Faculty News

  • 4 kids in daycare play with musical instruments

    Wellesley Professor Offers Expert Insight on 'Extreme Day Care'

    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."

  • Wellesley economist Dan Sichel

    Wellesley's Dan Sichel on Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Economy

    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.

  • Marion Just in class

    Spotlight on Teaching: Campaigns and Elections

    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.

  • Kathy Moon headshot

    Wellesley Professor Shares Expertise on North Korea

    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.

  • Dick French and three others looking happy and excited

    Wellesley Astronomers Explore New Realms

    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.

  • two women converse in front of poster with industry keywords in word cloud

    Wellesley Students Take Computer Science on the Road

    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.

  • Oscar Fernandez

    Wellesley Professor Offers Insider’s Perspective on the National Math Crisis

    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.

  • The National Science Foundation logo

    Seven Wellesley Professors Win National Science Foundation Grants

    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.

  • drawing of Shakespeare

    Lights On: WellesleyX Shakespeare Course Begins Next Week

    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.

  • seminar group led by Lee Cuba

    Spotlight on Teaching: Learning by Giving

    September 25, 2014

    An award-winning new class integrates writing and the complex world of philanthropy. In SOC/WRIT307: Nonprofit Organizations and American Cities in the 21st Century, students partner with nonprofit organizations and learn grant writing skills with a tangible outcome.

  • crowd with banners at NYC climate march

    Wellesley Professor Talks to Media on the 'People's Climate March'

    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.

  • faculty chat and peruse colleagues' work laid out on tables in library

    Celebration of Faculty Scholarship

    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.

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    New Season Opens at the Davis

    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.

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    Wellesley Sociologist Markella Rutherford on NPR

    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.

  • Wellesley professor Kristina Jones participates in an on-camera interview with WCVB's Chronicle

    Wellesley Campus Is a "Hidden Gem"

    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.

  • sunset over everglades glassy water with aligator in foreground

    Wellesley Faculty Voices on Hot Topics

    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.

  • reflection of science center interior on display case showing passenger pigeon

    Reflections on the Passenger Pigeon

    September 3, 2014

    A specimen in Wellesley's Science Center collection helps us look back, and look forward.

  • screenshot from Wellesley's Online Italian course

    Wellesley Wraps Up First Online Language Course

    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.

  • Getty image: children sleeping in refugee center

    Wellesley Economist Offers Expert Analysis in Immigration Coverage

    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.

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    USA Today Q&A with Wellesley's Courtney Coile

    July 29, 2014

    Professor of Economics Courtney Coile weighed in on how to strengthen Social Security in a recent USA Today feature.

  • Burns and 5 students in green shirts hold excavation tools

    Wellesley Prof and Scholars Excavate in Greece

    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.

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    Wellesley's Dick French Joins Historic Sailing of Restored Whaler

    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.

  • Map of areas in Guinea and Sierra Leone with Ebola sites highlighted

    Wellesley Expert Weighs In on Ebola Outbreak

    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.

  • family reads poster at Indonesia polling place

    Wellesley Professor Witnesses “World’s Largest Election”

    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.

  • hand holding magnifier with logo for rare book school over old book

    Faculty Win Mellon Fellowships for Scholars in Critical Bibliography

    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.

  • Fireworks at Wellesley college

    Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

    July 3, 2014

    Happy Fourth of July! Assistant Professor of History Katherine Grandjean explains some of the complex political history behind the national holiday.

  • Bevil Conway talking to Alan Alda

    Wellesley Professor Presents at Alan Alda's World Science Festival

    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.

  • Peggy Levitt holding honorary PhD diploma

    Wellesley Faculty Receive Honorary Doctorates

    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.

  • Kathy Moon at Brookings

    Wellesley Professor to Be First Korea Studies Chair at Brookings

    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.

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    Joyce, Brogan, and Arumainayagam Win 2014 Pinanski Prizes

    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.

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    Nine New Books by Wellesley Faculty

    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.

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    Calderwood Seminars Produce Articles, Opportunities

    May 22, 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.”

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    Afropop Worldwide Interviews Professor on Unique Music Collection

    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.”

  • Menkiti close up, bookshelves in background, Globe photo

    Conference on Influential Philosopher Honors Wellesley Professor

    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.

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    Spotlight on Teaching: The Myth of Elizabeth

    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.

  • Political Science Professor Tom Burke Analyzes Supreme Court Decision

    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. 

     

  • Student mentors and participants at the sand table in Science Center

    Wellesley’s Science Club for Girls Hosts Fair for Emerging Scientists

    April 8, 2014

    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.

  • Screenshot of Kristin Butcher speaking on Newshour

    Wellesley Professor Explains Economic Indicators on PBS Newshour

    April 7, 2014

    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.

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    Ravencam Live from Wellesley's Science Center

    April 4, 2014

    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.

  • students, seen from behind, sit in a row looking out at sea

    Spotlight on Teaching: Home and Away

    March 26, 2014

    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.

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    Wellesley Professor Contextualizes Military Budget Cuts in 'Foreign Affairs'

    March 24, 2014

    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.

  • seal pup relaxing on ice floe

    Wellesley Researchers Use Seal Teeth to See Lake's Past

    March 21, 2014

    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.

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    Wellesley Hosts Expert Panel, “Ukraine! What Next?” on March 10

    March 10, 2014

    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.

  • Pashington Obeng, Eve Zimmerman, Anjali Prabhu, Winnie Wood, Nick Knouf, and Mingwei Song seated in Collins cinema holding popcorn

    A Look at Oscar Contenders and Other Films with Wellesley Faculty

    February 28, 2014

    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.

  • Professor Emily Buchholtz

    2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: A Bush Not a Tree

    February 12, 2014

    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.

  • Bryan Burns and 11 students atop rocky peak in Crete

    Wintersession 2014: Intellectual Pursuits on and off Campus

    January 30, 2014

    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.

  • statue of Alexander the Great on rearing horse silhoetted against dramatic sunset

    Alexander the Great Is Coming...

    January 24, 2014

    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.

  • ES103 students working the farm in a box outdoors

    Spotlight on Teaching: Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability

    January 21, 2014

    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.

  • Obama on campaign trail with "College Affordability" sign behind him

    Wellesley Answers Obama’s Call to Expand Higher Ed Opportunities

    January 17, 2014

    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.

  • 5 faculty and staff gather round old printing press

    Wellesley Faculty and Staff Symposium Explores Book Studies

    January 16, 2014

    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.

  • Wellesley student works with elementary student at desk

    Stronger Communities Stronger Schools

    January 15, 2014

    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.

  • scene from show with teen doing homework with baby

    Research Shows Two MTV Series Influenced Drop in Teen Birth Rate

    January 13, 2014

    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.

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    Wellesley Professor Wins Murray Award from APA

    January 2, 2014

    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.

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    Twelve New Books Published by Wellesley Faculty and Staff

    December 19, 2013

    The 2013 titles from Wellesley writers reflect the breadth and scope of investigation and imagination found on campus.

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    Professor James Noggle Wins $50,000 from NEH

    December 16, 2013

    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.

  • Wellesley Professor Jonathan Imber "On Teaching Conservatism"

    December 6, 2013

    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.

  • Marjorie Agosin

    Wellesley Professor and Poet Wins Human Rights Award

    December 2, 2013

    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.

  • Wellesley Thought Leaders Weigh In on Anniversary of JFK Assassination

    November 22, 2013

    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.

  • vintage photo first session League of Nations

    Craig Murphy Explores Significance of Kathryn Davis Dissertation

    November 20, 2013

    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.

  • Wolfson, Lenares, and Brooks stand outside library

    Wellesley Team Investigates Altmetrics to Track Pedagogical Innovation

    November 19, 2013

    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.

  • Plaque: The Edward A. Stettner Political Science Library

    Stettner Political Science Library Dedicated

    November 14, 2013

    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.

  • Photo of Wellesley Prof Adam Van Arsdale being filmed for MOOC, SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

    Boston Globe: Online Professors Experience Celebrity Side Effects

    November 7, 2013

    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.

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    Associate Professor of Economics Patrick McEwan Presents Research to President of Honduras

    October 22, 2013

    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.

  • Adam Van Arsdale talks on radio set

    Biological Anthropologist Adam Van Arsdale Explains Dmanisi 5 Skull Significance

    October 21, 2013

    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.

  • Wellesley volleyball team holds seven sisters championship cup

    Seven Sisters Title Adds Another Highlight to Volleyball Season

    October 15, 2013

    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.

  • two students work in Welleslsey physics lab

    Wellesley Scientists to Work with Two New Major Research Centers

    October 7, 2013

    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.

  • Hubel works closely with Wellesley students in seminar

    Wellesley Honors the Life of Neuroscientist David Hubel (1926-2013)

    October 4, 2013

    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. 

  • scene from Othello by Actors from the London Stage

    Boston Globe Interviews Nora Hussey; Actors from the London Stage Present Othello

    October 4, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Faculty Offer Insights on the Government Shutdown

    October 2, 2013

    With the country bracing for a prolonged government shutdown, we asked members of the faculty to comment on what's going on in Washington.

  • 10-year old kid alone on a city stoop, head in hands

    Professor Pens Editorial on Food Insecurity, SNAP Cuts

    October 1, 2013

    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.

  • Boston Globe Editorial Highlights Faculty "Stand for Freedom"

    September 30, 2013

    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.

  • Greek Gods, Human Lives

    September 24, 2013

    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.

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    Press Shares News of My inTuition, Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator

    September 19, 2013

    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.

  • Alden Griffiths and two students at research site

    Wellesley Researchers Study New Angle on Plant Evolution

    September 18, 2013

    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.

  • Bottomly and Kolodny smiling

    Wellesley Professor Honored for 44+ Years Service

    September 16, 2013

    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.

  • Brazil and Portugal soccer plays shake hands (Haititempo)

    Wellesley Adds 15th Language Offering: Portuguese

    September 11, 2013

    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.

  • ex voto of Josefa Peres Maldonado, 1777, Davis Museum

    Wellesley Art Professor Publishes Historical Survey of Mexican Art

    September 10, 2013

    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.

  • Detail from John Waterhouse painting "Echo and Narcissus"

    Professors Paul Wink and Jonathan Cheek Cited in Scientific American

    September 4, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Scholars Join Conversation on "Opt-Out" Generation

    August 21, 2013

    With a spate of recent media stories about women’s choices around childrearing and work, Wellesley experts provide commentary backed by in-depth research.

  • 4 students watch sunset from dock on Lake Baikal

    Wellesley Students and Faculty Pursue Research in Siberia

    August 20, 2013

    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.

  • Laili Maparyan looks out on Cape Verdean beach

    Wellesley Faculty and Staff Find Partnership Opportunities in Cape Verde

    August 15, 2013

    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.

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    Study by Wellesley's Rosanna Hertz Reveals New Thinking on Social Conventions

    August 14, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Researchers Present at American Psychological Association Convention

    August 8, 2013

    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's Quantitative Reasoning Director Takes QR/Sustainability Message on the Road

    QR Program Director Takes Workshops "on the Road"

    July 24, 2013

    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.

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    Two Wellesley German Professors Headline eNotated Classics Site

    July 8, 2013

    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.

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    Best Wishes to Retiring Wellesley Faculty and Staff

    June 28, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Professors Reveal Dynamics of Citizen Reporters and the Social Web

    June 25, 2013

    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.

  • Burns, Condell, Bertram, and Menichella on site in Greece

    Wellesley Researchers Return to Archaeological Dig in Greece

    June 20, 2013

    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.

  • shaer, rodensky, and gleason smile on stage

    Shaer, Rodensky, and Gleason Receive 2013 Pinanski Prizes

    June 3, 2013

    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.

  • Jeffries on the set of Basic Black

    Michael Jeffries Featured on WGBH's Basic Black

    May 21, 2013

    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.

  • Van Arsdale with fossils

    Wellesley Announces First edX Classes

    May 21, 2013

    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.

  • Boston Globe: John Babington’s 26-Year Leadership of Wellesley Running

    May 20, 2013

    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.

  • Claire Fontijn Publishes New Multimedia Book on Medieval Mystic

    May 15, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Art Faculty on PBS Architecture Special

    May 10, 2013
    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.
  • Plan-B package

    Wellesley Professor in The Atlantic: "Forget Plan B"

    May 8, 2013

    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."

  • Wellesley Professor Co-Curates Show Pairing Works by Munch and Warhol

    May 7, 2013

    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.

  • Professor Frank Bidart Interviewed By Poets & Writers Magazine

    May 6, 2013

    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.

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    Two of 11 Google App Engine Education Awards Go to Wellesley Faculty

    April 10, 2013

    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.

  • Julie Norem: The Power of Negative Thinking

    March 25, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Professor of Religion Sharon Elkins on Pope Francis

    March 18, 2013

    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.

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    Press Talks to Wellesley's Nina Tumarkin on Hugo Chavez Death

    March 14, 2013

    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.

  • Wellesley's Brett Danaher on Bloomberg News

    Closing of Piracy Website Increased Legal Movie Sales, Study Shows

    March 13, 2013

    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.

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    Protesting America: New Book Explores Breakdown in US-South Korea Alliance

    March 11, 2013

    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.

  • "Global Science Fiction Conference" text on image from Cloud Atlas

    Science Fiction Conference Explores International Themes

    March 6, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley to Offer Asian American Studies Minor

    March 4, 2013

    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.

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    Margaret Keane Delivers the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

    February 27, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Professor Discusses Race and Gender Stereotypes and the First Lady

    February 26, 2013

    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.

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    Scott Gunther Sheds Light on Same-Sex Marriage Protests in France

    February 26, 2013

    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.

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    Barbara Beatty on Universal Preschool Education

    February 20, 2013

    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.

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    Wellesley Economist Phillip Levine Featured in New York Times

    February 12, 2013

    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.

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    New History Books Look at Social Changes in Different Eras, Geographies

    January 31, 2013

    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.

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    First Freedom Project Wintersession Institute Underway at Wellesley

    January 23, 2013

    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.

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    Michael Jeffries on the Cultural Significance of President Obama

    January 18, 2013

    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.

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    Melinda Lopez Selected for Theatre Residency

    January 14, 2013

    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.

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    Book Edited by Wellesley Professor Unites Scholars and Theatre Professionals

    January 3, 2013

    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.

  • Professor Stephen Marini Discusses Nativity Symbols

    December 19, 2012

    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.

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    Wellesley Econ Professors' New Books Cover Global Crises and International Development

    December 13, 2012

    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.

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    Spotlight on Teaching: Grimms' Fairy Tales and Beyond

    November 29, 2012

    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.

  • David Ferry black & white portrait

    Wellesley Professor Emeritus Wins National Book Award for Poetry

    November 16, 2012

    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.

  • graphic of French flag with 17th century images

    Wellesley College Hosts 31st Annual Conference for Interdisciplinary French 17th-Century Studies

    November 8, 2012

    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.

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    Kopf Professor of Art Emeritus James Wilson Rayen Exhibits Paintings

    November 2, 2012

    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.

  • Social Media Manipulation Can Affect Voter Decision Making

    November 1, 2012

    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.

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    All Things Considered: Wellesley Geoscientist on Urban Agriculture

    October 17, 2012

    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.

  • Professor Jens Kruse Publishes Third eNotated Kafka Novel

    October 9, 2012

    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.

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    Marion Just's Proposed Presidential Debate Change in New York Times

    October 4, 2012

    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.

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    Wellesley Faculty Seen as Part of "Brain Trust"

    September 6, 2012

    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 crystal vase awarded to winners of the ACE/Sloan award

    Wellesley Receives Award for Innovative Faculty Retirement Practices

    June 19, 2012

    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.

  • below the knee shot of shoes worn by women at Wellesley graduation

    Wellesley Researcher's Study Finds Shoes Tell Much about Us

    June 18, 2012

    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.

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    Creating an Edible Ecosystem Garden

    June 14, 2012

    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.

  • Maggie Keane smiling and Alex Diesl clapping

    2012 Pinanski Prize Winners Announced

    June 4, 2012

    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.

  • May 18 Is International Museum Day

    May 18, 2012

    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.

  • Dan Brabander works with students in an urban garden

    Professor Gives Expert Gardening Tips in Boston Magazine

    May 16, 2012

    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.

  • The Cultural Value of Munch's $120M “Scream”

    May 3, 2012

    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.

  • Research by Assistant Professor Angela Bahns Cited in The Wall Street Journal

    April 12, 2012

    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."

  • Econ Professor in Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors List

    April 9, 2012

    With teaching talents long known to Wellesley students, faculty, and leadership, economics professor Akila Weerapana is highlighted by The Princeton Review.

  • Wellesley Study Investigates Reasons for Record Lows in U.S. Teen Birth Rates

    April 9, 2012

    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.

  • Shoshana Bachman and David Haines look over manuscript together

    Wellesley Senior Publishes Chemistry Research

    April 5, 2012

    Shoshana Bachman '12 and David Haines, associate professor of chemistry, published their findings in the 90th anniversary issue of The Nucleus.

  • Music by Professor Martin Brody in Its World Premiere in Rome

    April 3, 2012

    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.

  • Wellesley Marks World Water Day with Research

    March 22, 2012

    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.

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    September 2, 2011

    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 )

  • Jens Kruse

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    June 24, 2011

    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.

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