"No, I Am Your Father"

Are men more likely than women to accurately recall movie lines? As part of a psychology professor’s research into this question, Angelina Gomez ’14 has scrutinized exactly 635 quotes that Amherst students think they know by heart.

2012 Fermilab Lee Teng Internship

I worked as a Lee Teng intern at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from June - August 2012. I worked under Dr. Jayakar C. Thangaraj in Accelerator Physics Center on improving the boundary conditions of microwave reflection technique to measure electron cloud density in the Fermilab Main Injector. The project involves use of a network analyser, dipole antennas and subsequent data analysis.

2011 Amherst Summer Science Research Fellowship

In the summer of my freshman year, I worked at Professor David Hall's lab on testing an optical system for Bragg scattering of atoms for real time imaging of optically trapped Bose-Einstein condensate. The project involves aligning optics and acousto-optic modulators, working with laser mounts, spectrum analysers and other associated electronics.

I continued to work at Professor Hall's lab in Fall 2011 semester, transferring this system onto the main apparatus in the lab.

Research Fellowships for Creative Artists

Publications and Selected Conference Papers

“Inhaling the Alien: Race and Tobacco in Early Modern England.” In Global Traffic: Discourses and Practices of Trade in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700. Ed. Barbara Sebek and Stephen Deng. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, April 2008. 157-78.

“A Feminine ‘Writing that Conquers’: Elizabethan Encounters with the New World.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 48.2 (Spring 2006): 227-262. Published Spring 2008.

In the Lab

Studying Slime Mold Yields Insight into Cellular Behavior

August 19, 2010

It may sound like something out of a Far Side cartoon, but it’s serious science. Amherst College biology professor David Ratner and several of his students have spent this summer examining how Dictyostelium discoideum—a cellular slime mold—behaves. The bigger goal is to explore the research frontiers of gene expression and protein degradation. It all adds up to an intense summer research experience for students and professor alike, as well as insights into how the degradation of proteins influences the division of all cells, whether normal and healthy or mutated and malfunctioning.

In this video, Ratner, along with students Benjamin Garmezy ’11 and Elizabeth “Molly” Scott ’13, discuss their research, the altruistic qualities of the slime mold and the considerable advantages of studying science at a liberal arts college such as Amherst.

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.

Research and Environmental Monitoring

Students Monitoring Nests

Students Monitoring Nests

Bird studies at Amherst College have included blue jay research at an enclosure in the “Bird Sanctuary,” nest box and hummingbird studies, and others.

Ph.D. Candidate (Education &  Sociology) University of Pennsylvania, 2009 -
M.S.Ed. (Education Policy) University of Pennsylvania, 2007
B.A. (Anthropology) Amherst College, 2001 

Research Interests
Sociology of education
Urban sociology
Social stratification
Research methods