The Deans and Five Colleges are pleased to announce the Jackie Pritzen Lecture for 2020. This year's annual Jackie Pritzen lecture will be presented by J. Michael Rhodes, Professor of Geochemistry, Volcanology, and Petrology at UMass Amherst.
This annual lecture honors Jackie M. Pritzen, who served the consortium for 26 years, working with faculty members to build and sustain academic cooperation across the five institutions. Each year it also celebrates a distinguished faculty member whose scholarship, teaching and service continue that work.
Join seven food justice community organizers in a discussion about creating an alternate food system for and by people of color and dismantling systemic barriers to ensure everyone has access to healthy, fresh, affordable food and produce.Moderated by students of color.
- Eric Jackson, Black Yield Institute, Baltimore, MD
- Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm, Orange County, NY
- Shanelle Morris, Grow Hartford, Hartford, CT
- Liz O'Gilvie, Gardening the Community, Springfield Food Policy Council, Springfield, MA
- Ibrahim Ali, Gardening the Community, Springfield, MA
- Zephrin Mongroo, Garden of Eat'n, Springfield, MA
- Nicole Coker, Garden of Eat'n, Springfield, MA
Dr. Nelis Potgieter is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas Christian University. His research interests include nonparametric statistics, applications of empirical characteristic functions, measurement error and latent variable modeling, generalized skew-symmetric distributions, and circular data. Abstract: Measurement error, formally defined as the difference between the measured value and the true value of a quantity of interest, is ubiquitous. When a doctor takes your blood pressure, the instrumentation may not be properly calibrated and the reading is subject to error. When completing an online Harry Potter Sorting Hat quiz, you may accidentally click the wrong option for a specific question and find yourself in House Slytherin! The effect of measurement error is sometimes insignificant, but there are instances where ignored measurement error can be rather consequential. You definitely do not want your doctor to put you on a long-term medication for managing high BP due to an erroneous measurement!
In this talk, I will discuss two problems frequently encountered when measurement error is present in
sampled data. The first of these is known as density deconvolution, which involves estimating the density function of the population of interest. When measurement error is present, a density function estimated from the sample will have inflated variance, and interesting population features may be obscured. The second problem relates to regression modeling when the predictor variable is subject to measurement error. Here, when using the contaminated data to estimate the regression model, parameter estimates will be biased unless measurement error is properly adjusted for. I will show how the empirical phase functions, a transformation of the sample data to the complex plane, can be used to find solutions to both of these problems.
Oh, and don’t worry too much about your doctor unnecessarily prescribing blood pressure medication.
She is well aware that measurement error exists, and will re-take the measurement, and also perform other tests before making a diagnosis. Being sorted into House Slytherin though, there you are on your own...
Join Mariah Garnett for a lecture and the opening of her exhibition, on view in the Eli Marsh Gallery March 2– 27.
Selected Video Works presents four videos by Garnett made between 2010 and 2014. These works represent the early cornerstones of her experimental documentary practice. In all four films, the relationship between subject and filmmaker is foregrounded, calling into question the power dynamics at play in representational art practices.
This event is open to current Amherst College students, faculty and staff (Amherst College ID required).
Join us for the opening reception of “A Universe of Terms” exhibition! Hosted in Frost Library’s Mezzanine Gallery and co-curated by Emilie Flamme ’20 and Professor Mona Oraby, “A Universe of Terms” is an exhibition that brings to life 14 terms central to the humanities and social sciences. Based on an online project by the same name for “The Immanent Frame,” a Social Science Research Council digital publication, this exhibition invites scholars, students and the broader public to reimagine learning together through sound, design and narrative. Food and drinks will be provided. Opening remarks and welcome will begin around 4:45.
Explore the Universe here: http://tif.ssrc.org/category/a-universe-of-terms/
Professor Emeritus Dan Velleman: "I will solve a simple physics problem with a very surprising answer." Refreshments will be served in SMUD 208 at 3:45 p.m.
Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are held in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings.
For full listings and up-to-date changes please consult our festival website at: umass.edu/film/mmff
Center for International Education is holding this semester's first Movie Night. Watch "Midnight Traveler," a documentary about an Afghan refugee family fleeing from the Taliban, and join a panel with Dr. Shane Hammond.
Popcorns and pizza provided.
Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum
Researcher, writer, choreographer, and performer
The award-winning and nationally-recognized performance art piece Walking with My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle (2019) takes you through a ritual crossing that includes live drumming, song, dance, and drama and leads to revelation, reconciliation, and rebirth. Seeking guidance from the spirits of her Ancestors, Aduonum embarks on a ritual journey to the dungeons for enslaved Africans in Ghana to commune with the dead. Walking with My Ancestors is a human story about triumph over adversity, hope, emotional justice, love, survival.
The Department of Music & Dance presents the Symphony Band: Visions of "America".
James Minnix, graduate conductor
Matthew Westgate, wind studies director
There are many different versions of “America,” depending on your race, gender, economic standing, belief system, and where you live. Graduate student James Minnix conducts a program of diverse repertoire that explores what it means to live in America in 2020: where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we are going.
Variations on “America” (1891) - Charles Ives, arr. Rhodes
From the Delta (1945) - William Grant Still
Into the Silent Land (2018) - Steve Danyew
Peace Dancer (2017) - Jodie Blackshaw
A Movement for Rosa (1992) - Camphouse