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.

Professors Awarded NSF, NIH Grants

November 9, 2012

Benzodiazepines. Arithmetic dynamics. Matter at the coldest temperatures of the universe. The fundamental underlying symmetries of nature. And parasites that live on tsetse flies.

What do all of these have in common? They all are faculty research topics that have recently received significant grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) or National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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.

Amherst College Physics Prof Larry Hunter Receives Three-Year, $360K NSF Grant to Test the “Symmetries of Nature”

November 3, 2009                                             

AMHERST, Mass. – Larry Hunter, professor of physics at AmherstCollege, has received a three-year, $359,733 grant from the National Science Foundation to test for violations of two major physical theories: Local Lorentz Invariance (LLI) and time-reversal invariance. The findings of his experiments may one day have profound implications on particle theory and could drastically change scientists’ thinking about what Hunter describes as “the fundamental underlying symmetries of nature.”

Amherst College Chemistry Professors Helen O. Leung and Mark D. Marshall Awarded Three-Year, $377,936 NSF Grant

October 10, 2008   
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AMHERST, Mass.—Helen O. Leung and Mark D. Marshall, professors of chemistry at Amherst College, have been awarded a three-year, $377,936 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Moral Philosopher Daniel N. Robinson To Speak at Amherst College Oct. 31 and Nov. 11

National Science Foundation Awards Supplemental Grant to Amherst Professors

June 7, 2000Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.-Four Amherst College professors have received a $195,895 supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This grant supports a $239,472 NSF grant awarded in April of this year, bringing the total amount of funding for the collaborative project to $435,367.