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A large full moon with a tiny astronaut holding an American flag floats above the observatory.
A large full moon with a tiny astronaut holding an American flag floats above the observatory.

Wellesley Physicist Researches the Moon Using Instrument Left by Apollo 11

July 19, 2019

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.


A selfie with Tan France and Hannah Braaten
A selfie with Tan France and Hannah Braaten

Can You Believe!? Wellesley Alumna Edits “Queer Eye” Star’s New Memoir

July 18, 2019

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.


A male performer sings on stage.
A male performer sings on stage.

Wellesley Professor Explains Reggaeton’s Relationship to the African Diaspora in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

July 17, 2019

Wellesley professor Petra Rivera-Rideau wins a Puerto Rican studies prize for her essay on a reggaeton artist Tego Calderón’s music video.


Students pull invasive plants out of the ground and put them in piles for later use.
Students pull invasive plants out of the ground and put them in piles for later use.

Wellesley Students Learn to Make Paper the Hard Way—from Plants

July 15, 2019

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. 


Two blooming water lilies on a pond.
Two blooming water lilies on a pond.

Water Lilies Bloom on Paramecium Pond

July 12, 2019

Spotted! A honeybee stops for breakfast amid the petals of water lilies in full bloom on Paramecium Pond.


A hand out of frame holds a postcard of a woman sitting at a dig site. It reads, "Greetings from Hualcáyan, Peru."
A hand out of frame holds a postcard of a woman sitting at a dig site. It reads, "Greetings from Hualcáyan, Peru."

Dear Wellesley: Kalei Oliver ’20 Writes from the Mountains of Peru

July 16, 2019

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.


Headshots of three people. Two women and one man.
Headshots of three people. Two women and one man.

“Engineering Rules” that Shape the World’s Economy? We’re Listening.

July 11, 2019

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.


A woman sits at a table with a microphone.
A woman sits at a table with a microphone.

Wellesley Researcher Testifies Before Congress on the Economic Benefits of Immigration

July 10, 2019

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.


An image of the front of The Stonewall Inn.
An image of the front of The Stonewall Inn.

On the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, Wellesley Professor Discusses Its Legacy and Impact

June 27, 2019

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.


A hand off camera holds a postcard of two students sitting on a staircase.
A hand off camera holds a postcard of two students sitting on a staircase.

Dear Wellesley: Our 2019 Summer Postcard Series Begins with Mika Thakkar ’21 and Anna Morgan ’21 Writing from Morocco

July 9, 2019

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.


Logistics and transportation of Container Cargo ship with working crane bridge in shipyard at sunrise,
Logistics and transportation of Container Cargo ship with working crane bridge in shipyard at sunrise,

Wellesley Economist Says U.S. Foreign Direct Investment Is a Casualty of the Trade War

July 1, 2019

Economics professor Joseph Joyce discusses the far-reaching impact of changes in U.S. corporate tax laws.


A photo of a flag on top of a residence hall.
A photo of a flag on top of a residence hall.

Shafer Hall’s Turrets Celebrate America’s 243rd Birthday

July 5, 2019

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!


A DeLorean with doors up parked outside of LuLu Campus Center.
A DeLorean with doors up parked outside of LuLu Campus Center.

Davis Museum Summer Film Series Presents “Back to the Future”

July 8, 2019

Wellesley’s Davis Museum continues its fourth annual summer film series on July 11 with “Back to the Future.”


A visiting professor and students document their finds at a dig site on campus.
A visiting professor and students document their finds at a dig site on campus.

All Good Digs Must Come to an End (for the Summer)

July 3, 2019

Elizabeth Minor ’03 and a team of students measure, draw, and document before saying farewell to the Tower Court archeological site for the summer.


Fireworks over lake waban
Fireworks over lake waban

Behind the Scenes with Wellesley’s Director of Culinary Operations: July 4 Edition

July 4, 2019

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.


A Wellesley student runs on a track.
A Wellesley student runs on a track.

Wellesley Looks Back on the Past Year in Athletics and Ahead to the Next

July 2, 2019

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.


Galen Stone Tower as seen from Severance Hill and framed by green foliage.
Galen Stone Tower as seen from Severance Hill and framed by green foliage.

Galen Stone Tower Reaches High Above Summer’s Green Foliage

June 28, 2019

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.


A child dressed up as a lion. He laughs.
A child dressed up as a lion. He laughs.

Why Do Kids Pretend to Be Animals? Wellesley Professor Explains

June 26, 2019

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.


President Johnson speaks into a microphone while testifying on Capitol Hill.
President Johnson speaks into a microphone while testifying on Capitol Hill.

One Year after Report on Sexual Harassment in Academia, President Paula Johnson Testifies Before Congress on Findings and Bipartisan Legislation

June 24, 2019

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.


Butler boathouse at sunset
Butler boathouse at sunset

Friday’s Solstice and a Bustling Campus Signal Summer at Wellesley

June 21, 2019

The Butler Boathouse is still bathed in light at 7 pm, a day before the summer solstice.


A figure, out of frame, holds a bees nest.
A figure, out of frame, holds a bees nest.

Alumna Discovers New Microbes and Puts them to Work for Humans

June 25, 2019

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.


Graffiti on the wall of a house, which reads "Deudor moroso"
Graffiti on the wall of a house, which reads "Deudor moroso"

Wellesley Anthropology Professor Studies Bolivian Lenders’ Use of Graffiti to Trigger Repayment

June 20, 2019

Wellesley anthropologist Susan Ellison, who wrote an award-winning book on Latin America, interviewed borrowers and lenders in El Alto, Bolivia.


A scene from a play production, three women stand looking at a man.
A scene from a play production, three women stand looking at a man.

Wellesley Repertory Theatre Presents “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” Now Through June 30

June 19, 2019

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.”


An aerial view of Wellesley's campus featuring lake waban and green hall.
An aerial view of Wellesley's campus featuring lake waban and green hall.

Wellesley Earns Gold Rating for Sustainability Efforts

June 18, 2019

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 waves to a crowd.
Harriette Chandler waves to a crowd.

Harriette Chandler ’59 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts Public Health Association

June 17, 2019

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 Clinton and Madeleine Albright sit on a stage with President Johnson.
Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright sit on a stage with President Johnson.

Wellesley Welcomes Classes Ending in 4 and 9 Back to Campus for Reunion 2019

June 11, 2019

Hillary Rodham Clinton ’69 and Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59 joined their fellow alumnae for Wellesley’s reunion weekend.


A line of students walk though the basement of the science building wearing purple gloves and holding brass microscopes.
A line of students walk though the basement of the science building wearing purple gloves and holding brass microscopes.

Wellesley’s Antique Microscopes Move to New Home in President’s Office

May 17, 2019

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.


Staff and faculty play soccer outside.
Staff and faculty play soccer outside.

Clear Blue Skies Provide Perfect Backdrop for Evening Soccer

June 14, 2019

Wellesley faculty and staff enjoy the beautiful June weather during their weekly pickup soccer game.


An arial shot of a forrest and land that has been cleared.
An arial shot of a forrest and land that has been cleared.

Wellesley Ecologist Discusses UN Report on Animal and Plant Extinction

June 13, 2019

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services finds that individual and collective actions are necessary to preserve the planet’s biodiversity.


Two people sit by lake waban near signs that read the names of cities around the world.
Two people sit by lake waban near signs that read the names of cities around the world.

Student Art Project Celebrates Geographical Interconnections

June 12, 2019

Green Beach is now home to a student art project that points the way to cities around the globe.


Alumnae from the class of 2009 celebrate their reunion.
Alumnae from the class of 2009 celebrate their reunion.

The Alumnae Are Coming! Wellesley Welcomes the 4s and 9s for Reunion 2019

June 7, 2019

Reunion 2019 kicks off Friday as the 4s and the 9s make a triumphant return to campus.


A vaccine bottle rests on a table.
A vaccine bottle rests on a table.

Wellesley Professor Discusses Factors Behind Resistance to Measles Vaccinations

June 6, 2019

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 ROTC cadets cut a cake with  a saber
Three ROTC cadets cut a cake with  a saber

Wellesley’s Class of 2019 ROTC Cadets Begin Careers as Military Officers

June 5, 2019

Three newly minted officers receive salutes and gold bars at their commissioning ceremony.


A student and staff member sit in a recording studio, talking.
A student and staff member sit in a recording studio, talking.

Podcast Discusses Approaches to Workforce Diversity in Wellesley’s Construction Projects

May 14, 2019

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.


A black and white photo of a man signing a document with women standing behind him.
A black and white photo of a man signing a document with women standing behind him.

Cokie Roberts ’64 Reflects on Women’s Suffrage on the 100th Anniversary of the Senate Passing the 19th Amendment

June 4, 2019

On her “Ask Cokie” segment on NPR, Cokie Roberts ’64 talked about the history and impact of the women’s suffrage movement.


Three professors stand on a stage while the president presents them with an award.
Three professors stand on a stage while the president presents them with an award.

Wellesley Honors Three Professors for Excellence in Teaching

June 3, 2019

During commencement exercises on May 31, Wellesley professors Kimberly Cassibry, Soo Hong, and Jaclyn Hatala Matthes were awarded the Pinanski Teaching Prize.


Anita Hill speaks to a crowd of people. The stage reads 2019.
Anita Hill speaks to a crowd of people. The stage reads 2019.

Commencement Day 2019

May 31, 2019

Commencement is here! Check back throughout the day for scenes celebrating the class of 2019.


A group of students wearing yellow shirts sit outside
A group of students wearing yellow shirts sit outside

Class of 2019: Four Years in Review

May 30, 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.


Diplomats sit around a large table.
Diplomats sit around a large table.

Wellesley Professor Tells NBC News U.S. Is Engaging China in a “Game of Chicken”

May 28, 2019

Economist David Lindauer tells NBC News that both sides are being hurt by the U.S.-China trade war.

 


The head shots of 10 of Wellesley's former commencement speakers
The head shots of 10 of Wellesley's former commencement speakers

Memorable Quotes from 10 Wellesley Commencement Speeches, in Celebration of the Yellow Class of 2019

May 24, 2019

The countdown has begun! With one week until commencement 2019, take a look at 10 memorable Wellesley commencement speeches over the decades.


A drawing of the Wellesley College campus, students on campus
A drawing of the Wellesley College campus, students on campus

“Wellesley” Magazine Takes an In-Depth Look at Inclusive Excellence at the College

May 29, 2019

“Wellesley” magazine examines the campus community’s dedication to creating a more inclusive Wellesley.


Students walk through a desert in Arizona.
Students walk through a desert in Arizona.

Wellesley Students Bring Home Ideas for Change after Wintersession Civil Rights and Immigration Trips

May 23, 2019

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.


Six students stand in front of an art installation that depicts the inside of the MBTA's Red Line.
Six students stand in front of an art installation that depicts the inside of the MBTA's Red Line.

Students Construct a Multimedia Art Installation for the Community Day of Poetry

April 26, 2019

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.


Students and members of the Wellesley College Campus Police pose for a photo.
Students and members of the Wellesley College Campus Police pose for a photo.

Wellesley Campus Police Host Iftar Feast on Campus

May 22, 2019

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.


Students stand on a dock by Lake Waban preparing to take a photo.
Students stand on a dock by Lake Waban preparing to take a photo.

And That’s a Wrap! Wellesley Closes Out the 2018–19 Academic Year

May 21, 2019

Happy last day of finals from Wellesley! Summer has officially begun for the red, purple, green, and yellow classes.


Game of Thrones character Jamie Lanister reaches from a crowd of peasants as he fights to break through.
Game of Thrones character Jamie Lanister reaches from a crowd of peasants as he fights to break through.

Wellesley Professor Discusses the Portrayal of the Peasantry in “Game of Thrones”

May 20, 2019

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.


Students on Severance Green enjoy the outdoors in spring.
Students on Severance Green enjoy the outdoors in spring.

Wellesley Students Take a Break before Finals to Enjoy the Outdoors

May 16, 2019

Wellesley SMiLES and the Wellness Outreach Collaborative team up to provide each residence hall with its own collection of outdoor games and activities.


Students work under a hood in a lab at Wellesley.
Students work under a hood in a lab at Wellesley.

Wellesley Student and Alumnae Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships for Doctoral Study

May 15, 2019

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.


Two students look down on a section of the science center that was decorated in yellow streamers.
Two students look down on a section of the science center that was decorated in yellow streamers.

Yellow Class of 2019 Makes Its Final Mark with Traditional Senior Prank

May 10, 2019

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 dressed in yellow sing inside the chapel
Students dressed in yellow sing inside the chapel

Wellesley Students Celebrate End of Academic Year with 120th Annual Stepsinging

May 13, 2019

Students marked the end of the 2018–2019 academic year with the 120-year-old Wellesley tradition of stepsinging. 


A group of students pose for a photo at the Camellia Leadership Awards.
A group of students pose for a photo at the Camellia Leadership Awards.

2019 Camellia Awards Honor Outstanding Student Leaders

May 8, 2019

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.


Students of Beijing Normal University returning to the university on May 7, 1918, after being arrested for their involvement a
Students of Beijing Normal University returning to the university on May 7, 1918, after being arrested for their involvement a

Wellesley Professor Marks 100th Anniversary of China’s May Fourth Movement

May 9, 2019

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.

 

 


Students walk on a pathway framed by a Wellesley lamp post and pink, blooming trees.
Students walk on a pathway framed by a Wellesley lamp post and pink, blooming trees.

After Record-Breaking April Showers, May Flowers Bloom at Wellesley

May 7, 2019

Wellesley College students walk through a campus in bloom on a sunny May day after enduring record amounts of rain in April.

 

A student works in a lab space
A student works in a lab space

Wellesley Student Awarded 2019 Goldwater Scholarship for Biochemistry and Astrobiology Research

May 6, 2019

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.


Three members of the archives and special collections staff look at a book.
Three members of the archives and special collections staff look at a book.

Wellesley Alumnae and Staff Speak to Students about Careers in Libraries and Archives

April 29, 2019

Wellesley alumnae and staff who work in library and archival services meet with students interested in learning about the field.


Members of the accessibility and disability resources team sit around a table.
Members of the accessibility and disability resources team sit around a table.

Wellesley Revamps Accessibility and Disability Services

May 3, 2019

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.


The site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.
The site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.

Two Students Awarded 2019 Stanford Calderwood Prizes in Public Writing

May 2, 2019

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.


Five students speak into microphones at the beginning of the Ruhlman Conference.
Five students speak into microphones at the beginning of the Ruhlman Conference.

Wellesley Presents 23rd Annual Ruhlman Conference Celebrating Student Research and Scholarship

May 1, 2019

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.


Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga's holds a press conference.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga's holds a press conference.

Japanese Wellesley Student Discusses the New Imperial Era

April 30, 2019

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.


Students sing in Harambee House.
Students sing in Harambee House.

New Voices Restore a Harambee House Tradition

April 25, 2019

The Harambee Singers revive a choral tradition at Wellesley that started with the Ethos Choir.


Tourists take photos of the Notre Dame cathedral after the April 2019 fire.
Tourists take photos of the Notre Dame cathedral after the April 2019 fire.

In the Aftermath of Fire, Wellesley Professor Discusses What’s Next for Notre Dame

April 24, 2019

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.


Jane Mayer, who is similar to Carolyn A. Wilson, is this year's Wilson Lecturer
Jane Mayer, who is similar to Carolyn A. Wilson, is this year's Wilson Lecturer

Acclaimed Journalist Jane Mayer to Deliver 2019 Wilson Lecture

February 4, 2019

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. 


"The Changing Landscape of Immigration"
"The Changing Landscape of Immigration"

Wellesley to Host Panel Discussion on the Future of Immigration

February 26, 2019

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.”


Jane Mayer delivers a lecture in Alumnae auditorium
Jane Mayer delivers a lecture in Alumnae auditorium

Jane Mayer Delivers Wellesley’s 2019 Wilson Lecture

March 20, 2019

The New Yorkers 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.

 


A chickadee in a tree on campus
A chickadee in a tree on campus

Look Up and Admire Wellesley’s Airborne Denizens—Birds

April 22, 2019

Student Han Qiao ’19 creates a catalogue of campus bird population as a part of the Paulson Initiative.


Three men sit around a table on WGBH's Greater Boston
Three men sit around a table on WGBH's Greater Boston

Wellesley Professor Discusses the Oscars and Diversity in the Film Industry on WGBH

February 22, 2019

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.


A sticker that reads National Poetry Month is placed on a laptop
A sticker that reads National Poetry Month is placed on a laptop

Wellesley Kicks Off National Poetry Month with Poetry on the T, Community Events

April 1, 2019

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.


A professor stands in front of a poster with two students. The poster talks about their study.
A professor stands in front of a poster with two students. The poster talks about their study.

Wellesley Psychology Professor Finds that Culture and Status Relate To How Parents Express Emotions to Children

March 28, 2019

Stephen Chen, Wellesley assistant professor of psychology, studies emotional expressiveness among Chinese-American families.


A group of nine students sit and their scholarship donor sit on steps
A group of nine students sit and their scholarship donor sit on steps

Nine Wellesley Honors Students Received Inaugural Samuel and Hilda Levitt Fellowships in 2018

February 12, 2019

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.


Two students sit in chairs in the academic quad.
Two students sit in chairs in the academic quad.

Two Wellesley Seniors Receive Prestigious Watson Fellowships

April 8, 2019

As Watson Fellows, Lucy Wanzer ’19 and Sophia Zupanc ’19 will spend a year traveling and studying abroad.


Two students stand outside a building in Oxford, England.
Two students stand outside a building in Oxford, England.

Two Years After Its Launch, The Wellesley Hive Continues to Thrive

April 19, 2019

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.


Student athletes pose hugging large cutouts of athletic director
Student athletes pose hugging large cutouts of athletic director

Wellesley Celebrates a Retirement and the End of the 2018-19 Athletic Season

April 23, 2019

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.


Women members of congress sit wearing white.
Women members of congress sit wearing white.

Washington Post Asks Wellesley Economics Professor about Gender Quotas in Government

April 5, 2019

Olga Shurchkov, Wellesley associate professor of economics, weighs in on a method for achieving gender equality in the workplace.


A Wellesley professor runs in the Boston Marathon.
A Wellesley professor runs in the Boston Marathon.

Wellesley Professor and First-Time Marathoner Produces Running-Themed Science Podcast

April 15, 2019

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's headshot.
Anita Hill's headshot.

Anita Hill Is Wellesley’s 2019 Commencement Speaker

April 12, 2019

Anita Hill, the renowned activist, attorney, and educator whose courage has inspired generations, will address the graduates at Wellesley’s 141st commencement exercises.


Leaders at the MLK Breakfast in Boston
Leaders at the MLK Breakfast in Boston

At Boston’s 2019 MLK Memorial Breakfast, President Johnson Encouraged Attendees to Carry on King’s Vision

January 22, 2019

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 Johnson sits with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in an office.
President Johnson sits with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in an office.

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

March 8, 2019

On International Women’s Day, Wellesley launches a new interview series, WellesleyAsks, to recognize—and learn from—women who are changing the world.


Jocelyn Benson stands before a crowd in Michigan at her swearing in ceremony.
Jocelyn Benson stands before a crowd in Michigan at her swearing in ceremony.

Wellesley Celebrates Alumnae Elected to Public Office in Year of Historic Firsts

January 11, 2019

Seven Wellesley alumnae have been sworn into political office this year after the history-making 2018 midterm elections.

 


Ally Svenson and her team at MOD Pizza
Ally Svenson and her team at MOD Pizza

Ally Svenson ’89, Co-Founder of MOD Pizza, Leads with Purpose

February 8, 2019

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.


A woman holds an iPad with old photos of women.
A woman holds an iPad with old photos of women.

Wellesley Women Were Pioneers in Code Breaking and Code Making

March 22, 2019

Wellesley women contributed to code breaking during World War II and to breakthroughs in early computer science.


A student uses a printing press while her class and professor look on.
A student uses a printing press while her class and professor look on.

On National Haiku Poetry Day, Wellesley Shines a Spotlight on the Book Arts Lab

April 17, 2019

The Book Arts Program provides Wellesley students with unique opportunities in hands-on studio art as well as historical and literary scholarship.


Two figures look at a photo exhibit
Two figures look at a photo exhibit

Wellesley Students Celebrate Campus Trans Community with Photo Exhibition

March 11, 2019

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.


Two students and their mentor work through a science lab project.
Two students and their mentor work through a science lab project.

Wellesley First-Years Learn the Rigors of Research at Biochemistry Boot Camp

February 1, 2019

A group of first-year students spent part of Wintersession learning what it means to be a research scientist.


Faculty members participate in an activity during a retreat.
Faculty members participate in an activity during a retreat.

Wellesley Faculty Practice Teamwork at Science Education Retreat for Inclusive Excellence

January 29, 2019

Wellesley faculty members participated in team-building exercises during a five-day retreat to promote inclusive excellence in the classroom.


Sonia Nazario, a journalist, speaks to a room of students. On a projector there is an image of her press pass.
Sonia Nazario, a journalist, speaks to a room of students. On a projector there is an image of her press pass.

Journalist Sonia Nazario Kicks Off Latinx Month at Wellesley with Keynote Speech

April 4, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, a champion of telling immigrant stories, addressed the Wellesley community in her keynote address for Latinx Month.


A wheat field in India
A wheat field in India

Nutrition Shock: How an Abundance of Food Can Lead to an Increase in Chronic Disease

April 18, 2019

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.


Students stand around a table with dress up props on it.
Students stand around a table with dress up props on it.

Balance Health Educators Host Sleep Health Panel, Bringing Focus to the Importance of Sleep in Overall Health and Wellness

March 7, 2019

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 Wellesley Senior is carried by her classmates after winning the hooprolling competition.
A Wellesley Senior is carried by her classmates after winning the hooprolling competition.

Paige Hauke ’19 Wins Wellesley’s 124th Annual Hooprolling Competition

April 16, 2019

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!

 


Three students stand in a patio space at Wellesley, looking alarmed.
Three students stand in a patio space at Wellesley, looking alarmed.

Wellesley Student Improv Group Is Dead Serious About New Schedule Upgrades

April 11, 2019

The improvisational comedy troupe Dead Serious is here to ease your worries about the upcoming changes to the fall class schedule.


Two performers stand on stage in front of a multimedia presentation.
Two performers stand on stage in front of a multimedia presentation.

Poets Pair with Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative to Bring Writing Workshop to Wellesley

April 9, 2019

Internationally renowned poetry duo Climbing PoeTree visits Wellesley to perform and work with students on examining and articulating connections between place and poetry.

 

A group of construction workers carry a large tree.
A group of construction workers carry a large tree.

Old Trees Have New Home in Wellesley’s Global Flora Greenhouse

April 10, 2019

The storied Durant Camellia and three other trees now make their home in the new greenhouse.


A group of students stand outside a building wearing construction vests and hard hats.
A group of students stand outside a building wearing construction vests and hard hats.

Fontbonne Academy Students Learn about Careers in Construction on Wellesley Visit

April 3, 2019

High school students from the all-girls Fontbonne Academy toured Wellesley’s Science Center construction site.


Two sample class schedules.
Two sample class schedules.

Five Tips for Using the New Course Schedule

April 2, 2019

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.


A group of students walk in a parking lot.
A group of students walk in a parking lot.

Wellesley Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break Trips to D.C. and North Carolina

March 27, 2019

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.


Clare Egan skis into the finish line.
Clare Egan skis into the finish line.

Clare Egan ’10 Places Third in Biathlon World Cup

March 29, 2019

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.


A gathering of rare collections books.
A gathering of rare collections books.

Wellesley’s Elbert Collection Offers a Treasure Trove of Historic African American Historical Literature

February 21, 2019

A rare collection of literature was donated to Wellesley by the second African American woman to graduate from the College.


A head shot of a male professor and female alumna with a sound wave behind them
A head shot of a male professor and female alumna with a sound wave behind them

Wellesley Professor Emeritus Explains How Political Novels of the Past Can Inform Our Present

March 25, 2019

Listen to Jens Kruse, professor emeritus of German, and Sanja Jagesic ’08 discuss novels of dictatorship and the insights they can offer contemporary readers.


A male professor stands in a greenhouse
A male professor stands in a greenhouse

Get Up and Grow: Environmental Studies Professor Discusses Garlic Mustard Research

March 26, 2019

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 model of the new science center.
A model of the new science center.

3D Model of Wellesley’s New Science Center on View in Clapp

February 25, 2019

A 3D model of the next-generation Science Center now lives in Clapp Library for the campus community to admire.


A group of people holding yellow gear cheer.
A group of people holding yellow gear cheer.

Wellesley Welcomes the Class of 2023!

March 20, 2019

Welcome Class of 2023! First-years were selected from the second largest applicant pool in College history.


The logos of all the student publications at Wellesley
The logos of all the student publications at Wellesley

Ahead of the 2019 Wilson Lecture, a Look at Student Journalism at Wellesley

March 19, 2019

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.


An image of TowerCourt. Three students walk toward the building
An image of TowerCourt. Three students walk toward the building

Wellesley’s Housing Selection Process Goes Online with New Portal

March 18, 2019

The new StarRez housing selection system will help students figure out where to live and with whom—with no lottery. 


A woman looks up at piping attached to a well.
A woman looks up at piping attached to a well.

As One of Wellesley’s Master Plumbers, Leslie Pano ’77 Knows the College’s Inner Workings

March 15, 2019

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. 


A map of Massachusetts with  a figure of a woman.
A map of Massachusetts with  a figure of a woman.

African American Trail Project Includes Wellesley’s First Black Alumna

March 12, 2019

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.


A woman works in a kitchen
A woman works in a kitchen

Wellesley Alum Competes on the Food Network’s “Chopped”

March 14, 2019

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.”

 


Students take a photo in a frame cut out.
Students take a photo in a frame cut out.

At 2019 Nightmarket, the Taiwanese Cultural Organization Brought the Traditional Taiwanese Street Market to Wellesley

March 13, 2019

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.


One woman interviews another with a camera
One woman interviews another with a camera

Zoë Sobel ’14 Is First Alumna to Be Named a Luce Scholar in 10 Years

March 6, 2019

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. 


A MBTA bus with a sticker of Rosa Parks by the door.
A MBTA bus with a sticker of Rosa Parks by the door.

Wellesley Alum Prompts Massachusetts Leaders to Honor Rosa Parks on MBTA Buses

March 5, 2019

Natalie Ornell ’12 succeeds in her campaign to honor Rosa Parks on MBTA buses.


Kathy Moon appears on a TV screen.
Kathy Moon appears on a TV screen.

Wellesley Professor Analyzes Second North Korea Summit in Media Appearances

March 4, 2019

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.


Two women look into the camera
Two women look into the camera

“Wellesley” Magazine Follows Two Alumnae Candidates in the 2018 Midterm Elections

March 1, 2019

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.


A woman stands against a green backdrop.
A woman stands against a green backdrop.

Wellesley Professor Writes about the Tactical Use of Violence by Black Abolitionists

February 28, 2019

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.


Math equations on a chalkboard
Math equations on a chalkboard

Wellesley Professor Talks with Philadelphia Public Radio about Mathematical Principles in Daily Life

February 27, 2019

Math Professor Oscar Fernandez says mathematical applications are all around us. 


A professor holds a tray of bees outside.
A professor holds a tray of bees outside.

Wellesley Biologist Talks with the CBC about Threats to Honey Bees’ Survival

February 20, 2019

Biology professor Heather Mattila (pictured) says pesticides, weather, and parasites are endangering the North American honey bee population.


A professor presents a plaque to President Johnson
A professor presents a plaque to President Johnson

Wellesley Receives Plaque from Museum Dedicated to World-Renowned Chinese Author Bingxin M.A. ’26

February 19, 2019

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.

 


Two students ice skate on Davis Plaza
Two students ice skate on Davis Plaza

Wellesley Revels in the Return of the Winter Carnival

February 15, 2019

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.


Two valentines cards with writing.
Two valentines cards with writing.

Wellesley Alumnae Exchange Valentine’s Day Greetings

February 14, 2019

Handwritten Valentine’s Day notes connect Wellesley alumnae from across the generations.


officials at a session at the economic forum in Davos.
officials at a session at the economic forum in Davos.

Wellesley Professor Discusses Global Economics in Wake of Davos

February 13, 2019

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.


A group of student athletes lead a clinic with young girls.
A group of student athletes lead a clinic with young girls.

PERA Hosts Youth Sports Clinic to Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

February 11, 2019

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.


Students plan for the opening of Harambee house
Students plan for the opening of Harambee house

Wellesley Celebrates Black History Month with Theme “Black Migration: New Destinations, New Realities”

February 6, 2019

Wellesley’s Black History Month activities and programs will focus on the black diaspora.


 Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in meet for the first time.
 Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in meet for the first time.

Wellesley Professor Katharine H.S. Moon to Deliver 2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

February 7, 2019

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.”


Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Wellesley President Paula A. Johnson Joins Massachusetts Leaders to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21, 2019

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 take a tour of the science center construction project
A group of young women take a tour of the science center construction project

Local High School Students Tour Wellesley’s Science Center Construction Project

February 2, 2019

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.


Students pose with large crayons.
Students pose with large crayons.

Wellesley Students Make a Difference on Wintersession Alternative Break Trips

January 31, 2019

Thirty-five students spent Wintersession on Alternative Break trips working with nonprofit organizations in the Northeast.


A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Butler Boathouse
A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Butler Boathouse

Construction to Begin on Turf Field at Wellesley This Summer

January 30, 2019

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.


Three people look at a blue poster depicting the Virgin Mary
Three people look at a blue poster depicting the Virgin Mary

The Davis Museum Gets an Iconic Art Treasure from the College’s French House

January 15, 2019

A midcentury Air France advertising poster depicting the legendary Lourdes apparitions is moving from the French House to the Davis Museum.


A professor and two alumnae stand with a horse
A professor and two alumnae stand with a horse

On Horseback with the Lakota Sioux, Wellesley Professor Honors Those Killed in the Wounded Knee Massacre

January 18, 2019

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.


Five students present a project in front of a crowd. One wears a Wellesley "W" sweater.
Five students present a project in front of a crowd. One wears a Wellesley "W" sweater.

Wellesley Collaborates with Glasswing Ventures to Engage Students in Artificial Intelligence

January 9, 2019

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.


Rosanna Hertz works with two students in a classroom
Rosanna Hertz works with two students in a classroom

WBUR, the Atlantic, and NBC Ask Professor Rosanna Hertz about Donor-Sibling Networks

January 28, 2019

Children of the same donor and their parents are redefining kinship, expanding the concept of family, says Wellesley’s Rosanna Hertz (center).


Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein speak to a crowd.
Madeleine Albright, Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein speak to a crowd.

Distinguished Speakers Discuss New Challenges to Democracy at Albright Institute

January 25, 2019

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.


A mother and son look at an exhibit about Black Panther
A mother and son look at an exhibit about Black Panther

BBC Features Wellesley Professor’s Perspective on Popularity of Chinese Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

January 8, 2019

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.


Students work on an assignment
Students work on an assignment

During Winter Break, Wellesley Career Education Retreat Helps Sophomores Plan for the Future

January 24, 2019

For one group of sophomores, their career journey begins with the Luminare Retreat over winter break.


A woman holds eye glasses.
A woman holds eye glasses.

Do Glasses-Wearing Candidates Have an Edge? Wellesley Professor Weighs In

January 23, 2019

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.


Three women stand around a table before cooking
Three women stand around a table before cooking

WellesleyX Italian Courses Reach Over 125,000 Students Worldwide

January 17, 2019

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.


Two books appear on a map of the world. They read: When right makes might and twilight of the titans.
Two books appear on a map of the world. They read: When right makes might and twilight of the titans.

Wellesley Professors Explore Rise and Decline of Global Powers

January 16, 2019

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.


A close shot of someone holding a phone that reads "show my data" in front of a blackboard with the scatter plot.
A close shot of someone holding a phone that reads "show my data" in front of a blackboard with the scatter plot.

Wellesley Professor’s Data Visualization App Helps Users Create Compelling Graphs

January 10, 2019

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.


A collage of 9 photos from the 2018 Daily shots
A collage of 9 photos from the 2018 Daily shots

A Year in Review: 2018 at Wellesley

January 2, 2019

As 2019 begins, take another look at a few moments from Wellesley College in 2018.


Two students walk a path at Wellesley College. There is a dusting of snow.
Two students walk a path at Wellesley College. There is a dusting of snow.

Wintersession 2019 Begins at Wellesley

January 3, 2019

Welcome back to campus for Wintersession 2019! To mark the occasion, check out this wintery Wellesley scene from 50 years ago. 


Wellesley Glacier
Wellesley Glacier

A Wonder of Ice and Snow: Alaska’s Wellesley Glacier

January 7, 2019

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.


A person holds a tablet. It reads " For older Americans, Working a Little Longer is Less Costly Than it  Used to Be"
A person holds a tablet. It reads " For older Americans, Working a Little Longer is Less Costly Than it  Used to Be"

Wellesley Professor’s Research Featured in “Wall Street Journal” Article

January 4, 2019

Why are Americans working longer in life? Wellesley economics professor Courtney Coile’s recent research, featured in the Wall Street Journal, sheds some light.