Amherst College Symposium to Commemorate Fall of Berlin Wall
October 7, 2009
A three-day symposium sponsored by the German government and held at Amherst College Oct. 14-16 will feature lectures, personal reminiscences and photographic and historical exhibits, as well as a free buffet lunch of German food, all to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Already renowned for its state-of-the-art cogeneration plant that recycles hot exhaust to generate steam, Amherst College’s electrical use has become even greener lately, thanks to a new agreement that’s bringing power to the campus from Canada.
After more than two centuries of isolation, Japan finally opened its door to the world in 1868. A few years earlier, a young man named Shimeta Neesima, later known as Joseph Hardy Neesima, traveled from Japan to America; by 1867 he had found his way to Amherst College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree three years later at the age of twenty-seven. Only by illegally boarding a ship named Berlin bound for China was he able, in 1864, to leave Japan.
Now that the academic year is done, let's take a look back at some of the most clicked, tweeted, liked and shared bits of Amherst-related news. Here, in chronological order, are the year's highlights:
1. Meet the Class of 2018, by the Numbers Amherst's class of 2018 includes an internationally ranked table tennis player, a Morse Code enthusiast, a U.S. military veteran, a blacksmith and someone who wears size 16 shoes.
R is a powerful open source environment for statistics. RStudio is an integrated development environment that facilitates the use of R by students and instructors. A server is available for members of the Amherst community at r.amherst.edu The following resources are intended to help those getting started with these systems.