Wellesley Science News

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    Wellesley Celebrates Annual Tanner Conference

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Today, the College community gathers for a full day of presentations about student out-of-classroom experiences. The Tanner Conference celebrates the diversity and depth of student endeavors. 


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    Reflections on the Passenger Pigeon

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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


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    Summer Research Poster Session 2014

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    On Thursday, July 31, the student participants of Wellesley’s Summer Research Program presented their research to faculty, friends, and the community with presentation posters in the Science Center Library. This week marks the final week of the program.


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    Wellesley Professor Presents at Alan Alda's World Science Festival

    Thursday, 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.


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    Senior Project: Justyna Jakubaszek, Psychology

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Psychology and political science major Justyna Jakubaszek '14 designed an experiment to examine the effects of a lawyer’s age, gender, and goals on biases in jury decisions for her honors thesis.


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    Senior Project: Katie Eyring, Chemistry

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    With her interest piqued by an organic chemistry course with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dora Carrico-Moniz, Katie Eyring '14 went on to synthesize and evaluate a novel series of compounds that specifically target pancreatic cancer cells.


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    12 Wellesley Scholars Win NSF Graduate Fellowhips

    Thursday, 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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    Wellesley Professor Collaborates on Tests of Theory of General Relativity

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a member of the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation since 2004, and other researchers probe accuracy of theories of gravity.


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

    Tuesday, 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.


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    Ravencam Live from Wellesley's Science Center

    Friday, 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.


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    Wellesley Researchers Use Seal Teeth to See Lake's Past

    Friday, 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 Students Code in College's First Hackathon

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    Last weekend, eight teams of Wellesley students representing a variety of majors took on the challenge of collaborating and competing to create mobile apps in WHack, the college’s first 24-hour coding marathon.


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    Wellesley Symposium Focuses on How Best to Communicate Science

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Pioneering microbiologist Rita Colwell, longtime head of the National Science Foundation, addresses a Wellesley symposium where participants grapple with the challenges of communicating science to the public, especially in fields that are easily politicized.


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    Spotlight on Teaching: Developing Technology for a Better World

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    In this recurring feature that highlights one of the many innovative, thought-provoking Wellesley courses each month, we visit the engineering courses of Visiting Lecturer of Engineering Amy Banzaert.


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    Two Alums to Be Honored at 2014 Alumnae Achievement Awards Ceremony

    Wednesday, 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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    2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: A Bush Not a Tree

    Wednesday, 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.


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    Alumna's Foundation and Classmates Fund New Research Opportunity

    Tuesday, 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.


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    Neuroscience Study Sheds New Light on Brain Processes

    Wednesday, 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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    Wellesley Professor Wins Murray Award from APA

    Thursday, 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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    Hour of Code Comes to Wellesley

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Ten million new computer programmers is the goal of the ambitious Hour of Code campaign, and Wellesley computer science students and faculty are doing their part on campus December 11-13.


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    Wellesley Student Wins Major Environmental Fellowship

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Kate Corcoran '15 has won a prestigious Greater Research Opportunities fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, worth approximately $50,000 toward education and internships in pursuit of a career in environmental studies.


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    Wellesley Alum in History-Making Archaeological Expedition

    Monday, 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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    Biological Anthropologist Adam Van Arsdale Explains Dmanisi 5 Skull Significance

    Monday, 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.


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    Wellesley Neuroscience Students Publish Research

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    Four Wellesley neuroscience majors recently published a paper in the undergraduate neuroscience journal Impulse. Mika Asaba ’14, Adrian Bates ’13, Kitaia Dao ’14, and Mika Maeda ’14 used fruit flies in their study of sleep disorder and memory acquisition.


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    Alumna Makes Rare Wildlife Sighting in Russia

    Friday, 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.