Biologist, students use hummingbirds, flowers to unwrap evolution’s mysteries

Submitted on Thursday, 3/6/2014, at 11:07 AM

By Peter Rooney

In a jungle-like enclosure the size of a basketball court on one of the Caribbean’s most ecologically diverse islands, Ethan Temeles, Amherst College's Thomas B. Walton Jr. Memorial Professor of Biology, has devised an audacious experiment he hopes will help answer one of evolution’s most vexing questions once and for all.

Amherst College Physicists Create Synthetic Magnetic Particle

January 29, 2014

Physics Professor David Hall and Postdoctoral Associate Michael Ray.
Editor's note: High-resolution photos are available upon request.

AMHERST, Mass.—Nearly 85 years after pioneering theoretical physicist Paul Dirac predicted the possibility of their existence, an international collaboration led by Amherst College Physics Professor David S. Hall ’91 and Aalto University (Finland) Academy Research Fellow Mikko Möttönen has created, identified and photographed synthetic magnetic monopoles in Hall’s laboratory on the Amherst campus.

Five Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

Submitted on Thursday, 5/19/2016, at 12:42 PM

February 12, 2014

At its regular winter meeting in January, the Amherst College Board of Trustees voted to approve the recommendations of President Martin and the Committee of Six that each of these five faculty members be awarded tenure at the rank of associate professor, beginning July 1.

Professor Catherine Ciepiela Publishes Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 4:13 PM

when trees write                                                                                    если деревья пишут,
it’s to the white flowers                                                                         то белым цветам,
that walked the garden                                                                          что ходили по саду. 

when birds do                                                                                        если птицы,
it’s of what can’t be sung                                                                      о том, чего спеть нельзя.

lumps do not speak,                                                                              комья не говорят,
in flowerpots                                                                                          по цветочным горшкам
they have buried silence.                                                                       зарыли молчание.

 —Anna Glazova                                                                                   —Анна Глазова


Odes to Spoons and Stalin: Stavans Returns to Neruda

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:30 PM

by Bill Sweet

This year Chile marked the 40th anniversary of the death of poet-statesman-Nobel Prizewinner Pablo Neruda with celebrations of his work and the exhumation of his body.

Just in time for the former —and having nothing to do with the latter, he assures us— Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture, is now celebrating the publication of a new volume of Neruda translations, All the Odes.

Writer, Activist, Amherst College Lecturer Tillie Olsen to Be Celebrated at Amherst Books Oct. 23

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:30 PM

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Amherst Books (8 Main St.), family members will read from and discuss Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works(University of Nebraska Press), a new edition of collected writings by the late author, activist and educator Tillie Olsen (1912–2007).

The event is free and open to the public, with sponsorship from Amherst Books and from the Department of English and Creative Writing Center at Amherst College, where Olsen was a pioneering faculty member.

Black German culture, history highlighted at Amherst-sponsored conference

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:31 PM

By Peter Rooney

As more African-Americans are realizing they have German roots, and as Germans expand the notion of what it means to be German, a new academic discipline dedicated to examining the Black German experience recently had its third International Conference at Amherst College.

Is DOMA Dead? An Amherst Expert Weighs in on the Future of Same-Sex Marriage

July 25, 2013

Professor Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought Professor Martha Umphrey

On June 26 of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made landmark decisions in two cases related to same-sex marriage: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.