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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 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.


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.

 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


"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.”


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.


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 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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.”


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. 


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.


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.

 

 

 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 


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.