Petrescu giving a speech

Alumna Sworn in to Romanian Presidential Cabinet

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.


demonstrators in Kiev

Wellesley Hosts Expert Panel, “Ukraine! What Next?” on March 10

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.


scene from van der Werve's film, he stands at Chopin's grave

Artist Guido van der Werve's Latest Work at the Davis through July

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.


colorized photo of College Hall before the fire

Wellesley Commemorates College Hall Fire Centennial

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.


profusion of brightly colored spring flowers

A Breath of Spring in One Corner of Wellesley

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.


1937 photo of change of new college government pres trying on shoes of old

Leadership in Action: Wellesley Enters Campus Elections Week

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.


maparyan and three panelists

WCW Organizes Panel Discussion on Role of Research in Advancing Women's Equality

March 28, 2014

WCW Executive Director Layli Maparyan led a panel of social science researchers and international advocates for women and girls during a parallel event of the 58th session of the  U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.


Rita Colwell in lab

Wellesley Symposium Focuses on How Best to Communicate Science

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.


student holding iPad with survey waiting to be filled out

Wellesley First Years Conduct Research on Political Perception

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.


seal pup relaxing on ice floe

Wellesley Researchers Use Seal Teeth to See Lake's Past

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.


Pentagon building at night

Wellesley Professor Contextualizes Military Budget Cuts in 'Foreign Affairs'

March 24, 2014

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.


students, seen from behind, sit in a row looking out at sea

Spotlight on Teaching: Home and Away

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.


Vintage suitcase with travel stickers from all over the world

Three Wellesley Seniors Win Watson Fellowships

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.


older woman executive leads meeting with two younger colleagues

Courtney Coile: Adapting Society to a Growing, Aging Population

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.


Frank Bidart speaking at podium

Wellesley's Frank Bidart Wins National Book Critics Circle Award

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.


architects rendering of new workout space with people on eliptical machines

Up Next in Campus Renewal Plan: Improvements to Field House

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.


two students work at laptops

Wellesley Students Code in College's First Hackathon

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.


Amy Banzaert and student work on bicycle

Spotlight on Teaching: Developing Technology for a Better World

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"

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.


Still from the film 'Linsanity' showing Jeremy Lin in dramatic basketball pose

Asian Awareness Month at Wellesley

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.


3 students around a table read Much Ado about Nothing

24 Hour Shakes Strikes Again

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.