Amherst College Study Finds That Getting in Sync Hones Individual Abilities and Cooperation

April 14, 2010                       

AMHERST, Mass.—Groups who move together in time during an exercise (such as soldiers marching, sports teams warming up for a game or warriors performing a ritualistic dance prior to a hunt) don’t just strengthen their relationships with one another—they actually sharpen their individual skills and perform better as a unit as a result, according to new research conducted by Amherst College psychology professor Piercarlo Valdesolo; his student, Amherst senior Jennifer Ouyang; and Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno.


Amherst College Biology Prof Links Darwin’s Theories of Natural and Sexual Selection to Hummingbird Discoveries

March 26, 2010                                 

AMHERST, Mass.—Explanations for the differences in appearance and behavior between males and females of many animal species may still elude scientists, but AmherstCollege biology professor Ethan Temeles and his colleagues are two steps closer to understanding how hummingbirds of both sexes eat and mate.


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Gays in the Military

Martha Umphrey, Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought

On March 9, 2010, Professor Martha Umphrey led a discussion in Converse Hall about the controversies surrounding the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibits openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the armed forces.

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Distinguished Visitors to Teach at Amherst

March 31, 2010

A leading authority on U.S. military power and a renowned physicist are among the intellectual luminaries who will arrive at AmherstCollege in the coming academic year to teach courses that will allow students to benefit from their unparalleled expertise.


Another Reason to Clear the Air: Better School Attendance

January 12, 2010                               

AMHERST, Mass.—High levels of air pollution—even levels considered acceptable by federal standards—markedly increase school absences, according to a new study by AmherstCollege economics professor Steven Rivkin, his former student E. Megan Kahn Shaw ’04 and a team of researchers.


Physics Department Lands NSF Grant to Buy New Electron-Beam Evaporation System

January 20, 2010
Peter Rooney
Director of Public Affairs

AMHERST, Mass.—The Physics Department at AmherstCollege will be the beneficiary of federal stimulus money, thanks to a $350,000 National Science Foundation grant received by Professors Jonathan Friedman, David Hall and Larry Hunter and UMass physicist Mark Tuominen. 


Amherst College Professor Deborah Gewertz Publishes New Book on “Cheap Meat”

December 2009

AMHERST, Mass. — Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb Professor of Anthropology at AmherstCollege, and Frederick Errington, a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at TrinityCollege in Hartford, Conn., are the authors of Cheap Meat:  Flap Food Nations in the Pacific Islands (University of California Press, 2009, $55 hardcover/$21.95 paperback).


Amherst College Professor Hilary Moss Publishes Book on Educating Blacks in U.S. Before the Civil War

December 17, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. — Hilary J. Moss, assistant professor of history and black studies at AmherstCollege, has published Schooling Citizens: The Struggle for African American Education in Antebellum America (University of Chicago Press, 2009, $37.50).