Physicist’s Work Sheds New Light on Possible “Fifth Force of Nature”
February 21, 2013 • Article by Caroline Hanna
This picture depicts the long-range spin-spin interaction (blue wavy lines) in which the spin-sensitive detector on Earth’s surface interacts with geoelectrons (red dots) deep in Earth’s mantle. The arrows on the geoelectrons indicate their spin orientations, opposite that of Earth’s magnetic field lines (white arcs). Illustration: Marc Airhart (University of Texas at Austin) and Steve Jacobsen (Northwestern University).
In a breakthrough for the field of particle physics, Larry Hunter, the Stone Professor of Natural Sciences (Physics), and colleagues at Amherst and The University of Texas at Austin have established new limits on what scientists call “long-range spin-spin interactions” between atomic particles. These interactions have been proposed by theoretical physicists but have not yet been seen. Their observation would constitute the discovery of a “fifth force of nature” (in addition to the four known fundamental forces: gravity, weak, strong and electromagnetic) and would suggest the existence of new particles, beyond those presently described by the Standard Model of particle physics.
James Larimore Named New Dean of Students
Submitted on Wednesday, 3/13/2013, at 5:51 PM
James A. Larimore, the deputy director for Student Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former dean at Dartmouth, Stanford and Swarthmore, has been named the new Amherst College Dean of Students, following an extensive national search, President Biddy Martin announced Monday. He will start full-time this summer and begin working for the college part-time in April.
Campus Farm Takes Root
Submitted on Wednesday, 2/27/2013, at 10:29 AM
February 26, 2013
Article by Caroline Hanna
Photos by Rob Mattson
Tobin Porter-Brown, left, and Peter McLean
stand on land they will cultivate as part of
Book & Plow Farm
Foodies take note: The farm-to-table movement has sprouted on the Amherst campus. And in the college’s case, farm-to-table equals about three-quarters of a mile. Literally.
Kevin Weinman named to new CFO post at Amherst College
Submitted on Friday, 2/15/2013, at 12:36 PM
February 15, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. – Kevin Weinman, Dartmouth College’s assistant vice president of finance, has been selected to be Amherst College’s chief financial officer, the first in the college’s history, beginning May 1, Amherst President Biddy Martin announced today.
Winter Storm Updates
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
OFFICIAL CAMPUS SNOWFALL
Two snow total measurement in non drifted areas on campus are:
56 centimeters or 22 inches
54 centimeters or 21.5 inches
MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL BAN LIFTED
“Rising Star” Is Amherst’s New Financial Aid Dean
Submitted on Wednesday, 2/6/2013, at 12:56 PM
February 6, 2013
Gail Holt (photo courtesy of Beth Haller Photography)
AMHERST, Mass. -- Gail Holt, Mount Holyoke College’s Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Services, will be Amherst College’s new Dean of Financial Aid beginning March 1, following a national search to replace Joe Paul Case, who recently retired after 31 years of service.