November 2013

Wolfson, Lenares, and Brooks stand outside library

Wellesley Team Investigates Altmetrics to Track Pedagogical Innovation

November 19, 2013

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.

scene of devastation in Philippines

Students, Faculty Respond to Typhoon Haiyan

November 26, 2013

On November 8, one of the largest storms recorded in world history slammed into Visayas, the central region of the Philippines. Wellesley's Club Filipina, along with members of the faculty, has been organizing efforts to raise awareness and support for those affected.

six women excavators, Alia Gurtov third from right

Wellesley Alum in History-Making Archaeological Expedition

November 25, 2013

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

older and younger alumnae chat at symposium

Center for Environment Hosts Project Handprint Symposium

November 13, 2013

More than 100 members of the Wellesley community gathered on November 9 for talks and workshops focused on maximizing positive environmental impact, particularly through sustainable food and agriculture.

Clapp library exterior with pool in golden autumn light

Happy Thanksgiving from Wellesley

November 27, 2013

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

Plaque: The Edward A. Stettner Political Science Library

Stettner Political Science Library Dedicated

November 14, 2013

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. Explores Wellesley 2025

November 18, 2013 spoke with Andrew Shennan, Dean and Provost of the College, about Wellesley 2025, a multiyear project to renew and reinvigorate Wellesley’s iconic and essential campus buildings, and the early stages of drafting the campus-wide development plan.

Artists from the 2013 International Body Music Festival with Hands outstretched

Artists from International Body Music Festival Visit Wellesley College in First New England Appearance

November 15, 2013

Ten artists from the 2013 International Body Music Festival visit campus for a weeklong residency, November 16-20. Their visit will include several public performances at Wellesley.

vintage photo first session League of Nations

Craig Murphy Explores Significance of Kathryn Davis Dissertation

November 20, 2013

M. Margaret Ball Professor of International Relations and Professor of Political Science Craig Murphy gives a talk on The Soviets at Geneva, the pioneering Ph.D. thesis of one of Wellesley’s most beloved alumnae.

Religion Professor's Panel Discussion Explores "The State of Racism in America"

November 26, 2013

On November 16, faith leaders and educators gathered at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, for “Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America.” Wellesley professor, The Rev. Dr. James Kodera, Professor of Religion, was among the conference presenters.

Wellesley Thought Leaders Weigh In on Anniversary of JFK Assassination

November 22, 2013

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.

Ji Hyang Padma headshot

Wellesley's Buddhist Chaplain Publishes New Book on Living in Transformative Times

November 21, 2013

Ji Hyang Padma’s new book Living the Season incorporates teachings with practical exercises designed to help readers, from those new to Zen practices to more advanced learners, gain mental clarity and wholeness.

Michael Jeffries: Latest Zimmerman arrest is a reminder of broken US justice system

November 20, 2013

Michael Jeffries, Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of American Studies, contributed a guest post to the Guardian exploring the recent arrest of George Zimmerman, the man previously acquitted of killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Paarlberg on Harvest Public Media: GMO debate influences Africa

November 19, 2013

Harvest Public Media, a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field, spoke with Robert Paarlberg, Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science and researcher on food and agricultural policy, about the ongoing debate over the use of genetically modified crops for human food and its impact in Africa.

Press Release: For Spanish-Speaking Parents of College Hopefuls, Wellesley College Releases a New Tool to Forecast College Costs, en Español

November 19, 2013

Wellesley is the first liberal arts college to offer Spanish-language estimates of what parents can expect to pay, taking into account financial aid.

graphic: My inTuition: Estimador rapido de costos de Wellesley

My inTuition: Wellesley’s Quick College Cost Estimator Now in Spanish

November 18, 2013

Wellesley announces a new, Spanish-language version of My inTuition: Wellesley’s Quick College Cost Estimator, a tool that asks just six basic financial questions before providing a personalized estimate of an individual’s college costs at Wellesley.

Nora Mishanec ’14, Rosa Guzman ’14,  Echo Yue ’14, and Ava Bramson ’14

Meet the 2013-2014 Daniels Fellows

November 12, 2013

Seniors Nora Mishanec, Rosa Guzman,  Echo Yue, and Ava Bramson each have the opportunity to pursue a “dream project” this year, thanks to the Pamela Daniels ‘59 Fellowship.

Wellesley Police Sgt Rich Palumbo

Wellesley Salutes Veterans on Campus

November 11, 2013

Wellesley community members, women and men, have served in all branches of military service. Today, we salute all veterans and profile several current members of the on-campus community who have served in the military.

Body Music Performers Fernando Barba and Keith Terry

Press Release: International Body Music Festival Artists Visit Wellesley

November 11, 2013

The International Body Music Festival celebrates contemporary and traditional body music and, for the first time, audiences in New England can experience this unique musical and dance experience when artists from the Festival visit Wellesley College November 16 -20.

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

November 8, 2013

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

construction sign outside of Schneider Center

Wellesley Embarks on Campus Renewal Program

November 8, 2013

Long planning, research, and consultation have yielded Wellesley 2025, a building renovation and renewal project that will maintain Wellesley College's iconic and beautiful campus while creating advanced facilities for an innovative 21st-century liberal arts education.

Dan Sichel Comments on Rand Paul's Audit-the-Fed legislation for the Issues Blog PolicyMic

November 7, 2013

Dan Sichel, Professor of Economics and former Senior Associate Director at the Federal Reserve, was interviewed by Elizabeth Tharakan '06, a writer for the issues blog PolicyMic, for a story on Rand Paul's Audit-the-Fed legislation.

New book by the late, great Nora Ephron '62 reviewed for NPR

November 7, 2013

Advice from the commencement address given by Nora Ephron '62 in 1996 is included in her new book, "The Most of Nora Ephron" (Knopf), which was published his year by her estate. Author Meg Wolitzer reviews the book for NPR.

Photo of Wellesley Prof Adam Van Arsdale being filmed for MOOC, SUZANNE KREITER/GLOBE STAFF

Boston Globe: Online Professors Experience Celebrity Side Effects

November 7, 2013

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.

McCray posed with de Blasio and their two teenage children

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

November 6, 2013

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

dancers in pink on science center walkway

Acclaimed Dancers Bring New Work to Nontraditional Spaces at Wellesley

November 5, 2013

Last week, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener with New York Times writer Claudia La Rocco brought a new work to Wellesley. Sponsored by the Newhouse Center, Way In was performed in Tishman Commons with a surprise preview in the Science Center.

Children on jungle gym at Child Study Center circa 1925

Wellesley Child Study Center Celebrates 100 Years

November 4, 2013

On November 4, 1913, the Anne L. Page Memorial Kindergarten, now the Wellesley College Child Study Center, opened its doors for the first time. Today, Wellesley celebrates 100 years of education and study at the Center.

Wellesley's Takis Metaxas Talks to the AFP about Twitter's Growing Influence

November 5, 2013

Agence France-Presse, one of the three largest news agencies in the world, recently spoke with Wellesley's Panagiotis "Takis" Metaxas, Professor of Computer Science, for an article on Twitter's mounting influence.

Wellesley field hockey players take ball upfield

Wellesley Fall Sports Wrap-Up

November 1, 2013

NEWMAC Champs Blue field hockey is ranked #13 in the nation; Wellesley crew rocked the Head of the Charles and won Seven Sisters Championships; cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball round out the fall season with more achievements and milestones.

Student's Film Receives Praise in Letter to the Wellesley Townsman

November 1, 2013

A recent letter to the editor of the Wellesley Townsman celebrates a new documentary created by Davis Scholar Dawn Marie Barnett. The film explores the history and inner-workings of the Town's Recycling and Disposal facility.