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

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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 Professors Reel in NSF, NIH Grants

August 1, 2011

Four faculty members at Amherst College—John-Paul Baird, Ethan Clotfelter, Michael Hood and Katharine Sims—have recently been awarded sizable research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

The four professors will use their grants to work with students to continue researching brain circuitry, fish evolution, plant disease and environmental conservation, respectively. Below are brief descriptions of the grants and the research that will be supported.

Professor Jonathan Friedman Receives Grant for Research of Quantum Mechanical Effects in Single-Molecule Nanomagnets and Superconducting Devices

June 2010

In the Merrill Science Center lab of Associate Professor of Physics Jonathan Friedman, you’ll find magnets consisting of only one molecule each and student researchers who custom-build much of their own equipment. With the support of a recent grant from the National Science Foundation, this summer the professor and his students are continuing their cutting-edge research of quantum mechanical effects in single-molecule nanomagnets and superconducting devices.

Something’s in the Air

June 2010

Chemistry professor Karena McKinney hopes that we will all one day breathe a little easier now that she has gotten the green light to purchase a rare, high-tech piece of machinery for her research on air pollutants.

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

January 20, 2010
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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 Biologist Ethan Clotfelter Receives NSF Grant to Study Effects of Chemical Contamination on Fish

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Goldsby Receives National Science Foundation Grant

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Amherst College Professors Scott Kaplan, Whitey Hagadorn and Will Loinaz Receive National Science Foundation Grant for Computer

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Amherst College Physics Professor David Hall Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Research on Vortices in BEC

September 16, 2005 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—David Hall, assistant professor of physics at Amherst College, has received a grant of $317,500 from the National Science Foundation to support his research, which brings the strange quantum world of Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC), the coldest matter in the universe, to undergraduate researchers.

Amherst Professor Deborah Gewertz Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Research on Fats

September 16, 2005 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College, and her colleague Frederick Errington from Trinity College (Hartford), have received a grant of $99,961 from the National Science Foundation to support their research on the burgeoning trade in fatty meats-and the growth in obesity-in the developing world.

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