Event Calendar

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tue, Nov 3, 2020

NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants & Residencies

NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies

Five Colleges, Incorporated, has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this multi-year initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.
Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants to lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include the engagement of Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators.

Faculty can also apply for residencies to host indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two more deadlines this academic year: December 1, 2020 and February 9, 2021. Virtual information sessions will be offered prior to each deadline to assist applicants in refining their proposals. The next information session will be held on November 17, from 4 to 5pm. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to attend an information session and read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the FCI NAIS mini-grants website.

For more information, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will engage in a conversation about workplace developments and communication highlights, and will offer group discussion or private consultation in break-out rooms with HR Representatives.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information. We look forward to connecting with you!

Assistant Professor Manasa Kandula: UMASS "Understanding fundamental physics through Colloid experiments"

A fundamental challenge in materials physics is to understand the microscopic
underpinnings of various physical phenomena. In this regard, in the first part of my talk,
I will discuss how colloidal suspensions have emerged as an ideal system to probe
generic condensed matter phenomena in real-time and space. In the second half, I will
discuss our research using binary colloidal suspensions, to unravel the mysteries of
glass transition and deformation. I will conclude by discussing our ongoing efforts to
develop experimental active colloidal system to investigate non-equilibrium active
matter physics.