As he marks 20 years of teaching at Amherst, music professor David Schneider discusses his love of music, the decision that led to his career as a musicologist and how his classes at Amherst have evolved over the decades.
Amherst College is among 30 leading colleges and universities forming a new initiative to substantially increase the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s top-performing undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.
When it comes to gaining new understandings of how diseases like Zika and Ebola spread, the key may lie with a tiny pink flower. Associate Professor of Biology Michael E. Hood (and his fellow researchers at UC Berkley and U Virginia) won a $1.7 million grant to track plant diseases—research that could lead to understanding a range of pathogens and how they spread.
Students taking the course “Digital Africas,” taught by Professor Rhonda Cobham-Sander and cross-listed in English and black studies, examine how African writers incorporate digital technologies into their work.
Psychology professor Carrie Palmquist and Ashleigh Rutherford ’16 found that when young kids experience “illusory success” related to a particular task, their ability to formulate and act on judgments they make about their own performance suffers. The research team published their study in a major science journal.
Combining learning and living in fresh new ways, four interconnected dorms opened for the first time this fall. They feature seminar rooms, study spaces and many places for fun and relaxation, both outdoors and inside. They are drawing students from all over campus.
To some, the gun is a symbol of a society crumbling into violence and chaos. To others, it’s a necessary tool to protect society from crime and disorder. It’s a subject that invites fierce debate, and, at Amherst this year, close scholarly scrutiny.
A widely lauded study by economics professor Jessica Wolpaw Reyes ’94 links the Clean Air Act’s removal of lead from gasoline in the 1970s to the dramatic nationwide drop in violent crime in the 1990s. This spring she's teaching a course on health economics and policy.
In a talk to 1,400 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, National Book Award winner and MacArthur fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates reframed the American dream and said the mission of his life is confronting racism. Prior to this presentation, Coates met with a small group of students for an informal conversation, question and answer session, and a book-signing.
Norm Jones arrived this fall as the College’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. He brings “experience and sophistication,” said President Biddy Martin, to the ongoing work of “building an intellectual community that embraces diversity of people and points of view.”
Paul Smith '76, who has argued 19 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, talked to the class of 2020 about what he learned, and what they can learn, from the friendship of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.