Season's Greetings from Wellesley CollegeFriday, December 19, 2014
Wellesley is with you. (Even if not sitting on your desk.) Happy new year!
Wellesley Faculty on Big Topics of 2014Thursday, December 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 ClassroomWednesday, December 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 MemberTuesday, December 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.
Famed Stories for Youngsters Emerged from Wellesley's HallsMonday, December 15, 2014
What do Nancy Drew and The Pushcart War have in common? Wellesley College! And significant anniversaries tied to 2014.
Wellesley Junior Conducts Marine Research in MediterraneanFriday, December 12, 2014
Sophia Sokolowski ’16 just completed a semester overseas—literally. Much of SEA Semester, which offers cross-disciplinary exploration of themes related to the ocean and global environments, is spent aboard ship in the Mediterranean. She was one of 21 U.S. students accepted to the program.
Film Documents Life of Alumna ArtistThursday, December 11, 2014
The previously under-celebrated work of Anna Campbell Bliss ’46 is the subject of Arc of Light, a documentary detailing her life and innovative work within the Bauhaus movement in the United States.
Pre-Finals Study Period Brings Fun TooWednesday, December 10, 2014
Wellesley's Wellness Outreach Committee offers a reading period schedule of events aimed at helping students relax and refocus. Always a favorite: a visit from therapy dogs, who this semester will be on campus at various locations on December 11.
Wellesley Comedy Troupe Reaches Finals in Improv CompetitionTuesday, December 9, 2014
As Wellesley’s only improv comedy group, Dead Serious takes pride in being Wellesley’s most prestigious improv comedy group. Twelve troupe members showed their skill in a recent regional competition.
Wellesley Students Tackle Putnam Math CompetitionMonday, December 8, 2014
With the guidance of Assistant Professor of Mathematics Andy Schultz, Wellesley students across class years exercise their mathematical and problem-solving chops to take on the Putnam exam, a six-hour math competition.
Wellesley Watson Fellowship Nominees AnnouncedFriday, December 5, 2014
Four Wellesley seniors have been nominated for the national Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which provides funds to travel the world in pursuit of a personal project.
Wellesley Boathouse Renovation UnderwayThursday, December 4, 2014
Thanks to the generosity of John and Alice Butler ’53, the boathouse on Lake Waban is undergoing a comprehensive renovation to update the 1963 facility and knit it more beautifully into the campus fabric.
N.Y. Times Profiles Entrepreneurial Wellesley AlumWednesday, December 3, 2014
Only 3 percent of tech startups are launched by women. One of those is Shaan Kandawalla '98, who shares her story via New York Times blog post and video, and reflects on Wellesley's influence in a Q&A with us.
Spotlight on Teaching: Digital Technology and Learning CommunitiesTuesday, December 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.
Author Zadie Smith at WellesleyMonday, December 1, 2014
Visiting Wellesley as part of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities Distinguished Writers Series, award-winning novelist and essayist Zadie Smith will read from her work and have a Q&A session on December 1.
A Thanksgiving Treat: Wellesley Magazine Fall 2014 IssueWednesday, November 26, 2014
Time for a little unassigned reading? We have a recommendation for you! The Fall 2014 Wellesley magazine from the Alumnae Association is now available to read online. Happy reading and happy Thanksgiving!
Feast Your Eyes at the Davis Featured by WBURTuesday, November 25, 2014
WBUR visited the Instagram-inspired art exhibit at the Davis, which displays more than 30 still life works featuring food, for a blog post and radio feature airing November 26.
Fall 2014 Sports RoundupMonday, November 24, 2014
Wellesley sees historic seasons for crew, cross-country, and field hockey, matched by strong performances and big growth for varsity golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
Wellesley Professor Offers Expert Insight on 'Extreme Day Care'Friday, 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 Alum in PBS's Makers: Women in BusinessThursday, November 20, 2014
Lulu Chow Wang ’66 was highlighted in the PBS series Makers: Women Who Make America episode "Women in Business." Wang, a member of Wellesley's Business Leadership Council, is CEO of Tupelo Capital Management and trustee emerita of the College.
Hogwarts at WellesleyWednesday, November 19, 2014
From Wellesley's own Platform 9¾ to a Botanic Garden exhibit to Quidditch practice, Harry Potter culture is alive and well at the College, with J.K. Rowling's short new story in the saga being a little refresher.
Consenses Comes to WellesleyTuesday, November 18, 2014
Art lovers are invited to bring all five senses to enjoy the Consenses interactive art installation now on display in Tishman Commons, and the newly-unveiled creative center designed by Wellesley students through Theatre Studies.
Wellesley Alums in New Government PostsMonday, November 17, 2014
An international trio of Wellesley alumnae have been in the news lately for their appointments to positions of leadership in their respective governments, all with a mission to make their nation or world a better place.
Davis Art Tours the WorldFriday, November 14, 2014
Visitors to MoMA can see Matisse’s, Composition, Black and Red (installation shown), or at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris may view Sonia Delaunay-Terk’s Electric Prisms (1913)—both currently on loan from the Davis Museum at Wellesley.
Wellesley Junior Wins Prestigious EPA FellowshipThursday, November 13, 2014
Ashley Funk '16 joins a line of Wellesley women who in recent years have won Greater Research Opportunity fellowships, worth approximately $50,000 toward undergraduate studies and a summer Environmental Protection Agency internship.
Wellesley's Dan Sichel on Reasons to Be Optimistic About the EconomyWednesday, November 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.
Alumna Named Brandeis University ProvostTuesday, November 11, 2014
Lisa M. Lynch ’78 has taken office as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Brandeis University.
Meet the 2014 Daniels FellowsMonday, November 10, 2014
This fall, the Pamela Daniels Fellowship of $3,500 per recipient was awarded to four senior projects, each project exemplifying passionate engagement with a compelling intellectual subject.
Business Leadership Council Celebrates 25 YearsFriday, November 7, 2014
Celebrating a silver anniversary with its 25th Plenary, Wellesley's BLC gathers for a reunion and outreach to students with a speed networking event. The BLC was formed by senior leaders in the business and nonprofit sectors in recognition of Wellesley's effect on their leadership development and with the intent to give back to the College.
Schneider Center Open HouseThursday, November 6, 2014
An open house in Schneider Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the magnificent renovation the space has received as part of Wellesley's Plan for Campus Renewal.
Inaugural Betsy Knapp ’64 Lecture in the Social SciencesWednesday, November 5, 2014
Established through the generosity of Betsy Wood Knapp ’64, the Knapp Social Science Center sponsors many activities and programs, such as the November 5 lecture by scholar and author Paul Sabin, the inaugural Betsy Knapp ’64 Lecture in the Social Sciences.
Spotlight on Teaching: Campaigns and ElectionsTuesday, November 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 Senior Authors Article for The RootMonday, November 3, 2014
Arlevea Freeman ’15 penned a guest post for The Root about some of the reasons why she chose to attend Wellesley, and tells us more.
Wellesley Students Gear Up for Election SeasonMonday, November 3, 2014
Katelyn Campbell '17 reports on how some Wellesley students are getting involved in the 2014 midterm elections, both on campus and in their home districts.
Wellesley Alum Runs Historic Site in 'Witch City'Friday, October 31, 2014
An interesting career trajectory brought Kara McLaughlin ’89 to the directorship of the House of the Seven Gables, a historic settlement house in Salem, Mass., noted Halloween attraction, and inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of the same name.
Wellesley Professor Shares Expertise on North KoreaThursday, October 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 Celebrates Annual Tanner ConferenceTuesday, October 28, 2014
Today, the College community gathers for a full day of presentations about student out-of-classroom experiences. The Tanner Conference celebrates the diversity and depth of student endeavors.
Alumnae Association Presents First Sed Ministrare Volunteer AwardsMonday, October 27, 2014
Whitney Shaffer Ackerman ’03, Charlotte Hayes’75, Helen Kriz Marshall ’77, and Martha Reardon Bewick ’62 are the first recipients of the Sed Ministrare Volunteer Award, established this year to honor outstanding volunteer service to Wellesley College.
Wellesley Astronomers Explore New RealmsFriday, October 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.
Halloween Spirit at WellesleyWednesday, October 22, 2014
The end of October brings spooky fun to campus, from res-hall trick or treating and cult movie screenings to "haunted" buildings and Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
WCW Reviews “Get Real” Planned Parenthood ProgramTuesday, October 21, 2014
A review by researchers at the Wellesley Centers for Women of the Planned Parenthood program “Get Real” shows that education and conversations can be effective in delaying sex for middle school age boys and girls.
El Table Celebrates 110 YearsMonday, October 20, 2014
Founded in 1904, El Table began as a small table by an elevator that catered to the needs of hungry students. The enterprise has since expanded into an organized student co-op, currently nestled in the basement of Founders Hall.
Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Honors First Class of InducteesFriday, October 17, 2014
Ten scholar-athletes representing as many sports and four "women of inspiration" who have made remarkable contributions to athletics at Wellesley will be recognized as the Hall of Fame inducts its first class during Homecoming.
North 40 Joint StatementFriday, October 17, 2014
Given the importance of the North 40 to our shared community, both the College and the Town recognize the need to allow further time to complete these important deliberations. The two parties have agreed to defer final decisions until a later date.
Wellesley Students Take Computer Science on the RoadWednesday, October 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.
What Will College Really Cost You?Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My inTuition, Wellesley's quick college cost estimator, will calculate your likely college cost breakdown in just three minutes. The online tool been updated this year to provide more detail on student contribution, work-study, and loan amount estimates.
Federal News Radio Highlights Wellesley AlumFriday, October 10, 2014
“Glass ceiling shatterer” Janet Hill ’69 recently spoke with the D.C.-based radio program Women of Washington about her Wellesley education, her career, and the importance of diversity in American corporations.
Actors From the London Stage Bring "Much Ado" to WellesleyThursday, October 9, 2014
In the renowned troupe's ninth visit to Wellesley, Actors From the London Stage present three free public performances of Shakespeare's comedy, and work with students in classes and workshops during the week.
Meet This Year's Malone Prize WinnersWednesday, October 8, 2014
Zoe Peeler '17, Erin Altenhof-Long '16, and Katherine Tran '15 have received the prestigious award established by Claudine Malone '63 and named in honor of her mother, Katharine, to recognize high academic and service achievement.
Wellesley Participates in National Cyber Security Awareness MonthTuesday, October 7, 2014
Wellesley has signed on as a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014, joining more than 300 colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, and nonprofits in a global effort to promote online safety awareness.
Huffington Post Profiles Wellesley's Hinge GenerationMonday, October 6, 2014
Carolyn Elliot ’59 shares the results of a survey of her classmates on the occasion of their 55th reunion, offering in the Huffington Post a profile of Wellesley women from what she calls the “Hinge Generation.”
Newest Wellesley Alumnae Take on the WorldFriday, October 3, 2014
As a new purple class settles into its first semester at Wellesley, we take a moment to catch up with the last purple class through the 2014 senior survey results and some individual perspectives. Great things are happening.
Boston Globe Reviews Open Air Dance on Wellesley's Academic QuadThursday, October 2, 2014
Three dancers and the Academic Quad captured the attention and imagination of audience and passersby last week in a site-specific performance called reveal.
Wellesley Joins Nation in Observing LGBTQ History MonthWednesday, October 1, 2014
Wellesley College's LGBTQ Programs and Services office presents several events throughout October to observe LGBTQ History Month 2014, including photo exhibit, lecture, and comedy.
Wellesley Professor Offers Insider’s Perspective on the National Math CrisisTuesday, September 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 GrantsMonday, September 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 WeekFriday, September 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 GivingThursday, September 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'Wednesday, 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.
Wellesley First Year Honored in National Writing CompetitionTuesday, September 23, 2014
Elizabeth Engel '18 talks to us about her passion for her craft after winning a gold medal in the 2014 Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards. Wellesley first-year gold medalists also include Grace Ming, Madeleine Barowsky, and Stephanie Yeh.
Prospective Students Invited to Discover WellesleyMonday, September 22, 2014
On several dates through the fall, beginning Saturday, September 27, Wellesley’s Board of Admission offers unique visiting experiences to anyone interested in the College, and on October 19-20 offers an overnight visit for high school seniors.
Wellesley Students Embrace International Talk Like a Pirate DayFriday, September 19, 2014
Avast! The nautical heritage of Wellesley's Beebe Hall has evolved into a "friendly pirate" culture for the residence hall, especially strong on a day like International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Celebration of Faculty ScholarshipThursday, September 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.
Lake Day 2014: "Like" DayWednesday, September 17, 2014
If you're on campus, the bright blue sky, the crisp fall air, and the smell of fried dough mean one thing: Lake Day! On September 17, the Schneider Board of Governors once again hosted the surprise celebration of fall, friends, and fun.
New Season Opens at the DavisTuesday, September 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 Serves with Day to Make a DifferenceMonday, September 15, 2014
From Coastsweep to Cradles to Crayons, Habitat for Humanity to Wellesley Botanic Gardens, members of the Wellesley community jumped into service projects all around the region over the past weekend for Wellesley's Day to Make a Difference.
Forbes Profiles Wellesley Alum's Game-Changing BusinessFriday, September 12, 2014
Erin Giglia '98 recalls Wellesley's influence in her approach to a career that is helping redefine how law can be practiced.
Wellesley Sociologist Markella Rutherford on NPRThursday, September 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"Wednesday, 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 TopicsTuesday, September 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.
Wellesley Celebrates Flower Sunday 2014Monday, September 8, 2014
September 7 was Flower Sunday at Wellesley College, a tradition that dates back to the College's founding.
Impressive New Season of On-Campus Events Open to AllFriday, September 5, 2014
Get ready to mark your calendars! The Fall 2014 Arts and Culture at Wellesley Calendar of Events is now available. Artists, performers, thought leaders, writers (like Zadie Smith, pictured), and more will enrich this autumn at Wellesley.
Wendy Chen '14 Wins Most Promising Young Poet AwardThursday, September 4, 2014
Wendy Chen '14 was awarded the Academy of American Poets' first Aliki Perrotti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award for her poem, They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea.
Reflections on the Passenger PigeonWednesday, September 3, 2014
A specimen in Wellesley's Science Center collection helps us look back, and look forward.
The Academic Year BeginsTuesday, September 2, 2014
The semester ceremonially opens September 2 at Convocation, with remarks from the president, provost, and student government representatives, followed by Stepsinging. (For those returning to campus from time away, here's what happened "while you were out.")
First Phase of Renovations Ready for Use in Founders HallFriday, August 29, 2014
Exploring new spaces on their historic college campus, Wellesley faculty look for that just-right office space... with a nod and a wink to HGTV's House Hunters.
Sustainable Tech Initiative Makes a Difference on and off CampusThursday, August 28, 2014
Kanda Faye ’15 is the coordinator of WISC, or the Wellesley Initiative for Sustainable Computing, a Library & Technology Services program that overhauls and repurposes computing equipment that has been retired at the College.
Wellesley Women Named to Leadership Roles at StanfordWednesday, August 27, 2014
Persis Drell '77 'P16 (pictured) has been named dean of engineering at Stanford University, the first woman to hold the position. In another first for women, Sandra Horbach '82 has been appointed chair of the board for Stanford Business School.
Wellesley Welcomes Three New MasterCard Foundation ScholarsTuesday, August 26, 2014
This week, Wellesley welcomes three new MasterCard Foundation Scholars as members of the class of 2018. Meba Gebre ’18, Lisa Luka ’18, and Sarah Nzau ’18 are the second cohort of extraordinary students to attend Wellesley through the scholarship program.
It's Move-In Day!Monday, August 25, 2014
Wellesley welcomes the class of 2018 and new transfer students to campus. The 595 members of the newest purple class come from 44 states plus the District of Columbia, and from 29 different nations of citizenship.
Student Leaders Prepare for OrientationFriday, August 22, 2014
A sense of excitement bubbles up on campus as student leaders and orientation staff return to campus and gear up to greet new students next week and launch a year of community-building, mentoring, and leading across the College.
Wellesley Wraps Up First Online Language CourseThursday, August 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.
Tanner Conference Seeks ApplicantsWednesday, August 20, 2014
The 2014 Tanner Conference will be held Tuesday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. at Wellesley College Science Center. The deadline to apply to be a presenter at this fascinating and diverse forum for sharing off-campus learning is noon on September 9, 2014.
Wellesley Economist Offers Expert Analysis in Immigration CoverageTuesday, August 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.
Student Summer Project: Rachel Thommen '17Monday, August 18, 2014
With the encouragement of Mellon Foundation Lecturer Antonio Igrejas, who taught Wellesley's first courses in Portuguese, sophomore Rachel Thommen participated in a cross-cultural program shadowing doctors on São Miguel Island in the Azores.
Wellesley College Botanic Gardens in Metrowest Daily NewsFriday, August 15, 2014
The Wellesley College Botanic Gardens were recently showcased by the Metrowest Daily News, which called Wellesley's gardens "one of the best-kept horticultural secrets in the area."
Shark Research in the Wellesley CommunityThursday, August 14, 2014
A great white named for a Wellesley alumna and the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week inspired us to explore a few Wellesley connections to research on the ocean’s most feared and, arguably, most misunderstood creatures.
Cindy Emefa Coffee ’16 Pursues Research in Ghana Despite Ebola OutbreakWednesday, August 13, 2014
Cindy Emefa Coffee ’16 spoke with the Boston Globe about her decision to go on a planned research trip to Ghana despite the deadly Ebola outbreak in nearby countries.
Study by Professsor Barbara Beltz Finds New Source of Neurons in CrayfishTuesday, August 12, 2014
Professor Barbara Beltz' research revealed that blood cells in crayfish are an unexpected source of neurons. The study may have implications for treatment of diseases that are related to adult neurogenesis in humans.
Student Summer Project: Victoria Rines '15Monday, August 11, 2014
Thanks to the Wellesley network and the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Victoria Rines ’15 spent her summer interning with Amina Swanepoel '02 and her NGO Roots of Health in the Philippines.
The Atlantic Profiles TJ Jarrett '95, Coder by Day, Poet by NightFriday, August 8, 2014
For emerging poet TJ Jarrett '95, poetry and computer programming have become a double career that encourages her to think critically, work creatively, and ask questions about how the world works.
MIT-Wellesley Ballroom Dance Team Celebrates 40 YearsThursday, August 7, 2014
Since 1974 the MIT-Wellesley Ballroom Dance Team has offered its members an opportunity to learn and compete in a new sport and join a diverse community passionate about dancing.
Wellesley Alumna to Lead Indonesian Presidential Transition TeamWednesday, August 6, 2014
Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi '80 will head Indonesian President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's transition team, which is in place to aid in smooth transfer of power from the outgoing president.
Wellesley Renewal Projects Generate Donations to Area NonprofitsTuesday, August 5, 2014
Local organizations benefited from donations of furniture, kitchen equipment, and other goods that were removed through various campus renewal projects.
Student Summer Project: Patrice Caldwell '15Monday, August 4, 2014
Inspired by a prestigious conference she won a scholarship to earlier in the year, rising senior Patrice Caldwell takes her skills and passion for writing to a summer's work with the Writers League of Texas.
Wellesley Hosts Composers Conference & Chamber Music WorkshopsFriday, August 1, 2014
This innovative, selective program furthers the potential of emerging composers and develops the talent of amateur chamber musicians—and offers free concerts to the public. Established composers Augusta Read Thomas (pictured) and Steven Mackey mentor the fellows this year.
Summer Research Poster Session 2014Thursday, July 31, 2014
On Thursday, July 31, the student participants of Wellesley’s Summer Research Program presented their research to faculty, friends, and the community with presentation posters in the Science Center Library. This week marks the final week of the program.
Crop of New Plants for Crop of New StudentsWednesday, July 30, 2014
Preparation for next month's arrival of new students on campus is in full swing. New students are invited to visit the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses during orientation and select a houseplant of their own.
USA Today Q&A with Wellesley's Courtney CoileTuesday, July 29, 2014
Professor of Economics Courtney Coile weighed in on how to strengthen Social Security in a recent USA Today feature.
Student Summer Project: Alexandra Day '15Monday, July 28, 2014
For Albright Institute fellow Alexandra Day '15, a summer internship at CERN blends her passions for physics and global affairs.
Wellesley Prof and Scholars Excavate in GreeceFriday, July 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 Magazine Summer 2014 IssueThursday, July 24, 2014
Published four times a year, Wellesley Magazine portrays the lives, interests, and concerns of diverse alumnae around the world. This issue includes highlights from Commencement and Reunion 2014, and a focus on special places.
Jocelyn Benson '99 Named Dean of Wayne LawWednesday, July 23, 2014
With her appointment to head up Wayne State University Law School, Wellesley alum Jocelyn Benson '99 becomes the youngest woman to lead an American law school.
Student Summer Project: Helena McMonagle ’16Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A Wellesley Center for Work and Service Global Engagement Internship with Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust in Puerto Rico energizes and inspires this biological sciences major.
Wellesley's Dick French Joins Historic Sailing of Restored WhalerMonday, July 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.
Sue Wagner '82 Named to Apple Board of DirectorsFriday, July 18, 2014
Wellesley College alumna, trustee, and 2014 commencement speaker Sue Wagner '82 has been tapped to join the leadership team of "the world's most valuable company."
New Life for Wellesley Field House FloorThursday, July 17, 2014
Careful stewardship of the portable wooden basketball/volley court in the Towne Field House over the last 29 years has allowed the College to sell the panels to a youth basketball program.
Why Is Wellesley the Best Choice for Women?Wednesday, July 16, 2014
In addressing the question, "Why would someone choose Wellesley over Harvard?" on the knowledge-sharing site Quora, senior Ahilya Chawla's stands out among answers for thoroughness and passion.
Wellesley Expert Weighs In on Ebola OutbreakTuesday, July 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 Alum Inducted into International Tennis Hall of FameMonday, July 14, 2014
Chris Evert welcomed longtime tennis executive and leader at all levels of the sport, Jane Brown Grimes '62, into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in on July 12, in recognition for her contributions.
Davis Extended Spring Season Draws to a CloseFriday, July 11, 2014
Guests have one last week to view the exhibitions that attracted the largest crowd ever at a season Grand Opening at the Davis, and the busiest season in the museum's history.
Wellesley Professor Witnesses “World’s Largest Election”Thursday, 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.
Hats Off to Entrepreneur Satya Twena ’05Wednesday, July 9, 2014
News and media outlets from The Wall Street Journal to College Fashionista have reported on the compelling story of a Wellesley alum who in pursuit of her passion also helped preserve a historic slice of New York City.
Faculty Win Mellon Fellowships for Scholars in Critical BibliographyTuesday, July 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.
Senior Project: Emily Anderson, LinguisticsMonday, July 7, 2014
Fascination with language and accents, plus guidance from mentor Angela Carpenter, led Emily Anderson '14 to a thesis examining the acquisition of Standard American English accents by immigrant speakers of Jamaican Patwa.
Happy Fourth of July Weekend!Thursday, July 3, 2014
Happy Fourth of July! Assistant Professor of History Katherine Grandjean explains some of the complex political history behind the national holiday.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 Starts New Role as President of Trinity CollegeWednesday, July 2, 2014
On July 1, Joanne Berger-Sweeney '79 officially began her tenure as president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The alumna brings with to her new position 19 years of experience as a beloved Wellesley faculty member and dean.
Senior Project: Heather Petrow, Computer ScienceTuesday, July 1, 2014
Media arts and sciences major Heather Petrow DS’14 explored the fascinating field of human-computer interfaces in her senior thesis entitled “Haptic Interaction: Using 3D Stereoscopic Display Technology.”
Alumnae Participation Campaign in Final DaysFriday, June 27, 2014
Wellesley closes the books on its fiscal year on June 30. Alumnae have until the end of that Monday to give a gift of any size to help meet a participation challenge that—if met—will bring Wellesley an additional $500,000.
Wellesley Professor Presents at Alan Alda's World Science FestivalThursday, June 26, 2014
Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway shared his expertise on the nature of color with acclaimed actor Alan Alda and packed house at Alda's annual event promoting the communication of science.
Wellesley Graduates Benefit from Wellesley-Funded FellowshipsWednesday, June 25, 2014
Wellesley offers numerous fellowships for its graduates in many stages of life, from recent grads to mid-career alums. These fellowships are made possible by the generosity of many donors to support alumnae education and personal growth after commencement.
Pamela Melroy ’83 Honored by National Conference for College Women Student LeadersTuesday, June 24, 2014
Astronaut Pam Melroy ’83 (second from right) was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the NCCWSL, which recognizes women who have made a difference for others. She urged audience members to seek all-women environments at some point in their lives.
Senior Project: Justyna Jakubaszek, PsychologyMonday, June 23, 2014
Psychology and political science major Justyna Jakubaszek '14 designed an experiment to examine the effects of a lawyer’s age, gender, and goals on biases in jury decisions for her honors thesis.
500 Wellesley Staff and Faculty Step Up to Fitness ChallengeFriday, June 20, 2014
As part of Wellesley’s Healthy You program, a friendly competition sponsored by Human Resources involved approximately 500 people who together walked 114,786 miles during the eight-week event.
Wellesley Faculty Receive Honorary DoctoratesThursday, June 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 Wins NEWMAC Presidents CupWednesday, June 18, 2014
The Presidents Cup is an all-sports award given to the top overall men's and women's programs in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, determined by a weighted points system based on the order of finish during both regular season and championship play.
CBS Sunday Morning: A Wellesley InterviewTuesday, June 17, 2014
Viewers may have spotted Wellesley’s iconic lamps and landscapes on the June 15 broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning. Host Jane Pauley was on campus interviewing Hillary R. Clinton ’69 and classmates at their 45th Reunion, timed with the release of Clinton's book, Tough Choices.
Read My Pins at WellesleyMonday, June 16, 2014
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 gained renown for communicating a little extra through pins that adorned her suits during meetings; whether a dove speaking of peace or a crab of aggravation, she let the tone be known. An exhibition of her pins is at the Davis.
Wellesley Father and Daughter Make Athletic WavesFriday, June 13, 2014
Long-serving Wellesley College Police Officer Jack Trabucco was recently named to the Natick High Sports Hall of Fame. He has shared his love for athletics with daughter Kelsey, a Wellesley Blue crew junior.
Wellesley Professor to Be First Korea Studies Chair at BrookingsThursday, June 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.
Schneider Ready for Move-In!Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Green Hall is bustling with movers, dollies, rent-a-crates, and people packing their offices into boxes. Key student-serving offices are moving this week into the newly renovated Schneider—the first major project of Wellesley's long range campus renewal plan to be completed.
Exclusive Sawyer-Clinton Interview on ABC NewsTuesday, June 10, 2014
In a primetime special for ABC News, Diane Sawyer '67 interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 about her role in shaping American foreign policy, her possible presidential run in 2016, and more.
Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame Officially OpenedMonday, June 9, 2014
In a memorable moment during Reunion 2014, Madeleine K. Albright ’59—sporting Wellesley Blue sneakers to help deliver her message—introduced the Wellesley Athletics Hall of Fame and announced its inaugural class of inductees.
Reunion 2014Friday, June 6, 2014
Welcome back to Wellesley! Alums from class years ending in 9 or 4 converge on Wellesley's campus this weekend to celebrate five-year increments of their alumnaehood, dating back to 1939!
Wellesley Summer Theatre Company Presents 'Hay Fever'Thursday, June 5, 2014
Wellesley Summer Theatre Company interprets Noël Coward’s story of family theatrics, Hay Fever. The play runs through June 22 in Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, featuring three Wellesley students and two alums.
Wellesley Kicks Off Alumnae Participation DriveWednesday, June 4, 2014
On June 1, Wellesley launched its giving challenge titled 50% = $500,000. If Wellesley reaches its 50 percent participation goal by June 30, the College will receive an additional $500,000.
Senior Project: Katie Eyring, ChemistryTuesday, June 3, 2014
With her interest piqued by an organic chemistry course with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dora Carrico-Moniz, Katie Eyring '14 went on to synthesize and evaluate a novel series of compounds that specifically target pancreatic cancer cells.
Alum Ends Jeopardy Run with Second-Best Record in Show's HistoryTuesday, June 3, 2014
Julia Collins ’05 has ended a phenomenal run on Jeopardy! A business consultant who majored in art history and history, Collins won 20 consecutive games, making her the all-time best woman player of the game in the show’s 30 year history.
Joyce, Brogan, and Arumainayagam Win 2014 Pinanski PrizesMonday, June 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.
Commencement 2014Friday, May 30, 2014
Welcome friends and family—and congratulations graduates! On May 30 Wellesley celebrates the purple Class of 2014, our 136th graduating class. Commencement exercises, with an address from BlackRock founder Sue Wagner '82, begin at 10:30 a.m.
12 Wellesley Scholars Win NSF Graduate FellowshipsThursday, May 29, 2014
Continuing Wellesley's legacy of extraordinary scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, 12 Wellesley scholars won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships to support study in their fields. Others were honored by Udall and Goldwater Scholarship Foundations.
Galen Stone Visits Campus and CarillonWednesday, May 28, 2014
The Galen Stone Tower above Green Hall is one of the most beloved features of Wellesley's campus. This week, the grandson of the donor who made the Tower possible visited the carillon to celebrate the gift and to make some music.
Senior Project: Kelly Anne McCullagh '14, EnglishTuesday, May 27, 2014
Kelly Anne McCullagh '14 traced the evolving poetic process of Irish poet William Butler Yeats by analyzing changes in his manuscripts over the course of the poet's distinguished career for her senior thesis.
Nine New Books by Wellesley FacultyFriday, May 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, OpportunitiesThursday, May 22, 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 CollectionWednesday, May 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.”
Four Wellesley Alums to Travel on Fulbright Fellowships Next YearTuesday, May 20, 2014
Cailey Stevens ’12, Sophia Mo ’14, Christine Keung ’14, and Jennifer Lu ’12 will work with local communities through activities including research, teaching English, and civic engagement in Mexico, France, China, and Germany, respectively.
Senior Project: Kalina Yingnan Deng, PhilosophyMonday, May 19, 2014
A single paper sophomore year sparked a project of passion for Kalina Yingnan Deng '14. At a recent conference at the College of the Holy Cross she presented her research on the philosophical underpinnings of the 1974 court decision to desegregrate Boston public schools.
Wellesley Blue Spring Sports RoundupFriday, May 16, 2014
The Wellesley Blue enjoyed another successful season this spring! Two teams captured NEWMAC titles, and three have earned NCAA bids.
"New Yorker" Blog Interviews Peggy McIntoshThursday, May 15, 2014
The New Yorker Page-Turner blog talks to Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, founder of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum, and the woman credited with coining the term white privilege.
MSNBC's "Women of 2014" Features Joy Das '14Wednesday, May 14, 2014
MSNBC Online highlights Joy Das ’14, Wellesley College Government president for 2013-2014, as part of its ongoing series on Women in Politics: College Edition, spotlighting promising women leaders from U.S. colleges and universities.
Wellesley SMILES on USA TodayTuesday, May 13, 2014
An new student-run initiative called Wellesley SMILES seeks to create “pop-up” moments of fun and spontaneity in student lives. Wellesley SMILES was featured this spring in USA Today’s college section, an example of “random acts of kindness” movements across the country.
Wellesley Senior Featured in Huffington Post Thesis ProjectMonday, May 12, 2014
Emily Weddle ’14 shares her topic (the significance of female patronage in the Ballets Russes) and her "thesising" experience in the Huffington Post College Thesis Project Blog. With a nod to HuffPo, The Daily Shot will run a series of its own featuring projects by Wellesley seniors.
Last Day of Classes Special ReportFriday, May 9, 2014
As dawn breaks on the last day of classes at Wellesley, the campus awakes to the colorful overnight ministrations of the purple class of 2014, and seniors toil over some of their very last Wellesley to-do lists.
Conference on Influential Philosopher Honors Wellesley ProfessorThursday, May 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.
Minnesota Daily Op-Ed Praises Wellesley Shadow Grading PolicyWednesday, May 7, 2014
An opinion piece in the Minnesota Daily praised Wellesley's new shadow grading policy and called for more institutions of higher education to follow the College's lead.
Child Study Center Brings Child Development Expert Joan Almon to WellesleyWednesday, May 7, 2014
Cofounder of the Alliance for Childhood Joan Almon presents a talk on May 8, "Encouraging Adventure: Redefining Success to Include Risk," as part of the Wellesley College Child Study Center's 100th anniversary celebration.
Spotlight on Teaching: The Myth of ElizabethTuesday, May 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.
119th Hooprolling at WellesleyMonday, May 5, 2014
Congratulations to Alex Poon ’14, winner of Wellesley College’s 119th annual Hooprolling competition over the weekend! Poon is from McLean, Va., and majors in computer science.
Wellesley Alumna Selected as President of Trinity CollegeFriday, May 2, 2014
Joanne Berger-Sweeney ’79 has been elected as Trinity College's 22nd president, following a unanimous vote by its Board of Trustees. A former student, faculty member, and dean at Wellesley, Berger-Sweeney takes the helm at Trinity on July 1, 2014.
Wellesley Alum Becomes Most Successful Woman on JeopardyThursday, May 1, 2014
On the April 30 Jeopardy! broadcast, Julia Collins '05 won her eighth game, winning more than $170,000 and becoming the show’s most successful female contestant in its 30-year syndication.
Ruhlman Conference 2014 at Wellesley on April 30Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Presentations on topics from the politics of language to protein-lipid interactions, and performances from original poetry to Schumann’s Phantasie in C unite the College community in celebrating student achievement today, thanks to the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study.
Wellesley Professor Collaborates on Tests of Theory of General RelativityTuesday, April 29, 2014
Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a member of the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation since 2004, and other researchers probe accuracy of theories of gravity.
Wellesley Blue Softball Hits Home Runs On and Off the FieldMonday, April 28, 2014
After a successful tournament weekend the Wellesley Blue softball team heads to the 2014 NEWMAC Softball Championship this Saturday, while players Ashtyn Coleman '17 and Jen Migliore '14 were honored off the field.
Wellesley Alum Plants Garden with First Lady Michelle ObamaFriday, April 25, 2014
Whitney Smith '12 shares a moment with First Lady Michelle Obama, a fellow advocate for teaching kids about healthy nutrition. Smith is a volunteer with FoodCorps in Detroit.
Special Tribute to Kathryn Wasserman Davis '28Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Wellesley Blue crew team formed a W with their oars on Lake Waban as the campus commemorated the life of beloved alumna Kathryn W. Davis '28.
Wellesley Initiates New Grading Policy for First-Year StudentsWednesday, April 23, 2014
Beginning fall semester 2014, Wellesley first-year students will leave traditional grades behind, and measure their progress through their first semester with the shadow grading policy.
Political Science Professor Tom Burke Analyzes Supreme Court DecisionWednesday, April 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.
Marathon Media RoundupWednesday, April 23, 2014
Wellesley joined the spirit of making the 2014 Boston Marathon not just a race but a joyous show of fearlessness and strength, by making the already famous Scream Tunnel the biggest, loudest, longest one to date.
Wellesley Students Get Head Start on Film CareersTuesday, April 22, 2014
Six Wellesley students have been hard at work on the production of Peter and John, a feature film by Jay Craven starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christian Coulson. Their meaningful crew positions are giving them real-world film experience.
Wellesley Prepares for Loudest Scream Tunnel EverFriday, April 18, 2014
Cheering Boston Marathon competitors as they pass Wellesley's campus is one of the oldest and most beloved of College traditions. In response to 2013 Marathon events, the 2014 Scream Tunnel promises to be the most powerful yet.
See (and Share) Wellesley on InstagramThursday, April 17, 2014
This newest official social media channel tells the visual story of Wellesley to those new to it, and will be a forum for sharing unique or iconic views of the College to those who already know and love it.
Student Starts Collection of Oral Histories of Wellesley Alumnae of African DescentWednesday, April 16, 2014
Alumnae, students, and others convened recently in Tower Court to discuss two related experiences: being a student of African descent at Wellesley in the 1950s, and taking part in a project collecting oral histories about that time and place.
Wellesley Student among Those Honored with First Collier MedalTuesday, April 15, 2014
The MIT Emergency Medical Services team, including Wellesley volunteer Kat Goldsmith '16, received the first annual Collier Medal from MIT in recognition of their excellent service to the community.
Students Use Time off to Serve through Alternative Break TripsMonday, April 14, 2014
In the footsteps of pioneer Everglades activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1912), Wellesley students volunteered in Everglades and Biscayne National Parks as part of the Alternative Break program; another group worked at Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue.
Susan Wagner to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address at WellesleyFriday, April 11, 2014
Susan L. Wagner '82, co-founder and director of BlackRock, will address the Class of 2014 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley’s 136th Commencement Exercises on May 30.
Wellesley Makes Space for Music Through Innovative SeriesWednesday, April 9, 2014
Making Space, a collaborative project sponsored by the Music Department and others, brings unusual performances and workshops to campus in order to change the way we consider space and sound.
Wellesley’s Science Club for Girls Hosts Fair for Emerging ScientistsTuesday, April 8, 2014
Wellesley’s Science Club for Girls chapter recently held a successful hands-on science fair with activities and exhibits in 15 different science disciplines for girls in grades K-8.
Wellesley Professor Explains Economic Indicators on PBS NewshourMonday, April 7, 2014
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.
Ravencam Live from Wellesley's Science CenterFriday, April 4, 2014
In an unusual move, two common ravens have built a nest on a Wellesley building. Science faculty and technology staff launched Ravencam to record the birds' behavior at the nest for scientific purposes and to stream live online for observation by anyone on the Internet.
Named Lectures and Other Talks at WellesleyThursday, April 3, 2014
Whether the subject is the complexity of current events or lingering questions of the past, Wellesley’s lectures provide significant opportunities for the campus, and the wider community, to come together and ponder important questions.
CNN Names Wellesley Alum One of 10 Visionary Women in 2014Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Victoria Budson '93 strives to erode gender gaps in her roles with Harvard’s Kennedy School, the State Department's Women in Public Service Project, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and the Obama administration.
Wellesley Celebrates Latin@ Month 2014Tuesday, April 1, 2014
With a host of events including dinners, workshops, and special speakers, there’s something for everyone on campus to learn and enjoy during Wellesley's celebration of Latina culture and heritage.
Leadership in Action: Wellesley Enters Campus Elections WeekMonday, March 31, 2014
Wellesley women have a long tradition of filling the shoes of the leaders who came before them. The coming week is Elections Week, where candidates explain their priorities and students vote for the campus leaders to represent them.
Wellesley First Years Conduct Research on Political PerceptionThursday, March 27, 2014
Anna Page ’17 spoke to a New York Times reporter about the future of the Republican party while attending CPAC, along with Lizamaria Arias ’17 and Alexis Zhang ’17. There they did survey research that they plan to present at the Ruhlman Conference on April 30.
Spotlight on Teaching: Home and AwayWednesday, March 26, 2014
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.
Three Wellesley Seniors Win Watson FellowshipsTuesday, March 25, 2014
The prestigious Watson Fellowship provides funding to travel the world in pursuit of a dream project to around 40 graduating college students annually. This year, the Fellows include Wellesley seniors Beatrice Denham, Mayrah Udvardi, and Audrey Wozniak.
Wellesley Researchers Use Seal Teeth to See Lake's PastFriday, March 21, 2014
By analyzing the composition of Lake Baikal seal teeth, Professor of Biological Sciences Marianne Moore, post-doctoral fellow Ted Ozersky, and Wellesley student Xiu Ying Deng ’15 aim to show environmental and contaminant patterns in the lake over the last 80 years.
Alumna Sworn in to Romanian Presidential CabinetThursday, March 20, 2014
In March, Ioana Petrescu ’03 was sworn in as Romania’s newest finance minister. At 34, she is the youngest member of the Romanian presidential cabinet and the first woman finance minister since the fall of communism.
Courtney Coile: Adapting Society to a Growing, Aging PopulationWednesday, March 19, 2014
What impact might an aging population and workforce have on the country and economy? Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Knapp Social Science Center Courtney Coile explored the question on Public Radio International’s The Takeaway.
Wellesley's Frank Bidart Wins National Book Critics Circle AwardTuesday, March 18, 2014
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English Frank Bidart has won the NBCC Award for Poetry—one of the most distinguished American prizes offered to a poet for a single publication—for his latest collection, Metaphysical Dog.
Wellesley Commemorates College Hall Fire CentennialMonday, March 17, 2014
Until March 17, 1914, Wellesley’s splendid College Hall was the heart and soul of the College, housing students, faculty, staff, classrooms, laboratories, art, and more. We look back on its legacy 100 years later.
Artist Guido van der Werve's Latest Work at the Davis through JulyThursday, March 13, 2014
A new exhibition brings renowned Dutch artist Guido van der Werve's work to the Davis. His film Nummer veertien, home chronicles the artist’s self-propelled journey over land and water from Warsaw to Paris.
Up Next in Campus Renewal Plan: Improvements to Field HouseWednesday, March 12, 2014
The 54,000 square-foot Dorothy Towne Field House was built the 1980s, and is ready for renovation, which begins later this month. Wellesley will communicate about this and other upcoming projects through the website and a new blog called The Dirt.
Wellesley Students Code in College's First HackathonTuesday, March 11, 2014
Last weekend, eight teams of Wellesley students representing a variety of majors took on the challenge of collaborating and competing to create mobile apps in WHack, the college’s first 24-hour coding marathon.
Wellesley Hosts Expert Panel, “Ukraine! What Next?” on March 10Monday, March 10, 2014
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.
A Breath of Spring in One Corner of WellesleyFriday, March 7, 2014
Even winter lovers in northern latitudes can appreciate a breath of spring about now. The Ferguson Greenhouses at Wellesley currently abound with the lively blooms of spring, as well as the tropic and desert houses that offer visitors a momentary change of climate.
Wellesley Symposium Focuses on How Best to Communicate ScienceThursday, March 6, 2014
Pioneering microbiologist Rita Colwell, longtime head of the National Science Foundation, addresses a Wellesley symposium where participants grapple with the challenges of communicating science to the public, especially in fields that are easily politicized.
Spotlight on Teaching: Developing Technology for a Better WorldWednesday, March 5, 2014
In this recurring feature that highlights one of the many innovative, thought-provoking Wellesley courses each month, we visit the engineering courses of Visiting Lecturer of Engineering Amy Banzaert.
Guy MacLean Rogers: "Alexander the MOOC Lifts Off"Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Guy MacLean Rogers, Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of History and Classical Studies, and professor of the newest WellesleyX course offering, blogged for Inside Higher Ed about his class and spoke with the advice site NerdWallet about the future of MOOCs.
Asian Awareness Month at WellesleyTuesday, March 4, 2014
In March, Wellesley hosts events focused on Asians and Asian Americans in the media, including spoken word performance, lecture and community dinner, film screening (Linsanity, pictured), and live comedy show.
24 Hour Shakes Strikes AgainMonday, March 3, 2014
Last Friday and Saturday, the Wellesley Shakespeare Society hosted 24 Hour Shakes, an annual tradition that brings the campus community together to celebrate the words of William Shakespeare.
A Look at Oscar Contenders and Other Films with Wellesley FacultyFriday, February 28, 2014
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.
Cinema and Media Studies Professor Quoted in Esquire MagazineThursday, February 27, 2014
Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Nicholas Knouf explains to Esquire how The Truman Show prefigured Her and a culture of digital spying.
Wellesley Explores New Channels for Internal CommunicationsThursday, February 27, 2014
Town hall-style meetings, other in-person group meetings, official announcements, and a question-and-answer blog all aim to facilitate communication of important College decisions and developments on campus.
Albright and Browner Conversation at Wellesley College on featured on The Daily KosThursday, February 27, 2014
In January, Madeleine Korbel Albright '59, former EPA administrator Carol Browner, and moderator Peter Thomson of PRI’s The World, discussed "The Politics of Climate Change." Political Blog, The Daily Kos, wrote about the conversation.
Two Alums to Be Honored at 2014 Alumnae Achievement Awards CeremonyWednesday, February 26, 2014
The Alumnae Achievement Award is the highest honor given to alumnae for excellence and distinction in their fields. The 2014 award will be presented to Eva Sommaripa ’63 and C. Tracy Orleans ’70 in a public ceremony on February 27, 2014.
Wellesley Launches Revamped ‘W Network’ on LinkedInTuesday, February 25, 2014
Wellesley introduces the next generation of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association’s LinkedIn group, now renamed the Wellesley Alumnae Network.
Young Alum Finds Role on Script Team for House of CardsMonday, February 24, 2014
The W Network was instrumental in putting Kate Leonard '12 on the path toward her current Netflix position, in the thick of the game-changing media series House of Cards.
International Mother Language Day 2014Friday, February 21, 2014
The Wellesley Bangladeshi Student Association has built a replica of the Shahid Minar, a monument in Bangladesh, where this UN-recognized holiday originated, to encourage community interaction in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center all day on February 21.
Wellesley Hosts First TEDxWellesleyCollegeFriday, February 21, 2014
A full-day event of speakers and discussion takes place at Wellesley College and online on February 22, 2014, thanks to TEDxWellesleyCollege. The conference follows the model of TED, the acclaimed forum for inspiring ideas, shared through story telling and engaging narratives.
Wall Street Journal Publishes Letter from President BottomlyThursday, February 20, 2014
In a letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly challenged an op-ed about the response to the Sleepwalker sculpture installation at Wellesley and voiced admiration for Wellesley students who spoke out.
The Art and Soul of Chibuzo Comes to WellesleyWednesday, February 19, 2014
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life presents The Art & Soul of Chibuzo, a performance featuring the creative music, dance, and theater ensemble of director, composer, and musician Akili Jamal Haynes. Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.
Neuroscience Professor discusses “Art and the Brain” with BBC Radio 4Wednesday, February 19, 2014
"Beauty and the brain," Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway discussed his research and artwork with BBC Radio 4 on January 22, in a feature exploring the role of neuroscience in art appreciation.
Wellesley Alumnae Take to the Start-Up RoadTuesday, February 18, 2014
Wellesley women are breaking new ground through building their own businesses. We talked to a handful of alumnae entrepreneurs and asked them about their journeys and the advice they’d offer other women seeking to follow their start-up model.
A Valentine to Wellesley's Mail ServicesFriday, February 14, 2014
For many people, Valentine’s Day is the time to exchange flowers and cards with loved ones; for those in mail services at Wellesley, it is also one of the busiest times of the year.
Wellesley Alum Wins Gates Cambridge ScholarshipThursday, February 13, 2014
Madeline Rose Weeks ’11, who has studied the intersection of ecology, agriculture, economics, and culture with a focus on coffee and cocoa production, has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, covering the full cost of a graduate degree at University of Cambridge, U.K.
2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: A Bush Not a TreeWednesday, February 12, 2014
In this year's Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ’26 Professor of Biological Sciences Emily Buchholtz tackles the question of how we name and visualize life’s diversity today.
Spring 2014 Distinguished Writers Series OpensTuesday, February 11, 2014
The intimate setting of the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities is an ideal venue for the reading and Q&A format of its Distinguished Writers Series, which welcomes acclaimed author Deni Béchard on February 11.
The "Monuments Men" of Wellesley CollegeMonday, February 10, 2014
George Clooney may make an especially dashing "monuments man," but not all these experts who risked their lives to locate and save precious art in Europe during WWII were men. Myrtilla Avery, class of 1891 and art professor at Wellesley, was among the women doing this heroic work.
Art Installation at Wellesley Inspires Thoughtful DialogueFriday, February 7, 2014
One sculpture in the outdoor portion of the Tony Matelli: New Gravity exhibition at the Davis has become the focus of intense conversation in person, on paper, and online—on campus and beyond.
Olympic Connections at WellesleyThursday, February 6, 2014
With National Women and Girls in Sports Day and the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia this week, we look at recent discussions by thought leaders at Wellesley on the impact of women’s participation in sports—on society and on individuals. (Plus: faculty Olympians!)
Spring 2014 Exhibitions Open at the DavisWednesday, February 5, 2014
New Gravity, the first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum by sculptor Tony Matelli, challenges perceptions of reality, while Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper from the Davis enchants visitors with a look into a different time. Both exhibitions open this week at the Davis.
Alumna's Foundation and Classmates Fund New Research OpportunityTuesday, February 4, 2014
Wellesley students now have a unique chance to get hands-on medical research experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, backed by the Calliope Joy Foundation in partnership with the Class of 1989.
Black History Month at WellesleyMonday, February 3, 2014
This 1974 photo of a black studies class at Wellesley predates the national designation of February as Black History Month by two years. Styles have changed, but the honorary month and Wellesley's academic pursuits in the field are going strong. A fascinating slate of on-campus events marks Black History Month 2014.
Wintersession 2014: Intellectual Pursuits on and off CampusThursday, January 30, 2014
Wellesley may have seemed quiet during Wintersession, but the range of endeavors underway through the College over the last month speaks volumes. From exploring the workings of cancer cells to exploring ancient sites in Crete, students expand horizons during Wintersession.
Davis Museum Painting Among Works in Area Collections Leaving a "Trail of Mystery"Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Boston Globe recently took a look at items in local museums with mysterious backstories, including one work at the Davis; 18th-century Peruvian painting called “Portrait of a Young Woman,” the back story of which, according to the Globe, "reads like a Hollywood whodunit."
Wintersession 2014: Wellesley Athletes Train, Compete, and ServeWednesday, January 29, 2014
Wellesley's varsity winter sports teams had a busy January, with basketball, fencing, squash, swimming and diving, and track and field athletes remaining on campus or returning early for competitions (and community service) during Wintersession.
Sustainable Choices: A Week of Thought-Provoking Events at WellesleyTuesday, January 28, 2014
A series of campuswide events addresses the complex questions involving sustainability, social concerns, and campus resources, beginning with a January 28 panel discussion about divestment and other potential responses to today’s environmental challenges.
Wintersession 2014: Tri-College Program Tackles Real-World ProblemsMonday, January 27, 2014
The Three College Collaboration's 2014 Wintersession program united students of different disciplines and academic approaches to develop software that optimizes services of a local nonprofit health education and fitness provider for low-income women and children.
Alexander the Great Is Coming...Friday, January 24, 2014
To Wellesley and the world in a new MOOC. Noted classicist and Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of History and Classical Studies Guy MacLean Rogers reflects on Alexander's legacy in anticipation of the WellesleyX massive open online course he will teach.
Wellesley's New Quantitative Analysis Institute Provides Statistical Training and ServicesThursday, January 23, 2014
This year, Wellesley opened an innovative institute on campus, designed to integrate statistics more deeply into the life of the College. The Quantitative Analysis Institute provides opportunities for expanded statistical work for both students and faculty.
Madeleine Albright and Carol Browner Discuss the Politics of Climate ChangeWednesday, January 22, 2014
Madeleine Albright ’59 and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Carol Browner meet for public conversation on January 22, in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public, the talk will also be live streamed.
Spotlight on Teaching: Food, Agriculture, and SustainabilityTuesday, January 21, 2014
In our 2014 return to the series Spotlight on Teaching, we visit the first-year seminar of Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Jay Turner. The Spotlight series highlights new courses, innovative teaching, and interdisciplinary approaches to learning.
Wellesley Answers Obama’s Call to Expand Higher Ed OpportunitiesFriday, January 17, 2014
Wellesley College's plans are spelled out in the White House report "Commitments to Action on College Opportunity," focusing on outreach as well as new and expanded programs to attract students to STEM fields, and to offer support and mentoring.
Wellesley Faculty and Staff Symposium Explores Book StudiesThursday, January 16, 2014
An interdisciplinary group conducted an innovative three-day book studies workshop entitled “Teaching with Books and Other Textual Technologies,” looking at the history and future of the texts we read, as well as the different media that transmit text.
Stronger Communities Stronger SchoolsWednesday, January 15, 2014
Stronger Communities Stronger Schools (SCSS), a program started by Amanda Wyatt '11 while she was a student, pairs Wellesley student volunteers with students in Boston Public Schools, and has grown from five volunteers at its inception to over 40.
Alumna's Social Enterprise Brings Progress through TeaTuesday, January 14, 2014
Tranquil Tuesdays, a Beijing-based business launched by Charlene Wang '03, has become a premiere provider of Chinese teas and teaware as well as an exemplary social enterprise featured on CBS Sunday Morning, China Radio International, Time Out Beijing, and elsewhere.
Research Shows Two MTV Series Influenced Drop in Teen Birth RateMonday, January 13, 2014
A new study by Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics Phillip B. Levine and University of Maryland economist Melissa Schettini Kearney shows that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have played a role in significantly reducing births to teens.
Wellesley College Summer Theatre Program Presents The ClearingFriday, January 10, 2014
The Wellesley College Summer Theatre program kicked off its 2014 season on January 9 with the opening of The Clearing. The show, which runs through February 2, is the story of an English landowner and his Irish wife who find themselves on opposite sides of a cruel divide.
Best of 2013 Lists Include WellesleyThursday, January 9, 2014
From Buzzfeed to Barbara Walters, Wellesley was seen making the “Best of 2013” lists as alumnae, exhibits, centers, and the ever-beautiful campus were noticed by the outside world.
Neuroscience Study Sheds New Light on Brain ProcessesWednesday, January 8, 2014
A study by Wellesley College neuroscientists Associate Professor of Neuroscience Bevil Conway and Rosa Lafer-Sousa '09 provides new insight into how the brain’s inferior temporal cortex processes information about shape and color.
Wellesley Sophomore Wins HALO AwardTuesday, January 7, 2014
Rocio Ortega ’16 won the award from TV channel Nickelodeon when it honored four teens Helping And Leading Others (HALO). Ortega was recognized for her work in the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, encouraging American youth to speak up for girls in developing countries.
Wintersession 2014 Gets Under Way with 5th Albright InstituteMonday, January 6, 2014
The 2014 Wintersession Program of the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College begins on January 6, 2014, and runs through January 24, 2014.
Wellesley Professor Wins Murray Award from APAThursday, January 2, 2014
Class of 1949 Professor of Ethics and Professor of Psychology Paul Wink has won the Henry A. Murray Award from the American Psychological Association, one of the most prestigious prizes given by the national organization.