Event Calendar

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

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Writing for TV: Alumni Panel (featuring Sarah Walker '03, Jenna Lamia '98 and Leila Cohan Miccio, Smith College '05)

Join us for a mini-master class on pursuing television writing as a career. In this session, Amherst and Smith alumni will walk students through the step-by-step details of entry-level experiences, cultivating your unique voice, and understanding the entertainment industry.

This event is open to all but aims to specifically reach groups who are underrepresented in the industry-- women/trans/non-binary students, LGBTQ+ students, BIPOC students, FLI students, and students with disabilities.

• Jenna Lamia, Amherst College ’98
Good Girls, Awkward, 90210
• Ashley Soto Paniagua, Amherst College ’11
Vida, The Proud Family, Founder of Raise the Percentage
• Sarah Walker, Amherst College ’03
Silicon Valley, Mozart in the Jungle, House of Lies, Awkward
• Leila Cohan-Miccio, Smith College ’05
Special, Bridgerton, Telenovela, Awkward

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs

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 review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs. 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!

Biochemistry & Biophysics Program Thesis Writer Blitz Talks

4:30 pm - 6:15 pm Virtual Seminar via Zoom Link

Please join the BCBP Program for an evening of "Blitz Talks" from each of our thesis writers.

Presenters will be Sarah Gayer, Koun Yun, Samuel Grondin, Navid Rahimi Larki, Kyle Jones, Donna Roscoe, Jasper Flint, Scott Song and Waleed Babar.

For additional details, and to access the Zoom invitation, please click on the BCBP Seminar Webpage link below.

Kyra Brown on Black Lives Matter, Policing and Environmental Justice

Please join us for a conversation with Kyra Brown about policing, incarceration and environmental justice. Kyra is the digital strategist for Black Visions Collective in Minneapolis, and the incinerator and zero waste organizer at the Minnesota BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Environmental & Climate Justice Table.

Climate change, pollution, COVID-19 and racism conspire to disproportionately harm poor communities and communities of color. Kyra will discuss their work at the intersection of these issues at this community event.

The event will take place via Zoom at the following address: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/819582709

Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: How Statistics Can Make an Impact: A Case Study Describing the Filing Story of ZINPLAVA

Speaker: Alison Pedley, Ph.D., Merck

Statistics plays a big role in drug development in the design and analysis of clinical trial data. This case study explores an example where statistics made a huge impact and allowed for a deeper understanding of the data. More specifically, ad-hoc sensitivity analyses designed and conducted by the statistical team proved to be critical to the product’s approval. Two large, phase 3 trials were conducted to demonstrate the superiority of ZINPLAVA over placebo. Though the primary endpoint was met in both studies, another important endpoint had conflicting results. In one study, ZINPLAVA was significantly higher, and in the other study, it was significantly lower. This talk will also give a brief overview of the drug development process and the role of a statistician at a large pharmaceutical company in clinical development.

*The link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the day of the event. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend, please email kglista@amherst.edu, and the link will be sent the day of the event.

Confronting Race in Arts Research: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation

6:00 pm Virtual

Join us for a conversation with Dwight Carey, assistant professor of art and the history of art; Ana Carneiro, visiting artist in playwriting, theater and dance; and Amy Coddington, assistant professor of music, moderated by Darryl Harper, associate professor of music and director of the CHI. The panelists bring cross-disciplinary perspectives to the conversation about acknowledging and redressing racism in arts research and pedagogy. Following the panel, there will be a Q&A.

Dwight Carey, Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art
Professor Dwight Carey’s research examines the built environments of slavery. In collaboration with Professor Peter Crowley in the geology department, Professor Carey has been chemically analyzing samples of mortar, plaster, coral, stone and wooden flooring from 18th-century buildings on the island of Mauritius. Through comparing these results with archival information on the skills that slaves possessed in masonry, woodworking and coralsmithing, Professor Carey is developing a natural resource history of Mauritian architecture: a history of the island that accounts for the ways in which architectural knowledge and labor rendered slaves the mavens of the land, the masters of a vast island that only they understood.

Amy Coddington, Assistant Professor of Music
Amy Coddington’s research investigates how the music industry influences musical expression. Her current book project, How Hip-Hop Became Hit Pop, explores the commercial radio industry’s role in making hip-hop mainstream. She explores how hip-hop’s move into the mainstream also expanded the possibilities for how artists sounded their racial identities, and, ultimately, transformed how audiences conceived of their own racial identities in an increasingly multicultural America.

Ana Candida Carneiro, Visiting Artist in Playwriting, Theater and Dance
Ana Carneiro is an award-winning playwright whose works touch on themes like social justice, globalization, immigration, culture clash, gender inequity and climate change, using multiple and invented languages, heterogeneous linguistic registers and genres, and are increasingly marked by experimentation with the dramatic form. She writes in English, Italian and Portuguese and frequently collaborates with other artists, markedly composers. Her current book project, The Global Playwriting Workbook, complies and catalogs exercises and methods used by teaching playwrights from around the world.

Darryl Harper, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry
Darryl Harper is a jazz musician interested in how race, culture and political economy intersect with music. His current projects include an article on the social agenda attached to the formation of the jazz program at New England Conservatory in the late 1960s, namely, to integrate black students into the conservatory.

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MSA Spiritual Reflection and Discussion

6:30 pm Virtual

Join the Muslim Student Association as we read and reflect on the Islamic texts. No knowledge of Arabic required. All Zoom links will be emailed to the MSA email list weekly and sent via group chat. Please email MSA co-chairs Basma Azzamok (bazzamok22@amherst.edu) or Ala Kaymaram (akaymaram21@amherst.edu) to be added to the group chat.

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

What We Think: Amherst College Psychology Department Fall Lecture Series

Join Prof. Carrie Palmquist and Amherst alum (and current kindergarten teacher) Marissa Fierro '16 as they discuss the unique challenges of teaching and supporting young children during the time of COVID-19. The discussion will be followed by time for questions and conversation.
Open to all students. First years encouraged!

Meeting ID: 942 0565 1897

Students Only

Alcahoot! With the SHEs!

Come relive the glory days of high school kahoot victories and participate in SHE Alcahoot to test your alcohol and partying knowledge! RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/alcahoot-rsvp to get an email the morning of the event with the zoom link or check out our instagram (ac_she) for more information!

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Greylock Partners: Enterprise Software VC Firm Info Session & Networking

Greylock is a venture capital fund that focuses on early stage investing in enterprise and consumer software startups. Investments include AppDynamics, AirBnb, Dropbox, Discord, Facebook, Figma, Roblox, and more.

Join this virtual session with Yuliya Mykhaylovska to learn about opportunities for technical students at Greylock-backed companies, learn about newly-backed startups, and discuss building a career in tech.

Yuliya currently leads university talent programs at Greylock. Before this role, she managed the internship component of the Stanford in New York program, focusing on student career advising, professional development, employer relations, and alumni engagement. Prior to her role at Stanford, she was the platform manager at Lerer Hippeau in New York, a seed-focused VC fund.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Please register to attend on Handshake AND fill out the following form, so that Yuliya is able to capture your questions and main areas of interest prior to the session: https://forms.gle/rvZx3toUX9cKhgfR7