- October 26, 2016
In the new ecology course taught by Jaclyn Hatala Matthes, students are trying to determine what role humans play in managing ecosystems and how Wellesley’s campus ecosystem can be sustainably managed.
Wellesley Professor’s Proposal in Chronicle of Higher Education Could Be Game Changer for Grant Application ProcessOctober 24, 2016
Susan Reverby, professor of women’s and gender studies, wrote about her experience with the grant application process—and offered a solution to what she sees as its inherent problems.
Wellesley College Professor Spotlights Problem Faced by People of Color in Predominantly White TownsOctober 12, 2016
Professor Nikki Greene’s op-ed on microaggressions led to a featured guest interview on WBUR’s Radio Boston.
- October 5, 2016
On September 20, the College community had the opportunity to appreciate the academic and creative contributions one hundred and sixteen faculty members made to their fields during the previous year.
- September 16, 2016
On Saturday, the College hosted a day-long symposium where Wellesley faculty and other experts discussed how design principles used in Renaissance books can be applied in the digital age.
- September 15, 2016
Lidwien Kapteijns gave a keynote address at a graduate student conference in Uganda and spoke at the Garowe International Book Fair in Puntland, Somalia, this summer.
Wall Street Journal Reports that New Book by Professor Emerita Mary Lefkowitz Could Be the New “Go-to Edition” of Classic Greek PlaysSeptember 1, 2016
Mary Lefkowitz, professor emerita, poses with her co-author James Romm in the Greek and Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The two have published a new book.
- August 16, 2016
Professor Susan Lynn Meyer spoke at Maine’s Camp Runoia in late July on behalf of Bunk Reads, a new program that encourages kids to read all summer long.
- August 4, 2016
Wellesley Professor Tells New York Times Stereotypes Must Change if Equal Pay is to be Achieved.
- July 20, 2016
Rosanna Hertz, Classes of 1919–50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, hosted a "Future of the Family" event during the spring semester that featured Martha Ertman '85, who researches the ways verbal and written contracts shape family relationships.
- July 19, 2016
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College won first place in the New England Museum Association Publication Awards' exhibition catalogue category.
- July 5, 2016
New research from Kristin Butcher '86, Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics and Department Chair, could help shed light on how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) works.
- June 21, 2016
Software programs developed at Wellesley are helping genome scientists, biologists, and medical researchers gain better insights from genome sequencing data.
- June 17, 2016
Tracy Gleason, professor of psychology and psychological director of the Child Study Center at Wellesley, was featured on PRI’s Science Friday segment and in a series of web videos.
- June 14, 2016
Chemisty Professor Chris Arumainayagam participated in a press briefing at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) national conference. His student also presented at the conference.
- May 16, 2016
Margo Sulmont '13 talks with her Wellesley art professor, Daniela Rivera, about how her drawing class helped prepare her for a career in urban planning.
- May 12, 2016
Professors Tom Cushman and Jonathan Imber lead a class, Freedom: Great Debates on Liberty and Morality, that was featured on WGBH. The class helps students learn how to respond to viewpoints different than their own.
- May 2, 2016
Professor Kristina Jones and Nisreen Abo-Sido '18 discuss how Wellesley offers a unique environment for women in STEM.
- April 28, 2016
Professor Flavia Laviosa was honored on April 18th, 2016 by the President of Italy for the journal she founded and edits on Italian cinema.
- April 27, 2016
The Ruhlman Conference, a celebration of student achievement, celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year.
- April 20, 2016
Environmental Studies Professor Beth DeSombre published an op-ed for the Boston Globe on shipping loopholes and the dangers they present to the environment.
- April 4, 2016
Math major Xi Xi ’17 talks with Professor Stanley Chang about the teaching methods he uses to get students excited about math.
- March 31, 2016
The pair of ravens that first took up residence outside of the science center in 2013, and have since returned annually, are back to nest. With their return, Ravencam is again rolling.
- March 29, 2016
Melinda Lopez, lecturer in theater studies, spoke to Radio Boston and the Boston Globe about her Cuban roots.
- March 25, 2016
"There is an urgent need to support and foster a thriving community of women in gaming," wrote Professor Orit Shaer for the Huffington Post.
- March 16, 2016
The Light Show, an annual event in the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses, is held in the evening. Spotlights and theatrical lighting are used to highlight plants' features.
- March 11, 2016
Amid concerns over a fluctuating stock market, major media outlets sought commentary from Wellesley economics professors.
- March 8, 2016
Sociology Professor Peggy Levitt discussed her research on museums and nationalism for BBC’s Thinking Allowed radio talk show.
- March 4, 2016
A course instructed by Wellesley's Neelima Shukla-Bhatt is part of a new series designed to teach about the history and social impact of world religions through their scriptures.
- March 3, 2016
Melissa Harris-Perry delivered the keynote at Wellesley's Commencement in 2012. Professor Michael Jeffries penned an op-ed on her recent public departure from MSNBC.
- March 1, 2016
Professor Elena Tajima Creef moderated a February discussion at the MFA after the museum's programming led to outcry over racial stereotypes.
- February 26, 2016
Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein are the Inspiration for this Season’s Cinéphile Sundays Series, "Exquisite Combinations."
- February 18, 2016
Olivia Joslin '18 and Hannah Wei '18 recently launched CliqBit, a social media app designed to change how we post about our silly moments in life, concentrating on fun rather than getting the most 'likes'.
- February 12, 2016
Dr. Paula A. Johnson, announced yesterday as Wellesley's 14th president, spoke with students Shivani Kuckreja '16 and Charlotte Harris '16 at her home last week.
- February 8, 2016
Wellesley’s Knapp Media and Technology Center is home to several 3D printers. 3D printing technology enables instructors to bring classroom concepts into physical form.
- February 4, 2016
Speaking with The Pre-Med Years podcast, Adele Wolfson discussed why students should find a balance between social sciences and humanities and science.
- January 27, 2016
On Thursday, January 21, Wellesley held a ceremony celebrating a new partnership with Ashoka University, India's First Private Ivy League-Caliber Institution.
- January 25, 2016
Professor Katharine H.S. Moon has been interviewed by NPR and has authored commentary for The Brookings Institute, following the recent news that North Korea had tested a nuclear weapon.
- January 20, 2016
Three levels of an Italian Language and Culture course, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, will be available on the edX platform starting Monday, January 25th, 2016Three levels of an Italian Language and Culture course, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, will be available on the edX platform starting Monday, January 25th, 2016 - See more at: https://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/january/node/81401#sthash.CfKVU30R.dpuf
- January 19, 2016
Eunice Han, visiting lecturer in economics, wrote an amicus brief explaining how the Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could affect unions and public-sector employees nationwide.
- January 15, 2016
A children’s book by Susan Lynn Meyer, professor of English, has received several awards and award nominations, and has had an impact in libraries and classrooms across the country.
- January 7, 2016
Panel discussions brought students and alumnae together for conversations about the Wellesley Effect. Nine panel discussions are included among the videos now available on the College's YouTube channel.
Professor Contributes To Exhibit Showcasing Efforts By Artists And Scholars To Resist ISIS DestructionJanuary 5, 2016
Professor Erich Hatala Matthes contributed a video discussion to The Missing: Rebuilding The Past, the first exhibit to showcase efforts by artists and scholars resisting the destruction of art and antiquities by ISIS.
- December 22, 2015
Students in ARTS 322 Advanced Print Concepts held an alternative printmaking event on the Davis-Jewett plaza in late October. The event allowed them to explore larger format printing.
- December 21, 2015
Professor Rosanna Hertz and student researchers are studying how donor-assisted conception is shaping the meaning of family and kinship for millions of people.
- December 17, 2015
Take a spin through campus and enjoy a sample of our multitalented faculty at work—through the lens of a liberal arts winter.
- December 11, 2015
A recent celebration brought faculty together to share successful blended learning projects and discuss the expansion of the physical limits of the classroom thanks to digital technologies.
- December 8, 2015
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a research infrastructure grant of nearly $480,000 to the Computer Science Department to create an interactive visualization facility for interdisciplinary research.
- December 4, 2015
On the occasion of her retirement, the community gathers to celebrate Bunny Harvey, Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor of Art, and her accomplishments as an educator and artist, in 40 years at Wellesley.
- December 2, 2015
Syndicated columnist uses Wellesley professor Angela Bahns' research in nationally published column that shows how pre-existing prejudice makes us fear others.
- December 1, 2015
Some Wellesley faculty members draw inspiration for their creative work from their children or their own childhoods.
- November 30, 2015
Leila Elabbady '16 and Zena Chantila '16, both neuroscience majors, spent a recent morning presenting to middle school students on Egyptian and Lebanese culture, and that afternoon dissecting sheep brains with fifth graders.
- November 24, 2015
Dan Brabander, professor of geosciences, and students worked with a community group to study lead levels in fruit harvested in urban settings around Boston. Their results have surprising practical health applications.
- November 23, 2015
A collection of interviews conducted by students will be featured in an exhibit called Stories from the Forgotten War: Korean War Oral History.
- November 19, 2015
A day of marches, panels, and gatherings on campus brought the campus community together to confront and address issues from racism to global terrorism
- November 18, 2015
Marion Underwood '86 is one of the nation’s foremost experts on how adolescents use social media. She joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper for a special report, "#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens."
- November 17, 2015
Amidst a growing need for financial literacy for teens, research by Kartini Shastry, assistant professor of economics, and colleagues suggests more math could be the solution.
- November 12, 2015
Sir Salman Rushdie visits campus as part of The Newhouse Center for the Humanities’ newly launched Distinguished Thinkers Program.
- November 9, 2015
Museums must embrace diversity if they are to survive and thrive, according to Peggy Levitt, chair and professor of sociology. Her work was recently praised by a respected New York Times art critic.
- November 4, 2015
Major news outlets recently called on Wellesley Professor, Michael Jeffries, to shed light on the complicated intersections of politics, race, and culture.
- November 3, 2015
For many members of the Wellesley faculty, creative pursuits outside of the classroom provide personal and professional enrichment.
- October 29, 2015
An interdisciplinary environmental studies course combines online learning and cross-campus collaboration between students at Wellesley and Davidson colleges.
- October 28, 2015
Filmmaker, artist, and professor Salem Mekuria delivers the Fall 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "The Passion to Create and the Urge to Share."
- October 26, 2015
Nearly 600 alumnae, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the College gathered this weekend to celebrate the launch of a $500 million campaign that will help shape Wellesley’s next century.
- October 16, 2015
Cinema reaches beyond the screen when the acclaimed Orlando Consort provides a live vocal soundtrack to the classic film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.
- October 15, 2015
A new website offers a single digital space where visitors can explore and learn about the humanities at Wellesley.
- October 14, 2015
The Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability has launched a draft of its Sustainability Plan, which aims to impact nearly every aspect of campus life.
- October 9, 2015
The Wellesley Emerging Scholars Initiative was recently named a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
- October 6, 2015
The History Department hosted a panel discussion on September 30 to consider how the legacy of World War II still impacts various nations.
- October 2, 2015
A new study co-authored by Wellesley's Jeremy Wilmer shows that opinions about beauty may be shaped by past social interactions just as much or more than by our genes.
- September 30, 2015
The College community admired a year’s worth of scholarship and creative work by 131 faculty members on September 21 in the Clapp Library Reading Room.
- September 29, 2015
Mattel’s new talking Barbie doll uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) and speech recognition technology to interact with children. Professor Tracy Gleason, who studies the imaginative play of children, spoke with the New York Times Magazine about the toy.
- September 22, 2015
Students in GEOS 101 are exploring sedimentation rates in Paramecium Pond and the Silver Thread as part of a semester-long project using these sites as living laboratories.
- September 17, 2015
Adele Wolfson penned an essay for Inside Higher Education warning against shifting too far away from science training for future doctors.
- September 16, 2015
This fall, the Davis presents a feature exhibition that showcases the prolific works of acclaimed Wellesley art professor Bunny Harvey. The Davis reopens tonight for the fall 2015 season.
- September 15, 2015
Researchers working in the lab of neuroscience professor Marc J. Tetel have published a paper that presents novel findings on how progesterone affects the brain.
- September 11, 2015
A discovery in a South African cave adds a new branch to the human family tree. Alia Gurtov ’07 is one of six women known as the Rising Star Expedition’s "Underground Astronauts."
- September 8, 2015
Now in its second year, Online Italian course appeals to a variety of different learning styles and a wide audience.
- September 3, 2015
Wellesley offers more than a thousand courses and 52 majors. Here's a snapshot of five Humanities courses offered this fall that students are invited to Explore.
- September 2, 2015
August 19 marked one year since the posting by ISIL of the video of the execution of the American journalist James Foley. Quartz published an opinion piece by Professor Roxanne Euben exploring the performance of violence at the core of ISIL videos.
- September 1, 2015
A recent bio survey helped identify which plants attract the most, and most diverse, beneficial insects to Wellesley’s Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden.
- August 27, 2015
Each semester the College invites highly esteemed professional artists, performers, writers, and speakers to campus. Read highlights from the Fall 2015 edition of the Arts and Culture at Wellesley Calendar.
- August 26, 2015
Wellesley's Susan Reverby participated in a Fact Check story for the NPR blog "It's All Politics" which investigated a claim made by a presidential candidate about Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger (pictured).
- August 25, 2015
Wellesley is embarking on a focused effort to spread the word about the crucial role the Humanities play in a liberal arts education.
- August 17, 2015
In a new article, Wellesley’s Vanja Klepac-Ceraj and students, Serry Park '16 and Rebecca J. Rubinstein '15, argue that an understanding of microbiology could change the way doctors diagnose and treat diseases.
- August 14, 2015
On August 14, copper lanterns will illuminate the plaza where the Liberty Tree once stood as part of a commemorative anniversary event designed, in part, by Wellesley’s Martha McNamara.
- August 3, 2015
The Science Center recently hosted a poster presentation, which displayed student work conducted during the College's Summer Research Program.
- July 31, 2015
Summer researchers in Wellesley’s HCI lab have completed a prototype program for a collaborative exhibit in the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, which will be entered into iGEM, an international synthetic biology contest.
- July 29, 2015
A new study by Wellesley’s Angela Bahns reveals latest evidence that prejudice causes the perception of threat, and suggests that threat can be used to justify actions that result from prejudice.
- July 8, 2015
The gap between the "scientific" and "common-sense" definitions of introversion led Professor Jonathan Cheek and colleagues, including Jennifer Grimes ‘05 and Courtney Brown ‘15, to look beyond a one-size-fits-all definition.
- June 24, 2015
Wellesley's Kathryn Lynch penned an op-ed in the Washington Post exploring the unintended consequences of cuts to humanities programs.
- June 18, 2015
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the activists who started the Black Lives Matter campaign, should be household names, not Rachel Dolezal, according to an op-ed in the Boston Globe by Wellesley's Michael P. Jeffries.
- June 8, 2015
New research, coauthored by Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa Kearney, found that children who had greater access to Sesame Street in the show’s early days had improved educational outcomes.
- May 7, 2015
Professor Robert Paarlberg’s work calls attention to the serious problems that adaptation to excess will generate, both in the U.S. and abroad. His new book offers the first study to consider obesity and climate change side-by-side, as parallel policy failures in America.
- March 26, 2015
In Physics 100 Einstein and the Dark Universe, first-year students explore the astrophysical evidence that reveals the presence of dark matter and dark energy.
- March 25, 2015
Professor Marjorie Agosín’s first novel for young readers received the 2015 Pura Belpré Author Award for outstanding children’s literature by a Latino/Latina author.
- March 19, 2015
Wellesley history professor Katherine Grandjean was interviewed by the Boston Globe about her new book, American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England.
- March 17, 2015
Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Neuroscience Marc Tetel has published an article in the flagship journal of the Endocrine Society, Endocrinology, about working at a liberal arts college as a career option for research scientists.
- February 27, 2015
Black and blue, or gold and white? Wellesley's Bevil Conway offers insight to WIRED and The Guardian about the color controversy a single dress has sparked on social media.
- February 26, 2015
Students take funny women seriously in a new Theatre studies course examining the role played by comedic pioneers in shaping American culture over the last century.
- February 25, 2015
Robert Goree, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures, served as a guest judge on the Japanese gameshow Sushi Time when it came to film in Boston this fall.
- February 24, 2015
Professor Alice T. Friedman’s article Queer Old Things shows how Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein constructed a public image that challenged accepted gender roles.
- February 20, 2015
Professors from many disciplines study and teach film in the course of their work at Wellesley. Here faculty from cinema and media studies, women’s and gender studies, English, and music weigh in on films they thought worthy of notice in the last year.
- February 17, 2015
Written by Wellesley's Susan Lynn Meyer, New Shoes tells the story of an African-American girl who fights back against discrimination.
- February 11, 2015
Wellesley faculty member Aaron Sheehan accepted a GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording in honor of the Boston Early Music Festival's recording of a 17th-century opera in which he played the starring role.
- February 5, 2015
Professor Hahrie Han spoke with The UpShot, a New York Times blog, for story exploring why Democrats continue to have more success than Republicans when it comes to online fundraising.
- February 3, 2015
A new humanities initiative brings three courses into conversation with each other. From classical studies to French literature and European history, professors Brook, Bilis, and Grote will bring their classes together for performances, readings, and discussions about the transformative power of the theater.
- January 16, 2015
Wellesley PE instructor Calvin Chin’s Hung Kuen team gained international success in the first ever World Hung Kuen competition in November 2014.
- January 13, 2015
Writers for the popular blog FiveThirtyEight highlighted a paper co-authored by Wellesley’s Kristin Butcher among the most interesting research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
- December 18, 2014
In 2014, Wellesley experts shared knowledge, research, and viewpoints on numerous happenings around the globe. They were sought by news outlets as well as the community, and covered a range of topics.
- December 17, 2014
Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program Lynne Viti recently took her way with words off campus and on air, competing in the limerick contest on the NPR news quiz Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
- December 16, 2014
Wellesley's beloved neuroscience instructor Carol Ann Paul was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, an international organization focused on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level.
- December 2, 2014
Robbin Chapman's CS/Education course merges intellectual traditions of the liberal arts with design practices used outside the academy to inspire students to new ways of thinking about tech and learning.
- November 21, 2014
Rosanna Hertz, Class of 1919 – 50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, writes about shift workers in her work examining how families manage employment and home life; Pacific Standard magazine sought her expertise for its article on "extreme daycare."
- November 12, 2014
It can be easy to be cynical about the current state of the economy, but former Fed economist Professor of Economics Dan Sichel says there are reasons to be optimistic.
- November 4, 2014
Professor of Political Science Marion Just teaches the new Calderwood Seminar on Public Writing, POL1 319 Campaigns and Elections, using the 2014 election as a laboratory to investigate why campaigns are important and what elections mean for democratic governance in the United States.
- October 30, 2014
Katharine Moon spoke with Al Jazeera America and other news outlets regarding her studies of North Korean politics, and the reasoning behind recent events such as the release of American prisoner Jeffrey Fowle.
- October 24, 2014
Wellesley alumnae and faculty lead pioneering research on Saturn, Mars, and other planets in their various roles within the global community of astronomers.
- October 15, 2014
Wellesley was represented at two international tech conferences last week as professors Ellen Hildreth and Orit Shaer took students to Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and User Interface Software & Technology Symposium, respectively.
- September 30, 2014
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Oscar Fernandez says a key driver of the national math crisis is the way the subject is being taught. He proposes a new method that “flips the script” on the old instruction method.
- September 29, 2014
Seven Wellesley professors representing six departments or programs received NSF grants this year to pursue research projects ranging from vascular development in plants to the changing structures of American families.
- September 26, 2014
The newest WellesleyX course, Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance, begins in October. Taught by Yu Jin Ko and Diego Arciniegas, the MOOC explores the work of the Bard from both literary and theatrical perspectives.
- September 25, 2014
An award-winning new class integrates writing and the complex world of philanthropy. In SOC/WRIT 307 Nonprofit Organizations and American Cities in the 21st Century, students partner with nonprofit organizations and learn grant writing skills with a tangible outcome.
- September 24, 2014
In light of the recent massive demonstration to demand quicker political action to reduce carbon emissions, WBUR’s Radio Boston called upon Associate Professor of Political Science Hahrie Han to discuss what makes protest movements capable of real political change.
- September 18, 2014
On September 16, Wellesley community members were treated to an array of intellectual and artistic output that, while presented in a simple format, was stunning in its depth, breadth, and variety.
- September 16, 2014
A “vehicle” of art and film? Shattered glass that glints and climbs its way to the ceiling? Both offer glimpses into New View: 2014 Faculty Exhibition, opening tomorrow night during the Davis Museum’s Fall Celebration.
- September 11, 2014
Are kids today overprotected? Associate Professor of Sociology Markella Rutherford spoke with a California-based NPR station about parental decision-making around risk and safety for today's children, and how it differs from generations past.
- September 10, 2014
WCVB’s Chronicle featured the Wellesley College campus as a Boston-area “hidden gem.” Wellesley professor Kristina Jones reminded viewers that Wellesley’s beautiful campus also serves an important academic purpose, as a living laboratory.
- September 9, 2014
One of the nation's largest wilderness areas is named for Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas Class of 1912; today wilderness bills languish in Congress. Jay Turner writes in an op-ed that along with wilderness our capacity for self-governance is threatened. Hahrie Han blogs about community organizing, and Russian area studies faculty explore turmoil in that region.
- September 3, 2014
A specimen in Wellesley's Science Center collection helps us look back, and look forward.
- August 21, 2014
Beginning Italian Language and Culture made its debut as a non-credit summer course offered by invitation through edX Edge; it will be incorporated into Daniela Bartalesi-Graf's blended (online and in-class) intensive Italian course this fall.
- August 19, 2014
Kristin Butcher ’86, Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department spoke with the news site Wallet Hub about the possible economic implications of the estimated 74,000 migrant children to cross American borders this year.
- July 29, 2014
Professor of Economics Courtney Coile weighed in on how to strengthen Social Security in a recent USA Today feature.
- July 25, 2014
Associate Professor of Classical Studies Bryan Burns is a co-director of an organization leading fieldwork in an area of Greece believed to be one of the earliest inhabited regions in ancient times. Three Wellesley students and two alums joined Burns at the dig this summer.
- July 21, 2014
Astronomer Dick French was selected as a “Voyager,” one of a handful selected for each leg of the 38th voyage of the 1841 vessel Charles W. Morgan. On board with fellow Voyager artists, videographers, and historians, his project was to revive the lost art of celestial navigation.
- July 15, 2014
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Donna Patterson researches the history of medicine, gender, pharmaceuticals, drug policy, and entrepreneurship. She shares insights on the global significance of recent surge in Ebola cases in west Africa.
- July 10, 2014
Associate Professor of Political Science Christopher Candland, whose research is based on comparative and quantitative studies within Southern Asia, points out the significance and magnitude of Indonesia's 2014 presidential election.
- July 8, 2014
Assistant professors Simon Grote (history) and Sarah Wall-Randell (English) will expand their expertise through courses and programs at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.
- July 2, 2014
Happy Fourth of July! Assistant Professor of History Katherine Grandjean explains some of the complex political history behind the national holiday.
- June 26, 2014
Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway shared his expertise on the nature of color with acclaimed actor Alan Alda and packed house at Alda's annual event promoting the communication of science.
- June 19, 2014
Professor of Sociology Peggy Levitt received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht University in the Netherlands earlier this year; Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Spanish Marjorie Agosín received a similar honor from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio at its commencement in May.
- June 12, 2014
Wellesley’s Edith Stix Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies and Political Science Professor Katharine H.S. Moon has been appointed senior fellow and inaugural chair of the SK-Korea Foundation at the Brookings Institution, beginning June 30, 2014.
- June 2, 2014
The Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize is awarded annually to members of the Wellesley College faculty to honor fine teaching. The 2014 winners, revealed at Commencement, are professors of economics, English, and chemistry.
- May 23, 2014
With new books in print over the last five months, impressive scholarship and creativity reveal themselves in faculty work ranging from original poetry to authoritative editions of classic texts.
- May 21, 2014
The first year of the Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing at Wellesley has concluded with enthusiastic support from students and faculty, and a bonus: Some students have gone on to publish their “public writing.”
- May 21, 2014
The Elizabeth Kimball Kendall and Elisabeth Hodder Professor of History Lidwien Kapteijns discussed her love and study of the music of Somalia—and her unique and impressive collection of recordings—on Afropop's radio feature “Hip Deep.”
- May 8, 2014
On May 10, Wellesley hosts a special conference to celebrate the extraordinary career of Professor of Philosophy Ifeanyi Menkiti and the legacy of his mentor, philosopher John Rawls. Menkiti is retiring this year after more than four decades of service to the College.
- May 6, 2014
Assistant Professor of English Sarah Wall-Randell '97 leads a seminar that through poems, plays, novels, textbooks, films, and discussion considers one of the world's most powerful women. Each month Spotlight on Teaching highlights one of Wellesley's many thought-provoking courses.
- April 23, 2014
What’s in a quid pro quo? In a piece for WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Professor of Political Science Tom Burke examines the principles behind the recent Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC, lifting the ban on aggregate limits for campaign contributions.
What’s in a quid pro quo? In a piece for WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Professor of Political Science Tom Burke examines the principles behind the recent Supreme Court ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC, lifting the ban on aggregate limits for campaign contributions.
Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics Kristin Butcher '86 lends her expertise to the news analysis of the most recent jobs report from the government.
Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics David Lindauer and Professor of Economics Joseph Joyce each published key works in November, reflecting the department's impressive scope.
Professor of History Nina Tumarkin has lent her expertise to the analysis of Venezuela's next steps in the wake of its president's death—including what will be done with his body.
June's end brings the official retirement date for a number of long-standing Wellesley community members. At Commencement, President Bottomly recognized retiring faculty, and an earlier celebration honored both faculty and staff heading to retirement.
Earlier this month more than 130 Wellesley professors wrote an open letter protesting the threat posed to a Peking University colleague's academic freedom. A recent Boston Globe editorial applauded their position.[field_newsimage]
Earlier this month more than 130 Wellesley professors wrote an open letter protesting the threat posed to a Peking University colleague's academic freedom. A recent Boston Globe editorial applauded their position.http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2013/09/27/ewellesley-china-academ...
The 2013 titles from Wellesley writers reflect the breadth and scope of investigation and imagination found on campus.
Research by Angela Bahns, assistant professor of psychology, was cited in a Wall Street Journal article about "groupthink" and a concept social scientists call the "similarity-attraction effect."[field_newsimage]
Research by Angela Bahns, assistant professor of psychology, was cited in a Wall Street Journal article about "groupthink" and a concept social scientists call the "similarity-attraction effect."http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577307943076491220.html?m...
Wellesley’s Science Club for Girls chapter recently held a successful hands-on science fair with activities and exhibits in 15 different science disciplines for girls in grades K-8.
New book by Pope Benedict says some commonly held beliefs about the Nativity story are false. Elisabeth Luce Moore Professor of Christian Studies Stephen Marini explored the use of symbols important to the Christian tradition with the Metrowest Daily News.
Last week, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was chosen as the new leader of the Catholic Church, becoming Pope Francis. Wellesley's Sharon Elkins reflects on issues he might address as pope.
Thomas Hansen leads eNotated Classic's new publication list with the release of his enotated translation of Death in Venice; Jens Kruse is featured prominently in a WZLY interview about his e-notated works by Kafka.
With the country bracing for a prolonged government shutdown, we asked members of the faculty to comment on what's going on in Washington.
Class of 1949 Professor of Ethics and Professor of Psychology Paul Wink has won the Henry A. Murray Award from the American Psychological Association, one of the most prestigious prizes given by the national organization.
Patricia Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art, examines what may be the most significant value of The Scream—its lasting cultural impact.
Wellesley’s Daniel Brabander, associate professor of geosciences, shared his expertise with Boston Magazine for the story “Build a Farm to Fit,” published in the May 2012 issue.
Wellesley Professor of English Yu Jin Ko recently co-edited Shakespeare’s Sense of Character: On the Page and from the Stage, with an introduction by Ko and essays from scholars and dramatists.
Is this glass as half-full or half-empty? If you want better outcomes, maybe you should consider it half empty. Julie K. Norem, Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology, recently spoke with the Boston Globe and Canada's Globe and Mail about the power of negative thinking.
Corri Taylor, director of Wellesley's Quantitative Reasoning Program, is taking her expertise on the relationship between QR and environmental sustainability "on tour" this summer, leading professional development workshops around the hemisphere.
Wellesley asserts the influence of theater—in action (on stage) and philosophically (in print). Actors from the London Stage present Shakespeare's Othello at Wellesley and Nora Hussey talks to the Boston Globe about theater's role.
A new study by Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa Schettini Kearney shows that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have played a role in significantly reducing births to teens.
Lisa Fischman, the Ruth G. Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis Museum, commented for the Associated Press on the recent trend of iconic art works selling for record high prices.
Wellesley’s Melinda Lopez, lecturer in theatre studies, is one of 14 playwrights around the country to receive a three-year residency funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Boston Globe reports. Her residency at Boston's Huntington Theater begins July 1.
Norma Wilentz Hess Fellow in Computer Science Eni Mustafaraj and Clare Booth Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science Orit Shaer have been individually recognized by Google for innovative projects built on Google's infrastructure.
Wellesley students, faculty, and WCW scholars presented at the APA's 121st Annual Convention July 31-August 4, 2013 in Honolulu, and visited with local alumnae and students with their families at a Wellesley Club of Hawaii event.
Wellesley mourns the passing of a friend, mentor, and colleague in Professor David Hubel of Harvard University, a Nobel laureate and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Wellesley Neuroscience Department.
Stronger Communities Stronger Schools (SCSS), a program started by Amanda Wyatt '11 while she was a student, pairs Wellesley student volunteers with students in Boston Public Schools, and has grown from five volunteers at its inception to over 40.
Kristina Jones, director of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and assistant professor of biological sciences, wrote about developing an "edible ecosystem" garden. The blog post appeared in The Huffington Post and other outlets.
Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America by Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies Michael Jeffries explores themes like biracialism, the notion of "post-racial society," and portrayals of Michelle Obama.
Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art Patricia Berman's new exhibit pairs lithographs by Edvard Munch with large-scale screen prints by Andy Warhol. Munch | Warhol and the Multiple Image is at Scandinavia House in New York through July 27.
The date is over and the check arrives; who pays? A new study co-authored by Rosanna Hertz examines men's and women's approaches to convention, theory, and practice in dating finances.
Wellesley women now have even more opportunities to do cutting-edge research, with new partnerships with the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines.
An interdisciplinary group conducted an innovative three-day book studies workshop entitled “Teaching with Books and Other Textual Technologies,” looking at the history and future of the texts we read, as well as the different media that transmit text.
Angela Bahns, assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley, studied how accurately subjects match shoes with traits of the shoes' owners. Shoes can clearly reveal wearers' age, sex and, more surprisingly, level of attachment anxiety.
In the first annual Freedom Project Wintersession Institute, 15 selected students participate in an intensive, five-day seminar with leaders in the field of libertarian and classical liberal thought.
A recent issue of Poets & Writers Magazine features an interview with Frank Bidart, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English.
Six Wellesley faculty and staff traveled to Cape Verde for a partnership-building trip where they met with high-ranking government officials, NGOs, and Wellesley student interns, and witnessed the signing of a historic document.
On October 13, the Wellesley College volleyball team defeated Mount Holyoke College to secure the Seven Sisters Championship title; last month the team garnered Coach Dorothy Webb's 500th career win.
Wellesley College's plans are spelled out in the White House report "Commitments to Action on College Opportunity," focusing on outreach as well as new and expanded programs to attract students to STEM fields, and to offer support and mentoring.
In our 2014 return to the series Spotlight on Teaching, we visit the first-year seminar of Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Jay Turner. The Spotlight series highlights new courses, innovative teaching, and interdisciplinary approaches to learning.
Wellesley College is among 15 schools nationwide to receive a $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for innovative work in faculty retirement.
New books by history faculty members Guy Rogers, Lidwien Kapteijns, and Quinn Slobodian provide new perspectives on social changes in diverse periods and geographical areas with topics ranging from cults in antiquity to European social protests to Somalian genocide.
An article in The Atlantic by Wellesley's Phillip B. Levine and co-author Melissa Kearney explains why economic opportunity trumps access to contraception in deterring teen pregnancy; "giving girls a reason not to get pregnant in the first place could go a long way towards solving it."
Students from Lake Baikal: The Soul of Siberia, a joint Environmental Studies/Russian Area Studies course, traveled to Bol'shie Koty with Professor of Russian Thomas Hodge to join Professor of Biological Sciences Marianne Moore at her Biostation to collect and analyze data.
Many news outlets tapped Assistant Professor of Archaeology Adam Van Arsdale's expertise recently to explain the importance of a fossil skull from the nation of Georgia, where his research is focused.
To Wellesley and the world in a new MOOC. Noted classicist and Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of History and Classical Studies Guy MacLean Rogers reflects on Alexander's legacy in anticipation of the WellesleyX massive open online course he will teach.
President H. Kim Bottomly, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics Phillip Levine, and Associate Professor of Neuroscience Marc Tetel (shown, with students), add to the region's concentration of intellectual firepower.
A study by Phillip B. Levine, Courtney Coile, and Robin McKnight examined effects of job loss on older workers. Last week, New York Times featured Levine answering reader questions about job loss and life expectancy among older workers.
- Alice Friedman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art and Professor of Art, and James O'Gorman, Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art Emeritus, lent their expertise to a new PBS special, "10 Buildings That Changed America," premiering May 12.
With a spate of recent media stories about women’s choices around childrearing and work, Wellesley experts provide commentary backed by in-depth research.
In a formal presentation to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and Vice President María Antonieta de Bográn at the Casa Presidencial, Wellesley's Patrick McEwan and others shared their analysis of Bono 10,000, a poverty reduction initiative.
Wellesley may have seemed quiet during Wintersession, but the range of endeavors underway through the College over the last month speaks volumes. From exploring the workings of cancer cells to exploring ancient sites in Crete, students expand horizons during Wintersession.
Wellesley's William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science Marion Just wrote "A Better Approach to Presidential Debates" for a New York Times series on current affairs called Room for Debate.
Barbara Beatty, professor of education, spoke with WBUR's Radio Boston yesterday about calls by President Barack Obama and Governor Deval Patrick for universal preschool education.
Claire Fontijn, associate professor of music, has a new book about Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th Century mystic, visionary, philosopher, and composer whose “Visions of the Angelic Hierarchy” is shown here.
The Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale, developed by Wellesley professors with student and alumnae researchers, was recently presented at the Association for Research in Personality conference, and cited in Scientific American.
Smitha Radhakrishnan, who will teach WellesleyX's Introduction to Global Sociology next fall, along with professors Adam Van Arsdale and Guy Rogers, spoke with the Globe about some different challenges that come with teaching a massive open online course.
In this year's Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences Emily Buchholtz tackles the question of how we name and visualize life’s diversity today.
Professor of German Jens Kruse just completed his third eNotation of a work by Franz Kafka. eNotations provide digital readers with important biographical, cultural, historical, or linguistic context not available when a work is merely a digitized version of the paper text.
Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies, recently joined WBUR's Radio Boston for a discussion on Michelle Obama and race in America.
Long-time Wellesley College cross country head coach and head track & field coach John Babington recently announced his retirement at the end of this academic year.
Senior Lecturer in Art James Oles has published Art and Architecture in Mexico, a new interpretive history of Mexican art from the Spanish Conquest to the 21st century, described as the most comprehensive introduction to the subject in 50 years.
On November 12, Wellesley community members gathered to dedicate the Edward A. Stettner Political Science Library in Pendleton East. Named for the late Edward Stettner, the space honors a beloved professor emeritus and his 42-year career at Wellesley.
Art Department chair Pat Berman has been a consultant for an exhibition of Edvard Munch's work not seen for 100 years before its current restoration. Norway’s Queen Sonja formally opens the exhibit in Oslo on Sept. 3. (photo: News & Views of Norway )[field_newsimage]
Art Department chair Pat Berman has been a consultant for an exhibition of Edvard Munch's work not seen for 100 years before its current restoration. Norway’s Queen Sonja formally opens the exhibit in Oslo on Sept. 3. (photo: News & Views of Norway )Views and News from Norway
Professors from many disciplines study and teach film in the course of their work at Wellesley. Here faculty from cinema and media studies, Africana studies, East Asian languages and cultures, French, and the writing program weigh in on films they thought worthy of notice in the last year.
The City of Boston stopped providing free compost to gardeners due to rising lead levels. Wellesley Geosciences Associate Professor Dan Brabander and his students are researching the origins of the lead. Brabander spoke with NPR’s All Things Considered about it.
Associate Professor of French Scott Gunther writes in the Huffington Post about differences between the way opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States and France articulate opposition.
Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies, joined host Callie Crossley '73 for two recent conversations on WGBH's Basic Black.
This fall for the first time, Wellesley students have the opportunity to take Portuguese—the sixth most spoken language in the world and the newest language taught on campus.
Measuring the influence of research in the fluid digital landscape calls for a break from traditional methods. A group of Wellesley faculty and staff are leading the way in developing alternative metrics within the field of pedagogical innovation.
Kafka scholar Jens Kruse has annotated The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony in a completely new format. Taking advantage of e-book technology, Kruse provides extensive notes, introduction, bibliography, and thematic essays via inline links for use with iPad, Kindle, and other readers.[field_newsimage]
Kafka scholar Jens Kruse has annotated The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony in a completely new format. Taking advantage of e-book technology, Kruse provides extensive notes, introduction, bibliography, and thematic essays via inline links for use with iPad, Kindle, and other readers.Jens Kruse book on Amazon
The Wellesley College Russian Area Studies Program hosts a panel exploring what's next for the region of Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia, to offer a wider historical and cultural perspective on the events unfolding.
A new paper in the journal Science by Wellesley computer scientists Panagiotis T. Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj looks at how manipulation of social media can affect perceptions of a candidate and compromise decision-making abilities among voters.
In this Wellesley Wednesday event, Professor of Psychology Margaret Keane explores findings from research on how memory shapes behavior and enables us to envision the future. Free and open to the public.
The first WellesleyX courses span STEM, history, sociology, and Shakespeare, representing Wellesley’s interdisciplinary power. Anthropology 207x: Introduction to Human Evolution is the College's first edX offering, with three more courses announced for 2014.
Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly led the College community in honoring Nellie Zuckerman Cohen and Anne Cohen Heller Professor of Health Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Nancy Harrison Kolodny '64 at a retirement party on September 12.
M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations and Professor of Political Science Craig Murphy gives a talk on The Soviets at Geneva, the pioneering Ph.D. thesis of one of Wellesley’s most beloved alumnae.
Wellesley observes World Water Day with the work of Marianne Moore, associate professor of biological sciences. Moore and a team including Katie Wright '12 will return to Russia's Lake Baikal this summer. A photo highlight of their work appeared in a Washington Post Gallery.
By analyzing the composition of Lake Baikal seal teeth, Professor of Biological Sciences Marianne Moore, post-doctoral fellow Ted Ozersky, and Wellesley student Xiu Ying Deng ’15 aim to show environmental and contaminant patterns in the lake over the last 80 years.
James Wilson Rayen has been painting for more than six decades. The beloved professor's work is on display through November 4 at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham, Mass., with a gallery talk scheduled for November 3 at 3:00 p.m.
A minor in Asian American Studies will allow all Wellesley College students the opportunity to study an area of increasing international importance. Courses for credit toward the minor begin Fall 2013.
The Pinanski Teaching Prize is awarded annually to members of the Wellesley College faculty to honor fine teaching. This year's recipients: Alex Diesl, mathematics; Koichi Hagimoto, Spanish; and Maggie Keane, psychology.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Alden Griffith and research assistants Tania Ahmed ’16 and Shivani Kuckreja ’16 examined the role of positive interactions among plant species in adverse conditions, such as the peaks of Glacier National Park.
Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a fascination with the man remains, along with questions about what happened and what could have been. Wellesley voices add to reflections in the media.
A piece composed by Martin Brody, Wellesley’s Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music, was presented in its world premiere at the American Academy in Rome in March.[field_newsimage]
A piece composed by Martin Brody, Wellesley’s Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music, was presented in its world premiere at the American Academy in Rome in March.http://www.aarome.org/news/features/scharoun-ensemble-berlin-aar-concerts-9-10-m...
Assistant Professor of Political Science Paul K. MacDonald coauthored an article in Foreign Affairs arguing that the military retrenchment signaled by recently announced cuts in American military spending follows a historical trend, and doesn't represent drastic change.
The conference, organized by Hélène Bilis, assistant professor of French at Wellesley, brings scholars from 55 academic institutions across the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.
Wellesley College hosts a Global Science Fiction Conference March 8-9. Friday opens with keynote speaker Andrea Hairston and musician Pan Morigan and a screening of the film Cloud Atlas. Panels on Saturday discuss the genre across various national and cultural traditions.
The Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize is awarded annually to members of the Wellesley College faculty to honor fine teaching. The 2013 winners, revealed at Commencement, are professors of computer science, English, and psychology.
New York Times, Associated Press, and Chronicle of Higher Education covered the September 18 release of Wellesley's new college cost estimation tool that promises to revolutionize the "college-shopping" process for thousands of prospective students.
Marjorie Agosín, Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Spanish, has won the Dr. Fritz Redlich Global Mental Health and Human Rights Award, given by Harvard's Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery Program.
Shoshana Bachman '12 and David Haines, associate professor of chemistry, published their findings in the 90th anniversary issue of The Nucleus.
Each summer, a group of students travel with Visiting Lecturer in the Writing Program Justin Armstrong to Iceland to immerse themselves in a two-week intensive course, studying cultural geography and anthropology.
David Ferry, the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, has authored eight collections of translation and poetry; his latest, Bewilderment, has won the National Book Award.
Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S. Korea Alliance, a new book by Professor Katharine H.S. Moon, offers insights on policy changes to improve the alliance between the United States and Korea, and a comparative analysis of U.S. relations with other host countries.
Metrowest Daily News reports on the work of Associate Professor of Classical Studies Bryan Burns, who, with current and former Wellesley students, is researching a site believed to be of one Ancient Greece's earliest inhabited regions.
Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, joined NPR's RadioWest in August to discuss how unpredictable gods in Ancient Greece could bring out the best in humanity.[field_newsimage]
Mary Lefkowitz, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, joined NPR's RadioWest in August to discuss how unpredictable gods in Ancient Greece could bring out the best in humanity.http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/why-greek-gods-human-lives
Jonathan Imber, Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology, gave a keynote address last month, “On Teaching Conservatism.” Imber spoke about courses he teaches at Wellesley and the importance of respect for conservative ideals in the academic community.
With teaching talents long known to Wellesley students, faculty, and leadership, economics professor Akila Weerapana is highlighted by The Princeton Review.
In an unusual move, two common ravens have built a nest on a Wellesley building. Science faculty and technology staff launched Ravencam to record the birds' behavior at the nest for scientific purposes and to stream live online for observation by anyone on the Internet.
In Assistant Professor of German Anjeana Hans' first year seminar (GER 130), students explore cultural history, children's literature, and critical techniques, expressing their learning in varied, creative ways.[field_newsimage]
In Assistant Professor of German Anjeana Hans' first year seminar (GER 130), students explore cultural history, children's literature, and critical techniques, expressing their learning in varied, creative ways.Spotlight on Teaching: Grimms' Fairy Tales and Beyond
A study coauthored by Wellesley economist Brett Danaher, is the first to examine the impact of shutting down a major piracy website. Danaher’s findings have gained international media attention, from the Wall Street Journal to El Mundo.
A new paper by Wellesley computer scientists Takis Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj examines a network of citizen journalists reporting on activities of drug cartels in Mexico, where citizens have turned to each other on social media, to keep informed and out of harm's way.
In a recent vote, the House recently cut funding to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics Kristin Butcher '86 co-wrote an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report about the cuts.
A National Endowment for the Humanities grant will support work by Professor of English James Noggle as he researches the subject of nonconsciousness in 18th-century British literature.
Research coauthored by Wellesley’s Phillip B. Levine shows abstinence-only policies, sex-ed, and the recession have little impact on the decline in teen birth rates; income inequality a key factor.
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