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Amherst College Science Center

ASN Interviews Famed Science Writer Ed Yong Ahead of LitFest

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By Kyle Hur and Nora Lowe Ed Yong is a science journalist and the author of two New York Times bestsellers. He has received national recognition for his science writing, including winning the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism and the Victor Cohn Prize for medical science reporting. The Amherst STEM Network had the pleasure of…

Professor Alex Sushkov’s Odyssey Into Dark Matter and Precision Measurement

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Cover image courtesy of ESA: https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2007/07/The_Bullet_Cluster2 Article by Olivia Fann and Fernanda Sophia Morais Laroca On October 17, 2023, the bottom floor of the Science Center was filled with professors and students enjoying refreshments and conversation. It was time for the weekly Physics Colloquium, a public talk given by a visiting scholar on a topic…

Eli Luberoff, CEO of Desmos, Visits Amherst

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By Ryogo Katahira On October 6, a man in his thirties wearing a hoodie and jeans entered a mechanics course classroom in the Science Center. He glanced at the blackboard with its simple energy diagrams while students and professors filed in. His demeanor was entirely casual, but he was the subject of the highly anticipated…

Exploring Generative AI in Business, Data Science, & Emerging Technologies

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(Cover Image by rawpixel.com on Freepik) By Albina Jambulatova Muratovna  In a world driven by technology and innovation, the intersection between generative AI, data science, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship is a captivating frontier that promises to revolutionize various industries. Recently, Phil Edmundson, an Amherst alumnus and the founder of Corvus Insurance Holdings, shared his insights…

Can Math be Magical? A Mathemagician Shows How

A flow diagram: The letter N has an arrow pointing up toward N+X and down toward N-X. The resultant for the top is funneled into subtracting X2 from N2-X2, resulting in an isolated N2. The top text says, "WHY? Algebra: (N+X)(N-X) = N2-X2.

By Bibi Hanselman and Bryan Shi On October 16, the Science Center lobby buzzed with a lively atmosphere, packed with students enjoying snacks as they huddled around several of their peers and watched them pull off a variety of card tricks. But among these performers was the true star of the show: Dr. Arthur Benjamin,…

Unveiling the Intriguing World of Curvature and Polyhedra 

By Albina Jambulatova Muratovna  Mathematics often leads us on a voyage into the unknown, where seemingly abstract ideas turn out to be glimpses into the underlying principles of our world. For example, the pine cone is a natural wonder that exhibits a mesmerizing spiral pattern. This spiral arrangement is a striking example of the Fibonacci…

Beneski’s Not-So-Hidden Gem? Dino Tracks

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By Nora Lowe Beneski Natural History Museum is a treasure trove that houses skeletons, minerals, and even meteorites. However, Beneski’s hidden gem is past the picturesque mammoth skeleton, down the stairs, and around the corner, where an unassuming room actually boasts one of the world’s largest collections of fossil dinosaur tracks. As the Museum Educator,…

Below the SURFace: Amherst Students Present Their Research

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By Nora Lowe On September 8, the Science Center was cleared of furniture and filled instead with student researchers. This year’s cohort of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) participants presented more than 80 posters as the culmination of their multiweek experience of rigorous scientific inquiry across nine departments, as well as in collaboration with parties…

A Master of Physics: An Interview with Professor Vasquez

Article by Amy Zheng Juan C. Vasquez Carmona is a visiting assistant professor of physics. He is the current Chair of the New England section of the American Physical Society and a full-time member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society. This academic year is his first time instructing physics at Amherst College. This…

“Let’s Talk S’more About STEM”

On Tuesday, April 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Keefe’s Outdoor Patio, the final installation in a series of five STEM-themed s’more nights this year was held by the Loeb Center in partnership with STEMSibs. “Let’s Talk S’more About STEM” attendees enjoyed refreshments, met other students in STEM disciplines, and exchanged academic and career…