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.


Sophie Sun '14 and director Cassandra Pattanayak work together in library office

Wellesley's New Quantitative Analysis Institute Provides Statistical Training and Services

January 23, 2014

This year, Wellesley opened an innovative institute on campus, designed to integrate statistics more deeply into the life of the College. The Quantitative Analysis Institute provides opportunities for expanded statistical work for both students and faculty.


Press Release: Study Shows MTV's 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, Contributed to Drop in Teen Birth Rate

January 13, 2014

A new study by Wellesley economist Phil Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa S. Kearney found that the MTV programs 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom had a significant impact on the recent record decline in the teen childbearing rate in the United States.


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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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Wellesley College Summer Theatre Program Presents The Clearing

January 10, 2014

The Wellesley College Summer Theatre program kicked off its 2014 season on January 9 with the opening of The Clearing. The show, which runs through February 2, is the story of an English landowner and his Irish wife who find themselves on opposite sides of a cruel divide.


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Wintersession 2014: CWS Launches "Alternative Breaks" Service Trips

January 31, 2014

In January, two groups of Wellesley students volunteered to work in New York and New Orleans, through programs run by the Center for Work and Service.


Davis Museum Painting Among Works in Area Collections Leaving a "Trail of Mystery"

January 30, 2014

The Boston Globe recently took a look at items in local museums with mysterious backstories, including one work at the Davis; 18th-century Peruvian painting called “Portrait of a Young Woman,” the back story of which, according to the Globe, "reads like a Hollywood whodunit."


Basketball volunteers pose with students at Let's Get Movin' basketball court

Wintersession 2014: Wellesley Athletes Train, Compete, and Serve

January 29, 2014

Wellesley's varsity winter sports teams had a busy January, with basketball, fencing, squash, swimming and diving, and track and field athletes remaining on campus or returning early for competitions (and community service) during Wintersession.


Wellesley power plant seen in the distance

Sustainable Choices: A Week of Thought-Provoking Events at Wellesley

January 28, 2014

A series of campuswide events addresses the complex questions involving sustainability, social concerns, and campus resources, beginning with a January 28 panel discussion about divestment and other potential responses to today’s environmental challenges.


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Wintersession 2014: Tri-College Program Tackles Real-World Problems

January 27, 2014

The Three College Collaboration's 2014 Wintersession program united students of different disciplines and academic approaches to develop software that optimizes services of a local nonprofit health education and fitness provider for low-income women and children.


What Modern Leaders Could Learn in the New Year From the Legacy of Alexander the Great

January 1, 2014

Wellesley College professor Guy MacLean Rogers studies the leadership of Alexander the Great, seeking what lessons can be learned from the enigmatic warrior. Rogers, who will teach an edX class on Alexander the Great this spring, researches the leadership of history’s greatest warrior, and sees similarities for the struggles of national leaders today.


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.


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.


promo poster for Albright-Browner talk

Madeleine Albright and Carol Browner Discuss the Politics of Climate Change

January 22, 2014

Madeleine Albright ’59 and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Carol Browner meet for public conversation on January 22, in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the talk will also be live streamed.


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.


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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.


Rocio Ortega on stage at Halo Awards Ceremony

Wellesley Sophomore Wins HALO Award

January 7, 2014

Rocio Ortega ’16 won the award from TV channel Nickelodeon when it honored four teens Helping And Leading Others (HALO). Ortega was recognized for her work in the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, encouraging American youth to speak up for girls in developing countries.


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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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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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Neuroscience Study Sheds New Light on Brain Processes

January 8, 2014

A study by Wellesley College neuroscientists Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway and Rosa Lafer-Sousa '09 provides new insight into how the brain’s inferior temporal cortex processes information about shape and color.


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Wintersession 2014 Gets Under Way with 5th Albright Institute

January 6, 2014

The 2014 Wintersession Program of the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College begins on January 6, 2014, and runs through January 24, 2014.


Paul Wink portrait

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.