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

Susannah Grant ’84: Comfort With Discomfort

Susannah Grant The most important job for a screenwriter, said Susannah Grant ’84, speaking on campus, is to reject certainty even as the world celebrates it.

Curated By Thieves

Kota Ezawa Exhibit Assistant Professor Niko Vicario interviews artist Kota Ezawa about how an FBI database sparked his interest in the still unsolved Gardner Museum art heist of 1990 and led him to recreate 13 lost artworks.

Math Professor Studies Internal Clocks in “Hibernating” Grizzlies

Tanya Liese Associate Professor of Mathematics Tanya Leise co-authored a study on whether the circadian clocks of grizzlies “keep ticking” during their winter dormancy period.

Conversations with Literary Luminaries

LitFest During Amherst’s second annual literary festival, four distinguished authors shared sentiments on friendship, history and hallmarks of great writing.

Professor’s Career in Research and Outreach Earns $500,000 Grant

Ashley Carter In awarding the grant, the National Science Foundation noted that Ashley Carter’s work was notable both for its investigation of DNA folding and for her efforts to recruit women into STEM fields.

Amherst College Hires New Chief Communications Officer

Sandra Genelius, Chief Communications Officer Sandra “Sandy” Genelius, who has served as a top executive at Sony Corp. and CBS News, has been named Amherst College’s chief communications officer, effective March 1.

A Scrap of Poetry and the Book of a Beloved Friend: Two New Dickinson Items Rediscovered

Emily Dickinson writing rediscovered Amherst College has acquired two previously unknown Dickinson items.

American Talent Initiative

Class of 2020 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.

A Fuller Picture of Diversity on College Campuses

Dr. Anthony Jack '07 Anthony Jack ’07, a Junior Fellow at Harvard University and this year’s Wade Fellow at Amherst, returned to campus to talk about his research on low-income college students.

Biology Professor Michael Hood Awarded Grant to Track Diseases

Silene acaulis 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.

Allen Hart: Amherst Then and Now

Allen Hart A professor of psychology at Amherst for 20 years, Allen Hart ’82 has seen the college from three angles—as a student, a professor and an administrator. Read our Q&A with Professor Hart.