Trends to Watch in the Next Decade, Part 2: Families and Climate ChangeJanuary 17, 2020
Faculty members from across disciplines at Wellesley, including women’s and gender studies, biological sciences, economics, and education, talk about changes they foresee in the decade to come. In Part 2, professors Rosanna Hertz, Andrea Sequeira, and Becca Selden weigh in.
Trends to Watch in the Next Decade, Part 1: Money, Equality, and EducationJanuary 16, 2020
Faculty members from across disciplines at Wellesley, including women’s and gender studies, biological sciences, economics, and education, talk about changes they foresee in the decade to come. In Part 1, professors Olga Shurchkov, Kristin Butcher, and Soo Hong weigh in.
Boston Art Installation Inspired by Latin American “Sobremesa” Amplifies Community VoicesJanuary 13, 2020
Residents of a Dorchester, Mass., neighborhood in Boston together with Wellesley professors Daniela Rivera and Jenny Olivia Johnson and their students created a one-time art installation and celebration of the community inspired by the Latin American cultural practice of sobremesa.
Ambassador Susan Rice Reflects on Political and Personal Lessons Learned at Albright Institute WintersessionJanuary 10, 2020
As part of the Albright Institute Wintersession, Ambassador Susan Rice joined Professor Michael Jeffries on stage in Jewett Auditorium to discuss the lessons she’s learned from her personal and professional journeys.
When a Construction Site Becomes the ClassroomJanuary 8, 2020
Wellesley engineering students visited the Science Center construction site to watch workers perform a key test in the soil in preparation for a new foundation, and came away with a deeper understanding of the complexities of building.
Professors Kellie Carter Jackson and Dan Chiasson Share Favorite Books, Films, Podcasts of 2019January 6, 2020
Dan Chiasson, Lorraine C. Wang Professor of English, and Kellie Carter Jackson, Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities and assistant professor of Africana studies, discuss some of the best books, shows, podcasts, and movies they came across in 2019.
Wellesley Celebrates the Season with Holiday Brunch for College StaffDecember 19, 2019
The annual President’s Brunch shows the College’s appreciation for faculty and staff and also honors winners of the peer-nominated Staff Recognition Awards.
Unrest and Uncertainty in Bolivia ExplainedDecember 16, 2019
Susan Ellison, assistant professor of anthropology at Wellesley, explains the political situation unfolding in Bolivia.
How the Rise in Online Shopping Affects the PlanetDecember 6, 2019
Beth DeSombre, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley, discusses the environmental repercussions of the rise in online shopping, why consumers make choices that harm the environment, and what a green shipping industry might look like.
From the Impossible Whopper to Tofurkey: What’s the Environmental Impact of Plant-Based Meat?November 26, 2019
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Wellesley professors Jaclyn and Erich Hatala Matthes talk about the rise of plant-based meat, its environmental impact, and the role of moral thinking in what we decide to eat.
The Periodic Table Turns 150: How It Came To Be and What’s NextNovember 22, 2019
Chris Arumainayagam, professor of chemistry at Wellesley, describes the origins and history of the periodic table on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
Controversy at the Latin Grammys: Why Was Reggaetón Slighted?November 15, 2019
American studies professor and reggaetón expert Petra Rivera-Rideau talks about the significance of reggaetón, one of the highest-grossing genres in Latin music, and why it was slighted at this year’s Latin Grammys.
Wellesley Celebrates Connections Among Wellesley’s First-Gen CommunityNovember 8, 2019
LISTEN: On National First-Generation Celebration Day, Shanté Brown, dean of first-year students, and Andy Mowbray, lecturer in art, discuss their experiences as first-generation college students, the importance of the first-gen community at Wellesley, and the successes of Wellesley first-gen students, faculty, and staff.
Happy 50th, “Sesame Street”! Wellesley Researcher Finds Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch Prepare Children for School and JobsNovember 7, 2019
Recent research from Wellesley economics professor Phillip Levine and a colleague at the University of Maryland shows that kids who watch “Sesame Street” do better in school and in the job market.
From the Middle Ages to Modern-Day Philadelphia: How Black Metaphors Shape Our Understanding of RaceNovember 6, 2019
Wellesley professor Cord Whitaker took his new book, Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-Thinking, home to his South Philadelphia neighborhood, where he sees many of the book’s themes, challenges, and potential for change in action.
Daniela Rivera Receives Prestigious Contemporary Art PrizeOctober 11, 2019
The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has given Daniela Rivera, associate professor of art, its 20th annual Rappaport Prize for her contemporary artwork.
The People’s Republic of China at 70: How Chinese Literature and Cinema Illuminate the Cultural Revolution and Its AftermathOctober 9, 2019
Mingwei Song, associate professor of Chinese at Wellesley, reflects on the 70th anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of China, the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, and current Chinese literature and film.
The Path to a Healthy Brain Starts in the GutOctober 8, 2019
Microbiologist Vanja Klepac-Ceraj studies how microbes respond to and mediate environments, including a freshwater lake, and the human gut.
Shakespeare Troupe Teaches and Entertains at WellesleyOctober 7, 2019
Shakespearean actors continue a 14-year tradition at Wellesley with workshops and performances of “Twelfth Night.”
Five Takeaways from the UN General Assembly SessionSeptember 30, 2019
The annual general debate of the United Nations General Assembly session opened September 24 in New York, kicking off several days of speeches and controversy.
How a Phone Call Led to an Impeachment InquirySeptember 26, 2019
Wellesley political science professors Maneesh Arora and Igor Logvinenko weigh in on how a controversial phone call between U.S. and Ukrainian leaders has sparked a formal impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives.
Wellesley’s Tetel Lab Explores Links Between Hormones, the Microbiome, and Women’s HealthSeptember 25, 2019
Wellesley professor of neuroscience Marc Tetel and his student researchers are investigating the relationship between hormones, diet, stress, and the microbiome in several projects focused on women’s health.
Wellesley Professor Examines the Ocean’s Response to Climate ChangeSeptember 20, 2019
Assistant professor of chemistry Rachel Stanley and the students in her lab are studying how the biogeochemical processes of the ocean respond to climate change.
Neuroscience Professor Sara Wasserman ’02 on the Brain, Behavior, and WellesleySeptember 17, 2019
Assistant professor of neuroscience Sara Wasserman’02 combines brain science, genetics, physiology, and computer coding in her research and teaching.
What I Did This Summer: Jacon Mayer, PERASeptember 12, 2019
Thanks to a grant from Wellesley’s Ford Professional Development Fund, recreation coordinator Jacon Mayer spent a part of his summer climbing Alaska’s Denali. Find out more about what Mayer learned and what he’s taking with him into the classroom and beyond.
Meet Bethany Ellis, Wellesley’s New Director of Athletics and Chair of PERASeptember 11, 2019
Bethany Ellis joined the Wellesley community this summer as the new director of athletics and chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics (PERA).
What I Did This Summer: Nikki A. Greene, Assistant Professor of ArtSeptember 5, 2019
Nikki A. Greene, assistant professor of art at Wellesley, talks about her summer of writing essays and book chapters, and spending time with her family and adopted beagle.
A Sunny Tuesday Morning Welcomes the New Academic YearSeptember 3, 2019
Happy first day of classes! September 3 marks the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Wellesley Expert on Contemporary China Discusses Hong Kong DemonstrationsAugust 23, 2019
Wellesley political science professor William Joseph offers insight into the political demonstrations in Hong Kong, the responses of China and the international community, and thoughts about the future.
What We Did This Summer: Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald, Political ScienceAugust 22, 2019
Wellesley political science professors Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald bring us across the Atlantic, where they spent the summer continuing their research on government power shifts, exploring medieval cities, and hiking in the Alps with their two daughters.
Wellesley Centers for Women Partners with Local Middle School to Promote Healthy Social Media UseAugust 19, 2019
Wellesley Centers for Women teamed up with the College’s computer science department to host a workshop at the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School in Norwood, Mass., that promoted healthy social media use.
What I Did This Summer: Professor Lisa Rodensky, EnglishAugust 15, 2019
In the second installment of our series “What I Did This Summer,” we talk with English professor Lisa Rodensky, who delved into one of the most important bibliographic accomplishments of the 20th century, founded at Wellesley, and researched contributors to a major 19th-century British periodical.
In New Book, Professors Chart a History of Life Writing as a Means to Address Gender and Racial InjusticeAugust 8, 2019
“Witnessing Girlhood” traces a tradition of autobiographical writing about childhood trauma as a means to expose harm and seek justice.
A View That Never Gets Old: Galen Stone Tower across Lake WabanAugust 2, 2019
This gorgeous shot of Galen Stone Tower across Lake Waban, snapped by Adam Van Arsdale, associate professor of anthropology, never gets old!
What I Did This Summer: Professor Ismar Volić, MathematicsAugust 1, 2019
In the first installment of our series “What I Did This Summer,” we start with travel to Bosnia, where mathematics professor Ismar Volić led a conference on advancing education and arts in his home country. He also shares insights from a lunchtime conversation on STEM education with the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Wellesley Historian Examines Role of African American Marketers in Changing American MediaJuly 29, 2019
A new book by Brenna Greer, associate professor of history at Wellesley, looks at how ads in “Jet” and “Ebony” magazines with images of African Americans helped change perceptions of black people.
Wellesley Student and Professor Research Wikipedia’s Role in Perceived Political BiasJuly 25, 2019
LISTEN: How “edit wars” and “vandalism” can turn a common good for the free flow of information into a tool for molding political bias. Computer science professor Eni Mustafaraj and Khonzodakon Umarova ’20 discuss their research about the Wikipedia pages of news sources.
FaceApp Has Users Wondering About More than Their Future LooksJuly 24, 2019
Wellesley computer science instructor Peter Mawhorter weighs in on the recent success of the photo-editing app FaceApp and the #AgeChallenge.
As Supreme Court Term Ends, Two Wellesley Professors Discuss Recent and Future CasesJuly 22, 2019
Wellesley political science professors Jennifer Chudy and Tom Burke offer insight into whether the Supreme Court’s recent decisions were swayed by public opinion and what to expect from the court when it reconvenes in the fall.
Wellesley Physicist Researches the Moon Using Instrument Left by Apollo 11July 19, 2019
Reflectors left on the moon 50 years ago by the Apollo 11 astronauts still yield significant data for scientists like Wellesley professor James Battat and his team of student researchers.
Wellesley Professor Explains Reggaeton’s Relationship to the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico and the Dominican RepublicJuly 17, 2019
Wellesley professor Petra Rivera-Rideau wins a Puerto Rican studies prize for her essay on a reggaeton artist Tego Calderón’s music video.
“Engineering Rules” that Shape the World’s Economy? We’re Listening.July 11, 2019
LISTEN: Wellesley political science professor Craig N. Murphy and MIT professor JoAnne Yates discuss their new book, “Engineering Rules,” which looks at the history of voluntary standard setting and its global impact.
Wellesley Looks Back on the Past Year in Athletics and Ahead to the NextJuly 2, 2019
This spring, Grace Cowles ’21 ended her season with a sixth-place finish in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships—just one highlight from an amazing year in athletics for the Wellesley Blue.
Wellesley Economist Says U.S. Foreign Direct Investment Is a Casualty of the Trade WarJuly 1, 2019
Economics professor Joseph Joyce discusses the far-reaching impact of changes in U.S. corporate tax laws.
On the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, Wellesley Professor Discusses Its Legacy and ImpactJune 27, 2019
Fifty years ago, six days of protest at the Stonewall Inn sparked LGBTQ liberation movements. Wellesley assistant professor of English Octavio González reflects on Stonewall’s legacy and cultural impact.
Why Do Kids Pretend to Be Animals? Wellesley Professor ExplainsJune 26, 2019
When children pretend to be animals, fantasy characters, or adult professionals, they are building an understanding of other people and the world around them, says Wellesley psychology professor Tracy Gleason.
Friday’s Solstice and a Bustling Campus Signal Summer at WellesleyJune 21, 2019
The Butler Boathouse is still bathed in light at 7 pm, a day before the summer solstice.
Wellesley Anthropology Professor Studies Bolivian Lenders’ Use of Graffiti to Trigger RepaymentJune 20, 2019
Wellesley anthropologist Susan Ellison, who wrote an award-winning book on Latin America, interviewed borrowers and lenders in El Alto, Bolivia.
Wellesley Earns Gold Rating for Sustainability EffortsJune 18, 2019
The College earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Clear Blue Skies Provide Perfect Backdrop for Evening SoccerJune 14, 2019
Wellesley faculty and staff enjoy the beautiful June weather during their weekly pickup soccer game.
Wellesley Ecologist Discusses UN Report on Animal and Plant ExtinctionJune 13, 2019
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services finds that individual and collective actions are necessary to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.
Wellesley Professor Discusses Factors Behind Resistance to Measles VaccinationsJune 6, 2019
In the wake of measles outbreaks in the United States, Jonathan Imber, sociology professor at Wellesley, talks about the intersection of public health and free choice.
Wellesley Honors Three Professors for Excellence in TeachingJune 3, 2019
During commencement exercises on May 31, Wellesley professors Kimberly Cassibry, Soo Hong, and Jaclyn Hatala Matthes were awarded the Pinanski Teaching Prize.
“Wellesley” Magazine Takes an In-Depth Look at Inclusive Excellence at the CollegeMay 29, 2019
“Wellesley” magazine examines the campus community’s dedication to creating a more inclusive Wellesley.
Wellesley Professor Tells NBC News U.S. Is Engaging China in a “Game of Chicken”May 28, 2019
Economist David Lindauer tells NBC News that both sides are being hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.
Wellesley Professor Discusses the Portrayal of the Peasantry in “Game of Thrones”May 20, 2019
Cord Whitaker, assistant professor of English at Wellesley, reflects on the peasantry in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” compared with the history of the Middle Ages, and on how that history has been misinterpreted by white nationalists.
Wellesley Professor Marks 100th Anniversary of China’s May Fourth MovementMay 9, 2019
Mingwei Song, associate professor of Chinese at Wellesley, explains the significance of the student-led protests in China in 1919 that became known as the May Fourth Movement.
In the Aftermath of Fire, Wellesley Professor Discusses What’s Next for Notre DameApril 24, 2019
Wellesley professor and medievalist Cord Whitaker talks about the history and symbolism of Notre Dame and, in the wake of the destructive April 15 fire, how it might be rebuilt for modern times.
Nutrition Shock: How an Abundance of Food Can Lead to an Increase in Chronic DiseaseApril 18, 2019
Wellesley professor Gauri Kartini Shastry studies India’s Green Revolution to find a connection between a dramatic increase in the production of food grains and growth in chronic diseases—an unintended impact.
Wellesley Professor and First-Time Marathoner Produces Running-Themed Science PodcastApril 15, 2019
Adam Van Arsdale’s podcast, “Running for Science: Science for Running,” explores running through the lens of evolutionary science. This is Van Arsdale’s (center) first Boston Marathon.
Washington Post Asks Wellesley Economics Professor about Gender Quotas in GovernmentApril 5, 2019
Olga Shurchkov, Wellesley associate professor of economics, weighs in on a method for achieving gender equality in the workplace.
Wellesley Psychology Professor Finds that Culture and Status Relate To How Parents Express Emotions to ChildrenMarch 28, 2019
Stephen Chen, Wellesley assistant professor of psychology, studies emotional expressiveness among Chinese-American families.
Get Up and Grow: Environmental Studies Professor Discusses Garlic Mustard ResearchMarch 26, 2019
How does the environment influence the ability of plant populations to persist or fail? Alden Griffith, assistant professor of environmental studies, talks to “Wellesley” magazine about his large-scale field experiment featuring the invasive plant species garlic mustard.
Wellesley Professor Emeritus Explains How Political Novels of the Past Can Inform Our PresentMarch 25, 2019
Listen to Jens Kruse, professor emeritus of German, and Sanja Jagesic ’08 discuss novels of dictatorship and the insights they can offer contemporary readers.
Wellesley Professor Analyzes Second North Korea Summit in Media AppearancesMarch 4, 2019
Leaders from the United States and North Korea met in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second summit last week. Wellesley professor of political science Katharine Moon commented on its potential outcomes in several media outlets.
Wellesley Professor Writes about the Tactical Use of Violence by Black AbolitionistsFebruary 28, 2019
In her new book, Kellie Carter Jackson, assistant professor of Africana studies at Wellesley, provides the first historical analysis of the use of political violence among antebellum black activists.
Wellesley Professor Talks with Philadelphia Public Radio about Mathematical Principles in Daily LifeFebruary 27, 2019
Math Professor Oscar Fernandez says mathematical applications are all around us.
Wellesley Professor Discusses the Oscars and Diversity in the Film Industry on WGBHFebruary 22, 2019
Ahead of the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, Wellesley professor Michael Jeffries looks back at the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and efforts to increase the diversity of Oscar nominees and the film industry itself.
Wellesley Biologist Talks with the CBC about Threats to Honey Bees’ SurvivalFebruary 20, 2019
Biology professor Heather Mattila (pictured) says pesticides, weather, and parasites are endangering the North American honey bee population.
Wellesley Receives Plaque from Museum Dedicated to World-Renowned Chinese Author Bingxin M.A. ’26February 19, 2019
At the start of Chinese New Year, President Paula Johnson received a plaque from the Bingxin Literature Museum in honor of a legendary Wellesley alumna and writer.
Wellesley Professor Discusses Global Economics in Wake of DavosFebruary 13, 2019
In the wake of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Wellesley’s Quinn Slobodian weighs in on global economics, globalization, and the impact of climate change on economic growth.
Wellesley Faculty Practice Teamwork at Science Education Retreat for Inclusive ExcellenceJanuary 29, 2019
Wellesley faculty members participated in team-building exercises during a five-day retreat to promote inclusive excellence in the classroom.
WBUR, the Atlantic, and NBC Ask Professor Rosanna Hertz about Donor-Sibling NetworksJanuary 28, 2019
Children of the same donor and their parents are redefining kinship, expanding the concept of family, says Wellesley’s Rosanna Hertz (center).
Distinguished Speakers Discuss New Challenges to Democracy at Albright InstituteJanuary 25, 2019
This year’s Albright Institute Wintersession event brought some of the world’s most influential leaders to Wellesley, including Judy Woodruff, John Podesta, Samantha Power, Cass Sunstein, and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 herself, to address current issues facing our democracy.
Do Glasses-Wearing Candidates Have an Edge? Wellesley Professor Weighs InJanuary 23, 2019
Wellesley professor Olga Shurchkov recently spoke to CNBC about new research from two European universities that looked at whether wearing glasses could help candidates win an election.
On Horseback with the Lakota Sioux, Wellesley Professor Honors Those Killed in the Wounded Knee MassacreJanuary 18, 2019
Wellesley professor Elena Creef’s (center) interest in the Lakota Sioux has inspired her to develop new courses and take her students to visit North and South Dakota during spring break.
WellesleyX Italian Courses Reach Over 125,000 Students WorldwideJanuary 17, 2019
Two years after its launch, WellesleyX Italian courses have reached over 125,000 students in nearly 200 countries, offering unprecedented access to high-quality language classes, and positioning Wellesley as an innovator among higher ed institutions in online language instruction.
Wellesley Professors Explore Rise and Decline of Global PowersJanuary 16, 2019
In their new books, Wellesley College political science professors Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald investigate rising powers and world order, great power transitions globally, and the impact on international relations and current events.
The Davis Museum Gets an Iconic Art Treasure from the College’s French HouseJanuary 15, 2019
A midcentury Air France advertising poster depicting the legendary Lourdes apparitions is moving from the French House to the Davis Museum.
Wellesley Professor’s Data Visualization App Helps Users Create Compelling GraphsJanuary 10, 2019
With ShowMyData.org, a new suite of free data visualization web apps developed by Wellesley associate professor of psychology Jeremy Wilmer, anyone can create and download best-practice graphs.
BBC Features Wellesley Professor’s Perspective on Popularity of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy WritingJanuary 8, 2019
Wellesley College professor of Chinese Mingwei Song says writers from China and other cultures are diversifying genres, like science fiction and fantasy, historically dominated by Westerners.
A Wonder of Ice and Snow: Alaska’s Wellesley GlacierJanuary 7, 2019
Did you know there is a glacier named after Wellesley College in Alaska’s Prince William Sound? Read more about the historic Harriman Expedition, which included naturalist John Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club, that charted the area for the first time.
Wellesley Professor’s Research Featured in “Wall Street Journal” ArticleJanuary 4, 2019
Why are Americans working longer in life? Wellesley economics professor Courtney Coile’s recent research, featured in the Wall Street Journal, sheds some light.
Wellesley Professor Weighs in on Russian Project to Rename AirportsDecember 18, 2018
The Kremlin is leading a national contest to rename 47 of Russia’s airports. Nina Tumarkin, professor of history and Slavic studies at Wellesley, spoke with The Atlantic about the project’s potential effects.
In WBUR Article, Wellesley Professor Discusses ADHD Diagnoses in Kids Born Close to Enrollment CutoffsDecember 13, 2018
Beth Hennessey, Wellesley professor of psychology, says children born closer to school enrollment cutoff dates who are diagnosed with ADHD may in some cases simply be less mature than their classmates.
On Human Rights Day, Wellesley Professor Asks Us to Help Humanity ThriveDecember 10, 2018
December 10 is Human Rights Day, an opportunity to reflect on the wisdom of restoring full humanity into our relationships to others. (Pictured: Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the Human Rights Commission, speaking at a press conference after the completion of the Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.)
How Do Fish Swim? Wellesley Biology Professor Looks for Answers in Lake WabanDecember 5, 2018
Lake Waban’s bluegill sunfish yield data for Wellesley biologist who studies fish movement.
Nigerian-Born Visual Artist Finds a New Audience at WellesleyNovember 30, 2018
An interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff explores ways to incorporate an upcoming Davis Museum art exhibit by Nigerian-born visual artist Fatimah Tuggar into their teaching and research.
Interdisciplinary Research Team Explores Water System on Science HillNovember 29, 2018
Amid the ongoing construction of the Science Center, Wellesley faculty, students, and staff use Paramecium Pond and Silver Thread Brook in a new academic collaboration—Wellesley’s Water Challenge—that spans five science disciplines.
Acclaimed Director Wang Bing to Screen and Discuss “Three Sisters” at WellesleyNovember 15, 2018
Wellesley welcomes acclaimed Chinese director Wang Bing to campus during his first major U.S. retrospective.
WBUR Reviews New Exhibition by Wellesley Art ProfessorNovember 13, 2018
In her solo exhibition at Boston University, Alexandria Smith, assistant professor of art at Wellesley, explores the idea that African-Americans live with two coexisting identities: one a persona that is plainly seen by the world and the other unconsciously hidden, below the surface.
Is AI Sexist? Wellesley Computer Science Professor Looks Into a Recent Amazon Recruiting ExperimentNovember 9, 2018
Wellesley professor Eni Mustafaraj analyzes AI biases in her recent Spoke blog post.
Boston Globe Features Wellesley Professors’ Research on Gender Differences in Response to Negative FeedbackNovember 5, 2018
Recent research by Wellesley College economics professors finds that women tend to personalize negative feedback while men are more likely to shrug it off.
At Listening Session, Wellesley Community Gives Input on College’s Demonstration PolicyNovember 1, 2018
Senior administrators at Wellesley held a listening session October 31 to hear input from the community regarding the College’s demonstration policy, currently under development. All community members are invited to share their views via an online form linked in this article.
Wellesley Psychology Professor Researches Irritability in ChildrenOctober 25, 2018
Christen Deveney, assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley, seeks clues to the factors that contribute to childhood irritability, a common but often misunderstood possible symptom of mental health issues.
Shakespeare Troupe Returns to Wellesley to Perform “Hamlet”October 18, 2018
Actors From The London Stage will perform Hamlet during the ensemble’s 13th appearance at Wellesley.
Study Examines How College Students Get Their News in the Digital AgeOctober 17, 2018
Students believe news is valuable to society and democracy, but they find the volume overwhelming, confusing, and difficult to navigate, according to a new study co-authored by Wellesley professor P. Takis Metaxas.
Wellesley Political Science Professor Explores China’s Future Ambitions as a World PowerOctober 15, 2018
Stacie E. Goddard, Wellesley professor of political science, sees opportunities for China to challenge the international order even as it remains a member of global institutions like the U.N. Security Council.
Wellesley Theatre Faculty Member’s Play to Be Produced in CubaOctober 5, 2018
In having her works published and performed in Cuba, Melinda Lopez, lecturer in theatre studies at Wellesley, comes full circle.
Wellesley Economics Professor Explains Possible Effects of Looming International Trade WarSeptember 28, 2018
David Lindauer, Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics, weighs the merits of imposing tariffs to address international trade.
Appearing on WGBH, Wellesley Professor Discusses Impact of Movie “Crazy Rich Asians”September 21, 2018
Wellesley’s Elena Creef talks with radio host Callie Crossley ’73 about whether the success of “Crazy Rich Asians” could lead to Asian films becoming a trend in Hollywood.
Wellesley Biologist Studies Oceans’ Smallest, Most Abundant Photosynthetic OrganismAugust 22, 2018
Wellesley biologist is involved in research that reveals the significant role of a tiny microbe that emits oxygen into the atmosphere; the story was recently featured on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday” website.
David Teng Olsen Completes One Mural on Campus and Starts AnotherJuly 31, 2018
With his mural “Inclusive Excellence” completed in Green Hall, David Teng Olsen, associate professor of art, paints a new mural project in the creative writing suite.
Summer Night Sky Features a Total Lunar Eclipse, Meteor Shower and a Close-up Look at MarsJuly 26, 2018
Though the July 27 lunar eclipse will not be visible in North America, other celestial occurrences like meteor showers and a closer look at Mars, will. Kristina Punzi from Wellesley’s Whitin Observatory explains.
Wellesley Anthropology Project on the Former Site of College Hall Yields a Surprising FindJuly 24, 2018
Archaeology excavation turns up bone fragments from a skeleton believed to have been used in anatomical classes more than 100 years ago.
After Trump-Putin Summit, Wellesley Professors Discuss What’s Next for U.S.-Russia RelationsJuly 19, 2018
Wellesley faculty members Nina Tumarkin and Igor Logvinenko weigh in on US-Russia relations in the wake of the Trump-Putin summit earlier this week.
Wellesley College’s Lake Waban Gives Clues About the Environment and Climate Thousands of Years AgoJuly 17, 2018
To better understand how Wellesley College’s Lake Waban was formed, a professor and students conduct a geophysical survey into its depths.
Wellesley Professor Weighs In on SCOTUS Nominee, Brett KavanaughJuly 10, 2018
Thomas Burke, Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science at Wellesley, weighs in on the recent Supreme Court nomination by President Trump.
Immersive Summer Writing Course on Work of Ireland’s Master Writers Inspires Wellesley StudentsJuly 3, 2018
Highlights of a two-week, immersive writing course in Connemara, Ireland, include a local Irish radio interview with Wellesley Writing Program lecturers Heather Corbally Bryant and Lynne Viti about the students’ experience and the inspirational writers they learned more about.
Wellesley College Awarded a $1 Million Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Support Inclusive Excellence on CampusJune 21, 2018
With a $1 million grant, Wellesley joins the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Initiative, focusing on equity and inclusion in science education.
Media Outlets Ask Wellesley Professor Katharine H. S. Moon to Weigh In On the Summit Meeting in SingaporeJune 15, 2018
Wellesley Professor Katharine H.S. Moon, expert on U.S.-Korea Relations, underwhelmed by the results of the summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.
Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents Shirley Lauro’s “A Piece of My Heart,” and Marks Longtime Director Nora Hussey’s Last ProductionJune 13, 2018
After 28 years at Wellesley, Nora Hussey, director of Wellesley College Theatre and Artistic Director of Wellesley Rep, says goodbye with a production of Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart, a play about the effects of the Vietnam War on six women.
Wellesley Award Recognizes Exceptional Teaching in Music, Political Science, and AstronomyJune 4, 2018
The 2018 Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Wellesley’s highest teaching honor, has been awarded to Wesley Andrés Watters (astronomy), Paul MacDonald (political science), and Jenny Olivia Johnson (music) (left to right).
Wellesley Faculty Gather for Day-Long Retreat to Advance Work on Inclusive ExcellenceMay 21, 2018
Student concerns helped inform workshops and dialogues at a faculty retreat aimed at creating greater inclusion and equity at Wellesley.
Wellesley Salutes Staff and Union Members During Recognition CelebrationMay 16, 2018
College employees were recognized for many years of service, innovation, and collaboration in a ceremony at Alumnae Ballroom.
New Webpage Highlights Faculty Research at WellesleyMay 15, 2018
The Office of Sponsored Research is developing a new webpage, the Faculty Research Spotlight, highlighting the important work of Wellesley faculty (pictured).
Inaugural Camellia Student Leadership Awards Honor Outstanding Leaders at WellesleyApril 25, 2018
The Camellia Student Leadership Awards recognize student leaders for their positive impact on the Wellesley community.
Symposium Celebrates Four Years of Wellesley’s Innovative Blended Learning InitiativeApril 23, 2018
Attendees at the Wellesley Blended Learning Initiative’s 2018 symposium learned about the creative use of technology in courses ranging from Renaissance music to anatomy.
Wellesley Remembers Barbara Bush’s Words to the Class of 1990April 19, 2018
The White House called the commencement address Barbara Bush delivered at Wellesley in 1990 “a job Wellesley done.”
Wellesley English Professor Frank Bidart Wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for PoetryApril 18, 2018
Video: Frank Bidart, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and professor of English, has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Many in the community had the privilege of hearing the poet read a selection of his work yesterday, including Guilty of Dust from Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965-2016.
Wellesley Professor Joins WGBH Radio’s Callie Crossley ’73 to Discuss the Gender Wage GapApril 10, 2018
On WGBH’s Under the Radar, Wellesley professor Rosanna Hertz joined a discussion on gender pay equity in honor of Equal Pay Day.
Professor Frances Malino to Deliver 2018 Distinguished Faculty LectureApril 4, 2018
Frances Malino will deliver the Distinguished Faculty Lecture today, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. Titled “Jewish Voices: Muslim Lands,” her talk will focus on the lives of Jewish women teaching in a network of schools from Morocco (pictured) to Iran in the early 20th century.
Wellesley Kicks off “Earth Month” with Campus-wide Forum on Sustainability, and Insights on Environmental Practices from Faculty AuthorApril 2, 2018
Sustainability continues to be a top priority at Wellesley—from discussing sustainability issues at a community forum on April 3, to diving into Professor Elizabeth DeSombre’s recently published book, “Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things.”
Wellesley Centers for Women Discusses March Madness and Collegiate SportsMarch 29, 2018
A Wellesley Centers for Women panel, featuring Wellesley basketball player Laura McGeary ’19 (center) and other speakers, discusses college basketball’s “March Madness” and the sociological and gender issues raised by college sports.
Two Wellesley Professors Named 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential FellowsMarch 26, 2018
Wellesley professors Katherine Grandjean and Helena de Bres will spend a year at the University of Connecticut and Stanford University, respectively, as they pursue research projects on the violent legacy of the American Revolution and self-life narration's connection to a meaningful life.
March 17 Marked the 104th Anniversary of the College Hall FireMarch 19, 2018
Wellesley faculty member leads archaeology class that excavates the grounds of the historic 1914 College Hall fire to find artifacts and learn about daily life.
How Peace and Justice Studies Came to WellesleyMarch 16, 2018
Kitty Gladstone ’50 recalls the inspiration for the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley.
Wellesley Community Gathers to Honor Victims of Parkland, Fla., High School TragedyMarch 14, 2018
Wellesley joins the unprecedented national protest against gun violence in tribute to the victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Immigrant Journeys: How Six Alumnae Came to the United States to Build New LivesMarch 5, 2018
Six alumnae featured in the winter issue of Wellesley magazine share their stories of coming to the United States as immigrants.
Paulson Initiative’s Winterfest 2018 Connects Students with Wellesley’s LandscapeFebruary 27, 2018
Students connect with their natural environment during a winter bird-watching walk sponsored by the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative.
Wellesley Sociologist Advocates for Transnational Social ProtectionsFebruary 21, 2018
UA Magazine has published an opinion piece by Wellesley professor Peggy Levitt in which she advocates for labor rights and social protections that cross borders.
Wellesley Congratulates First Alumna U.S. OlympianFebruary 9, 2018
VIDEO: Biathlete Clare Egan ’10 is the first Wellesley alumna to represent the United States in the Olympics.
Survey Measures Wellesley Community’s Attitudes about SustainabilityFebruary 8, 2018
Wellesley’s Sustainability Committee and Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative have surveyed community members and hope to use their answers to help shape long-term sustainability policies at the College.
Wellesley Professors Reflect on the Message of Rosie the RiveterFebruary 1, 2018
After the recent death of the woman whose photograph inspired Rosie the Riveter, Wellesley faculty ponder the famous “We Can Do It!” poster.
Wellesley Program that Teaches Students to Write for the Real World Expands to Five Top SchoolsJanuary 31, 2018
Amherst, Bard, Georgetown, Middlebury, and Wesleyan are adopting Wellesley’s Calderwood Seminars in Public Writing.
DACA/TPS Presentation and Law Clinic This Week at WellesleyJanuary 30, 2018
On January 30 and February 1, the Wellesley community will host a series of presentations to help students, faculty, and staff understand how changing immigration policies may impact our community, friends, and loved ones.
North Korea Experts Join Albright Fellows for Panel DiscussionJanuary 22, 2018
A January 16 panel discussion titled “Beyond the Headlines: Understanding Korea” and moderated by Wellesley professor Katharine H.S. Moon featured Jieun Baek and Melissa Hanham, who spoke about their experiences living in and working with the people of North Korea.
Wellesley Faculty Experts Provide Historical Context for Christmas Carols for WGBH, U.S. Postal ServiceDecember 18, 2017
This holiday season, WGBH and the U.S. Postal Service both turned to Wellesley faculty for their expertise on some of America’s favorite Christmas carols.
Frances Malino, Wellesley’s Director of Jewish Studies, to Deliver 2018 Distinguished Faculty LectureDecember 15, 2017
Professor Frances Malino’s 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture will cap a series of lectures commemorating the endowment of Wellesley’s first chair in Jewish Studies. The milestone, celebrated on campus nearly 30 years ago, included a panel with Frances Malino, Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History; Dale Rogers Marshall (who was dean of the College at the time); and Maud Chaplin, Professor Emerita of Philosophy.
Wellesley Celebrates the Season, and Recognizes Excellence, at President Johnson’s Holiday BrunchDecember 14, 2017
President Johnson’s festive brunch included wonderful food, a tribute to staff for team collaboration and innovation, and holiday carols.
Wellesley’s Carillon Bells Used as a Tool for Teaching and Learning in PhysicsDecember 5, 2017
A Wellesley physics professor and his students examine the connection between physics and music using the College’s carillon bells.
Wellesley Historian Offers Insight about Rosa ParksDecember 4, 2017
In real life, Rosa Parks was different from the person projected in the most iconic photograph of her, says Wellesley history professor Brenna Greer.
Wellesley College Archives Is a Key Teaching and Learning ResourceNovember 30, 2017
Thanks to the Wellesley College Archives, an environmental studies class can research plants collected by two Wellesley sisters more than 125 years ago.
“Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces” Photo Exhibition at Jewett Offers Rare Glimpse into Area BuildingsNovember 21, 2017
Alice Friedman, Wellesley’s Grace Slack McNeil Professor of the History of American Art, collaborated on Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces, a photo exhibition now on display in the Jewett Arts Center.
Wellesley Professor Frank Bidart Wins National Book Award for PoetryNovember 17, 2017
Frank Bidart joined three other National Book Award winners at a ceremony in New York to accept his poetry award for Half-Light: Collected Poems 1965–2016.
Spotlight on Freedom Project Fellow Delaram FarzanehNovember 16, 2017
As a Freedom Project Fellow at Wellesley, Iranian legal scholar Delaram Farzaneh advocates for gender equity in Iran, where women are legally barred from becoming judges.
CityLab Speaks with Wellesley Art Professor Alice Friedman about Architectural GreatnessNovember 9, 2017
Alice Friedman, professor of art at Wellesley, talked with CityLab about the documentary films made by children of renowned architects.
Wellesley Faculty Members Use Drones to Enhance LearningNovember 2, 2017
In one of the courses now using drones for certain exercises, Wellesley students work together to guide one through a mission.
Brenna Wynn Greer Writes about Opposition to the NFL Protest for The SpokeNovember 1, 2017
In her latest post for The Spoke, Wellesley’s Brenna W. Greer writes, “By taking a knee, black NFL players insist that people of color have equal stake in this nation—its heritage, culture, strength, and successes."
Faculty Gather in Celebration of a Year's Worth of ScholarshipOctober 27, 2017
On October 24, faculty members gathered at the President’s House to celebrate the rich contributions they make in their various fields of study and learn about a new webpage highlighting their work.
October 25 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Russian RevolutionOctober 25, 2017
On the centennial of the Russian Revolution, Wellesley’s Nina Tumarkin reflects on the day the Bolsheviks seized power.
Wellesley Hosts International Symposium on Education and Gender EqualityOctober 20, 2017
70 international speakers participate in symposium at Wellesley College to improve gender equality across the globe.
New York Times Publishes Op-Ed by Senior Visiting Fellow at the Freedom Project at WellesleyOctober 18, 2017
After his arrest in Malaysia for a lecture supporting religious liberty, Freedom Project Fellow Mustafa Akyol discussed a proposal whereby people’s rights to choose their own beliefs is respected.
Wellesley Professor Frank Bidart Named a National Book Award Finalist in PoetryOctober 12, 2017
The “Boston Globe” Features Bidart, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and professor of English at Wellesley.
Mellon Innovation Grant Sparks New Ways to Teach and Learn at WellesleySeptember 29, 2017
Wellesley faculty use funding from the Mellon Foundation to bring innovative teaching to their students.
Sigma XI Scientific Research Honor Society Selects Wellesley’s Robbin Chapman as Distinguished LecturerSeptember 28, 2017
Robbin Chapman, Wellesley’s associate provost, has been chosen to serve a two-year term as Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer beginning July 1, 2018.
Wellesley Faculty Describe the Legacy of Shirley Chisholm on the 46th Anniversary of Her Historic Decision to Run for PresidentSeptember 26, 2017
On the 46th anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s historic run for the presidency, Wellesley faculty reflect on the significance of her legacy.
Wellesley Astrophysicist Who Worked on NASA’s Cassini Mission Reflects on Its ImpactSeptember 15, 2017
The Cassini program ends today, marking a milestone for Wellesley Professor Richard French, a leader on the research team that included 260 scientists from 17 countries.
HoloMuse, a Wellesley-Developed App, Brings the Museum into the ClassroomSeptember 12, 2017
A team of Wellesley women is developing a new tool for virtual learning.
Why the Secret to Success Might Be Mastering FailureSeptember 8, 2017
As the first week of fall classes comes to a close, three Wellesley faculty members remind students that missteps and mistakes can ultimately lead to success.
Museum Installation by Wellesley Music Professor Evokes the Legacy of Writer Sylvia PlathSeptember 4, 2017
Glass Heart (Bells for Sylvia Plath), by Jenny Olivia Johnson, associate professor of music, allows visitors at the National Portrait Gallery to experience Plath’s work in an aural and tactile way.
Eyes on the Sky Over Wellesley—and Elsewhere—During Solar EclipseAugust 21, 2017
Viewers on campus will get to experience a partial solar eclipse.
Wellesley’s Academic Community Confronts Concerns Raised by Charlottesville RallyAugust 16, 2017
How do we make sense of Charlottesville? Wellesley weighs in.
Why Are We Still Falling for “Fake News”?August 10, 2017
Eni Mustafaraj, assistant professor of computer science at Wellesley, continues to research ways people can avoid falling for fake news.
Wellesley Launches New Online AP Italian Language and Culture CourseAugust 9, 2017
Wellesley’s new free, interactive Italian course is designed to help high school students prepare for the Advanced Placement Italian exam. It began August 7, with 3,101 enrollees from all around the world.
“The Atlantic” Interviews Wellesley Geosciences Professor about New Findings from the Site of the 2004 Southeast Asia Earthquake and TsunamiAugust 1, 2017
Katrin Monecke, assistant professor of geosciences at Wellesley, calls the discovery of a cave that could lead to predictions of future earthquakes “spectacular.”
Time Magazine Partners With Wellesley’s Oscar Fernandez on New Interactive Tool to Resolve Financial DisputesJuly 27, 2017
The Wellesley math professor who created formulas for health, wealth, and love has developed a calculator to help couples negotiate on money issues.
Wellesley Women’s and Gender Studies Professor Says New “Doctor Who” Breaks Important New GroundJuly 20, 2017
After 12 men have played Doctor Who, a woman will take the role—a choice a Wellesley professor says has significant implications.
Wellesley Professor on WGBH TV’s Greater Boston After North Korea Launches Intercontinental Ballistic MissileJuly 13, 2017
Katharine Moon, professor of political science at Wellesley, offers possible options to allay North Korean threat.
Wellesley Math Professor Conceives Formulas for Health, Wealth, and LoveJuly 7, 2017
WCAI Radio interviews Wellesley Math Professor Oscar Fernandez about his new book, in which he explains how to use simple calculations to become wealthier, healthier, and happier in a relationship.
New Statistics Minor Coming to Wellesley This FallJune 26, 2017
With its new statistics minor, Wellesley prepares students to navigate a world of “Big Data.”
Politico Magazine Runs Wellesley Professor’s Op-Ed on Controversial Production of “Julius Caesar”June 23, 2017
Wellesley English Professor Yu Jin Ko discussed the controversial Public Theater version of Julius Caesar in Politico.
Wellesley Professor Talks to USA Today about Discovery that Changed How We Look at EvolutionJune 15, 2017
When a new discovery in human evolution is made, the media turn to Wellesley anthropology professor Adam Van Arsdale to provide insight.
Joy Renjilian-Burgy’s Work in Spanish Language and Culture Earns Her a Medal from the King of SpainJune 14, 2017
The King of Spain has bestowed one of his country’s highest civil honors on Wellesley professor Joy Renjilian-Burgy.
The Far-Reaching Impact of a Wellesley Historian’s Study of Medical Research EthicsJune 12, 2017
Professor Susan Reverby’s work brought wide attention to ethical concerns with public health research.
Wellesley Professor Explains the Rise of Reggaeton in North American PopJune 8, 2017
Professor Petra Rivera-Rideau spoke with The Atlantic and the Canadian Broadcasting Company about the increase in popularity of the distinctive, danceable music genre reggaeton.
Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents “Sonia Flew”June 2, 2017
Written by Melinda Lopez, lecturer in theatre studies at Wellesley, Sonia Flew tells the story of a family across the generations, from Cuba to the United States.
Wellesley Awards Three Professors Its Highest Teaching HonorMay 29, 2017
This year’s Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize recipients are faculty in philosophy, history, and mathematics
Wellesley’s Daniela Rivera Explores Displacement and Environmental Destruction in Her Solo Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in BostonMay 19, 2017
Professor Daniela Rivera wants visitors to her exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Andes Inverted, to feel as if they are standing at the bottom of the world's largest open pit copper mine.
Art Antiquities on the Worldwide Black Market—A Big BusinessMay 17, 2017
Ancient art works are sometimes obtained by fraud, raising ethical questions, according to Wellesley experts featured in WBUR's Cognoscenti.
MyinTuition Use Surges Across the CountryMay 8, 2017
The popularity of Wellesley College’s tuition cost estimator tool is on the rise. WGBH's Kirk Carapezza interviewed and photographed the tool's inventor, Wellesley's Phillip B. Levine, for a recent story.
Professor Marianne Moore Delivers Wellesley’s 2017 Distinguished Faculty LectureApril 19, 2017
In the Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Marianne Moore will illustrate how a multidisciplinary approach is crucial to understanding and conserving the world’s oldest, deepest, and most species-rich freshwater lake.
Wellesley Introduces Transcript Credit for Summer 2017 InternshipsApril 7, 2017
Internships, which allow students to connect the classroom to the field, are now eligible for transcript credit at Wellesley.
Wellesley Professor Tells the Washington Post: Users, not Internet Search Engines, Create Bias in ElectionsApril 5, 2017
Professor P. Takis Metaxas says spammers and political operatives manipulate search engines to give their candidates the edge.
Wellesley Faculty Discuss Feminism’s Past, Present, and Future with MediaMarch 31, 2017
During Women’s History Month, Four Wellesley Professors Provide Expert Commentary on Feminism
Raven Henry’s Death Draws Attention to Bird Behaviors and SafetyMarch 30, 2017
Ravencam is suspended while Pauline adjusts to her new role as single parent.
Allston Commissions Wellesley Art Professor to Create Outdoor MuralMarch 29, 2017
David Teng Olsen, assistant professor of art at Wellesley, has completed a 170-foot-long, geometric outdoor mural on Allston’s Western Avenue, titled “Evo.”
Spotlight on Teaching: Two Art History Classes Collaborate on an Innovative WebsiteMarch 28, 2017
Last semester, Kimberly Cassibry’s students created a website related to the Davis exhibition Reframing the Past: Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma. Now students of her colleague Liza Oliver are expanding the site.
Wellesley Professor Shines Spotlight on Boston’s Hidden Sacred SpacesMarch 24, 2017
Wellesley professor Alice Friedman co-directs Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces, a project that highlights 50 sacred spaces, which was recently featured on WBUR radio and in a Boston magazine blog post.
Accolades for a Three-Time National Champion Student-Athlete and an Athletic Director of the YearMarch 17, 2017
Wellesley Blue honors three-time national diving champion Maura Sticco-Ivins ’18 and Athletic Director of the Year Bridget Belgiovine.
Art Professor Calls for Met to Appoint a Female Director in New York Times Op-EdMarch 15, 2017
A Times op-ed by Liza Oliver, assistant professor of art, argues for more women leaders in the art world.
The Albright Institute Introduces The SpokeMarch 13, 2017
The Albright Institute Faculty Scholar Initiative has created a blog to provide a new pathway to public engagement in local, national, and global discourse.
Wellesley Economics Professor Who Studies Gender and the Workplace Offers Insights to Students and MediaMarch 10, 2017
Professor Olga Shurchkov's research is part of national discussion on gender and the economy.
Wellesley Faculty Engages Community in Discussions on Immigration and PoliticsMarch 9, 2017
Faculty from a variety of departments address current events and the political climate in discussions with the Wellesley community.
Faculty Members Reflect on the Era of Japanese American Internment, 75 Years LaterFebruary 17, 2017
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order that led to the internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Five Wellesley professors offer their thoughts on what we can learn from this moment in history.
From Past to Present, Wellesley Celebrates Black History MonthFebruary 15, 2017
The Wellesley Townsman writes about the College’s earliest African-American students, and a wide range of events on campus are scheduled in recognition of Black History Month.
Poetry and Women Mentors: A Conversation Between President Paula A. Johnson and Prof. Marjorie AgosínJanuary 27, 2017
President Paula A. Johnson will read a poem from Prof. Marjorie Agosín at Mass Poetry’s “An Evening of Inspired Leaders.” Read their Q & A about the power of women’s writing.
Wellesley Women are Ready to Fight for Each Other, according to Globe and MailJanuary 24, 2017
Students, faculty and staff talk about what feminism means in the new political reality of 2017.
Spotlight on Teaching: Creative ChemistryJanuary 17, 2017
Mala Radhakrishnan, associate professor of chemistry, uses elements of creative writing to help students understand complex concepts in physical chemistry. An essay she wrote about her approach was recently published in Chemical & Engineering News.
Two Wellesley Professors, Scholars of History and Literature, Provide the Media with Insight on RussiaJanuary 11, 2017
Adam Weiner, associate professor of Russian, wrote an essay for Politico magazine on a little-known Russian writer, and Nina Tumarkin, professor of history, spoke to Southern California Public Radio about Russia and the Kremlin’s relationship with the United States.
Professor Nikki Greene Talks About the Power of Art in Op-Ed and as Guest on WGBHJanuary 6, 2017
Nikki Greene, assistant professor of art at Wellesley, has published an op-ed on WBUR’s Edify website and was a guest on WGBH’s Basic Black.
Wellesley Faculty’s Research on “Fake News” Offers Crucial Tools for Use in the Classroom and by the MediaDecember 22, 2016
The media has cited the research of Wellesley computer science professors, who are teaching in and outside the classroom about the dangers of fake news.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Art Critic Shares Insights About WritingDecember 20, 2016
This semester, art critic Sebastian Smee shared his expertise with students in the Robert Garis Seminar, and he spoke to the larger campus community recently in Collins Cinema.
Spotlight on Teaching: Writing 177: Physical Activity and CognitionDecember 19, 2016
In a new course for first-years, professors Connie Bauman and Jeannine Johnson help students improve their writing and learn about the relationship between exercise, academic performance, and overall well-being.
An Achievement Award and a Creative Solution End Blue Crew’s Record-Setting YearDecember 16, 2016
On December 3, Blue crew coach Tessa Spillane received the Ernestine Bayer Award from USRowing. Just a few weeks earlier, the team’s ingenuity helped it win a championship.
From CNN to the BBC and beyond, Professor Katharine H.S. Moon’s Expertise on North and South Korea Has an International ReachDecember 15, 2016
In a time of increasing uncertainty in Northeast Asian international relations, Katharine H.S. Moon speaks to major broadcast and print media across the globe.
Teach-In Examines Race and Resistance in the Age of TrumpDecember 1, 2016
Led by faculty, a second teach-in engaged the Wellesley community in a conversation about race, resistance, and the country's past, present, and future.
Spotlight on Teaching: Innovative Use of Video in the ClassroomNovember 28, 2016
Wellesley professors “talk shop” about how they use video to expand their classrooms and engage students.
Because of Bias, and Beyond: Election 2016November 23, 2016
A teach-in happens outside of normal class hours to bring students, faculty, and staff together to discuss topics related to current events. Wellesley's November 18 teach-in addressed issues of bias raised by the 2016 presidential election.
Faculty Engage the Wellesley Community with Post-Election QuestionsNovember 22, 2016
With an interdisciplinary teach-in and expert panels, Wellesley faculty offer post-election insight and analysis.
Wellesley Professor Pens Post-Election Op-Ed about Being an Immigrant and Finding Hope in His StudentsNovember 21, 2016
WBUR’s Cognoscenti publishes Ismar Volić’s op-ed about his reaction to Wellesley’s election watch event and how his students have provided post-election assurance to him as an emigrant from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Wellesley Faculty and Staff Make a Statement Against AggressionNovember 15, 2016
We intend to reject this hate by committing ourselves to the support of all Wellesley students, and to sustaining an ongoing dialogue about how to keep our campus a place of justice, inclusion, and striving for clarity.
The Wellesley Community Walks for PeaceNovember 14, 2016
Wellesley students, faculty, and staff came together in a peace walk across campus, ending in community time at Lake Waban.
Professor Roxanne Euben Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship for Her Field-Leading Research on Islamist RhetoricNovember 2, 2016
Professor Roxanne Euben “has helped pioneer a vibrant new area of inquiry,” said the Guggenheim Foundation announcing she had been awarded a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Spotlight on Teaching: BISC 307: Ecosystem EcologyOctober 26, 2016
In the new ecology course taught by Jaclyn Hatala Matthes, students are trying to determine what role humans play in managing ecosystems and how Wellesley’s campus ecosystem can be sustainably managed.
Wellesley Professor’s Proposal in Chronicle of Higher Education Could Be Game Changer for Grant Application ProcessOctober 24, 2016
Susan Reverby, professor of women’s and gender studies, wrote about her experience with the grant application process—and offered a solution to what she sees as its inherent problems.
Wellesley College Professor Spotlights Problem Faced by People of Color in Predominantly White TownsOctober 12, 2016
Professor Nikki Greene’s op-ed on microaggressions led to a featured guest interview on WBUR’s Radio Boston.
Wellesley Celebrates a Year’s Worth of Faculty ScholarshipOctober 5, 2016
On September 20, the College community had the opportunity to appreciate the academic and creative contributions one hundred and sixteen faculty members made to their fields during the previous year.
Wellesley Hosts Symposium on Graphic Design in the Digital FutureSeptember 16, 2016
On Saturday, the College hosted a day-long symposium where Wellesley faculty and other experts discussed how design principles used in Renaissance books can be applied in the digital age.
Professor Lidwien Kapteijns Travels to Uganda and SomaliaSeptember 15, 2016
Lidwien Kapteijns gave a keynote address at a graduate student conference in Uganda and spoke at the Garowe International Book Fair in Puntland, Somalia, this summer.
Wall Street Journal Reports that New Book by Professor Emerita Mary Lefkowitz Could Be the New “Go-to Edition” of Classic Greek PlaysSeptember 1, 2016
Mary Lefkowitz, professor emerita, poses with her co-author James Romm in the Greek and Roman galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The two have published a new book.
Wellesley Professor Encourages Summer Campers’ Love of ReadingAugust 16, 2016
Professor Susan Lynn Meyer spoke at Maine’s Camp Runoia in late July on behalf of Bunk Reads, a new program that encourages kids to read all summer long.
Wellesley Professor Weighs in Equal Pay Law in New York Times Opinion PagesAugust 4, 2016
Wellesley Professor Tells New York Times Stereotypes Must Change if Equal Pay is to be Achieved.
Martha Ertman '85 on the Ways Contracts and Deals Shape FamiliesJuly 20, 2016
Rosanna Hertz, Classes of 1919–50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, hosted a "Future of the Family" event during the spring semester that featured Martha Ertman '85, who researches the ways verbal and written contracts shape family relationships.
NEMA Names "Bunny Harvey: Four Decades" Year's Best Exhibition CatalogueJuly 19, 2016
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College won first place in the New England Museum Association Publication Awards' exhibition catalogue category.
Kristin Butcher, Professor of Economics, on SNAP BenefitsJuly 5, 2016
New research from Kristin Butcher '86, Marshall I. Goldman Professor of Economics and Department Chair, could help shed light on how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) works.
Wellesley Computer Scientists Develop DNA/RNA Sequencing ToolsJune 21, 2016
Software programs developed at Wellesley are helping genome scientists, biologists, and medical researchers gain better insights from genome sequencing data.
Professor Tracy Gleason on PRI's Science FridayJune 17, 2016
Tracy Gleason, professor of psychology and psychological director of the Child Study Center at Wellesley, was featured on PRI’s Science Friday segment and in a series of web videos.
The “Chemistry of the Heavens”June 14, 2016
Chemistry Professor Chris Arumainayagam participated in a press briefing at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) national conference. His student also presented at the conference.
StoryCorps: Daniela Rivera and Margo Sulmont '13May 16, 2016
Margo Sulmont '13 talks with her Wellesley art professor, Daniela Rivera, about how her drawing class helped prepare her for a career in urban planning.
WGBH Profiles Class that Encourages Students to Consider Different ViewpointsMay 12, 2016
Professors Tom Cushman and Jonathan Imber lead a class, Freedom: Great Debates on Liberty and Morality, that was featured on WGBH. The class helps students learn how to respond to viewpoints different than their own.
StoryCorps: Kristina Niovi Jones and Nisreen Abo-Sido '18May 2, 2016
Professor Kristina Jones and Nisreen Abo-Sido '18 discuss how Wellesley offers a unique environment for women in STEM.
Professor Celebrated at Italy’s ‘Oscars’ for Work on Film JournalApril 28, 2016
Professor Flavia Laviosa was honored on April 18th, 2016 by the President of Italy for the journal she founded and edits on Italian cinema.
Ruhlman Conference Celebrates 20th AnniversaryApril 27, 2016
The Ruhlman Conference, a celebration of student achievement, celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year.
Professor’s Op-Ed Explores the Dangers of Shipping LoopholesApril 20, 2016
Environmental Studies Professor Beth DeSombre published an op-ed for the Boston Globe on shipping loopholes and the dangers they present to the environment.
StoryCorps: Xi Xi ’17 and Professor Stanley ChangApril 4, 2016
Math major Xi Xi ’17 talks with Professor Stanley Chang about the teaching methods he uses to get students excited about math.
Ravens and Ravencam Return for 2016March 31, 2016
The pair of ravens that first took up residence outside of the science center in 2013, and have since returned annually, are back to nest. With their return, Ravencam is again rolling.
President Obama Mentions Wellesley Faculty Playwright in Historic Cuba SpeechMarch 29, 2016
Melinda Lopez, lecturer in theater studies, spoke to Radio Boston and the Boston Globe about her Cuban roots.
Beyond Pink GamesMarch 25, 2016
"There is an urgent need to support and foster a thriving community of women in gaming," wrote Professor Orit Shaer for the Huffington Post.
2016 Greenhouse Light ShowMarch 16, 2016
The Light Show, an annual event in the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses, is held in the evening. Spotlights and theatrical lighting are used to highlight plants' features.
Professors Weigh in on Federal Economics PoliciesMarch 11, 2016
Amid concerns over a fluctuating stock market, major media outlets sought commentary from Wellesley economics professors.
Professor Peggy Levitt is Featured Guest on BBC RadioMarch 8, 2016
Sociology Professor Peggy Levitt discussed her research on museums and nationalism for BBC’s Thinking Allowed radio talk show.
New Wellesley Classes Offered via edXMarch 4, 2016
A course instructed by Wellesley's Neelima Shukla-Bhatt is part of a new series designed to teach about the history and social impact of world religions through their scriptures.
Michael Jeffries Pens Op-ed on Melissa Harris-Perry’s Departure from MSNBCMarch 3, 2016
Melissa Harris-Perry delivered the keynote at Wellesley's Commencement in 2012. Professor Michael Jeffries penned an op-ed on her recent public departure from MSNBC.
Racial Stereotypes and "Racist Love"March 1, 2016
Professor Elena Tajima Creef moderated a February discussion at the MFA after the museum's programming led to outcry over racial stereotypes.
Cinéphile Sundays: Exquisite CombinationsFebruary 26, 2016
Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein are the Inspiration for this Season’s Cinéphile Sundays Series, "Exquisite Combinations."
Wellesley is Incubator for Students’ Break-Out Social Media AppFebruary 18, 2016
Olivia Joslin '18 and Hannah Wei '18 recently launched CliqBit, a social media app designed to change how we post about our silly moments in life, concentrating on fun rather than getting the most 'likes'.
Get to Know Dr. Paula A. Johnson, Wellesley's 14th PresidentFebruary 12, 2016
Dr. Paula A. Johnson, announced yesterday as Wellesley's 14th president, spoke with students Shivani Kuckreja '16 and Charlotte Harris '16 at her home last week.
3D Printing Enhances Classroom And Community LearningFebruary 8, 2016
Wellesley’s Knapp Media and Technology Center is home to several 3D printers. 3D printing technology enables instructors to bring classroom concepts into physical form.
Praise For The Power of The Liberal Arts In ScienceFebruary 4, 2016
Speaking with The Pre-Med Years podcast, Adele Wolfson discussed why students should find a balance between social sciences and humanities and science.
Wellesley College and Ashoka University Sign Partnership AgreementJanuary 27, 2016
On Thursday, January 21, Wellesley held a ceremony celebrating a new partnership with Ashoka University, India's First Private Ivy League-Caliber Institution.
National Media Seek Professor’s Expertise After Bomb Test in North KoreaJanuary 25, 2016
Professor Katharine H.S. Moon has been interviewed by NPR and has authored commentary for The Brookings Institute, following the recent news that North Korea had tested a nuclear weapon.
WellesleyX Offers First Ever Italian Language MOOCsJanuary 20, 2016
Three levels of an Italian Language and Culture course, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, will be available on the edX platform starting Monday, January 25th, 2016Three levels of an Italian Language and Culture course, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, will be available on the edX platform starting Monday, January 25th, 2016 - See more at: https://www.wellesley.edu/news/2016/january/node/81401#sthash.CfKVU30R.dpuf
Wellesley Lecturer Weighs In On Landmark Supreme Court CaseJanuary 19, 2016
Eunice Han, visiting lecturer in economics, wrote an amicus brief explaining how the Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could affect unions and public-sector employees nationwide.
Professor’s Book Recognized for Teaching Children Important Multicultural LessonsJanuary 15, 2016
A children’s book by Susan Lynn Meyer, professor of English, has received several awards and award nominations, and has had an impact in libraries and classrooms across the country.
Panel Discussions Explore The Wellesley EffectJanuary 7, 2016
Panel discussions brought students and alumnae together for conversations about the Wellesley Effect. Nine panel discussions are included among the videos now available on the College's YouTube channel.
Professor Contributes To Exhibit Showcasing Efforts By Artists And Scholars To Resist ISIS DestructionJanuary 5, 2016
Professor Erich Hatala Matthes contributed a video discussion to The Missing: Rebuilding The Past, the first exhibit to showcase efforts by artists and scholars resisting the destruction of art and antiquities by ISIS.
Collaborative Printmaking ProjectDecember 22, 2015
Students in ARTS 322 Advanced Print Concepts held an alternative printmaking event on the Davis-Jewett plaza in late October. The event allowed them to explore larger format printing.
NSF Grant Enables Social Science ResearchDecember 21, 2015
Professor Rosanna Hertz and student researchers are studying how donor-assisted conception is shaping the meaning of family and kinship for millions of people.
Season’s Greetings From Wellesley 2015December 17, 2015
Take a spin through campus and enjoy a sample of our multitalented faculty at work—through the lens of a liberal arts winter.
Mellon Blended Learning InitiativeDecember 11, 2015
A recent celebration brought faculty together to share successful blended learning projects and discuss the expansion of the physical limits of the classroom thanks to digital technologies.
Wellesley HCI Lab Receives State-of-the-Art MultiTaction DisplaysDecember 8, 2015
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a research infrastructure grant of nearly $480,000 to the Computer Science Department to create an interactive visualization facility for interdisciplinary research.
Bunny Harvey: Four DecadesDecember 4, 2015
On the occasion of her retirement, the community gathers to celebrate Bunny Harvey, Elizabeth Christy Kopf Professor of Art, and her accomplishments as an educator and artist, in 40 years at Wellesley.
Professor’s Research Has ‘Profound Implications’ for Understanding PrejudiceDecember 2, 2015
Syndicated columnist uses Wellesley professor Angela Bahns' research in nationally published column that shows how pre-existing prejudice makes us fear others.
Faculty Members Find Inspiration In FamilyDecember 1, 2015
Some Wellesley faculty members draw inspiration for their creative work from their children or their own childhoods.
Academic Versatility on DisplayNovember 30, 2015
Leila Elabbady '16 and Zena Chantila '16, both neuroscience majors, spent a recent morning presenting to middle school students on Egyptian and Lebanese culture, and that afternoon dissecting sheep brains with fifth graders.
Citizen-Scientist Partnership Studies Lead Levels in ‘Urban Fruit’November 24, 2015
Dan Brabander, professor of geosciences, and students worked with a community group to study lead levels in fruit harvested in urban settings around Boston. Their results have surprising practical health applications.
Spotlight on Teaching: AMST 238 Explores “America’s Forgotten War” Through Oral HistoriesNovember 23, 2015
A collection of interviews conducted by students will be featured in an exhibit called Stories from the Forgotten War: Korean War Oral History.
Racism, Social Justice, In The Forefront of Campus and National ConversationsNovember 19, 2015
A day of marches, panels, and gatherings on campus brought the campus community together to confront and address issues from racism to global terrorism
Marion Underwood '86 Speaks with CNN for Special Report on Teen's Use of Social MediaNovember 18, 2015
Marion Underwood '86 is one of the nation’s foremost experts on how adolescents use social media. She joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper for a special report, "#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens."
Research Shows Math Education Is Important for Financial LiteracyNovember 17, 2015
Amidst a growing need for financial literacy for teens, research by Kartini Shastry, assistant professor of economics, and colleagues suggests more math could be the solution.
Newhouse Distinguished Thinkers Program Welcomes Sir Salman RushdieNovember 12, 2015
Sir Salman Rushdie visits campus as part of The Newhouse Center for the Humanities’ newly launched Distinguished Thinkers Program.
Professor’s Research on Museums and Diversity Receives Praise in New York TimesNovember 9, 2015
Museums must embrace diversity if they are to survive and thrive, according to Peggy Levitt, chair and professor of sociology. Her work was recently praised by a respected New York Times art critic.
Professor Michael Jeffries on Politics, Race, and CultureNovember 4, 2015
Major news outlets recently called on Wellesley Professor, Michael Jeffries, to shed light on the complicated intersections of politics, race, and culture.
Faculty In Their Creative LivesNovember 3, 2015
For many members of the Wellesley faculty, creative pursuits outside of the classroom provide personal and professional enrichment.
Spotlight on Teaching: Online Collaborative Learning in the Liberal ArtsOctober 29, 2015
An interdisciplinary environmental studies course combines online learning and cross-campus collaboration between students at Wellesley and Davidson colleges.
Fall 2015 Distinguished Faculty LectureOctober 28, 2015
Filmmaker, artist, and professor Salem Mekuria delivers the Fall 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, "The Passion to Create and the Urge to Share."
Wellesley Celebrates Campaign Launch With Weekend of EventsOctober 26, 2015
Nearly 600 alumnae, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the College gathered this weekend to celebrate the launch of a $500 million campaign that will help shape Wellesley’s next century.
Cinema and Media Studies CollaborationsOctober 16, 2015
Cinema reaches beyond the screen when the acclaimed Orlando Consort provides a live vocal soundtrack to the classic film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc.
Wellesley Launches New Humanities SiteOctober 15, 2015
A new website offers a single digital space where visitors can explore and learn about the humanities at Wellesley.
Wellesley Advisory Committee Announces Draft Sustainability PlanOctober 14, 2015
The Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability has launched a draft of its Sustainability Plan, which aims to impact nearly every aspect of campus life.
Wellesley Math Program Named "Bright Spot" in Hispanic EducationOctober 9, 2015
The Wellesley Emerging Scholars Initiative was recently named a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Wellesley Panel Commemorates “The End of WWII: 70 Years Later”October 6, 2015
The History Department hosted a panel discussion on September 30 to consider how the legacy of World War II still impacts various nations.
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The BeholderOctober 2, 2015
A new study co-authored by Wellesley's Jeremy Wilmer shows that opinions about beauty may be shaped by past social interactions just as much or more than by our genes.
Wellesley Celebrates Faculty ResearchSeptember 30, 2015
The College community admired a year’s worth of scholarship and creative work by 131 faculty members on September 21 in the Clapp Library Reading Room.
Tracy Gleason Speaks With New York Times Magazine About Mattel's A.I. Barbie DollSeptember 29, 2015
Mattel’s new talking Barbie doll uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) and speech recognition technology to interact with children. Professor Tracy Gleason, who studies the imaginative play of children, spoke with the New York Times Magazine about the toy.
Spotlight on Teaching: GEOS 101 Earth Processes and the EnvironmentSeptember 22, 2015
Students in GEOS 101 are exploring sedimentation rates in Paramecium Pond and the Silver Thread as part of a semester-long project using these sites as living laboratories.
Science Matters: Adele Wolfson Essay Published By Inside Higher EdSeptember 17, 2015
Adele Wolfson penned an essay for Inside Higher Education warning against shifting too far away from science training for future doctors.
Davis Museum Celebrates Fall 2015 OpeningSeptember 16, 2015
This fall, the Davis presents a feature exhibition that showcases the prolific works of acclaimed Wellesley art professor Bunny Harvey. The Davis reopens tonight for the fall 2015 season.
Wellesley Researchers Publish New Findings in Online Journal eNeuroSeptember 15, 2015
Researchers working in the lab of neuroscience professor Marc J. Tetel have published a paper that presents novel findings on how progesterone affects the brain.
Alumna Part of Team That Discovered New Human Ancestor, Homo NalediSeptember 11, 2015
A discovery in a South African cave adds a new branch to the human family tree. Alia Gurtov ’07 is one of six women known as the Rising Star Expedition’s "Underground Astronauts."
Second Successful Summer for Online Italian CourseSeptember 8, 2015
Now in its second year, Online Italian course appeals to a variety of different learning styles and a wide audience.
Explore. 5 Humanities Courses to Consider this Fall.September 3, 2015
Wellesley offers more than a thousand courses and 52 majors. Here's a snapshot of five Humanities courses offered this fall that students are invited to Explore.
Professor Roxanne Euben Pens Opinion Piece for QuartzSeptember 2, 2015
August 19 marked one year since the posting by ISIL of the video of the execution of the American journalist James Foley. Quartz published an opinion piece by Professor Roxanne Euben exploring the performance of violence at the core of ISIL videos.
Edible Ecosystem Garden Insect SurveySeptember 1, 2015
A recent bio survey helped identify which plants attract the most, and most diverse, beneficial insects to Wellesley’s Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden.
The Arts and Culture at Wellesley, Fall 2015August 27, 2015
Each semester the College invites highly esteemed professional artists, performers, writers, and speakers to campus. Read highlights from the Fall 2015 edition of the Arts and Culture at Wellesley Calendar.
NPR Calls on Susan Reverby For Presidential Candidate Fact Check StoryAugust 26, 2015
Wellesley's Susan Reverby participated in a Fact Check story for the NPR blog "It's All Politics" which investigated a claim made by a presidential candidate about Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger (pictured).
Discuss The HumanitiesAugust 25, 2015
Wellesley is embarking on a focused effort to spread the word about the crucial role the Humanities play in a liberal arts education.
Wellesley Professor and Students Publish Research on Microbes and Human HealthAugust 17, 2015
In a new article, Wellesley’s Vanja Klepac-Ceraj and students, Serry Park '16 and Rebecca J. Rubinstein '15, argue that an understanding of microbiology could change the way doctors diagnose and treat diseases.
Wellesley Faculty Member Cofounded Revolution 250August 14, 2015
On August 14, copper lanterns will illuminate the plaza where the Liberty Tree once stood as part of a commemorative anniversary event designed, in part, by Wellesley’s Martha McNamara.
Poster Presentation Concludes Summer Research ProgramAugust 3, 2015
The Science Center recently hosted a poster presentation, which displayed student work conducted during the College's Summer Research Program.
HCI Researchers Enter 2015 iGEM CompetitionJuly 31, 2015
Summer researchers in Wellesley’s HCI lab have completed a prototype program for a collaborative exhibit in the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, which will be entered into iGEM, an international synthetic biology contest.
New Study Shows How Easily People Can Be Convinced to Feel PrejudiceJuly 29, 2015
A new study by Wellesley’s Angela Bahns reveals latest evidence that prejudice causes the perception of threat, and suggests that threat can be used to justify actions that result from prejudice.
Wellesley Researchers Say There Are 4 Shades of IntroversionJuly 8, 2015
The gap between the "scientific" and "common-sense" definitions of introversion led Professor Jonathan Cheek and colleagues, including Jennifer Grimes ‘05 and Courtney Brown ‘15, to look beyond a one-size-fits-all definition.
Kathryn Lynch Pens Washington Post Op-Ed on The Value of The HumanitiesJune 24, 2015
Wellesley's Kathryn Lynch penned an op-ed in the Washington Post exploring the unintended consequences of cuts to humanities programs.
Michael Jeffries in the Boston Globe: Rachel Dolezal a Lesson in How Racism WorksJune 18, 2015
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the activists who started the Black Lives Matter campaign, should be household names, not Rachel Dolezal, according to an op-ed in the Boston Globe by Wellesley's Michael P. Jeffries.
Sesame Street Improves School Readiness, Educational OutcomesJune 8, 2015
New research, coauthored by Wellesley College economist Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa Kearney, found that children who had greater access to Sesame Street in the show’s early days had improved educational outcomes.
Robert Paarlberg on “The Dark Side of American Exceptionalism”May 7, 2015
Professor Robert Paarlberg’s work calls attention to the serious problems that adaptation to excess will generate, both in the U.S. and abroad. His new book offers the first study to consider obesity and climate change side-by-side, as parallel policy failures in America.
Spotlight on Teaching: Einstein and the Dark UniverseMarch 26, 2015
In Physics 100 Einstein and the Dark Universe, first-year students explore the astrophysical evidence that reveals the presence of dark matter and dark energy.
Wellesley Professor Receives the Pura Belpré Author AwardMarch 25, 2015
Professor Marjorie Agosín’s first novel for young readers received the 2015 Pura Belpré Author Award for outstanding children’s literature by a Latino/Latina author.
Wellesley Professor Featured in Boston Globe’s Ideas SectionMarch 19, 2015
Wellesley history professor Katherine Grandjean was interviewed by the Boston Globe about her new book, American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England.
Wellesley Professor in Scientific Journal: Life at Liberal Arts CollegeMarch 17, 2015
Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Neuroscience Marc Tetel has published an article in the flagship journal of the Endocrine Society, Endocrinology, about working at a liberal arts college as a career option for research scientists.
The Eye of the Beholder: Wellesley's Bevil Conway Speaks to Press about Viral Color ControversyFebruary 27, 2015
Black and blue, or gold and white? Wellesley's Bevil Conway offers insight to WIRED and The Guardian about the color controversy a single dress has sparked on social media.
Spotlight on Teaching: That's What She SaidFebruary 26, 2015
Students take funny women seriously in a new Theatre studies course examining the role played by comedic pioneers in shaping American culture over the last century.
Wellesley Professor Guest Judges Japanese Game ShowFebruary 25, 2015
Robert Goree, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures, served as a guest judge on the Japanese gameshow Sushi Time when it came to film in Boston this fall.
Wellesley Professor Awarded Inaugural Arcus/Places PrizeFebruary 24, 2015
Professor Alice T. Friedman’s article Queer Old Things shows how Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein constructed a public image that challenged accepted gender roles.
Wellesley Professors Cast Their Oscar VotesFebruary 20, 2015
Professors from many disciplines study and teach film in the course of their work at Wellesley. Here faculty from cinema and media studies, women’s and gender studies, English, and music weigh in on films they thought worthy of notice in the last year.
Holiday House Publishes Children's Book By Wellesley ProfessorFebruary 17, 2015
Written by Wellesley's Susan Lynn Meyer, New Shoes tells the story of an African-American girl who fights back against discrimination.
Wellesley Faculty Member Wins GRAMMY Award for Best Opera RecordingFebruary 11, 2015
Wellesley faculty member Aaron Sheehan accepted a GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording in honor of the Boston Early Music Festival's recording of a 17th-century opera in which he played the starring role.
Professor Hahrie Han Speaks with The New York Times Blog The UpShotFebruary 5, 2015
Professor Hahrie Han spoke with The UpShot, a New York Times blog, for story exploring why Democrats continue to have more success than Republicans when it comes to online fundraising.
Engaging with the Power of the TheaterFebruary 3, 2015
A new humanities initiative brings three courses into conversation with each other. From classical studies to French literature and European history, professors Brook, Bilis, and Grote will bring their classes together for performances, readings, and discussions about the transformative power of the theater.
Wellesley Coach Calvin Chin in International Martial Arts CompetitionJanuary 16, 2015
Wellesley PE instructor Calvin Chin’s Hung Kuen team gained international success in the first ever World Hung Kuen competition in November 2014.
Professor Kristin Butcher's Work Highlighted in FiveThirtyEight BlogJanuary 13, 2015
Writers for the popular blog FiveThirtyEight highlighted a paper co-authored by Wellesley’s Kristin Butcher among the most interesting research presented at this year’s annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
Wellesley Faculty on Big Topics of 2014December 18, 2014
In 2014, Wellesley experts shared knowledge, research, and viewpoints on numerous happenings around the globe. They were sought by news outlets as well as the community, and covered a range of topics.
Finding the Right Word on the Airwaves and in the ClassroomDecember 17, 2014
Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program Lynne Viti recently took her way with words off campus and on air, competing in the limerick contest on the NPR news quiz Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
Lifetime Achievement Award to Wellesley Neuroscience Faculty MemberDecember 16, 2014
Wellesley's beloved neuroscience instructor Carol Ann Paul was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, an international organization focused on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level.
Spotlight on Teaching: Digital Technology and Learning CommunitiesDecember 2, 2014
Robbin Chapman's CS/Education course merges intellectual traditions of the liberal arts with design practices used outside the academy to inspire students to new ways of thinking about tech and learning.
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's Dan Sichel on Reasons to Be Optimistic About the EconomyNovember 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.
Spotlight on Teaching: Campaigns and ElectionsNovember 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.
Wellesley Professor Shares Expertise on North KoreaOctober 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.
Wellesley Astronomers Explore New RealmsOctober 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.
Wellesley Students Take Computer Science on the RoadOctober 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.
Wellesley Professor Offers Insider’s Perspective on the National Math CrisisSeptember 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.
Seven Wellesley Professors Win National Science Foundation GrantsSeptember 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.
Lights On: WellesleyX Shakespeare Course Begins Next WeekSeptember 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.
Spotlight on Teaching: Learning by GivingSeptember 25, 2014
An award-winning new class integrates writing and the complex world of philanthropy. In SOC/WRIT 307 Nonprofit Organizations and American Cities in the 21st Century, students partner with nonprofit organizations and learn grant writing skills with a tangible outcome.
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.
Celebration of Faculty ScholarshipSeptember 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.
New Season Opens at the DavisSeptember 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.
Wellesley Sociologist Markella Rutherford on NPRSeptember 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 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.
Wellesley Faculty Voices on Hot TopicsSeptember 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.
Reflections on the Passenger PigeonSeptember 3, 2014
A specimen in Wellesley's Science Center collection helps us look back, and look forward.
Wellesley Wraps Up First Online Language CourseAugust 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.
Wellesley Economist Offers Expert Analysis in Immigration CoverageAugust 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.
USA Today Q&A with Wellesley's Courtney CoileJuly 29, 2014
Professor of Economics Courtney Coile weighed in on how to strengthen Social Security in a recent USA Today feature.
Wellesley Prof and Scholars Excavate in GreeceJuly 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.
Wellesley's Dick French Joins Historic Sailing of Restored WhalerJuly 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.
Wellesley Expert Weighs In on Ebola OutbreakJuly 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.
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.
Faculty Win Mellon Fellowships for Scholars in Critical BibliographyJuly 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.
Happy Fourth of July Weekend!July 2, 2014
Happy Fourth of July! Assistant Professor of History Katherine Grandjean explains some of the complex political history behind the national holiday.
Wellesley Professor Presents at Alan Alda's World Science FestivalJune 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.
Wellesley Faculty Receive Honorary DoctoratesJune 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.
Wellesley Professor to Be First Korea Studies Chair at BrookingsJune 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.
Joyce, Brogan, and Arumainayagam Win 2014 Pinanski PrizesJune 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.
Nine New Books by Wellesley FacultyMay 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.
Calderwood Seminars Produce Articles, OpportunitiesMay 21, 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.”
Afropop Worldwide Interviews Professor on Unique Music CollectionMay 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.”
Conference on Influential Philosopher Honors Wellesley ProfessorMay 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.
Spotlight on Teaching: The Myth of ElizabethMay 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 DecisionApril 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.
Wellesley Scholars Join Conversation on "Opt-Out" Generation
With a spate of recent media stories about women’s choices around childrearing and work, Wellesley experts provide commentary backed by in-depth research.
Wellesley Receives Award for Innovative Faculty Retirement Practices
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.
Associate Professor of Economics Patrick McEwan Presents Research to President of Honduras
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.
Wellesley Economist Phillip Levine Featured in New York Times
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.
Alexander the Great Is Coming...
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.
Wellesley Art Faculty on PBS Architecture SpecialAlice 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.
Professors Paul Wink and Jonathan Cheek Cited in Scientific American
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.
Wellesley Faculty Seen as Part of "Brain Trust"
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.
Boston Globe: Online Professors Experience Celebrity Side Effects
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.
Barbara Beatty on Universal Preschool Education
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.
Wintersession 2014: Intellectual Pursuits on and off Campus
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.
Claire Fontijn Publishes New Multimedia Book on Medieval Mystic
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.
Wellesley Art Professor Publishes Historical Survey of Mexican Art
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.
Marion Just's Proposed Presidential Debate Change in New York Times
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.
Stettner Political Science Library Dedicated
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.
Wellesley Professor Discusses Race and Gender Stereotypes and the First Lady
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.
2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: A Bush Not a Tree
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.
Boston Globe: John Babington’s 26-Year Leadership of Wellesley Running
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.
Wellesley Adds 15th Language Offering: Portuguese
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.
Professor Jens Kruse Publishes Third eNotated Kafka Novel
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.
Wellesley Team Investigates Altmetrics to Track Pedagogical Innovation
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.
Scott Gunther Sheds Light on Same-Sex Marriage Protests in France
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.
A Look at Oscar Contenders and Other Films with Wellesley Faculty
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.
Michael Jeffries Featured on WGBH's Basic Black
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.
Wellesley Professor Honored for 44+ Years Service
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.
All Things Considered: Wellesley Geoscientist on Urban Agriculture
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.
Craig Murphy Explores Significance of Kathryn Davis Dissertation
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.
Margaret Keane Delivers the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture
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.
Wellesley Hosts Expert Panel, “Ukraine! What Next?” on March 10
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.
Wellesley Announces First edX Classes
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.
Wellesley Marks World Water Day with Research
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.
Wellesley Researchers Study New Angle on Plant Evolution
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.
Social Media Manipulation Can Affect Voter Decision Making
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.
Wellesley Thought Leaders Weigh In on Anniversary of JFK Assassination
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.
Wellesley to Offer Asian American Studies Minor
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.
Wellesley Researchers Use Seal Teeth to See Lake's Past
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.
2012 Pinanski Prize Winners Announced
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.
Music by Professor Martin Brody in Its World Premiere in Rome
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.
Press Shares News of My inTuition, Wellesley's Quick College Cost Estimator
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.
Kopf Professor of Art Emeritus James Wilson Rayen Exhibits Paintings
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.
Wellesley Professor and Poet Wins Human Rights Award
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.
Science Fiction Conference Explores International Themes
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.
Wellesley Professor Contextualizes Military Budget Cuts in 'Foreign Affairs'
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.
Shaer, Rodensky, and Gleason Receive 2013 Pinanski Prizes
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.
Wellesley Senior Publishes Chemistry Research
Shoshana Bachman '12 and David Haines, associate professor of chemistry, published their findings in the 90th anniversary issue of The Nucleus.
Greek Gods, Human Lives
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.
Wellesley College Hosts 31st Annual Conference for Interdisciplinary French 17th-Century Studies
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.
Wellesley Professor Jonathan Imber "On Teaching Conservatism"
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.
Protesting America: New Book Explores Breakdown in US-South Korea Alliance
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.
Spotlight on Teaching: Home and Away
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.
Wellesley Researchers Return to Archaeological Dig in Greece
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.
Econ Professor in Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors List
With teaching talents long known to Wellesley students, faculty, and leadership, economics professor Akila Weerapana is highlighted by The Princeton Review.
Professor Pens Editorial on Food Insecurity, SNAP Cuts
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.
Wellesley Professor Emeritus Wins National Book Award for Poetry
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.
Professor James Noggle Wins $50,000 from NEH
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.
Closing of Piracy Website Increased Legal Movie Sales, Study Shows
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.
Ravencam Live from Wellesley's Science Center
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.
Wellesley Professors Reveal Dynamics of Citizen Reporters and the Social Web
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.
Wellesley Study Investigates Reasons for Record Lows in U.S. Teen Birth Rates
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.
Boston Globe Editorial Highlights Faculty "Stand for Freedom"
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.
Wellesley Econ Professors' New Books Cover Global Crises and International Development
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.
Twelve New Books Published by Wellesley Faculty and Staff
The 2013 titles from Wellesley writers reflect the breadth and scope of investigation and imagination found on campus.
Press Talks to Wellesley's Nina Tumarkin on Hugo Chavez Death
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 Professor Explains Economic Indicators on PBS Newshour
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.
Best Wishes to Retiring Wellesley Faculty and Staff
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.
Research by Assistant Professor Angela Bahns Cited in The Wall Street Journal
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."
Wellesley Faculty Offer Insights on the Government Shutdown
With the country bracing for a prolonged government shutdown, we asked members of the faculty to comment on what's going on in Washington.
Professor Stephen Marini Discusses Nativity Symbols
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.
Wellesley Professor Wins Murray Award from APA
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.
Wellesley Professor of Religion Sharon Elkins on Pope Francis
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.
Wellesley’s Science Club for Girls Hosts Fair for Emerging Scientists
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.
Two Wellesley German Professors Headline eNotated Classics Site
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.
The Cultural Value of Munch's $120M “Scream”
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.
Boston Globe Interviews Nora Hussey; Actors from the London Stage Present Othello
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.
Book Edited by Wellesley Professor Unites Scholars and Theatre Professionals
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.
Research Shows Two MTV Series Influenced Drop in Teen Birth Rate
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.
Julie Norem: The Power of Negative Thinking
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.
QR Program Director Takes Workshops "on the Road"
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.
Professor Gives Expert Gardening Tips in Boston Magazine
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.
Wellesley Honors the Life of Neuroscientist David Hubel (1926-2013)
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.
Melinda Lopez Selected for Theatre Residency
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.
Stronger Communities Stronger Schools
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.
Two of 11 Google App Engine Education Awards Go to Wellesley Faculty
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.
Wellesley Researchers Present at American Psychological Association Convention
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.
May 18 Is International Museum Day
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.
Wellesley Scientists to Work with Two New Major Research Centers
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.
Michael Jeffries on the Cultural Significance of President Obama
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.
Wellesley Faculty and Staff Symposium Explores Book Studies
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 Professor Co-Curates Show Pairing Works by Munch and Warhol
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.
Study by Wellesley's Rosanna Hertz Reveals New Thinking on Social Conventions
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.
Wellesley Faculty and Staff Find Partnership Opportunities in Cape Verde
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.
Creating an Edible Ecosystem Garden
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.
Seven Sisters Title Adds Another Highlight to Volleyball Season
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.
First Freedom Project Wintersession Institute Underway at Wellesley
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.
Wellesley Answers Obama’s Call to Expand Higher Ed Opportunities
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.
Professor Frank Bidart Interviewed By Poets & Writers Magazine
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.
Wellesley Students and Faculty Pursue Research in Siberia
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.
Wellesley Researcher's Study Finds Shoes Tell Much about Us
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.
Biological Anthropologist Adam Van Arsdale Explains Dmanisi 5 Skull Significance
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.
New History Books Look at Social Changes in Different Eras, Geographies
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.
Spotlight on Teaching: Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability
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.
Wellesley Professor in The Atlantic: "Forget Plan B"
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."
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