Biologist Ewald Proposes a New Theory of Disease in Plague Time

December 15, 2000Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Paul Ewald, Domenic J. Paino ’55 Professor in Global Environmental Studies (Biology) at Amherst College, has recently written Plague Time: How Stealth Infections Cause Cancers, Heart Disease, and Other Deadly Ailments ($25, 282 pp., Free Press). Ewald argues that heart disease, cancer and other chronic “modern plagues” are as much the result of viruses and bacteria as of genetics and lifestyle.

A Novel Idea

Everybody knows the poets of Amherst. Everybody thinks of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur and James Merrill. But we have just as many, if not more, novelists.

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke '05

Three Amherst College Faculty Members Are 2002 Guggenheim Fellows

May 3, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Three members of the faculty at Amherst College—visiting writers Daniel Hall and Claire Messud and visiting lecturer in English Elisabeth Subrin—find themselves on this year’s list of Guggenheim fellows. They are among the184 artists, scholars and scientists awarded 2002 Fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Scott Turow Elected Trustee at Amherst College

June 21, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.— The alumni of Amherst College have elected Scott Turow, a novelist, lawyer and member of the Class of 1970, to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees effective July 1. Turow is a resident of the Chicago area.

Robert F. Drinan Sets Human Rights Lecture at Amherst College April 24

April 9, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Father Robert F. Drinan, S.J., a priest and professor of law at Georgetown University, will speak in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall at Amherst College at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 on “The Promised Ethical Land: A World View of Human Rights.” The talk, and a catered reception to follow, sponsored by the Schwemm Fund, are free and open to the public.

Novelist Peter Carey To Read at Amherst College April 22

Race and Reunion Wins Bancroft Prize in American History

German Writer Bernhard Schlink To Read at Amherst College April 16

April 8, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Bernhard Schlink, the author of The Reader (1995) and Flights of Love (2000), will read from his works on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. The reading, conducted in English, will be free and open to the public.

Examining the Legacy of Amiri Baraka at Amherst College April 7

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