Robbin Chapman, foreground, looks at papers; students, background, do group work
Robbin Chapman talking to off-camera group while a student posts stickies on a board behind her

Spotlight on Teaching: Digital Technology and Learning Communities

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.

screenshot: Shaan Kandawalla in conversation
Shaan Kandawalla at center of table in meeting with several others

N.Y. Times Profiles Entrepreneurial Wellesley Alum

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.

calendar page: december 2014
calendar page: December 2014

Wellesley Faculty on Big Topics of 2014

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.

snowglobe with Wellesley hooprollers
snowglobe containing Wellesley hooprollers

Season's Greetings from Wellesley College

December 19, 2014

Wellesley is with you. (Even if not sitting on your desk.) Happy new year!

students taking exam
students packing up exam packets

Wellesley Students Tackle Putnam Math Competition

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.

Sophia Sokolowski high in the rigging of sailboat
Sophia Sokolowski high in the rigging of sailboat

Wellesley Junior Conducts Marine Research in Mediterranean

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.

Carol Ann Paul in sunhat and sunglasses
Carol Ann Paul, black & white closeup

Lifetime Achievement Award to Wellesley Neuroscience Faculty Member

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.

pencil drawing of traffic jam from The Pushcart War
pencil drawing of traffic jam from The Pushcart War

Famed Stories for Youngsters Emerged from Wellesley's Halls

December 15, 2014

What do Nancy Drew and The Pushcart War have in common? Wellesley College! And significant anniversaries tied to 2014.

Lynne Viti headshot
Students presentations during Lynne Viti's writing class

Finding the Right Word on the Airwaves and in the Classroom

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.

Anna Campbell Bliss in studio
Anna Campbell Bliss in her studio

Film Documents Life of Alumna Artist

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.

three players on stage at boston improv
two actors on improv boston stage

Wellesley Comedy Troupe Reaches Finals in Improv Competition

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.

students sit on ground and pat a fluffy white dog
students gather raound Portuguese water dog

Pre-Finals Study Period Brings Fun Too

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.

Watson nominees point to different locations on world map
4 Watson nominees point to different locations on world map

Wellesley Watson Fellowship Nominees Announced

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.

aerial view boathouse
boathouse with water barrier

Wellesley Boathouse Renovation Underway

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.

Zadie Smith reading by
close-up Zadie Smith reading

Author Zadie Smith at Wellesley

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.