Fighting pancreatic cancer, creating an innovative computer game, receiving $2.6 million in neuroscience grants, launching the Women in Public Service Institute, traversing continents on a Watson Fellowship...

Wellesley news highlights from 2011-12 below. Also view up-to-date news.

a sampling of 2011-12 news highlights

Women who will lead

Wellesley proudly hosted the inaugural Women in Public Service Institute this past June. Opened by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton ’69, the institute is a first-of-its kind, two-week program that will train the next generation of women leaders.
Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs has announced the names of the 40 Wellesley students selected as Fellows for 2012-13.  Started four years ago by former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59, the institute educates young women for positions of leadership. 

Students in the news 

Elizabeth Gilmartin ’12, inspired by her experiences overcoming dyslexia, will use her time as a Watson Fellow to “traverse Africa, Asia, and Europe to seek out some exceptional learning communities that aim to help young people overcome the obstacle they face due to social stigmas of the caste system, learning and physical disabilities, or gender discrimination.”
A team of three Wellesley students– Michelle Ferreirae ’13, Margaret Ligon ’13, and Wendy Xu ’13–had a winning submission for the American Computing Machinery’s Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology’s 2011 Student Competition for Microsoft TouchMouse innovation. Their entry, “Where’s Bo Peep?,” is an interactive children’s game whose purpose is to inspire creativity and imagination.

Wellesley Blue Shines Green

Our community prides itself on its commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability. The renovation of the Whitin Observatory, home of the Astronomy Department, has received silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Renovations for the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall was similarly recognized earlier in the year.
  There is a strong interest on campus in organic farming. Kristina Jones, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Wellesley’s Botanic Gardens, is heading a team seeking to implement an edible ecosystem at Wellesley. This garden includes a nut grove, fruit thickets, a fruit woodland, and an edible meadow (or “eddow”), all in less than half an acre. 
  Students have also embraced farming initiatives.  Regeneration Farm is a blog students have been writing since 2007 to document the creation and maintenance of a “productive, ecological, and attractive farm through the year, and to create awareness of food justice issues in and beyond our community.”

Sampling of Hands-On Science Research

Shoshana Bachman ’12 and Associate Professor of Chemistry David Haines published their amino acid research findings in the chemistry journal, The Nucleus.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dora Carrico-Moniz led a team of student researchers who recently found a promising lead in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Three Neuroscience Department faculty members received grants totaling $2.6 million. In addition to leading to findings regarding the human brain, the grants will enable more Wellesley students to gain valuable practical research experience.
This summer 135 students worked with nearly 50 faculty for 10 weeks in Wellesley’s Summer Research Program. Students are typically awarded a $3,100 stipend plus a $1,500 housing/commuting supplement. 

Wellesley-Babson-Olin Collaboration

The Wellesley-Babson-Olin Collaboration expands educational opportunities for students and promotes interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. The Three College Collaboration offers a Sustainability Certificate Program and a Certificate in Engineering Studies at Olin College. In addition, students can cross-register for courses at MIT or Olin.