History Prof Publishes Take of Man Who Crossed the Color Line

February 4, 2009 e-News

Martha Sandweiss’ Passing Strange tells the extraordinary story of Clarence King, a 19th-century white explorer, geologist and writer who, for 13 years, lived a double life as a black Pullman porter and steel worker named James Todd.

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Harold E. Varmus '61 Reflects on a Life in Science on NPR

February 4, 2009 e-News

The new co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center had a wide-ranging conversation with Talk of the Nation’s Ira Flatow about his new memoir The Art and Politics of Science, investing in research, collaborating with other countries and pursuing his passions during his undergraduate years.

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President Marx Updates College on Budget

February 4, 2009 e-News

In an e-mail sent to Amherst College faculty and staff Tuesday, President Anthony W. Marx outlined the most recent steps the College is taking to address the economic downturn’s impact on the College budget, as well as plans going forward. Read the complete statement.

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Mead Art Museum Receives $500,000 in Mellon Foundation Funding

February 4, 2009  e-News

At a time when some university galleries are being forced to sell off their collections, the Mead’s innovative work and ability to remain relevant to the college community were recognized by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with a sizable grant.

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Did you Know?

January 22, 2009 e-News

President Obama is actually the third commander-in-chief to take the oath of office a second time. Chester Arthur and Calvin Coolidge, member of Amherst’s Class of 1895, were also sworn in twice because of “unusual circumstances the first time around,” The Washington Post reported Jan. 22.

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Amherst Celebrates the Inauguration of the 44th President

January 22, 2009 e-News

The air on campus was full of cheers, laughter, applause and optimism Tuesday, Jan. 20, as members of the college community gathered in various spots to witness the historic swearing-in of President Barack Obama. Read some of their thoughts on what they believe to be the most pressing issue facing the new administration and why.

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Psychology Prof's Body Image Study Published in Prestigious Journal

January 22, 2009 e-News

Catherine Sanderson and a team of collaborators—including Jenny Mutterperl Wallier ’00—found that both American and British girls can develop unhealthy misperceptions about their bodies as early as their adolescent years, but young women from England who believe their figures are not ideal are more likely than their peers across the Atlantic to experience symptoms of bulimia.

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Sophomore Calls for Environmental Reform in Berkshire Eagle

January 22, 2009 e-News

David Emmerman ’11 and an undergraduate at Williams College argued in a letter to the editor they co-authored that the United States must lower atmospheric carbon emissions to 350 parts per million by at least 2050 to avoid irreversible climate change.

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The Blame Game

January 22, 2009 e-News

Katherine Duke ’05 learns about the complicated and fascinating psychology behind making an accusation in an Interterm course exploring blame.

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