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

Helen Leung and Mark Marshall Receive NSF Award

Helen Leung and Mark Marshall, both chemistry professors, together received an RUI NSF award of $268,029 for their project “Beyond Electrostatics: Investigating the Contributions of Dispersion and Electron Transfer in Intermolecular Interactions.”

Two Seniors Win Fulbrights to Study in Norway and New Zealand

Thomas Sommers ’16 and Olivia Truax ’16 received Fulbright Fellowships for research in biology in Norway and geology in New Zealand, respectively.

Josef Trapani Receives NSF Award

Biologist Josef Trapani received an NSF award of $77,025 for his project “GABA A Receptor Control of Hyperactivity in Developing Zebrafish.” It is a collaborative award with biology professor Gerald B. Downes at the University of Massachusetts.

Timothy J. Van Compernolle Publishes Book

Struggling Upward: Worldly Success and the Japanese Novel, by Asian languages and civilizations professor Timothy J. Van Compernolle, was published. It examines the role played by new discourses on social mobility and the formation of the imagination of the modern Japanese novel.

Swimmer Emily Hyde ’16 Wins Two Championships

Swimmer Emily Hyde ’16 won two individual national championships: 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard breaststroke.

Student Athletes are NESCAC All-American

275 students—91 in the fall; 80 in the winter; 104 in the spring—were NESCAC All-Academic selections. The standard for this designation is that the athletes must be sophomores in good academic standing and varsity letter winners in their sport with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale.