On March 1, Frost Café had its soft opening, fulfilling a long-anticipated addition that hopes to answers calls for food and drink in Frost Library.

Planning for the café started since last spring, while construction began immediately after last semester’s final exams and finished in mid-February. Dining Services then spent time setting up equipment and figuring out staffing, resulting in the March soft opening. However, shortly after spring break, the café hopes to have a grand opening, with more fanfare and possibly with some giveaways.

The College recently held the fourth annual Gerald R. Fink ’62 Bioscience Symposium. Over 150 students registered for the event, which is the largest registration the symposium has received thus far. The subject of the symposium, proposed by Dr. Fink himself was “The Value of Taking Risks Early in a Career.” The Class of ‘62 sponsored the event.
“It is extremely gratifying since this symposium lands on our 50th reunion year,” said George Carmany ’62. Carmany is one of the founders and organizers of the symposium.

On Sept. 22, Amit Gupta ’02 was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Four days later, he started treatment. Gupta learned that the average cure rate, or average rate of being alive and in remission at the five-year mark, was only 35 percent without a transplant. With a bone marrow transplant, however, the cure rate doubled. That is when the problems arose.

Josef Trapani grew up in Connecticut. He went to the Univ. of Connecticut for his undergraduate degree, his master’s degree and his Ph.D., completing his postdoctoral research in Portland, Ore. He has published in The Journal of Neuroscience, Methods in Cell Biology, PLoS Genetics and Development. He is currently studying sensory neurobiology and zebrafish physiology.

Chemistry Professor Elizabeth Young grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. She went to Haverford College for her undergraduate degree and MIT for her Ph.D.

Amidst a high-energy week of essays and midterms and countless other deadlines, Amherst Unplugged invited students to take a step back, unplug and power down on some of that stress.

Amherst Unplugged started up last year, when a group of students and staff explored the role of technology in modern day life. They found that, while technology is an important part of everyone’s daily existence, it has also been shown to potentially increase stress, depression and a sense of isolation.

Professor Michael Ching hails from Cambridge, England. He completed his undergradurate degree at Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics at MIT. For the last few years, Ching has worked as an assistant professor at the Univeristy of Georgia.