Campus Buzz: Celebrating the Liberal Arts

Publishing, researching, holding intensive dialogues, pushing the boundaries of new ways to teach and learn: Join us in celebrating the many ways that Amherst College students, faculty and alumni are redefining the liberal-arts residential experience.

The Latest

Robert Benedetto Receives NSF Grant

Mathematics’ Robert Benedetto received a Research at Undergraduate Institutions National Science Foundation award of $178,745 for his project “Galois Action and Entropy in Non-Archimedean Dynamics.” 

Amity Gaige Wins Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction

Visiting writer Amity Gaige was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the fiction category.

Wendy Ewald Publishes Book

Artist-in-Residence Wendy Ewald published Towards a Promised Land, a collection of interviews and photos by Ewald and her subjects themselves: 22 children of the seaside British town of Margate.

Author Chris Abani Visits Amherst College

Chris Abani Award-winning Nigerian author Chris Abani spoke on campus about the various roles that race, culture and language play in fashioning our sense of self and our perceptions of others in a lecture titled “My Face & Ours: Views of Today’s America.”

Greenway Projects Underway With New Dorm Construction

architecutral sketch of the Science Center By 2018, the Greenway Projects will transform the eastern side of campus with four new residence halls, a 250,000 square-foot science center and an expansive greenway for recreation and relaxation.

Martín Medina Elizalde Receives NSF Award

Martín Medina Elizalde of geology received an NSF award of $162,805 for “A Speleothem Study of the Paleoclimatology of the Yucatán Peninsula: Testing Modes and Causes of Variability in the North American Tropics,” along with with co-researcher and geosciences professor Stephen Burns of the University of Massachusetts. 

Lisa Brooks Awarded Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship

English and American studies professor Lisa Brooks received a Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for work on an ambitious, public-facing humanities project.

NSF Grants Renewed for Larry Hunter and David Hall

Physics’ Larry Hunter and David Hall both had existing NSF grants renewed. Hunter was awarded $224,532 for a project titled “A Search for Long-Range Spin-Spin Interactions and Thallium-Fluoride Investigations,” while Hall received $475,000 for “Experiments with Topological Excitations in Bose-Einstein Condensates.”

Six Students Win Fulbright Teaching Scholarships

The Fulbright Scholar Program presented teaching scholarships to Johnathan Appel ’16 in Taiwan, Claire Castellano ’16 in Malaysia, Jesse Chou ’15 in Rwanda, Jennifer Cullen ’16 in Germany, Eugene Lee ’16 in South Korea and Caroline Rose ’16 in Indonesia.

Football Team Wins NESCAC Championship

Football won the New England Small College Athletics Conference championship and finished undefeated for the second straight season.

Geoffrey Sanborn Publishes Book

Plagiarama!, by English professor Geoffrey Sanborn, was published. This book about known plagiarist William Wells Brown examines the man’s work, pilfering and legacy, and argues that Brown’s plagiarism was a means of capitalizing on the energies of mass-cultural entertainments popularized by showmen such as P.T. Barnum. 

The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Comes to Amherst

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of poet and playwright William Shakespeare, several of the Bard’s original 1623 First Folios embarked on a cross-country tour, including a stop at Amherst College.