Event Calendar

Today - Mon, Oct 25, 2021

Information Session for Prospective Math Majors

Thinking about majoring in mathematics? Come chat with the department's faculty and get your questions answered!

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Presented by AI in the Liberal Arts: "Adversarial Intelligence"

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

What do taxation, cyber networks, software and humans have in common? They are all vulnerable to adversarial conflicts. Taxation faces noncompliance, networks face attacks, software faces malware, and humans-- among many vulnerabilities --fall victim to disinformation. In this talk, Dr. Una-May O'Reilly will describe work on Artificial Adversarial Intelligence (AAI), employing machine learning and evolutionary algorithms to support the discovery of new knowledge about these systems' adversarial nature.

Una-May O'Reilly is the leader of the Anyscale Learning For All (ALFA) Group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. ALFA focuses on machine learning technology, evolutionary algorithms and data science for knowledge mining, prediction, analytics and optimization. ALFA also conducts research in cyber security and software analysis. Dr. O'Reilly is the author of over 150 academic papers and has served as vice chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Evolutionary Computation (ACM-SIGEVO) and chair of the largest international Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO). She serves as a senior editor for several major journals and as an advisor to national laboratories and startups. Her Ph.D. at Carleton University was one of the world’s first on the AI topic of genetic programming.

Registration Required
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Exploring Policing and Community Safety at Amherst College: Restorative Circle

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Amherst College's 19-Point Anti-Racism Plan includes an invitation for us to "reimagine policing” on campus. With that opportunity in mind, the Center for Restorative Practices (CRP) is hosting a semester-long series of Restorative Circles. The CRP seeks to bridge contemporary divides by creating a space for us to sit with one another, probe polarizing positions, ask hard questions and listen to personal stories in order to seek innovative answers brought about through active listening in community. The voices, ideas and suggested action steps are recorded and brought to the campus safety advisory committee who are tasked to gather information in a variety of ways and offer what they find to the college president and trustees.

Please come. Your place is being held in the circle.

Registration Required

Information Session for Prospective Statistics Majors

Thinking about majoring in statistics? Come chat with the department's faculty, and get your questions answered!

Students Only

Tomorrow - Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table on Tuesdays between noon and 2 p.m. in Tent 5 at Valentine Quad for Russian conversation and conviviality! We hope to see you there!

Professor Vesna Mitrovic, Brown University: "Probing Emergent Quantum Orders"

Study of the combined effects of strong electronic correlations with spin-orbit entanglement represents a central issue in quantum materials research. Predicting emergent properties represents a huge theoretical problem, since the presence of spin-orbit coupling implies that the spin is not a good quantum number. Existing theories propose the emergence of a multitude of exotic quantum phases, distinguishable by either local point symmetry breaking or local spin expectation values, even in materials with simple cubic crystal structure. Experimental tests of these theories by local probes are highly sought for.

In the talk, I will present our work on harnessing local measurements designed to concurrently probe spin and orbital/lattice degrees of freedom that provide such tests [1]. Our results, to be presented, establish that multipolar spin interactions [2] are an essential ingredient of quantum theories of magnetism in materials with both strong correlations and spin-orbit entanglement, in general. I will briefly discuss other techniques that we are designing to probe emergent tensor orders.

Arabic Table - Tuesdays

Join us for Arabic conversation each Tuesday from 5 until 6 p.m.! Zaynab Abu Bakr will be there to lead discussions and assist. All levels of Arabic are welcome, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

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Résumé Review Drop-in Clinic with Loeb Center Peer Career Advisors

Meet with the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors to have your résumé reviewed. Whether it’s your first time writing a résumé, completing your membership requirements for the Houston Program or a seasoned résumé writer developing descriptions for your most recent experiences, we’re here to help!

*Please come prepared to the clinic with a completed draft in Google Docs AND a printed copy of your résumé that you can share with a PCA.* Email internships@amherst.edu with questions.

Our weekly drop-in clinics run from Sept. 21 to Dec. 7. Note that PCAs also offer weekly appointment slots on Handshake. We also offer support for internship applications on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. throughout the semester.

French Table

Come join your French Language Assistants for casual conversation in French. Open to students, faculty and staff. French speakers of all levels are welcome to attend-- we look forward to meeting you!

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Fordham Law Info Session and Q&A

Fordham Law School has provided a complete education in the law for more than a century. While the legal profession has changed during that time, the core mission of a Fordham Law education has not. The institution values academic excellence, the pursuit of justice and the ethical practice of the lawyer’s craft-- seeking to impart the warmth of community within the School and wherever Fordham Law alumni are found around the globe. Fordham lawyers are dedicated to the highest standards of the legal profession and using the law “in the service of others.”

Join Assistant Director of Admissions Eric Glover for a virtual information session about Fordham Law, followed by open Q&A! All interested class years and majors are welcome; advance registration required.

Students Only
Registration Required
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Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan: Poet Activists in Conversation

7:30 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank

Please join us for a reading and conversation with the co-authors of the collaborative feminist YA novel Watch Us Rise, which Kirkus called, “A manifesto for budding feminists ... An inspiring look at two strong-willed teens growing into even stronger young women ready to use their voices and take on the world.”

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer and educator. Her books include Blooming Fiascoes, Hemisphere, Crowned and Reckless, Glorious, Girl. She has had poems and essays published in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry Northwest and in the anthologies She Walks in Beauty, Southern Sin and Women of Resistance. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry in 2020 and has received grants from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Ellen is the director of the Poetry & Theatre Departments at the DreamYard Project and directs their International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer's Retreat at Adelphi University. Raised in Kentucky, she splits her time between Kentucky and New York City with her family. She can be found online at EllenHagan.com.

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017), received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her poetry and fiction often center on the experiences of Black girls and women and explore themes of home, identity and the intersections of race, class, and gender. Renée served as founder and executive director of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts, from 2016 to 2019. Renée grew up in Portland, Ore., and splits her time between Portland and New York City. She can be found online at ReneeWatson.net.

Registration Required
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Göttingen Abend ~ Information Session: Study Abroad In Germany!

Participate in an informational meeting to find out more about the Amherst College Study Abroad Program at the University of Göttingen. You will hear about the experiences of Amherst students who have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past. We will have videos about the town and university, handouts with information and teaching assistants and faculty there to explain how the program works and to answer any questions you may have. Please invite others who you think may be interested in this program. We look forward to seeing you!

Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Flu Clinic for Staff and Faculty

The flu clinic, staffed by Walgreens trained health professionals, is available for all staff and faculty who are in compliance with COVID-19 testing. Due to the pandemic, we strongly recommend that everyone on campus receive the flu shot this year. Registration is required.

Registration Required
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Sexual Respect Office Hours

Every Wednesday during fall semester, stop by Val Quad to meet Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly! Each week Lauren will be covering specific topics related to sexual respect, answering questions and sharing resources. Stop by Val Quad Tent 4 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn about sexual respect, take some health ed resources and get some swag! Look at the Daily Mammoth each week to see the weekly topic and follow @ac_healthandwellbeing. Questions or accessibility concerns? Contact lakelly@amherst.edu.

Arabic Table - Wednesdays

Join us for Arabic conversation each Wednesday from 5 until 6 p.m.! Ahmed Aly will be there to lead discussions and assist. All levels of Arabic are welcome, and you can come and go as it fits your schedule. We hope to see you there!

Virtual Info Session for Prospective Math Majors

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Thinking about majoring in mathematics? Come chat with the department's faculty and get your questions answered!

Graphically Yours: graphs and grids have never been so sexy!

Join the SHEs and the Office of Student Activities for Graphically Yours, an event where you may express your sexuality with cubes and conversation! Use cubes to graph your experiences, or come to view our installation of graphs from Amherst students and beyond. Desserts will be provided. Contact she@amherst.edu for additional information and accommodations.

Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Goldwater Scholarship Information Session

Do you love the lab? Relish research? Thrive when grappling with thorny problems? If this sounds like you, and you

- are majoring or plan to major in a STEM field,
- are a first- year, sophomore or junior,
- and are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,

consider applying for the Goldwater Scholarship!

The Goldwater is a U.S. government award aimed to encourage and celebrate excellent students who intend to pursue a career in STEM research. Open to sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the award includes $7,500 in funding for educational expenses, access to a network of other promising researchers, and national recognition. Learn all about it at this info session!

Can't make it? Go to https://www.amherst.edu/mm/159215 to read all about it, then request an appointment with the Director of Fellowships at https://www.amherst.edu/mm/568233.

Application deadline is Jan. 10, 2022, but do not procrastinate! Strong applicants start early and get support to be competitive!

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Exploring Policing and Community Safety at Amherst: Restorative Circle

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Virtual, Zoom

Amherst College's 19-Point Anti-Racism Plan includes an invitation for us to "reimagine policing” on campus. With that opportunity in mind, the Center for Restorative Practices (CRP) is hosting a semester-long series of Restorative Circles. The CRP seeks to bridge contemporary divides by creating a space for us to sit with one another, probe polarizing positions, ask hard questions and listen to personal stories in order to seek innovative answers brought about through active listening in community. The voices, ideas and suggested action steps are recorded and brought to the campus safety advisory committee who are tasked to gather information in a variety of ways and offer what they find to the college president and trustees.

Please come. Your place is being held in the circle.

Registration Required

Health Education Office Hours: Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator!

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Val Quad Tent #5

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly Office Hours, Karrina Dehle invites you to stop by and Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator! Come by to meet the AOD educator, ask any questions you may have about alcohol or other substance use, and pick up some free health resources and swag! See the calendar below for a schedule of specific AOD topics that will be highlighted during each week at Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator. Drop in to talk about the topics that pique your interest, or feel free to come during any week to chat about alcohol or other drug use, supporting a friend, recovery and sober curiosity, and wellbeing as a whole.

Ask the AOD Educator! Topic Schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 9 - What is AOD education, and how does it apply to me?

Thursday, Sept. 16 - Helping a Friend: Do you know the signs of an overdose?

Thursday, Sept. 23 - Recovery: What can it look like on a college campus, and how can I be an ally?

Thursday, Sept. 30 - Parties: What are some tips for throwing a party that minimizes risks around AOD?

Thursday, Oct. 7 - Cannabis & You: What do you want to know about cannabis?

Thursday, Oct. 21 - Other Drugs: What do you want to know about other drugs?

Thursday, Oct. 28 - Sober Curious: What is it and how could it apply to me?

Thursday, Nov. 4 - Sex & Substances

Thursday, Nov. 11 - AOD & Social Justice

Thursday, Nov. 18 - AOD & Sleep

Note that Health Education Office Hours will be held as long as weather permits. In the event of inclement weather, that given week’s Office Hours / Ask the AOD Educator will be cancelled. If you want to learn more about any of the above topics, reach out to Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator Karrina Dehle at kdehle@amherst.edu.

"Leading and Supporting Your Team Through Change"

During the last (almost) two years, we have lived through a time of unprecedented change at the individual, team, organizational and cultural levels. As we move toward our post-pandemic reality, we continue to experience almost constant, at times overwhelming, change. For example, the Remote Work Program pilot has us exploring hybrid workplaces, this is a year of some major leadership transitions, there is ongoing uncertainty related to the course of the pandemic, and we are grappling with significant retention and recruitment challenges. All of these are taking place against the backdrop of a period of intense sociocultural change.

Leaders play a major role in supporting individuals and teams as they encounter and move through their shifting world. This 90-minute workshop will both present and review a framework for understanding the needs of individuals and teams when navigating change, and include specific strategies and tools that can be immediately applied to your unique context. While you may be thinking that you don't have the time to invest in tuning up your transition management strategies and tool kit, this investment will pay off as you guide your team through this next year.

This is a program designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

Registration Required

Amherst College Statistics and Data Science Colloquium (part of the Connecticut Valley Colloquium)

Bhramar Mukherjee will speak on "Using Electronic Health Records and Phenome-Wide Association Studies for COVID-19 Research."

Electronic Health Records linked with other auxiliary data sources hold tremendous potential for conducting real-time actionable research. However, one has to answer two fundamental questions before conducting inference: "Who is in my study?" and "What is the target population of Inference?" Without accounting for selection bias, one can quickly produce fast but inaccurate conclusions.

In this talk, I will discuss large-scale association studies across multiple phenotypes, namely Phenome-wide association studies (PheWAS) that have gained traction in the genetics and medical informatics world. I will present several applications of this tool in genetics, in cancer and for identifying risk factors for COVID-19 hospitalization and mortality. I will further discuss a statistical framework for jointly considering selection bias and phenotype misclassification in such analyses. This is joint work with Lars Fritsche, Lauren Beesley and Maxwell Salvatore at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/3kGx9Bs

Registration Required

Info Session for Prospective Math Majors

Thinking about majoring in mathematics? Come chat with the department's faculty and get your questions answered!

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Info Session with Prosek Partners: Learn about a Career in PR!

Join professionals of the financial communications agency Prosek Partners for an information session on working in communications and public relations; what Prosek Partners does for clients; postgraduate job opportunities in Boston, Connecticut, Los Angeles and New York; and a lively Q&A session.

Prosek Partners is among the largest independent public relations firms in the United States, and one of the few domestic, midsize firms that offers global capabilities through its London office and international network. Specializing in providing a full range of communications solutions to financial and professional services companies, the firm delivers an unexpected level of passion, creativity and marketing savvy. Prosek Partners’ “Unboxed Communications” approach brings breakthrough ideas to every client engagement.

Registration Required
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Confidential, Drop-in Survivor Support Group

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Chapin Hall, Pemberton Lounge (or via Zoom)

Health Education is sponsoring a weekly, confidential, drop-in Survivor Support Group starting Thursday, Sept. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pemberton Lounge in Chapin Hall or via Zoom (Meeting ID 883 9150 8192 and Passcode: 437h6W) through Thursday, Nov. 18.

The group will be facilitated by Isabella Gitana of the Survivor Arts Collective. To be added to the private mailing list, fill out the form at https://tinyurl.com/survivorgroup2021. Questions or accessibility concerns? Contact Lauren Kelly at lakelly@amherst.edu.