Alumnae in the News

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    Jocelyn Benson '99 Named Dean of Wayne Law

    July 23, 2014

    With her appointment to head up Wayne State University Law School, Wellesley alum Jocelyn Benson '99 becomes the youngest woman to lead an American law school.

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    Sue Wagner '82 Named to Apple Board of Directors

    July 18, 2014

    Wellesley College alumna, trustee, and 2014 commencement speaker Sue Wagner '82 has been tapped to join the leadership team of "the world's most valuable company."

  • Chris Evert embraces Brown Grimes at ceremony

    Wellesley Alum Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

    July 14, 2014

    Chris Evert welcomed longtime tennis executive and leader at all levels of the sport, Jane Brown Grimes '62, into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in on July 12, in recognition for her contributions.

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    Hats Off to Entrepreneur Satya Twena ’05

    July 9, 2014

    News and media outlets from The Wall Street Journal to College Fashionista have reported on the compelling story of a Wellesley alum who in pursuit of her passion also helped preserve a historic slice of New York City.

  • Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 speaks at Trinity

    Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 Starts New Role as President of Trinity College

    July 2, 2014

    On July 1, Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 officially began her tenure as president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The alumna brings with to her new position 19 years of experience as a beloved Wellesley faculty member and dean.

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    Alumnae Participation Campaign in Final Days

    June 27, 2014

    Wellesley closes the books on its fiscal year on June 30. Alumnae have until the end of that Monday to give a gift of any size to help meet a participation challenge that—if met—will bring Wellesley an additional $500,000.

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    Wellesley Graduates Benefit from Wellesley-Funded Fellowships

    June 25, 2014

    Wellesley offers numerous fellowships for its graduates in many stages of life, from recent grads to mid-career alums. These fellowships are made possible by the generosity of many donors to support alumnae education and personal growth after commencement.

  • Pamela Melroy ’83 Honored by National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

    June 24, 2014

    Astronaut Pam Melroy ’83 (second from right) was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the NCCWSL, which recognizes women who have made a difference for others. She urged audience members to seek all-women environments at some point in their lives.

  • Jane Pauley and Hillary Clinton stroll on footbridge near Lake Waban as crew films

    CBS Sunday Morning: A Wellesley Interview

    June 17, 2014

    Viewers may have spotted Wellesley’s iconic lamps and landscapes on the June 15 broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning. Host Jane Pauley was on campus interviewing Hillary R. Clinton ’69 and classmates at their 45th Reunion, timed with the release of Clinton's book, Tough Choices.

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    Read My Pins at Wellesley

    June 16, 2014

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 gained renown for communicating a little extra through pins that adorned her suits during meetings; whether a dove speaking of peace or a crab of aggravation, she let the tone be known. An exhibition of her pins is at the Davis.

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    Exclusive Sawyer-Clinton Interview on ABC News

    June 10, 2014

    In a primetime special for ABC News, Diane Sawyer '67 interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 about her role in shaping American foreign policy, her possible presidential run in 2016, and more.

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    Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Officially Opened

    June 9, 2014

    In a memorable moment during Reunion 2014, Madeleine K. Albright ’59—sporting Wellesley Blue sneakers to help deliver her message—introduced the Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame and announced its inaugural class of inductees.

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    Reunion 2014

    June 6, 2014

    Welcome back to Wellesley! Alums from class years ending in 9 or 4 converge on Wellesley's campus this weekend to celebrate five-year increments of their alumnaehood, dating back to 1939!

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    Wellesley Kicks Off Alumnae Participation Drive

    June 4, 2014

    On June 1, Wellesley launched its giving challenge titled 50% = $500,000. If Wellesley reaches its 50 percent participation goal by June 30, the College will receive an additional $500,000.

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    Commencement 2014

    May 30, 2014

    Welcome friends and family—and congratulations graduates! On May 30 Wellesley celebrates the purple Class of 2014, our 136th graduating class. Commencement exercises, with an address from BlackRock founder Sue Wagner '82, begin at 10:30 a.m.

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    12 Wellesley Scholars Win NSF Graduate Fellowhips

    May 29, 2014

    Continuing Wellesley's legacy of extraordinary scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, 12 Wellesley scholars won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to support study in their fields. Others were honored by Udall and Goldwater Scholarship Foundations.

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    Four Wellesley Alums to Travel on Fulbright Fellowships Next Year

    May 20, 2014

    Cailey Stevens ’12, Sophia Mo ’14, Christine Keung ’14, and Jennifer Lu ’12 will work with local communities through activities including research, teaching English, and civic engagement in Mexico, France, China, and Germany, respectively.

  • Joanne Berger-Sweeney smiles and holds up Trinity athletic jersey with her last name and number 22 on it

    Wellesley Alumna Selected as President of Trinity College

    May 2, 2014

    Joanne Berger-Sweeney ’79 has been elected as Trinity College's 22nd president, following a unanimous vote by its Board of Trustees. A former student, faculty member, and dean at Wellesley, Berger-Sweeney takes the helm at Trinity on July 1, 2014.

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    Wellesley Alum Becomes Most Successful Woman on Jeopardy

    May 1, 2014

    On the April 30 Jeopardy! broadcast, Julia Collins '05 won her eighth game, winning more than $170,000 and becoming the show’s most successful female contestant in its 30-year syndication.

  • Whitney Smith '12 with First Lady Michelle Obama

    Wellesley Alum Plants Garden with First Lady Michelle Obama

    April 25, 2014

    Whitney Smith '12 shares a moment with First Lady Michelle Obama, a fellow advocate for teaching kids about healthy nutrition. Smith is a volunteer with FoodCorps in Detroit.

  • Special Tribute to Kathryn Wasserman Davis '28

    April 24, 2014

    The Wellesley Blue crew team formed a W with their oars on Lake Waban as the campus commemorated the life of beloved alumna Kathryn W. Davis '28.

  • Amalya Kearse '59 winning hooprolling race in 1959

    Student Starts Collection of Oral Histories of Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent

    April 16, 2014

    Alumnae, students, and others convened recently in Tower Court to dicuss two related experiences: being a student of African descent at Wellesley in the 1950s, and taking part in a project collecting oral histories about that time and place.

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    Susan Wagner to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address at Wellesley

    April 11, 2014

    Susan L. Wagner '82, co-founder and director of BlackRock, will address the Class of 2014 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley’s 136th Commencement Exercises on May 30.

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    Alumna Sworn in to Romanian Presidential Cabinet

    March 20, 2014

    In March, Ioana Petrescu ’03 was sworn in as Romania’s newest finance minister. At 34, she is the youngest member of the Romanian presidential cabinet and the first woman finance minister since the fall of communism.

  • side by side headshots of Eva Sommaripa and Tracy Orleans

    Two Alums to Be Honored at 2014 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony

    February 26, 2014

    The Alumnae Achievement Award is the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields. The 2014 award will be presented to Eva Sommaripa ’63 and C. Tracy Orleans ’70 in a public ceremony on February 27, 2014.

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    Wellesley Launches Revamped ‘W Network’ on LinkedIn

    February 25, 2014

    Wellesley introduces the next generation of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association’s LinkedIn group, now renamed the Wellesley Alumnae Network.

  • Kate Leonard wearing House of Cards jacket

    Young Alum Finds Role on Script Team for House of Cards

    February 24, 2014

    The W Network was instrumental in putting Kate Leonard '12 on the path toward her current Netflix position, in the thick of the game-changing media series House of Cards.

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    Wellesley Alumnae Take to the Start-Up Road

    February 18, 2014

    Wellesley women are breaking new ground through building their own businesses. We talked to a handful of alumnae entrepreneurs and asked them about their journeys and the advice they’d offer other women seeking to follow their start-up model.

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    Wellesley Alum Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    February 13, 2014

    Madeline Rose Weeks ’11, who has studied the intersection of ecology, agriculture, economics, and culture with a focus on coffee and cocoa production, has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, covering the full cost of a graduate degree at University of Cambridge, U.K.

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    Alumna's Foundation and Classmates Fund New Research Opportunity

    February 4, 2014

    Wellesley students now have a unique chance to get hands-on medical research experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, backed by the Calliope Joy Foundation in partnership with the Class of 1989.

  • 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.

  • Wang with two women in field during tea harvest

    Alumna's Social Enterprise Brings Progress through Tea

    January 14, 2014

    Tranquil Tuesdays, a Beijing-based business launched by Charlene Wang '03, has become a premiere provider of Chinese teas and teaware as well as an exemplary social enterprise featured on CBS Sunday Morning, China Radio International, Time Out Beijing, and elsewhere.

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    Best of 2013 Lists Include Wellesley

    January 9, 2014

    From Buzzfeed to Barbara Walters, Wellesley was seen making the “Best of 2013” lists as alumnae, exhibits, centers, and the ever-beautiful campus were noticed by the outside world.

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    Women from Wellesley Help Lead NCAA/NEWMAC Symposium

    December 18, 2013

    Wellesley was a strong presence at the recent NCAA/NEWMAC symposium on the theme of integration, with remarks by NCAA Director of Division III Louise McCleary ’87, Wellesley Director of Athletics Bridget Belgiovine, and Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly.

  • Ruth Nagel Jones with friends in dorm room in 1940s

    Wellesley Celebrates Life and Legacy of Ruth Nagel Jones '42

    December 13, 2013

    Members of the Wellesley community gathered recently to honor the life, work, and generosity of the philanthropist and arts supporter for whom the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre is named.

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    Wellesley Alumna Receives American Musicological Society Honor

    December 9, 2013

    Brigid Cohen ’00 has been recognized by the American Musicological Society with the 2013 Lewis Lockwood Prize for best book by an emerging scholar.

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    Happy Thanksgiving from Wellesley

    November 27, 2013

    As students take a last break and a deep breath before December’s acceleration to the end of Fall semester, we pause to read the latest alumnae magazine, share our gratitude for Wellesley's vibrant community, and wish everyone a wonderful holiday.

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    Wellesley Alum in History-Making Archaeological Expedition

    November 25, 2013

    Alia Gurtov ’07 is part of an all-woman archaeological team excavating a recently discovered cave in South Africa's "Cradle of Humankind." The team has so far unearthed 1000  fossils—with the prospect of many more—that promise to illuminate the history of early humankind.

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    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.

  • Boston Globe Visits Book Release Party for Uzuri M. Wilkerson '05

    November 8, 2013

    The Boston Globe visits the book release party for Sour, the second book in the Boston-based vampire series by Uzuri M. Wilkerson '05.

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    NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray '76 Aims to Make City More Equitable

    November 6, 2013

    Poet, speechwriter, and activist Chirlane McCray ’76 becomes New York City’s next first lady with the election of her husband Bill de Blasio as mayor. The former English major credits Wellesley with developing her analytic thinking and leadership skills.

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    Tanner Conference Fills Campus on October 29

    October 29, 2013

    Tanner 2013 provides a forum for students and alumnae to reflect upon, analyze, and share their off-campus experiences with the College community.

  • Amy Batchelor with Orit Shaer

    Wellesley's Newly Renovated Human-Computer Interaction Lab Opens

    October 24, 2013

    Wellesley College Trustee Amy Batchelor ’88 (left) and HCI Lab Director Orit Shaer celebrate the official opening of the Human Computer Interaction Lab, renovated thanks to the generosity of Batchelor and her husband, Brad Feld.

  • Wellesley Leads Small College Contributors to Teach for America Corps

    October 3, 2013

    This school year, 20 members of Wellesley’s Class of 2013 are standing in front of the classroom for the first time as teachers with the Teach for America (TFA) corps.

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    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.

  • Family & Friends Weekend and Homecoming 2013 at Wellesley

    September 27, 2013

    Wellesley is excited to welcome the more than 480 family, friends, and alumnae coming to campus for a weekend of fun, learning, nostalgia, and friendship building.

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    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.

  • Moriah Carlson and Alice Wu

    Clothing Design Firm Launched by Alums Wins Acclaim

    September 12, 2013

    For Moriah Carlson '96 and Alice Wu '96, the world of fashion has unexpectedly become their world as they create quirky, elegant, and sustainable clothing for forward-thinking women.

  • Kessler looks through spotting scope

    Alumna Makes Rare Wildlife Sighting in Russia

    September 6, 2013

    This summer, biologist Mimi Kessler ’01 became one of the first women to see a snow leopard in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. There are believed to be only 30 or 40 snow leopards in the region and only 20 people have reported seeing one before, all of them men.

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    Class of 2013 Brings Its Talents to the World

    August 22, 2013

    As we prepare to welcome all members of Wellesley’s Class of 2017 to campus next week, we check in with some recent graduates of the last “green class” and find out what they are up to now.

  • Wellesley alumna Shirley Young

    Shirley Young '55 on Increasing Leadership Roles for Young Women

    August 19, 2013

    In a recent interview with China Daily, business and cultural leader Shirley Young '55 discussed her work and her goal to encourage leadership qualities among the young, especially women.

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    Wellesley Alum to Oversee Academics for Boston Public Schools

    July 30, 2013

    The Boston Public Schools announced that Eileen de los Reyes '84, who has led the effort to transform education for the thousands of English language learners in the Boston Public Schools, will be the district’s new deputy superintendent of academics.

  • Katie Berroth '02

    Wellesley Alum Wins Prestigious Acumen Global Fellowship

    July 23, 2013

    Kathleen Berroth ’02 has won a prestigious Acumen Global Fellowship, a year-long leadership training program in microfinance and impact investment. She competed with more than a thousand applicants seeking one of 10 fellowships.

  • Pamela Melroy '83 on the 50th Anniversary of the First Woman in Space

    July 1, 2013

    Retired NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy '83 was the second woman to command a space shuttle mission. The recent speaker at Beijing's Women's Leadership conference wrote for the Guardian reflecting on the past 50 years, leadership, and the women who went before her.

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    Wellesley Alumnae Receive Honorary Degrees

    June 26, 2013

    Vivian Pinn '62 received an honorary degree from Bates College this year; she was among Wellesley community members including Madeleine Albright '59, Diana Chapman Walsh '66, Alecia DeCoudreaux '76, and others, recognized for leadership in their respective fields by colleges and universities across the continent.

  • Alumna Named to Obama's Economic Council

    June 17, 2013

    Betsey Stevenson '93 was appointed last week by President Obama to his Council of Economic Advisers. The Council is responsible for advising the president on issues related to economic policy and for proposing potential solutions.

  • Alice Choe '13 Wins Prestigious Watson Fellowship

    May 29, 2013

    Graduating senior Alice Choe will use her Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel to four countries and study the complexities of domestic violence. She joins 56 Wellesley women to have won Watsons since 1980.

  • Wellesley Architecture Students Win Boston Design Competition

    May 23, 2013

    SiteSeeing, an entry by Wellesley architecture students Marguerite Sulmont ’13 and Anna Lake-Smith ’13, was one of three winners of a contest sponsored by the City of Boston Transportation Department and the National Parks Service.

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    Dana Im '10 Earns Prestigious Soros Fellowship

    May 17, 2013

    This young alum's creativity, originality, initiative, and sustained accomplishment was rewarded and will be supported by the Soros Foundation's grant for her medical and public policy education.

  • Fulbrighter Claire Fogarty

    Six Wellesley Women Win Fulbright Scholarships

    May 16, 2013

    Wellesley's Carolyn Bonner Campbell ‘13, Claire Ames Fogarty ‘12 (pictured), Rebecca Danielle McClain ‘13, Rebecca Ruhl ‘13, Christina Moriah Smith ‘13,  and Madeline Rose Weeks ‘11 received Fulbrights.

  • Wellesley Senior's Research Leads to Meeting with King of Swaziland

    May 14, 2013

    For her honor's thesis, Daniels Fellow Andrea Kine '13 studied Swaziland’s progress toward meeting the Millenium Development Goals set by the United Nations, and her work led to a meeting with Swaziland's King Mswati III.

  • Malia Maier dribble downcourt

    Wellesley Blue Senior Scores Spot in Record Books

    May 8, 2013

    Basketball player Malia Maier '13 holds the all-time Wellesley record for both steals and assists and ranks ninth all-time in scoring. The team leader has earned a spot in the NCAA record books, as well.

  • Caruso-Cabrera at CNBC

    Michelle Caruso-Cabrera ’91 Delivers Latina Month Keynote Address at Wellesley College

    April 3, 2013

    Chief International Correspondent for CNBC and Wellesley alum Michelle Caruso-Cabrera ’91 kicks off a full slate of Latina Month 2013 activities with a keynote address on April 3 entitled “Leading By Example.”

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    Wellesley Alum to Present at TEDxChange 2013

    April 2, 2013

    Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula ’10 was nominated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be a speaker for TEDxChange 2013 on April 3 (webcast live from ted.com). Her topic: Investing in Girls.

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    Ida Liu ’98 Rings Closing Bell on NYSE

    March 12, 2013

    Liu, a managing director at Citi Private Bank, was among top women execs from Citi who rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on March 7 to commemorate International Women’s Day.

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    Wellesley Alum’s Book Wins AAAS Award

    March 8, 2013

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science named Ocean Sunlight, by Molly Bang ’65, the Best Children’s Science Picture Book of 2012.

  • Wellesley College 2013 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony, February 28

    February 28, 2013

    A ceremony honoring the recipients of the 2013 Alumnae Achievement Awards will be held Thursday, February 28, in the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall at 5:30 p.m.

  • Nikki Wright and Haitian woman examine goat

    Alum Awarded Funds to Launch Livestock Education Center in Haiti

    February 19, 2013

    Nikki Wright '08, now a student at the UPenn Veterinary School, and a colleague won $25,000 for a project that proposed the creation and construction of a learning center in Haiti designed to provide education and training in sustainable goat management.

  • Lulu and Anthony Wang at Wellesley Campus Center

    Wellesley Alumnae Are Leaders in Philanthropy

    January 29, 2013

    The New York Times says Lulu Chow Wang '66 and her husband, Anthony Wang, established themselves in the vanguard of a new wave of Asian-American philanthropy when they donated $25 million to Wellesley College in 2000.

  • Madeleine Albright and Henry Paulson at Wellesley

    January 24, 2013

    On January 24, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ‘59 and Former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson discuss “The United States and China in the 21st Century” in a public event moderated by Cokie Roberts ‘64, senior correspondent for ABC News and NPR.

  • Alison Byerly portrait

    Wellesley Alumna Named First Woman President of Lafayette College

    January 16, 2013

    Alison R. Byerly ’83 has been named the 17th president of Lafayette College, a residential liberal arts college in Easton, Pa., that was founded in 1826. Byerly will take office on July 1, 2013.

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    Alumna Wins "Get Inspired" Video Contest

    December 18, 2012

    Jenny Lu '12 "couchsurfed" her way through Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ireland, meeting members of the international Deaf community. She documented the trip for a video contest and won a round-the-world trip.

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