Event Calendar

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty and Workday Demos

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. Throughout the month of October, we will offer a chance to see what the Workday experience looks like and what tasks you can do in the new system during the OHR Office Hours.

The second half of the hour will be open for general OHR Office Hours. 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!

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Assistant Professor of Physics Candice Etson, Wesleyan University: "Using Single-Molecule Imaging to Investigate Protein-DNA Interactions"

Proteins and DNA constantly interact with one another and are inextricably linked by both the central dogma of molecular biology and the critical need for maintenance and faithful transfer of genomic information from mother to daughter cells. However, many important protein-DNA interactions are transient and dynamic, which makes them particularly challenging to observe and characterize. Technological advances in fluorescence microscopy, including total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, have made it possible to observe these processes in real time at the single-molecule level. These types of studies can reveal interactions and dynamics that would normally be obscured by the ensemble averaging that occurs in other approaches. Molecular processes are stochastic at the single-molecule level, and they often involve multiple intermediate steps. Therefore, careful statistical analysis of single-molecule data can provide key insights into the mechanistic details of these processes.

In this talk, I will describe how my research group is using single-molecule TIRF microscopy to directly observe the activity of restriction endonucleases. This class of enzymes includes numerous members that bind to DNA and mediate double strand breaks at specific sites based on the DNA sequence. I will describe how we collect data on individual cleavage events, and how we analyze the data to extract information about how these enzymes work. In addition, I will describe how TIRF microscopy can be used to collect single-molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) data. This approach can provide even more detailed information about dynamic protein-DNA interactions.

Buddhist Group

Amherst Buddhist Group: Guided Meditation and Discussion

Whether you're an experienced meditator or brand new to the practice, whether you identify as Buddhist or are just curious about the teachings, come join us to slow down, relax, and gain self-awareness tools. Sessions include guided meditation and discussion. New topic each week. Focused toward students, with faculty and staff welcome.
Please click here for the Zoom link. For more info please email interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

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Intro to the Loeb Center's Business and Finance Program

What is the Business and Finance Program? Is it right for you?

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in finance, consulting, or general business? Have you ever wondered what it takes to start your own company, be an entrepreneur, or work at a start-up? Whether you are a first-year student, sophomore, or junior now exploring new opportunities, this is a great way to learn, discover, and decide if finance, consulting, business, or entrepreneurship is right for you.

The Loeb Center offers industry-specific initiatives to help students explore and plan for careers in various fields. The Business and Finance Program was established in 2015 to help students explore and prepare for careers in the financial services industry, consulting, or general business. We also offer programming in support of those considering starting their own companies, investing in/working at start-ups, or just gaining an innovative mindset.

The information session will be led by Stephanie Hockman, the Program Director, and include insights from Rob Parker ’21 (Finance intern) and Emily Kiernan ’21 (Consulting intern). During the session, you’ll hear a quick overview of finance and consulting, the programs offered to explore and prepare for careers in finance, business, and consulting, including workshops, experiential learning opportunities, and how best to take advantage of student interns and advising appointments included in the Business and Finance Program.

Attendees will also get a sense for the timing for this field's recruiting process. Since recruiting for internships and full-time positions starts early in business and finance, it is NEVER TOO SOON to start the exploration process. Don’t miss out this opportunity to hear more about the program -- and how the Loeb Center can help you explore and prepare for careers in finance, consulting, general business, and entrepreneurship.

You'll find multiple opportunities to hear about the Business and Finance Program listed on Handshake. You only need to register for and attend one.


Kaffeeklatsch on Zoom = Zoomklatsch!

Please join us every Tuesday night from 7pm-8pm EDT for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students, and staff. All are welcome, including German 101 students!
If you would like to participate, please email your request to german@amherst.edu with your name and email address. You will then receive an invitation to join each weekly Kaffeeklatsch zoom meeting on our Zoomklatsch channel at the appropriate time, which you can accept or decline as always. You can also remove yourself at any time from the Zoomklatsch channel.

Chinese Language Social Hours

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, join us Tuesday nights for the Chinese Language Social Hour! This Zoom gathering is open to any and all members of the Amherst College community who would like to have conversations in Chinese. You can come and go as it fits your schedule. All levels are welcome!
Please email jberlingo@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link. To ensure you receive the link in time, please email before 2PM on the day of the Social Hours.

Zoom Info Session: Study to Oxford and Cambridge in 2021-2022

Study abroad to Oxford or Cambridge can be an excellent enhancement to your Amherst academic experience! With the tutorial style of teaching, study to the Oxbridge colleges (small colleges make up the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge) is often compared to graduate study. Students take tutorials with expert “tutors,” faculty and final year PhD students, and strengthen their research, writing, and oral argument skills.  In addition to this unique and challenging academic environment, students have the opportunity to live alongside local students and participate fully in college life. This session will teach you the ways you can apply for study to Oxford or Cambridge, e.g., direct enrollment, through a provider, and you will also learn what special arrangements we have, i.e., New College at Oxford. Students who have studied abroad will also be attending and share with you their perspective. Application deadlines to study at Oxford or Cambridge are earlier in the year than most study abroad programs and attending this session will provide you with timelines, deadlines, and other important details.

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Alumni-in-Residence: Creating a Through Line When Life Is Non-Linear, with Inda Schaenen '83 P'15

If you’re even a little bit confused and anxious about life right now, and wondering what your liberal arts degree will prepare you for, please join this presentation on adaptive creativity. Students in all disciplines, particularly those interested in promoting radical systemic change through joyful everyday work, are encouraged to attend. There will be plenty of time for conversation and questions.

Inda Schaenen '83 P'15, MEd, MFA, PhD, is a writer, journalist, professor, and certified English language arts teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. She’s the author of Speaking of Fourth Grade: What Listening to Kids Tells Us About School in America, four young adult novels, and The 7 O’Clock Bedtime, a parenting guide.

Raised in New York City and a St. Louis resident since 1991, Inda has taught in public, private, urban, and suburban schools, from second grade to graduate school. In 2013, Inda began serving in Normandy, the unaccredited school district that graduated Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer on August 9, 2014. In response to the educational chaos and incoherence that preceded and followed that moment, Inda founded Project Lab St. Louis, an education nonprofit based in her middle school classroom in Normandy.

Over the last five years, Project Lab St. Louis has engaged hundreds of students from different St. Louis communities in projects in the humanities, including Normandy Crosscurrents, a program of cross-community dialogue, Living Questions, a year-long curriculum of philosophical inquiry, and From Deer to Venison, an exploration of meat-eating and culinary arts. Project Lab St. Louis was recently recognized for inclusion and equity by FOCUS St. Louis in their 2019 “What’s Right with the Region” awards, and that same year, Inda received the Courageous Educator Award from St. Louis’ Educators for Social Justice.

An avid swimmer and pickleball player, Inda is married to Michael Dee (Amherst ’80), a classroom teacher since 1981. They have three children and recently welcomed their first grandchild. Inda plans to present from 8 to 8:30 pm, then take audience questions until 9:00 pm (while staying online until 9:15 to answer any individual student questions).

Ongoing Events

AAS Senate Meetings

AAS Senate holds their general assembly meeting every Monday @ 8:30 PM EDT, which is open to the public! As we work on making these meetings accessible to the public in a remote setting, if you would like to submit a Public Comment (any concerns or suggestions) to bring forward/read to the Senate, please submit it here: https://forms.gle/XUa6u7uuvFFbczUf6