A panel of experts in immigration law spoke at the Immigration Law Teach-In event on Friday, Dec. 2. Attorney Megan Kludt, Yale Law School students Liz Willis and Rachel Tuchman ’11 and immigration lawyer Billy Peard spoke to students, faculty and staff about the future of U.S. immigration laws after the election of President-elect Donald Trump.

Melissa Sheth ’17 majors in anthropology and biology. Her thesis discusses human-animal interactions that have led new pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) to emerge in the last few decades. Her advisor is Professor Deborah Gewertz in the anthropology department.

John M. Deutch ’60, former director of the CIA, spoke to a packed audience in Pruyne Lecture Hall on Saturday, Oct. 29. The event, which was part of Family Weekend, was open to students and their families and sponsored by the Amherst Political Union and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.

Branches, a social project which went through a trial period last spring, returned with modifications this fall for a year-long pilot. The Social Project Work Group, comprised of students who organized the program, announced the assignments of interested students to their respective “branches” via email over the course of last week.

The branches have been temporarily designated with the names of different colors. Each has one leader, around 50 group members and must plan and organize two campus-wide within the first semester.

The college will hire a visiting education studies professor to teach for three years starting in the fall of 2017, said Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein in an email on Sept. 29 to a group of students who actively promoted education studies at Amherst.

Taylor Hallowell ’17 majors in biology. Her thesis examines the sensory drive hypothesis in cichlid fish that express different retinal genes while living under different colors of light. Professor of Biology Ethan Clotfelter is her advisor.