Ebola: Amherst Responds
Submitted on Wednesday, 11/5/2014, at 2:34 PM
by Bill Sweet
As the world watches West Africa and beyond for the increasingly concerning news about the outbreak of Ebola, Amherst College does what it always has done: thoughtfully examine the problem, and offer help.
Making Discoveries at the Mead
Submitted on Tuesday, 9/16/2014, at 11:30 AM
A new school year means new works, new classes and new discoveries being made at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, starting with an exhibition that simultaneously occupies the gallery space and cyberspace.
Innovative Program Helps Students Tackle Science, Math
Submitted on Thursday, 8/14/2014, at 9:52 AM
By Peter Rooney
On a summer afternoon in an Amherst College chemistry lab, new friends and incoming first-year students Natalia Dyer of Queens, N.Y., and Alejandra Possu of Houston take a break from writing a lab report.
They’re part of a group of admitted Amherst students selected to participate in an innovative science and math program that introduces them to some of the toughest calculus and chemistry problems they’ll face during their first year at Amherst.
Playing Where Brahms Once Played
Submitted on Tuesday, 8/12/2014, at 2:59 PM
By William Sweet for Amherst magazine
If you spend the bulk of the summer in Professor Larry Hunter’s lab breaking new ground in the field of physics, what do you do to take a break? If you’re Daniel Ang ’15, you hop on a jet to Vienna to perform your prize-winning piano composition for an international audience.
College Republicans Bring Newt Gingrich to Campus
Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:45 AM
By Emily Gold Boutilier
A year and a half ago the Amherst College Republicans didn’t even exist. Then one student made it his business to renew the organization.
The results were impressive: Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown spoke at an event to mark the student group’s revival. Membership grew to about 40.
Now the organization is about to host its biggest name yet.
Bestselling authors Dan Brown ’86, Charles Mann ‘76 to speak Thursday
Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:40 AM
Amherst College will be hosting two of its best-known alumni authors on Thursday, in two separately scheduled lectures that happen to be occurring within a few hours of each other.
First up will be Charles C. Mann, ’76, who will deliver Amherst College’s annual Hugh Hawkins lecture, titled “1493: Entwining Ecology and History” at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall of the Beneski Building.
Celebrating a Campaign for Core Amherst Values
Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:37 AM
Reddit Co-Founder Talks with Students about Internet Entrepreneurship
Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:35 AM
By Daniel Diner ’14
Reddit co-found Alex Ohanian talks with students
Optimistic, energetic, inquisitive—Alexis Ohanian is everything you would expect a young Internet entrepreneur to be. He shared his optimism, energy and intellectual curiosity with an excited group of students and fans recently when he spoke in Johnson Chapel. Ohanian discussed his experience with founding the social news and entertainment website Reddit and other Web startups; the direction of Internet entrepreneurship; and his new book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.
What Makes Us Happy? The Answer is Not Kids, and It's Not Money
Submitted on Monday, 5/5/2014, at 3:20 PM
Remember your first cell phone? You loved it. But when a friend got an iPhone your old flip phone lost its charm. You bought a new phone, and the cycle repeated.
This is one example Catherine Sanderson, the James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology, uses to describe why belongings don’t make people happy. To boost your happiness level, the science suggests, it’s better to spend money on experiences: take a vacation, see a play, go to a game.