Amherst College Names New Chief Communications Officer

Pete Mackey

January 13, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. – President Biddy Martin announced today that Pete Mackey, Bucknell University’s vice president for communications and community relations, has been selected to be Amherst College’s chief communications officer, the first in the college’s history.

“I am delighted that Pete has agreed to join us, and I thank the search committee for their great work," Martin said. “Pete’s experience, expertise and creative leadership will help us bring our communications to a new level. His accomplishments as a writer and communicator and his academic background make Pete a good fit for Amherst, given our values and goals. I look forward to working with him on our efforts to promote the liberal arts.”

Mackey, who has founded and led communications operations at private and public universities and foundations across a 25-year career, said that for him, serving the mission of Amherst would be an expression of his deepest values.

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.

Four New Amherst College Programs to Boost Higher Ed Access and Success for Low-Income Students

January 16, 2014


The White House


** Editor’s note: The college’s following efforts were covered or mentioned by several media outlets, including Bloomberg News, CNN Money, The Boston Globe, Radio Boston and the Daily Hampshire Gazette, among others.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —At a White House summit devoted to improving access and success for low-income students nationally, Amherst College President Biddy Martin today announced four new initiatives aimed at providing low-income students access to college and fostering their success in higher education at Amherst and beyond.

The Best of 2013, Amherst Edition

January 2, 2014

Now that 2014 is upon us, the members of the college’s Public Affairs staff decided to take a page from many newspapers, magazines and websites and look back at the year that was at Amherst. Here are some of our favorite stories from 2013.

Churchill Scholar: Battling Famine with Bioengineering

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:33 PM

AMHERST, Mass. -- Christopher Finch ’14, Amherst College’s latest recipient of a Churchill Foundation Scholarship, intends to apply science to benefit a hungry planet, much in the way he conducted research to help fellow hockey players avoid injury.

The scholarship will allow the Steamboat Springs, Colo., native to conduct research in plant bioengineering next year at the University of Cambridge in England. For Finch, this award comes toward the end of an Amherst career noted for excellence in science and its application to real-world issues.