Ford Hall Event Space

Environmental Rabbi Ellen Bernstein will be coming to help lead Hillel’s Shabbat dinner this Friday through a discussion on the connections between faith and the environment. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner from Oriental Flavor. Come bring friends and learn about how faith can inform our understanding of the climate crisis! All faiths and environmental backgrounds welcome!

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Event, 11/14,  8 p.m., Ford Hall 107

The Entrepreneurial Spirit: An Amherst Alum’s Roadmap to Success

Mark your calendars! Next month we are having our fall community event, “The Entrepreneurial Spirit: An Amherst Alum’s Roadmap to Success.” This event is open to all students, faculty, staff and local Amherst community members.
The first portion of this event will be a panel-style Q&A with all of the alums, then for the second half of the evening, each attendee will be able to pick from three workshop options each one facilitated by a pair of alums. Each workshop will have a theme and the alums will cover that topic as it relates to their specific business. This will be a great way to ensure people get to hear more from any alum they choose and learn about aspects of their businesses that may not have been covered in the Q&A.
We are thrilled to have these well-established Amherst alums join us for this event! Below is a list of each alum who will be joining us, and a brief description of them and their business.
Cait Scudder, business coach and success catalyst
“My mission is to equip ambitious, visionary women with the structure, systems and support you need to launch and lead a wildly profitable business and have a good time doing it. I’ve taught hundreds of women and counting how to leverage their unique gifts and boldly rise into next level, pack-leading entrepreneurs from self doubt and burnout straight into boss babes earning between $10K-$50K in a matter of months.”
Brendan McKee, Silver Therapeutics
Brendan McKee ’07 is the co-founder and CFO of Silver Therapeutics, a vertically integrated cannabis company with locations in Boston, Orange and Williamstown. Our mission is to provide enjoyment and wellness through our locally curated craft cannabis products. ST opened the second stand alone adult use retail on the East Coast and is the only group in the city of Boston with a vertically integrated Host Community Agreement. As a company, ST continues to embrace the #ILOVESOCIALEQUITY campaign and exceed the states expectations to be inclusive and provide opportunities to groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. ST is one of the few locally owned and operated cannabis groups in MA with plans to expand their repeatable model to contiguous states and beyond.
Carlissa & Laken King, Worldgirls
Inspired by their upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, twin sisters Laken and Carlissa King sought to create dolls that spark creativity and celebrate togetherness. With rich storytelling that’s aspirational and engaging, each Worldgirls doll embodies a specific archetypal trait—Warrior, Healer, Explorer, Rebel, and Scholar—so that children can identify with the dolls unique passions rather than their looks. More than just dolls, Worldgirls is the ultimate team representing girls from different countries and backgrounds who come together to learn, break down barriers, and have fun while doing it!
Parker Holcomb, CoLane
CoLane is a truckload broker automating time-consuming tasks with AI and robotic process automation with a superpowered coworker we call Archie. The more information Archie processes, the more patterns and behaviors he can identify and respond to. This includes information with drivers and dispatch, track & trace, driver empty updates, and handing many of the other endless communications taking place in truck brokerage.
Chloe McKenzie, BlackFem, Inc.
Chloe McKenzie is creating a new reality. And she is starting where it matters most, the financial institutions that typically overlook financially disadvantaged population and school districts with high concentrations of girls of color. Chloe is revolutionizing the financial services industry and education system by offering integrated, culturally-responsive financial and wealth literacy programs and interventions so that we can break the cycle of poverty. Armed with the skills, resources, and most importantly, confidence they need to succeed, our communities will be empowered to articulate and assert their worth.

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!

Conrad Kuklinsky ’21 and Matteo Riondato “Learning Intersections of Halfspaces: Novel VC-Dimension Bounds”

Abstract: A key question in machine learning research is understanding the trade-off between the size of the training set and the accuracy of the classification function learned by the algorithm. This trade-off can be fully characterized by a single quantity: the VC-dimension of the family of functions that the algorithm may learn. Beautifully combinatorial in nature, the VC-dimension is elusive to compute exactly, but upper bounds to it are sufficient to understand the trade-off. In this talk, we report on our recent results on improved upper bounds to the VC-dimension of intersections of half-spaces in high dimensions, a very popular class of functions. We show a novel connection with convex polytopes and with planar graphs. All the terms and results will be explained without assuming any specific background in the audience.
Refreshments at 3 p.m. in Science Center C209.

Theodosiou research image: depictions of spiral intestines and other tissues and organs in a fish's body

Biology Monday Seminar: “Game of Guts: Spirals versus Coils”

4:00 pm Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall A011

Nicole Theodosiou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
Co-Director of Biochemistry Program
Union College

The digestive tracts of sharks and skates provide a fascinating model for studying the evolution of morphological asymmetries. Unique to all basal fishes is the spiral intestine, which may represent an intermediate morphology in evolution from the straight gut of lamprey to the elongated coils of higher vertebrates. The short spiral allows for a large absorptive surface area that can fit into a restrictive abdominal cavity. My lab is exploring how the spiral intestine forms during development of the little skate and the radial constraints that propagate spiraling.

Artful Activism: Why the How of What We Do Matters

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry

How might we move beyond the conventional frame of the NGO model to re-envision community building and reclaim personal narrative? Hear what rhizomes, poetry, and oil paint animation might say about this as David James Savarese discusses the making of the Peabody-award-winning documentary, Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery and his artful activism project Listen2Us.
David James Savarese (Oberlin College ’17) is an artful activist who works to make literacy-based education, communication, and inclusive lives a reality for all nontraditionally speaking people. A 2017-19 OSF Human Rights Initiative Youth Fellow, he is a published poet, essayist and co-producer of the Peabody award-winning documentary film Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery.
This event is sponsored by the Language & Literature Fund and the Eastman Fund at Amherst College. Free and open to the public. Please contact prangan@amherst.edu with any accessibility concerns.

Tue, Nov 19, 2019

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Andrew A Geraci, Northwestern: “Hunting for Fifth-forces and Dark Matter with AMO-based Sensors”

We normally think of large accelerators and massive detectors when we consider the frontiers of elementary particle physics, pushing to understand the universe at higher and higher energy scales. However, several tabletop low-energy experiments are positioned to discover a wide range of new physics beyond the Standard model, where feeble interactions require precision measurements rather than high energies. In high vacuum, optically-levitated dielectric nanospheres achieve excellent decoupling from their environment, making force sensing at the zeptonewton level (10-21 N) achievable. In this talk I will describe our progress towards using these sensors for tests of the Newtonian gravitational inverse square law at micron length scales. Optically levitated dielectric objects and optical cavities show promise for a variety of other applications, including searches for gravitational waves and Dark Matter. Finally, I will discuss the Axion Resonant InterAction Detection Experiment (ARIADNE), a precision magnetometry experiment using laser-polarized 3-He gas to search for a notable dark-matter candidate: the QCD axion.

Pan and Bi Joy every other Tuesday. Second meeting on October 8th

Pan and Bi Joy (PB+J)

An inclusive, safe, and comforting environment for individuals centering those who identify with the bisexual and pansexual spectrum where people can talk about the intersectionality of their sexuality, their other identities, and other aspects of their lives.

Students Only

Queer and Trans Immigrant Experiences with Bambi Salcedo

Join the QRC, the CDSL, and the CISE for an engaging talk given by Bamby Salcedo, a nationally and internationally recognized activist who has received numerous awards for her advocacy work in the trans and queer immigrant communities. Following the talk, there will be dinner and discussion.
For accessibility questions or concerns, please email cdsl@amherst.edu.

Climate Action Internship Panel

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Mingle with other students interested in climate action careers and hear juniors and seniors discuss their previous summer internships related to climate action. Walk away with fresh ideas and an internship search plan for summer 2020!

Summer Psychology Research Forum

Looking for a psychology-related summer internship? Not sure where to start? Join us at the Psychology Department’s Summer Internship Panel. A panel of students will share their insights into getting great summer internships followed by a Q&A with the panel and psychology department faculty.
Dinner provided. Reserve your spot today!
Contact Research Coordinator, Sarah Mattison-Buhl, sbuhl@amherst.edu.

Students Only
Registration Required

Philosophy Club

Friendly conversations and presentations on ethics, metaphysics, epistemology and other philosophical subjects.

Wed, Nov 20, 2019

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

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!

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Teaching with Technology Lunch: Critical Analysis in Collaborative Settings with Google Apps

Please join us to learn and discuss how Amherst faculty are designing learning activities using Google Apps to promote critical analysis.
Professor Jen Manion of the history department will share how students took on an active role in facilitating discussions and collecting primary sources. Tools: Google Drive, Google Sheets.
Professor Paul Schroeder Rodriquez of the Spanish department will share how his students collaboratively annotated course texts and created reflective portfolios. Tools: Google Docs, Google Sites.

Internship Search Process

Participants will be introduced to the various experiences they can pursue over the summer and learn about the advantages and considerations for each option in order to make a smart, thoughtful decision about how to make the best use of their summer vacations. The workshop will focus on identifying internship resources and developing an internship search strategy.

QTPOC Affinity Space and Dinner

The Amherst College Queer and Trans People of Color Affinity Space centers students from Amherst College and within the Five Colleges who identify as queer/trans/genderqueer people of color. Presented by the QRC and MRC.
Staff and faculty who identify with the QTPOC community are welcome to attend!
Dinner will be served on: 09/25*, 10/23*, 11/20* (in the QRC)
Just discussion will be hosted on: 10/09, 11/06, 12/04 (in the MRC)

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

TV Writers Studio Info Session: Long Island University’s MFA in Writing and Producing for Television

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Seminar Room

Join William Rabkin, assistant director of the MFA program in writing and producing for television at the TV Writer’s Studio, as he shares insights about the field. Rabkin of Long Island University’s TV Writers Studio, which grants an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television, is a 30-year veteran writer, producer and showrunner in television. He has worked on such shows as Monk, Psych, and Diagnosis Murder.
Rabkin works closely with Emmy Award-winning veteran screenwriter, director, producer, and showrunner Norman Steinberg to make LIU Brooklyn’s TV Writers StudioSM an environment where students experience what it is like to be a writer and producer of a TV series.
The underlying philosophy of the TV Writers Studio is that, given a well-designed curriculum, the right team of mentors, appropriate technical resources and sufficient time, a group of talented graduate student writers, working collaboratively, can develop a TV series that is broadcast worthy. It is through this process that the students will develop the full range of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to enter the profession of television writing and production.

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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.

Students Only

Russian Tea

9:00 pm Porter House, Common Room

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

Fri, Nov 22, 2019

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Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Math & Stats Table, Mondays at noon in Terrace Room A

Math & Stats Table

Please join us for this informal weekly gathering of math/stat faculty and students for lunch and conversation. It’s a fun opportunity to meet other students interested in math and statistics and to get to know your professors in a casual atmosphere. We hope you will join us!