Reflectors left on the moon 50 years ago by the Apollo 11 astronauts still yield significant data for scientists like Wellesley professor James Battat and his team of student researchers.
Ahead of the season four premiere of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” on July 19, Hannah Braaten ’11 shares what it was like editing “Queer Eye” star Tan France’s new memoir and what she learned from working with the LGBTQ icon.
Wellesley Professor Explains Reggaeton’s Relationship to the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic
Wellesley professor Petra Rivera-Rideau wins a Puerto Rican studies prize for her essay on a reggaeton artist Tego Calderón’s music video.
The invasive plant species called phragmites are a nuisance, but students, with help from the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative and the Wellesley Book Arts Lab, use it to make handmade paper.
Spotted! A honeybee stops for breakfast amid the petals of water lilies in full bloom on Paramecium Pond.
Kalei Oliver ’20 is spending her summer uncovering the hidden secrets of history in the highland village of Hualcayán, Peru. In this next installment of the Dear Wellesley postcard series, Oliver takes us to her excavation site and into the community she has joined, nestled between two mountain ranges.
LISTEN: Wellesley political science professor Craig N. Murphy and MIT professor JoAnne Yates discuss their new book, “Engineering Rules,” which looks at the history of voluntary standard setting and its global impact.
Wellesley Centers for Women economist Sari Pekkala Kerr discussed immigrant entrepreneurs’ contributions to the economy at a June 26 hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on the Budget.
Fifty years ago, six days of protest at the Stonewall Inn sparked LGBTQ liberation movements. Wellesley assistant professor of English Octavio González reflects on Stonewall’s legacy and cultural impact.
Dear Wellesley: Our 2019 Summer Postcard Series Begins with Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 Writing from Morocco
This summer, Wellesley students write postcards to the community about their internship experiences around the world. To kick off our series, Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 write from Marrakech, Morocco.
Economics professor Joseph Joyce discusses the far-reaching impact of changes in U.S. corporate tax laws.
Whether you spent your day curbside at a parade or stretched out at a backyard picnic, all of us at Wellesley College hope you had a happy and healthy Fourth of July!
Wellesley’s Davis Museum continues its fourth annual summer film series on July 11 with “Back to the Future.”
Elizabeth Minor ’03 and a team of students measure, draw, and document before saying farewell to the Tower Court archeological site for the summer.
Keith Tyger, director of culinary operations at Wellesley/AVI Fresh, shares some of his favorite dishes and a few tips to help you get the most out of a summer gathering.
This spring, Grace Cowles ’21 ended her season with a sixth-place finish in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2019 NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships—just one highlight from an amazing year in athletics for the Wellesley Blue.
Summer, is that you? This view from Severance Hill, commonly seen by students and Wellesley community members while sledding after a snowstorm, bursts with color against an early morning haze.
When children pretend to be animals, fantasy characters, or adult professionals, they are building an understanding of other people and the world around them, says Wellesley psychology professor Tracy Gleason.
One Year after Report on Sexual Harassment in Academia, President Paula Johnson Testifies Before Congress on Findings and Bipartisan Legislation
On June 12, President Paula Johnson testified before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in her role as co-chair of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that published a report last year about sexual harassment in academic institutions in the fields of the sciences, engineering, and medicine.
The Butler Boathouse is still bathed in light at 7 pm, a day before the summer solstice.
Research scientist Anne Madden ’06 hopes to discover a new species, a novel antibiotic, or even a way to brew a better beer—all by studying bacteria, fungi and other microbes.
Wellesley anthropologist Susan Ellison, who wrote an award-winning book on Latin America, interviewed borrowers and lenders in El Alto, Bolivia.
Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” Now Through June 30
Marta Rainer ’98 directs Wellesley Repertory Theatre in a production of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.”
The College earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Harriette Chandler ’59 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Public Health Association
Massachusetts State Sen. Harriette Chandler ’59 was recently honored for lifetime achievement in promoting public health; Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson presented the award.
Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 joined their fellow alumnae for Wellesley’s reunion weekend.
Wellesley’s collection of antique brass microscopes, which is now moving to President Johnson’s office, offers a window into the College’s pioneering science curriculum.
Wellesley faculty and staff enjoy the beautiful June weather during their weekly pickup soccer game.
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services finds that individual and collective actions are necessary to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.
Green Beach is now home to a student art project that points the way to cities around the globe.
Reunion 2019 kicks off Friday as the 4s and the 9s make a triumphant return to campus.
In the wake of measles outbreaks in the United States, Jonathan Imber, sociology professor at Wellesley, talks about the intersection of public health and free choice.
Three newly minted officers receive salutes and gold bars at their commissioning ceremony.
Tim Singleton, Wellesley’s assistant director of construction, talks with Rinako Sonobe ’20, an architecture major with a minor in math, about the steps Wellesley is taking to increase workforce diversity in construction and design in Massachusetts’ higher education community.
Cokie Roberts ’64 Reflects on Women’s Suffrage on the 100th Anniversary of the Senate Passing the 19th Amendment
On her “Ask Cokie” segment on NPR, Cokie Roberts ’64 talked about the history and impact of the women’s suffrage movement.
During commencement exercises on May 31, Wellesley professors Kimberly Cassibry, Soo Hong, and Jaclyn Hatala Matthes were awarded the Pinanski Teaching Prize.
Commencement is here! Check back throughout the day for scenes celebrating the class of 2019.
On May 31, this proud group (shown at their orientation in 2015) will take the stage at Wellesley’s 141st commencement. Before the members of the class of 2019 become alumnae, take a look at a few photos from their early days at Wellesley.
Economist David Lindauer tells NBC News that both sides are being hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.
Memorable Quotes from 10 Wellesley Commencement Speeches, in Celebration of the Yellow Class of 2019
The countdown has begun! With one week until commencement 2019, take a look at 10 memorable Wellesley commencement speeches over the decades.
“Wellesley” magazine examines the campus community’s dedication to creating a more inclusive Wellesley.
Wellesley Students Bring Home Ideas for Change after Wintersession Civil Rights and Immigration Trips
Wintersession trips to the Southern United States and the Arizona-Mexico border gave Wellesley students an opportunity to explore faith, social justice, and making a difference, and to share their experiences with the campus community.
Students in Wellesley’s Dynamic Interface Design class built a multimedia installation in Pendleton West inspired by #PoetryontheT, showcasing poems members of the Wellesley community wrote for National Poetry Month.
Wellesley Campus Police hosted its first iftar feast, bringing together more than a dozen members of Wellesley’s Muslim community, including the student group Al-Muslimat, to break the daily Ramadan fast.
Happy last day of finals from Wellesley! Summer has officially begun for the red, purple, green, and yellow classes.
Cord Whitaker, assistant professor of English at Wellesley, reflects on the peasantry in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” compared with the history of the Middle Ages, and on how that history has been misinterpreted by white nationalists.
Wellesley SMiLES and the Wellness Outreach Collaborative team up to provide each residence hall with its own collection of outdoor games and activities.
Wellesley alumnae are awarded more science and engineering doctorates than female graduates of any other liberal arts college in the nation, according to the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, and receive among the highest number of National Science Foundation grants.
Happy last day of classes! Following one of Wellesley’s more recent traditions, the yellow class of 2019 took to the Science Center, academic departments, and other popular locations to leave one last splash of spirit.
Students marked the end of the 2018–2019 academic year with the 120-year-old Wellesley tradition of stepsinging.
The Camellia Student Leadership Awards, named for the tree given to Wellesley by the College’s founders, Henry and Pauline Durant, celebrate individual and collective leadership initiatives across campus and in the broader community.
Mingwei Song, associate professor of Chinese at Wellesley, explains the significance of the student-led protests in China in 1919 that became known as the May Fourth Movement.
Wellesley College students walk through a campus in bloom on a sunny May day after enduring record amounts of rain in April.
As a 2019 Goldwater scholar, Ella Mullikin ’20 will continue to work toward her career goal of a dual-title PhD in biochemistry and astrobiology, with tuition support from the Goldwater Foundation.
Wellesley alumnae and staff who work in library and archival services meet with students interested in learning about the field.
Wellesley College has enhanced its accessibility and disability services with a new name, additional staff, facilities upgrades, and a renewed mission that focuses on a highly personal approach to students who need resources and support.
This year’s Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public Writing were awarded to Sydney Hopper ’19 (humanities) for her paper on transcendentalist literature and tourism in Massachusetts and Ali Saueressig ’19 (social sciences) for her paper on education in rural Minnesota.
A celebration of student achievement during the past semester, the Ruhlman Conference will feature over 300 student presentations on their projects and research with Wellesley faculty.
On May 1, Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne, marking almost two centuries since an emperor of Japan has stepped down. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, will take his place. Reika Ishii ’20 explains the importance of the new imperial era in Japan.
The Harambee Singers revive a choral tradition at Wellesley that started with the Ethos Choir.
Wellesley professor and medievalist Cord Whitaker talks about the history and symbolism of Notre Dame and, in the wake of the destructive April 15 fire, how it might be rebuilt for modern times.
Wellesley class of 1910 alumna Carolyn Wilson—a groundbreaking journalist and war correspondent—endowed the Wilson Lecture to give students a chance to hear directly from influential public figures. On March 19, the “New Yorker’s” Jane Mayer—a groundbreaking journalist and war correspondent—will deliver this year’s lecture.
Slater International Center’s new director, Tana Ruegamer, speaks to the Daily Shot about the upcoming panel “The Changing Landscape of Immigration: Beyond the Headlines.”
The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer addressed a sold-out house on March 19 as this year’s Wilson Lecturer. Her talk, “Fake News and Alternative Facts: The War on Truth and Politics in Academia,” touched on her long career in investigative journalism and her hopes for the future of her field.
Student Han Qiao ’19 creates a catalogue of campus bird population as a part of the Paulson Initiative.
Ahead of the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, Wellesley professor Michael Jeffries looks back at the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and efforts to increase the diversity of Oscar nominees and the film industry itself.
As Wellesley celebrates National Poetry Month this April, more than two dozen community members are taking part in a collaboration with Mass Poetry that brings poetry from campus to the MBTA.
Wellesley Psychology Professor Finds that Culture and Status Relate To How Parents Express Emotions to Children
Stephen Chen, Wellesley assistant professor of psychology, studies emotional expressiveness among Chinese-American families.
Recipients of the Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships, awarded for the first time in spring 2018, represent the breadth of Wellesley’s academic disciplines and a commitment to service.
As Watson Fellows, Lucy Wanzer ’19 and Sophia Zupanc ’19 will spend a year traveling and studying abroad.
Biochemistry major Hannah Jacobs ’19 recently traveled to Oxford University to connect in person with a mentor she met on The Wellesley Hive, the College’s digital networking platform.
A little rain didn’t stop the Wellesley community from honoring Bridget Belgiovine, the retiring director of athletics and chair of PERA, and celebrating the final days of the 2018–19 season at a community tailgate party.
Olga Shurchkov, Wellesley associate professor of economics, weighs in on a method for achieving gender equality in the workplace.
Adam Van Arsdale’s podcast, “Running for Science: Science for Running,” explores running through the lens of evolutionary science. This is Van Arsdale’s (center) first Boston Marathon.
Anita Hill, the renowned activist, attorney, and educator whose courage has inspired generations, will address the graduates at Wellesley’s 141st commencement exercises.
At Boston’s 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast, President Johnson Encouraged Attendees to Carry on King’s Vision
On January 21, President Paula A. Johnson joined leaders from across Massachusetts at the 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast. In her address to more than 1,000 business, civic, community, and religious leaders, President Johnson spoke about carrying King’s vision forward for future generations.
President Paula A. Johnson sits down with influential women leaders in a series of interviews, exploring their early career influences, groundbreaking achievements, and their thoughts on the future of leadership
On International Women’s Day, Wellesley launches a new interview series, WellesleyAsks, to recognize—and learn from—women who are changing the world.
Seven Wellesley alumnae have been sworn into political office this year after the history-making 2018 midterm elections.
Ally Svenson ’89 (center), co-founder and chief purpose officer of the fast-casual pizza chain MOD Pizza, speaks to the Daily Shot about leadership through service.
Wellesley women contributed to code breaking during World War II and to breakthroughs in early computer science.
The Book Arts Program provides Wellesley students with unique opportunities in hands-on studio art as well as historical and literary scholarship.
Wellesley students kick off the Trans Day of Visibility Campaign with a portrait exhibition that celebrates trans lives and raises awareness of Wellesley’s trans community.
A group of first-year students spent part of Wintersession learning what it means to be a research scientist.
Wellesley faculty members participated in team-building exercises during a five-day retreat to promote inclusive excellence in the classroom.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, a champion of telling immigrant stories, addressed the Wellesley community in her keynote address for Latinx Month.
Wellesley professor Gauri Kartini Shastry studies India’s Green Revolution to find a connection between a dramatic increase in the production of food grains and growth in chronic diseases—an unintended impact.
Balance Health Educators Host Sleep Health Panel, Bringing Focus to the Importance of Sleep in Overall Health and Wellness
Wellesley students, faculty, and Stone Center staff come together in pajamas to discuss meaningful steps to better manage stress and anxiety, and the critical role sleep plays in immune function, metabolism, and other vital functions.
A beloved Wellesley tradition since 1895, Hooprolling is a fun and friendly competition for graduating seniors. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Paige Hauke ’19!
The improvisational comedy troupe Dead Serious is here to ease your worries about the upcoming changes to the fall class schedule.
Internationally renowned poetry duo Climbing PoeTree visits Wellesley to perform and work with students on examining and articulating connections between place and poetry.
The storied Durant Camellia and three other trees now make their home in the new greenhouse.
High school students from the all-girls Fontbonne Academy toured Wellesley’s Science Center construction site.
This fall, Wellesley will have a new course schedule—thanks to the first significant schedule update in 20 years—to better serve the needs of today’s students and faculty.
Students in Washington, D.C., buy groceries in preparation for a week of service with a variety of community partners where they are exploring issues of sustainable housing and helping to provide basic necessities to Washington’s homeless population.
Claire Egan ’10, Wellesley’s first alumna U.S. Winter Olympian, finished third at the Biathlon World Cup in Norway, marking her third top-10 finish of the season.
Wellesley’s Elbert Collection Offers a Treasure Trove of Historic African American Historical Literature
A rare collection of literature was donated to Wellesley by the second African American woman to graduate from the College.
Listen to Jens Kruse, professor emeritus of German, and Sanja Jagesic ’08 discuss novels of dictatorship and the insights they can offer contemporary readers.
How does the environment influence the ability of plant populations to persist or fail? Alden Griffith, assistant professor of environmental studies, talks to “Wellesley” magazine about his large-scale field experiment featuring the invasive plant species garlic mustard.
A 3D model of the next-generation Science Center now lives in Clapp Library for the campus community to admire.
Welcome Class of 2023! First-years were selected from the second largest applicant pool in College history.
As Wellesley prepares to welcome renowned journalist Jane Mayer for the 2019 Wilson lecture, take a look at the College’s student-run publications and media outlets.
The new StarRez housing selection system will help students figure out where to live and with whom—with no lottery.
Leslie Pano ’77, who has worked at the College for over four decades, talks about her path from graduation to her current role as one of Wellesley’s master plumbers.
Wellesley is marked on the path of the African American Trail Project, which mentions Harriet Rice, Wellesley class of 1887 and the College’s first African American graduate.
Her passion for food inspired Judy Yao ’15 to work with immigrant food entrepreneurs and led to an appearance on the Food Network’s “Chopped.”
At 2019 Nightmarket, the Taiwanese Cultural Organization Brought the Traditional Taiwanese Street Market to Wellesley
In a celebration of Taiwanese cuisine and culture, Wellesley’s Taiwanese Cultural Organization (TCO) recreated a traditional night market and invited the Wellesley community to an evening of food, games, and performances.
Radio journalist Zoë Sobel ’14 was awarded a Luce scholarship to work and study in Asia. She is Wellesley’s first Luce Scholar in 10 years.
Natalie Ornell ’12 succeeds in her campaign to honor Rosa Parks on MBTA buses.
Leaders from the United States and North Korea met in Hanoi, Vietnam, for their second summit last week. Wellesley professor of political science Katharine Moon commented on its potential outcomes in several media outlets.
Part of the wave of women who ran for public office in 2018, Liz Miranda ’02 and Lisa Shin ’91 never dreamed they’d enter the political arena. The winter 2019 issue of “Wellesley” magazine takes a look at their campaigns for seats in their states’ legislatures.
In her new book, Kellie Carter Jackson, assistant professor of Africana studies at Wellesley, provides the first historical analysis of the use of political violence among antebellum black activists.
Wellesley Professor Talks with Philadelphia Public Radio about Mathematical Principles in Daily Life
Math Professor Oscar Fernandez says mathematical applications are all around us.
Biology professor Heather Mattila (pictured) says pesticides, weather, and parasites are endangering the North American honey bee population.
At the start of Chinese New Year, President Paula Johnson received a plaque from the Bingxin Literature Museum in honor of a legendary Wellesley alumna and writer.
After more than a 20-year hiatus, Winter Carnival returned to Wellesley. Students gathered at Davis Plaza on February 8 for an evening of ice skating, hot cocoa, a Wellesley-themed ice sculpture, and a cappella song.
Handwritten Valentine’s Day notes connect Wellesley alumnae from across the generations.
In the wake of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Wellesley’s Quinn Slobodian weighs in on global economics, globalization, and the impact of climate change on economic growth.
Wellesley welcomed more than 60 local athletes to campus for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The girls practiced skills with Wellesley student-athletes at a youth sports clinic and cheered on the Blue basketball team.
Wellesley Celebrates Black History Month with Theme “Black Migration: New Destinations, New Realities”
Wellesley’s Black History Month activities and programs will focus on the black diaspora.
Katharine H.S. Moon, professor of political science, will deliver the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture at Wellesley College, on “Friending Your Enemy: Dialogue with North Korea, Engaging the Other.”
In Boston at the nation’s longest-running breakfast honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson will address an audience of roughly 1,000 including business, civic, community, and religious leaders who pledge to carry on King’s work.
A group of young women from Jeremiah E. Burke High School visited Wellesley’s Science Center project and learned about careers in the construction field.
Thirty-five students spent Wintersession on Alternative Break trips working with nonprofit organizations in the Northeast.
Thanks to a generous gift from Alice Lehmann Butler ’53 and her husband, John Butler (pictured at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Butler Boathouse in 2015), Wellesley will begin construction this summer on a new turf field and lights.
A midcentury Air France advertising poster depicting the legendary Lourdes apparitions is moving from the French House to the Davis Museum.
On Horseback with the Lakota Sioux, Wellesley Professor Honors Those Killed in the Wounded Knee Massacre
Wellesley professor Elena Creef’s (center) interest in the Lakota Sioux has inspired her to develop new courses and take her students to visit North and South Dakota during spring break.
Wellesley and Glasswing Ventures, a venture capital firm founded by Rudina Seseri ’00, collaborated on an independent study course that asked students to develop a machine learning model to support startup investing.
Children of the same donor and their parents are redefining kinship, expanding the concept of family, says Wellesley’s Rosanna Hertz (center).
This year’s Albright Institute Wintersession event brought some of the world’s most influential leaders to Wellesley, including Judy Woodruff, John Podesta, Samantha Power, Cass Sunstein, and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 herself, to address current issues facing our democracy.
BBC Features Wellesley Professor’s Perspective on Popularity of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
Wellesley College professor of Chinese Mingwei Song says writers from China and other cultures are diversifying genres, like science fiction and fantasy, historically dominated by Westerners.
For one group of sophomores, their career journey begins with the Luminare Retreat over winter break.
Wellesley professor Olga Shurchkov recently spoke to CNBC about new research from two European universities that looked at whether wearing glasses could help candidates win an election.
Two years after its launch, WellesleyX Italian courses have reached over 125,000 students in nearly 200 countries, offering unprecedented access to high-quality language classes, and positioning Wellesley as an innovator among higher ed institutions in online language instruction.
In their new books, Wellesley College political science professors Stacie Goddard and Paul MacDonald investigate rising powers and world order, great power transitions globally, and the impact on international relations and current events.
With ShowMyData.org, a new suite of free data visualization web apps developed by Wellesley associate professor of psychology Jeremy Wilmer, anyone can create and download best-practice graphs.
As 2019 begins, take another look at a few moments from Wellesley College in 2018.
Welcome back to campus for Wintersession 2019! To mark the occasion, check out this wintery Wellesley scene from 50 years ago.
Did you know there is a glacier named after Wellesley College in Alaska’s Prince William Sound? Read more about the historic Harriman Expedition, which included naturalist John Muir, co-founder of the Sierra Club, that charted the area for the first time.
Why are Americans working longer in life? Wellesley economics professor Courtney Coile’s recent research, featured in the Wall Street Journal, sheds some light.