'Decay of Wood in Structures'

Mon, Sep 25 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Design Building, Room 170

Research professor Barry Goodell is an expert in fungal systems, including those that cause the decay of wood – a multi-billion dollar problem in wooden structures each year. In this talk he covers how decay establishes and can be detected, designs that promote problems and opportunities for protection and remedial actions.

Presented by the building and construction technology program.

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UMass Amherst
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Lecture: 'Domestic Violence and Experiences of Muslim Women'

Tue, Sep 19 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Skinner Hall, Room 101

Parveen Ali, lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at at the University of Sheffield in England, opens the fall seminar series presented by the Office of Research at the College of Nursing.

Ali has been involved in gender-based violence and health care research for over 10 years. She is especially interested in the exploration of intimate partner violence from the perspective of victims and perpetrators.

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UMass Amherst
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Talk: James Lang - 'Cheating Lessons'

Fri, Sep 15 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Location: 
Commonwealth Honors College Building, Main Events Hall

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty

When students engage in academically dishonest behaviors, they may be responding to subtle pressures in the learning environment that interfere with deep learning and nudge them toward cheating. Hence if we can gain a better understanding of the reasons for academically dishonest behavior, we can use that knowledge to improve our course design, teaching practices, and communication with students. This lecture will provide an overview of the various pressures that push student toward academic dishonesty, propose solutions for helping students learn how to do their work with integrity, and invite discussion about how to build a campus culture of academic integrity.

This event is part of the monthly Diversity Lunch Talks offered by The Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) through its Diversity and Inclusive Teaching Professional Development Series, with co-sponsorship from the Office of the Chancellor, the Commonwealth Honors College, the College of Education, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

Biography: James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016) Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008). Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Time. He edits a new series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press; the first title in the series appeared in fall 2016. He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than seventy-five colleges or universities in the US and abroad. In September of 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with three universities in Colombia on the creation of a MOOC on teaching and learning in STEM education. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.

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UMass Amherst
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Screening: 'Forgotten Farms'

Thu, Sep 14 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Student Union Ballroom

“Forgotten Farms” is a documentary film that addresses the class divides in New England farm and food communities.

The film is produced by Sarah Gardner and directed by Dave Simonds, who say that New England has lost more than 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years and fewer than 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, these farms tend 1.2 million acres of land and produce almost all of the milk consumed in the six New England states, but the new food movement often overlooks farmers who are at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy.

The event is hosted by the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department.

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UMass Amherst
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Film Screening: "Asmarina"

Thu, Sep 14 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
South College

Afro-Italian queer immigration activist Medhin Paolos will screen her film Asmarina, on African and Arab undocumented immigrants in Europe, particularly the Habesha population in Milan. Paolos is the co-founder of Rete G2, the largest immigrant rights organization in Italy working on changing the fascist legislation that is keeping thousands of Italian-born descendants of African and Arab immigrants undocumented. Come to the new South College, Room E245. Open to all.

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UMass Amherst
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Lecture: Ian Lipkin - 'Small Game Hunting'

Thu, Sep 14 2017 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Location: 
Morrill Science Center, Room 222

Dr. Ian Lipkin is the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and Professor of Neurology and Pathology at College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Lipkin is also Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, an academic laboratory for microbe hunting in acute and chronic diseases.  Dr. Lipkin will presenting a seminar of his research entitled "Small Game Hunting."

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UMass Amherst
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Holding Hands with Ilse: A film by Abraham Ravett

Sun, Sep 24 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Liebling Center: Room 131

Holding Hands With Ilse ( 2017) 93 min.,  is Abraham Ravett’s documentary film about the search for the German teenage girl who took care of the filmmaker between 1948-1950 in Walbrzych, Poland where he was born. Knowing only her first name and circulating a small photograph taken in 1950 of the two, the director explores the urban landscapes of western Poland and the journey involved in their unexpected reunion that recently took place in Ibbenbüren, Germany.  Filmed in the USA, Poland and Germany.

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Hampshire College
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Trump: Point/Counterpoint series - Illiberalism in the Age of Trump

Thu, Sep 28 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

The "Trump: Point/Counterpoint" conversation series features Amherst College Professor, and host of NEPR's "In Contrast", Ilan Stavans and a guest engaging in thoughtful discussion and attempting to bridge the ideological divide growing in our nation.

For part two of the series, join Ilan and his guest, Bret Stephens as they discuss "Illiberalism in the Age of Trump". Illiberalism describes a system, while ostensibly a democracy, in which citizens experience reduced civil liberties and are cut off from knowledge of who holds real power in their society.

Bret L. Stephens joined The New York Times as an Op-Ed columnist in April 2017. His column appears Thursday and Saturday.

Mr. Stephens came to The Times after a long career with The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently deputy editorial-page editor and, for 11 years, foreign affairs columnist. Before that, he was editor in chief of The Jerusalem Post. At The Post he oversaw the paper's news, editorial and digital operations and its international editions, and also wrote a weekly column. He has reported from around the world and interviewed scores of world leaders.

Mr. Stephens is the author of "America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder," released in November 2014. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including two honorary doctorates and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is also a political analyst for MSNBC.

Mr. Stephens was raised in Mexico City and holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MSc. from the London School of Economics. He and his wife, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, a music critic for The
Times, live with their three children in New York and Hamburg, Germany.

The Event is free and open to the public.
Presented by the Amherst College Class of 1970

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Amherst College
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"Quantum magnets and time crystals: Having fun with trapped ions" - Talk by Paul Hess

Tue, Sep 26 2017 - 4:45pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Professor Paul Hess of Middlebury College will discuss how understanding magnetic particles interactions can help unravel the physics of exotic materials like high temperature superconductors. It is known that such systems are governed by the laws of quantum mechanics, but when many quantum particles start interacting, the physics gets messy and hard to predict. To better understand these complicated systems, Hess and his colleagues built a quantum magnet from the ground up using trapped and levitated atomic ions.

Hess will discuss how they used this experimental platform to realize a new phase of matter called a discrete time crystal. These time crystals are a kind of self-stabilizing clock, a behavior which could be turned on and off by changing the interactions between the magnetic spins in the trapped ion crystal.

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Amherst College
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"Between the Body Cam and the Black Body: The Post-Panoptic Racial Interface"

Thu, Sep 21 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: 
Alumni House

On Thursday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College, Eden Osucha, associate professor of English at Bates College, will present a paper titled “Between the Body Cam and the Black Body: The Post-Panoptic Racial Interface.” This is the first presentation in a series of seminars that will take place this year on the theme “Law and the Visible.”

Professor Osucha’s research and teaching focus on U.S. literature and culture and critical approaches to the intersecting histories of U.S. citizenship, sexuality and racial formation. She is currently working on her forthcoming book, titled The Post-Racial Past: Race, Privacy and Identity Before the Obama Era, which examines historical productions of post-racial discourse in U.S. law, literature and media.

To receive a copy of the paper, which will consider the rise of body-worn cameras in the practice of American policing in relation to racial alienation, please email the LJST department coordinator at mlestes@amherst.edu.

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Amherst College
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