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10.10.2011 … day 3 of road trip … morning walk in the Berkshires … Williams … Amherst … on to ME …

road trip, college search, MA, Great Barrington MA, Williams College, Amherst College, ME:  Early Morning walk/run around Manfield Lake, Great Barrington, MA.  Some fun photos …

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And my favorite … crosswalk at Great Barrington near a park. Stop, look, wave!Crosswalk at Great Barrington near a park. Stop, look, wave!

Williams College:

 

 

 

Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.

via Fast Facts About Williams | Office of Communications.

Our take …  Most impressed with the tutorial program and loved the the campus and its setting in the Berkshires … and the non-supporting columns on the art gallery!

Amherst:

Since its founding in 1821, Amherst College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, enrolling some 1,700 talented, energetic and diverse young men and women. This section of the Web site provides a general introduction to the college.

via About Amherst | Amherst College.

The church could seat around 600 worshippers. But by the 1940s, it had fallen on hard times. Membership had dwindled to six. Sunday services were poorly attended. Mandatory chapel now took place in Johnson Chapel. In 1949, the Amherst Board of Trustees decided, by a one-vote margin, to raze the College Church to make way for the Mead. (Hayden says that landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. picked the Mead’s location. Interestingly, Olmsted’s father and namesake had sited the church.) The trustees, however, also voted to keep the steeple—“for reasons of sentiment,” they said.

via The First War Memorial | Amherst College.

Our take … pristine campus, beautiful view, Robert Frost, war memorial, old church steeple is retained as art, great academics … not quite sure about 5 college consortium or the large size of the community.

The church could seat around 600 worshippers. But by the 1940s, it had fallen on hard times. Membership had dwindled to six. Sunday services were poorly attended. Mandatory chapel now took place in Johnson Chapel. In 1949, the Amherst Board of Trustees decided, by a one-vote margin, to raze the College Church to make way for the Mead. (Hayden says that landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. picked the Mead’s location. Interestingly, Olmsted’s father and namesake had sited the church.) The trustees, however, also voted to keep the steeple—“for reasons of sentiment,” they said.

via The First War Memorial | Amherst College.

 

Stearns Steeple and Mead Art Building, Amherst...

Image via Wikipedia

 

science, medical miracles: Wow, body suit may soon enable the paralyzed to walk!  “It would be just like a car … only a little tighter.”

In demonstrating the feasibility of their ideas on nonhuman primates first, Nicolelis said the team is starting with approaches that are fundamentally simple. He added that when the experiments move to a human, he or she will not only learn quickly how to initiate and repeat movements using thought alone, but the prosthetic should interface so seamlessly with the intelligent human brain that the patient will begin to see the prosthetic as a natural extension of himself or herself.

“We are trying to provide the patient a new body, and we believe the patient’s brain will assimilate the new body as part of the sense of self of the patient,” Nicolelis said. “It would be just like a car … only a little tighter.”

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-brain-machine-20111006,0,7089239.story.

Operation Wall Street:  Another take …

At this point, protest is the message: income inequality is grinding down that middle class, increasing the ranks of the poor, and threatening to create a permanent underclass of able, willing but jobless people. On one level, the protesters, most of them young, are giving voice to a generation of lost opportunity.

The jobless rate for college graduates under age 25 has averaged 9.6 percent over the past year; for young high school graduates, the average is 21.6 percent. Those figures do not reflect graduates who are working but in low-paying jobs that do not even require diplomas. Such poor prospects in the early years of a career portend a lifetime of diminished prospects and lower earnings — the very definition of downward mobility.

via Protesters Against Wall Street – NYTimes.com.

Hall of Femmes, online projects, icons: The Female Icons …

After spending some time in the creative industry, Swedish design duo Hjärta Smärta (“Heart Pain”) observed that there weren’t nearly enough female design role models at the forefront of our cultural awareness. So they started Hall of Femmes, an online project (alas, in Swedish) highlighting female designers and art directors who have significantly influenced creative culture. In 2009, the pair traveled to New York to interview some of these design icons as the basis for a series of books and soon thereafter they published four of these volumes honoring female

via Hall of Femmes: The Female Icons of Graphic Design | Brain Pickings.

 




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