Snow place like home ❄️
📸: Haoran Tong '23
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Snow place like home ❄️
📸: Haoran Tong '23
LitFest goes virtual!
This year, from Feb. 25 to 28, the 6th annual LitFest, Amherst's literary festival, will be hosted virtually and feature award-winning authors including Charles Yu, Anne Applebaum, Megha Majumdar, Tommye Blount and Natalie Diaz. LitFest celebrates fiction, nonfiction, poetry and spoken-word performance, as well as the College's extraordinary literary life. https://bit.ly/3sKNMOe
The new presidential administration will include several Amherst alumni in key roles, from the COVID-19 advisory board to the Department of State.
Congratulations to our alumni on their new appointments!
Today, we joined Town of Amherst, MA in remembering and honoring the individuals who lost their lives to COVID-19.
At 5:30 pm, Johnson Chapel and the Octagon were illuminated in purple, and the chapel bells rang for five minutes in a moment of collective remembrance and unity.
Today, we honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a courageous and outspoken advocate for civil rights, social and racial justice, and education.
This year, our students joined the new Center for Restorative Practices in a discussion circle to reflect on their challenges, hopes, and visions as we collectively work towards the world Dr. King dared us to dream of. #MLKDay
Congratulations to Dr. David A. Kessler '73, who has been appointed to lead Operation Warp Speed, the federal program accelerating development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. https://nyti.ms/3qnIh6b
Dr. David Kessler, who helped speed the development and approval of AIDS drugs in the 1990s, will become the top science official at Operation Warp Speed.
We are beyond proud of our alumni working at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, who have now begun receiving vaccinations.
From left to right: Estevan Velez '20, Samantha Toerge '99, Donna Leet '15, and David Hexter '84
In light of COVID-19, how do we ensure all students and families can navigate the admissions process?
We co-founded the Six Colleges Initiative with Bowdoin College, Carleton College, Pomona College, Swarthmore College and Williams College, a collective that created a streamlined, single point of admissions information: https://bit.ly/3qeakoB
A recent snapshot of the sun setting on campus 🌑
📸 : Haoran Tong '23
“We are attempting to dismantle [the] stereotype that oral cultures cannot also have written traditions. We are also working against a history of Indigenous experience with research, wherein scholars regularly stole stories, published them, altered them, and even used them as evidence against Indigenous populations. We do not want to repeat those behaviors.” - Mike Kelly, Head of Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College Library
In an interview with American Libraries Magazine, Kelly recently discussed how the College promotes ethical and culturally responsive care to Indigenous collections. https://bit.ly/2JYpK0T
"It was emotionally wrenching to see a storming of the Capitol by people intent on overturning the results of a presidential election and preventing a peaceful transfer of power."
Read President Biddy Martin's letter to the campus community: https://bit.ly/3s68BDu
Working at the intersection of computer science and statistics, Assistant Professor Matteo Riondato figures out how to extract the best (i.e., most accurate) information from enormous data sets. This burgeoning specialty has implications for cancer research, virology and more.
This past fall, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded him a grant for research and course development. https://bit.ly/2L5UzB6
Congratulations to Professor Emerita Connie Congdon, who was recently awarded an inaugural Legacy Playwrights Initiative Award! 👏
Professor Congdon taught playwriting at Amherst from 1993 until her retirement in 2018. https://bit.ly/3aRv4yb
The first recipients are Ed Bullins, Constance Congdon, and Philip Kan Gotanda.
Before we wave goodbye to this year, here's a look back at 2020 in Amherst.
Happy new year! 🎆
For many presidential and election experts, this year has been quite a ride.
But for Professor Lawrence Douglas, who accurately predicted the election outcome in his May 2020 book "Will He Go?," it's been more like a rocket launch. https://bit.ly/3ho3tFW
Wishing you a happy and joyful holiday! ❄️
📸: Haoran Tong '23
Looking ahead to a new year with renewed hope and excitement. ✨
2020 was unpredictably difficult but like any year, it had its positive moments. What moments will you take into the new year with you?
What do greatest hits like Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," Air Supply Music's "Making Love Out of Nothing At All," and Céline Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" have in common? 🎵
They were written and produced by Jim Steinman '69. http://ow.ly/OBKb50CMmEh
Steinman’s frontman and muse was Meat Loaf—he then reinvented Bonnie Tyler, Air Supply, Barry Manilow and Celine Dion as fire-and-brimstone anthem singers.
Did you know Dave Jauss '80, who has joined the New York Mets as bench coach, graduated from Amherst College?
Jauss earned a psychology degree and played in both the baseball and basketball teams. One of his teammates? Former MLB general manager Dan Duquette '80. http://ow.ly/uTwX50CQBxt
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 16, 2020 — The New York Mets announced today that the team has hired Dave Jauss to serve as the club’s bench…
A glimpse of campus from sunset to snow: December 14, 2020 and December 17, 2020. ❄️
President Biddy Martin has announced that the College will move the start date of the spring semester to Monday, February 15 and ensure it concludes, including finals, by Friday, May 28.
The semester was previously scheduled to begin Wednesday, February 3. http://ow.ly/jsIM50CNwwP
Due to the snowstorm, the Amherst College campus will be closed Thursday, December 17.
More information: http://ow.ly/Ik8H50CNxBb
Jeremy Thomas '21 on his family's reaction to the news that he'd won a #RhodesScholarship.
Thomas studied remotely from his home in Texas during the fall semester. http://ow.ly/w8EL50CNflT
A view of the same spot on campus from August 2020 ☀️ and December 2020 ❄️
📸: Mark Uchneat
How do you teach a course on local Amherst poets from across the Atlantic to a class of on-campus and remote students, some of whom haven't yet set foot in Amherst?
For Assistant Professor of English Amelia Worsley, that was the challenge the COVID-19 pandemic created. But her reimagined course became an experience both lonelier and more intimate for her students. http://ow.ly/NCvc50CKaGE
Yesterday evening, the Class of 2021E graduated in a virtual reception and ceremony. We are so proud of our newly graduated Mammoths!
Congratulations and welcome to our new Mammoths in the Class of 2025! 🦣
Notifications for our Early Decision applicants were released at 1821, or 6:21pmEST, honoring the year Amherst College was founded. Welcome, new Mammoths! #AmherstProud #Amherst2025
The best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the holidays?
"Reduce your contacts," recommends Dr. David Kessler '73, co-chair of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board.
Holiday travel has coincided with the rise in COVID-19 cases. Dr. David Kessler feels that “the most important thing is to reduce contact with other people by social distancing and wearing masks.” Jonathan Capehart sits down with Dr. Kessler to discuss at the Bloomberg #AmericanHealth Summit.
She set out to study her contentious relationship with wealth. In doing so, Chloe McKenzie '14 created a term that's gaining traction: financial trauma. http://ow.ly/6izM50CGPRO
"It’s not enough to increase access for Black and brown students. We have to focus on their experience after the moment of enrollment.” - Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer Norm Jones
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a national grant pursued by Jones and secured by the College in 2018, is one way to do that. http://ow.ly/Nex750CFQXM
Congratulations to Elaine Jeon '17, who was selected to join the Class of 2022 of Schwarzman Scholars! 👏
Elaine majored in economics at Amherst and envisions a future of healthier cities, where health is at the forefront of every urban policy decision and multisectoral collaboration to drive sustainable change. #AmherstProud
For Samantha Rothberg '21, the Wildlife Sanctuary is the classroom. As part of her senior thesis, she is banding black-capped chickadees with unique radio-frequency tags. Her thesis will determine how social group dynamics respond to variation in temperature, giving insight to how they might respond to climate change.
“Early on we knew from the beginning of the semester it would be important to be very transparent both with our own internal Amherst College community but also with the local community and our neighbors." - Matt Hart, director of emergency management
We Rate COVID Dashboards, the project led by Yale University professors, recently gave the Amherst College COVID-19 dashboard a high score for its transparency and communication. http://ow.ly/mX2A50CCMKx
The project We Rate COVID Dashboards has been evaluating college and university attempts at transparency. Eight months into the pandemic, how are institutions doing?
Why do even the most reasonable people you know bend COVID-19 safety rules?
"Inaction breeds inaction," says psychology professor Catherine Sanderson. "The more people don't speak up, the more it confirms to you that everyone is okay with it." http://ow.ly/XijM50CqCxJ
For Dan Cluchey '08, it has been quite the ride to serve as a speechwriter in Joe Biden's campaign since 2019.
Read more about his experience working with the campaign: http://ow.ly/46lL50CqFwr
PVTA Buses #R29, 31, 36, 38
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