After a record number of registrations, the College recently held the fifth annual Gerald R. Fink ’62 Bioscience Symposium last Thursday. Held in the Cole Assembly Room, the symposium discussed “Current Issues Facing Science and Health Care,” which ranged from talks on genetically personalized medicine to how environmental factors affect the health of disadvantaged populations. The event is sponsored by the class of 1962 as part of their 50th reunion gift to the College.

Over break Keefe Campus Center underwent major renovations that have reconfigured the spaces within Keefe and refurbished nearly all the public spaces in the building.

After weeks of debate regarding the future locations of the game room, Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) and Women’s Center, President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin sent out a campus-wide email on Dec. 21 informing students and faculty that due to the preliminary construction work that must be done for the new Science Center, Keefe renovations would have to be done over break.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at approximately 3 p.m., the Amherst College police were notified that the word “nigger” had been written in the snow on the roof of a car parked by the Lord Jeffrey Inn. The car was parked on Spring Street on the north side of the street and was therefore not on college property. Because the incident occurred outside the jurisdiction of the campus police department, it has been referred to the town of Amherst police who are currently conducting an investigation into the incident.

Anthropology Prof. Nusrat Chowdhury was born in Bangladesh and studied there through high school. She started going to university there, but then came to the U.S. and graduated from Univ. of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a undergraduate degree in anthropology and French. She then returned to Bangladesh and worked as a research associate for a nongovernmental organization (NGO) for about two years. She then completed her M.A. in anthropology at the Univ. of Texas at Austin before completing her Ph.D. in anthropology at the Univ. of Chicago. She taught at Northwestern Univ.

After over a month and a half of meetings with groups across campus, a joint committee of administration, staff and student representatives put together a proposal listing potential changes within Keefe Campus Center that they hope would help re-envision the goals of campus.

Anthropology Prof. Vanessa Fong received her B.A. at Amherst College, where she majored in Anthropology and graduated summa cum laude in 1996. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard Univ. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor and as an associate professor at Harvard Univ. before returning to the College.

Q: How did begin studying anthropology and what made you decide to pursue it?

English Prof. Georfrey Sanborn grew up in Unity, Maine. He atttended Stanford Univ. for his undergraduate degree and completed his Ph.D. at UCLA. He taught at Fairfield Univ. for five years, Williams College for four years and Bard College for 11 years.

Q: How did you begin studying English, and what made you decide to pursue it?