East Asian Studies Director Katharine Moon Provides Insight into Korean Relations to NPR
December 23, 2010 - Wellesley's Katharine Moon, director of the East Asian Studies Program, spoke to National Public Radio about tensions between North and South Korea. She said North Korea was used to "having South Korean presidents look the other way when they acted provocatively or belligerently, and were still forthcoming with aid."
Wellesley Alumna Confirmed by Senate to Serve on U.S. District Court
December 21, 2010 - Leslie E. Kobayashi '79, a federal magistrate judge in Honolulu, has been selected by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.
Wellesley Alumna Appointed to Los Angeles Superior Court
December 14, 2010 - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Akemi D. Arakaki '95 to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Judge Arakaki was formerly deputy public defender for Los Angeles County. She majored in Spanish at Wellesley and earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Landmark Report with Wellesley Contributor to Guide African Leaders
December 2, 2010 - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete will launch "The New Harvest, Agricultural Innovation in Africa," at a retreat of East African Community Heads of State in Tanzania today. The report, with contributions by Robert Paarlberg, Betty Freyhof Johnson '44 Professor of Political Science, concludes that Africa can transition to agricultural self-sufficiency in a single generation.
Music Department's Lois Shapiro Awarded Yale Alumni Grant
November 22, 2010 - Performing music faculty member Lois Shapiro (piano) received a Yale School of Music alumniVentures grant for the creation of two-part secondary-school residencies in Boston public schools that bring musical processes to life through students' multisensory experiences.
Wellesley Sophomore Earns All-America Cross Country Honors
November 22, 2010 - Randelle Boots '13 earned All-America honors at the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Nov. 20 at Wartburg College in Iowa. The national meet capped a brilliant season for Boots, in which she earned All-America, All-Region, All-NEWMAC, and All-Seven Sisters honors.
Wellesley Among Most Welcoming to Junior Faculty
November 15, 2010 - The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, a consortium based at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, has listed Wellesley College in the top 10 baccalaureate institutions for beginning tenure-track faculty. More from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Wellesley Computer Scientists Featured in The Atlantic
November 12, 2010 - Wellesley computer scientists Eni Mustafaraj and Panagiotis Metaxes uncovered a "Twitter-bomb" campaign against the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat in Mass. This practice is one example of how social media may become an essential tool for the manipulative politician, says the Atlantic.
Wellesley's Fields and Turf Specialist Recognized
November 12, 2010 - Turf specialist John Ponti and the fields under his care are highlighted as the cover story in October's issue of SportsTurf. Wellesley's fields get high marks from soil tests and from coaches and competitors (NEWMAC athletes as well as visitors such as Celtic United soccer).
Geological Society of America Cites Wellesley Geoscience Professor's Work
November 2, 2010 - Daniel Brabander, his students and colleagues have studied lead in Boston backyard gardens in conjunction with The Food Project, a nonprofit focused on food security, nutrition, and urban agriculture. They found that 81 percent of gardens studied had lead levels above U.S. EPA limits.
Wellesley Students Say: It Gets Better
October 28, 2010 - Wellesley students contributed this video to the nationwide "It Gets Better" project. In an effort to keep LGBTQQI youth from despair and even suicide, adults—young, old, male, female, famous, private, queer, straight—post YouTube videos relating their experiences and assuring young people that, tough as life can be as a gay teenager, it does get better.
Wellesley Alumna Nominated as Ambassador to Kyrgyz Republic
October 22, 2010 - President Barack Obama will nominate Pamela Spratlen '76 to the post of ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, according to the White House. She is a career member of the Foreign Service with the rank of counselor, serving most recently as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan.
Colin Channer Wins Musgrave Award
October 18, 2010 - The Institute of Jamaica awarded its 113th annual Musgrave Awards to recognize outstanding Jamaicans in science, arts, or literature. Colin Channer, author and Newhouse Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Wellesley College, received the Silver Musgrave Medal for his contribution to literature.
Wellesley Yoga Specialist Co-Authors Study on Exercise and Depression
October 12, 2010 - The current Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine carries the results of an NIH-funded medical study on the effects of yoga versus walking on mood, anxiety, and the level of a brain chemical believed to control mood. Liz Owen is a part-time faculty member in Wellesley's P.E., Recreation, and Athletics Department, and co-authored the article with Chris Streeter, M.D., at B.U. Medical Center.
Susan Reverby's Research Leads to Government Apology
October 1, 2010 - Wellesley professor and Wellesley Centers for Women researcher Susan Reverby's discovery of hidden records of syphilis experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s, brought to U.S. government attention, has led to international apologies. Reverby has written extensively on the Tuskegee experiments and healthcare ethics.
Wellesley's Karl Case Tells Bloomberg Housing Low Is Behind Us
September 29, 2010 - Karl Case, Wellesley professor emeritus and co-creator of the S&P/Case-Shiller index, told "Bloomberg Surveillance" today that the U.S. housing market has reached its nadir and will return to growth slowly. “It’s bouncing along the bottom; it stopped that freefall,” Case said.
Wellesley on Forbes' List of Most Beautiful College Campuses
September 13, 2010 - Forbes says, "The serene liberal arts college for women, on the edge of Lake Waban near Boston, is considered the crowning jewel of the prestigious Seven Sisters campuses. Architect Natalie Shivers says both 'the historic and contemporary have always been beautifully integrated with the natural topography.' A recent master plan only reaffirms '"the key role the natural landscape plays in the character of the campus."'
Professor Stephen Marini to Appear on PBS fall series, God in America
August 5, 2010 - Wellesley's Stephen Marini is an expert on the six-hour PBS fall series God in America, which attempts to trace the story of religion in the United States.
Total Eclipse of the Heart: Wellesley Professor Chases Magical Moment
August 4, 2010 - Along with her husband Dan Seeley, Wellesley professor Adele Wolfson chases total solar eclipses around the globe. In destinations such as Aruba, France, Zambia, Egypt, China and the South Pacific, they have caught that moment when the moon's shadow completely covers the sun.
Wellesley's Ellen Willis-Norton Will Work to Save Seacoasts Thanks to National Scholarship
July 21, 2010 - Wellesley College junior Ellen Willis-Norton has received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which aims to increase undergraduate training and prepare students for careers in oceanic and atmospheric science. The daughter of Noelle Norton and Erwin Willis of Solana Beach, Calif., she will use the scholarship to study the preservation of the Pacific Coast and California coastal ecosystems.
Wellesley College Graduates Win French Government Teaching Assistantships
July 18, 2010 - Four 2010 graduates of Wellesley College will embark on a new adventure this fall as winners of French Government Teaching Assistantships in English.
Wellesley College Student Revolutionizes Museum Experience with New iPhone App
July 13, 2010 - Art is meant to communicate thoughts and emotions to viewers. Now, thanks to a Wellesley College student, viewers are encouraged to respond. Senior MaCherie Edwards has created a new iPhone application that allows Davis Museum visitors to share ideas and feelings inspired by art. "The application has the potential to increase personal and social engagement within the museum, while teaching those who are unfamiliar a little more about its amazing collection," said Edwards, a native of Oklahoma City.
Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly Speaks at NOW's Annual Conference and the Aspen Ideas Festival
July 7, 2010 - During a talk at the National Organization for Women 2010 annual conference, President Bottomly stressed the need to prepare and educate women for positions of leadership in every realm. “We need to educate all women for leadership, in all educational venues. We need women whose voices will be heard,” she said. “Women need that, science needs that, the nation needs that. The 21st century is here – it should be the century of the woman. We educators have work to do.”
Wellesley College Students Win U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships
July 6, 2010 - 2010 Wellesley College graduate Julia Chrusciel will study Turkish in Istanbul, Turkey, while first-year student Emma Smith takes on Arabic in Morocco this summer. Both students will pursue language study with support from U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS). The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need foreign languages. Chrusciel and Smith will attend a fully funded intensive language institute and partake in cultural enrichment experiences for the summer.
Wellesley's Elizabeth O'Connell Elected President of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors
July 1, 2010 - Elizabeth O’Connell, director of not-for-profit and public service programs and prelaw advisor at Wellesley, has been elected president of The Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (NAPLA). NAPLA, the oldest and largest of the six regional pre-law advising associations, works to improve the skills of pre-law advisors and advocates the interest of undergraduate students and institutions in the counseling and admissions process leading to law-related careers. O’Connell will serve as president of the organization from Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011.
Five Wellesley College Juniors Win Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships
June 30, 2010 - Wellesley College students Michelle Corkrum, Cassandra Eddington, Celida Ramirez, Whitney Smith and Gauri Subramani have been awarded Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships. The fellowships aim to remedy the shortage of faculty of color in higher education by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.
Wellesley Researcher Finds Language Helps People Solve Spatial Problems
June 21, 2010 - Language appears to be key in helping humans figure out the physical world. By testing people who use an emerging sign language in Nicaragua, Wellesley College Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennie Pyers and her colleagues found that people who have more complex language skills are also better at finding hidden objects. The findings will be published in the June 21 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Recession's Impact Will Linger for Retirees, Say Wellesley College Economists
June 18, 2010 - If you’re nearing retirement, you might want to look around yourself first. The labor and stock market conditions at the time of retirement can impact people for a decade or more, says new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research by Wellesley economists Courtney Coile and Phillip Levine.
Wellesley Junior Helps Local Students Realize College Dreams
June 16, 2010 -Wellesley's Let's Get Ready program has had great success under the direction of Anna Morris. From left to right, Doug Monteiro, a senior at Framingham High School, Mari Padilla, a junior at Wellesley and program co-director, Lucio Barbalho, a senior at FHS and Anna Morris, a junior and site co-director, work on improving SAT scores.
Wellesley College Graduates Awarded Fulbright Grants for Worldwide Research, Study and Teaching
June 11, 2010 - One 2010 Wellesley College graduate will delve into issues of human trafficking in Moldova, while another studies the music culture in Lithuania, where thousands gather at traditional folk music concerts. Four Wellesley graduates will conduct research and teach in locations from Bangladesh to South Korea with support from the Fulbright Program, which has awarded them prestigious grants for postgraduate work.
Wellesley Psychologist Finds Honesty in Relationships Builds Better Connections, Increases Happiness
June 10 , 2010 - Sally Theran, assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley College, has conducted research on how authenticity – or how comfortable you feel being open with others – affects the quality of relationships. Her new study of young girls shows that being open and honest leads not only to better friendships but also to a happier life.
Wellesley Student Wins Scholarship for Green Housing Design
June 4 , 2010 - Mayrah Udvardi , a first-year student at Wellesley College this fall, has won the Church Hill Classics “Frame My Future” Scholarship Contest. Udvardi, of Corvallis, Ore., was one of five winners chosen from more than 9,000 entries received from every state in the U.S. Her entry represents her hopes to be a leader in the field of sustainable design.
Commencement Speaker Lynn Sherr Tells Wellesley College Graduates to Celebrate the Changes
May 28, 2010 - Calling herself "living, breathing proof that Wellesley does indeed open the doors to the planet," ABC News journalist and alumna Lynn Sherr congratulated – and encouraged – the 589 members of the Wellesley College class of 2010 on Friday, May 28, during the college's 132nd Commencement.
Wellesley College Alumnae Win National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
May 12, 2010 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Graduate Research Fellowships to nine Wellesley College alumnae to support their study in master’s or doctoral degree programs. The fellowships aim to ensure the vitality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend and $10,500 cost-of-education allowance annually for three years. They will also be eligible for a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance.
The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College Welcomes Scholars
May 7, 2010 - The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College will welcome its latest group of scholars — to work on topics ranging from the punk rock movement in Peru to the role of the Arlington Cemetery in our political imagination — for the 2010-11 academic year. Several scholars will teach undergraduate courses and faculty seminars; all will be involved in collaborations throughout the year with one another and the Wellesley College community.
Putting Waste to Work: Wellesley College Sponsors Earth-Friendly Ideas for End-of-Year Moving Day
May 6, 2010 -This year Wellesley will hold its first “Sustainable-Move Out.” From exam reading period until commencement, students can donate reusable items at marked locations in their residence halls.
Wellesley's William Joseph Offers a Political History of China in New Book
May 4, 2010 - It was the summer of 1966 when William Joseph first stepped into a University of California at Berkeley classroom to learn about China. Joseph’s interest in China continued to grow as the nation transformed from one of the poorest countries in the world to today’s rapidly modernizing economic dynamo with an expanding global influence. More than 40 years after taking his first course, Joseph has edited a new introductory textbook on Chinese politics, “Politics in China: An Introduction” (Oxford University Press, March 2010).
Computer Science Shows How "Twitter-Bombs" Wield Influence in Election
May 3, 2010 - Twitter may have started out as just another social networking site. Yet more sinister uses have been ferreted out by a Wellesley College professor and his colleague. "Who was hiding behind the first Twitter-bomb against (U.S. Senate candidate Martha) Coakley in the recent Massachusetts senatorial elections?" asks P. Takis Metaxas, associate professor of computer science. "Our research reveals that it was the same group of Iowa conservatives that attacked John Kerry in 2004."
Pakistan's Mira Sethi is Chosen 2010 Student Commencement Speaker at Wellesley College
May 3, 2010 - Since college days of old, late night conversations with friends have prompted students to think more deeply about life. Those time-honored discussions have motivated Mira Sethi, 23, of Lahore, Pakistan, to write a speech destined to go down in Wellesley College history. Selected as Wellesley's 2010 student Commencement speaker, she will deliver her speech at Wellesley College’s 132nd Commencement, Friday, May 28.
Two Wellesley College Juniors Awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships
April 29, 2010 - Wellesley College juniors Kara Feilich, of Lynbrook, N.Y., and Yomay Shyur, of Sunnydale, Calif., have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Journalist Roxana Saberi to Speak on her Imprisonment in Iran May 3 at Wellesley College
April 28, 2010 - Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi had been living and working in Iran for six years when she was awoken one morning by four men who forced her from her Tehran apartment. Saberi will discuss her subsequent imprisonment and original sentence of eight years in an Iranian prison during a lecture, “Between Two Worlds,” Monday, May 3, at 12:30 pm in Collins Cinema.
Wellesley Senior Ashley Gramolini Wins 2010 Hoop-Rolling Contest
April 24, 2010 - Senior Ashley Gramolini of La Hulpe, Belgium, is the winner of this morning's 115th annual hoop rolling competition at Wellesley College. Gramolini, who will graduate May 28, was met at the finish line by President H. Kim Bottomly , where she was presented with a bouquet of purple flowers, symbolizing the class color.
Wellesley College Appoints Richard French and Kathryn Lynch as Academic Deans
April 23, 2010 - Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly and Andrew Shennan, provost and dean of the college, have announced the appointment of Richard French , McDowell/Whiting professor of astrophysics, and Kathryn Lynch , Bates/Hart professor of English, as the college’s next academic deans, effective July 1, 2010.
Wellesley Hosts Boston Grand Challenge Summit
April 23, 2010 - The National Academy of Engineering’s Boston Grand Challenge Summit attracted students and faculty as well as representatives from government agencies and industry to Houghton Memorial Chapel at Wellesley College on April 21.
Wellesley Celebrates Student Research at 2010 Ruhlman Conference April 28
April 21, 2010 - Do politicians have a greater ability to remember faces? Does accessible health care make a difference? Do our parents’ relationships shape our own? Wellesley College students will explore these questions and many more at the 2010 Ruhlman Conference Wednesday, April 28. The conference will feature presentations by more than 300 Wellesley students, with projects ranging from “El Vez Lives!: Elvis Presley Tribute Artists Across Race and Gender” to “Designing an Edible Ecosystem Garden at Wellesley.”
Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly Participates in Department of Homeland Security and Higher Education Roundtable
April 20, 2010 - Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly participated in a roundtable discussion with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and higher education leaders at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday, April 16.
Wellesley's Katharine Moon Named Among 'Best and Brightest' for Asian Studies Honor
April 19, 2010 - The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has announced that Wellesley’s Katharine H.S. Moon will join the first class of research associates at the National Asia Research Program (NARP). Moon, professor of political science and the Edith Stix Wasserman chair of Asian studies at Wellesley, will join 39 outstanding scholars of Asia — who were chosen through a competitive, nationwide selection — for two-year terms.
New Book by Wellesley's Sealing Cheng Explores 'Migrant Entertainers' and the U.S. Military in South Korea
April 15, 2010 - Since the Korean War, women have worked as hostesses in clubs catering to a U.S. military clientele in South Korea. Eventually, the low pay and stigma associated with the work led to a shortage of Korean women willing to work in these camp towns and club owners began to bring in women from developing countries to serve as “entertainers” – often understood as a euphemism for prostitutes. Wellesley's Sealing Cheng, explores the experience of these women in her new book, “On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea."
Summit at Wellesley April 21 Looks at Education System Changes Necessary to Tackle World Problems
April 14, 2010 - Educators, business people, policy makers and others concerned with revamping the nation’s education system to deal with critical global challenges will gather at Wellesley College April 21 for a major one-day conference. “The Boston Grand Challenge Summit: The Educational Imperatives of the Grand Challenges” will focus on educating a new generation of students to tackle problems in energy, health, security and other areas crucial to the world’s future.
Wellesley College Celebrates the Boston Marathon: Facebook Group Connects Wellesley Community to Runners Around the World
April 14, 2010 - As they near the midpoint of their 26.2 mile journey, runners of the Boston Marathon say they can hear the students of Wellesley College from a mile away. Students offer up smooches and snacks during the quarter-mile stretch known as the Wellesley “scream tunnel.” Again this year, hundreds of students will crowd campus sidewalks to cheer and high-five runners at the 114 th running of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 19.
The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College Presents Poest Anne Carson
April 12, 2010 - The poet and scholar Anne Carson has exhilarated East Coast audiences with live mash-ups of poetry, dance and performance art, drawing fans such as Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. On Saturday, April 24, at 8 pm, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities brings two of Carson’s best-known collaborations, Bracko and Cassandra Float Can, to Jewett Auditorium at Wellesley College. The performance is free and open to the public.
Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Lynn Sherr to Speak at Wellesley College Commencement May 28
April 7, 2010 - She has told the story of a 67-million-year-old dinosaur known as Tyrannosaurus Sue, won a Peabody Award for her coverage of extreme anorexia, and reported live from the 1990 Wellesley College commencement, as then-First Lady Barbara Bush addressed the graduates. Former ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr will return to her alma mater to address the approximately 600 members of the Class of 2010 and their friends and families at Wellesley’s 132nd Commencement, Friday, May 28.
Wellesley Team Discovers Possible Planet in Research with Hubble Space Telescope
April 6, 2010 - This past summer, Wellesley College student researchers and their advisor Kim McLeod, Wellesley's Theresa Mall Mullarkey associate professor of astronomy, worked with a Penn State University team to discover a mystery object — a planetary-mass companion to a brown dwarf in the constellation Taurus.
Core Matters: Students, Faculty, Collections
April 5 , 2010 - An upcoming event at Wellesley College will explore the question "To what end do academic art museums exist?" On Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, Wellesley's Davis Museum and Cultural Center will host "Core Matters: Students, Faculty, Collections," a symposium for college and university art museums. This symposium provides an opportunity for museum professionals and the Wellesley College community to think together about the unique role of museums in higher education in light of changes in the economy, academia and a new generation of student audiences.
Wellesley's Claire Fontijn Honors Her Mentor and Music Scholar with Collection of Essays
April 2 , 2010 - Wellesley's Claire Fontijn has edited the collection “Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger” in collaboration with Dr. Susan Parisi. The volume of 20 essays discuss the various research interests of her mentor Alexander Silbiger, an authority on Baroque keyboard music. The collection traces his career — from the completion of his first doctorate in engineering mechanics to present — and offers a portrait of him as a scholar, performer, teacher and mentor.
Wellesley College Celebrates Latina Month 2010
March 30, 2010 - From Bolivian dance troupes to telenovela-style skits, Wellesley College will celebrate Latina culture and the diversity of its student body with a variety of festivities and educational opportunities this spring.
Kenyan Entrepreneur Teddy Warria Speaks on Sustainable Development at Wellesley College March 31
March 29, 2010 - Teddy Warria, founder of organizations Common Vocabulary and New Horizons Initiative, will visit Wellesley College Wednesday, March 31, at 8 pm in Knapp Atrium. He will talk about the importance of an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan approach to solving contemporary global economic problems.
'Father of Global Warming' to Speak at Wellesley College: Symposium on the Communication of Science Will Bring Together Educators, Experts, Journalists and Students
March 29, 2010 - Climatologist James Hansen will speak about challenges to communicating scientific issues, climate change and his activism as the keynote event of the daylong “Communicating Science Symposium” at Wellesley. The symposium aims to open a dialogue among disciplines on the communication of science. Through panels and workshops, participants will discuss the challenges of communicating scientific research to the media, politicians and the public.
Painted Songs & Stories: Pardhan Gond Art from India, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, April 7 - June 6
March 25, 2010 -The first American exhibit celebrating contemporary Pardhan Gond art from India, Painted Songs & Stories, will be on view at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College April 7-June 6. Filled with wonder, adventure and directness of expression, these delightful visual narratives will appeal to children and adults alike. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 7 from 5-7 pm and an illustrated catalog will be available.
Ensemble-In-Residence Triple Helix Piano Trio Presents Yankee Ingenuity: Daring to Do Strange and Bold Things
March 25, 2010 - The Concert Series at Wellesley College presents ensemble-in-residence Triple Helix Piano Trio – violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Lois Shapiro – April 7 and 10 in a program celebrating “Yankee Ingenuity: Daring to do Strange and Bold Things.”
Wellesley College Student Awarded Watson Fellowship for a Year of Travel and Exploration
March 22, 2010 - Alison Harrington will pursue the project, “Rewriting the Rules: Muslim Women in Policing and Peacekeeping,” funded by a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. One of only 40 students nationwide to be awarded the fellowship, Harrington will receive $25,000 for a year of travel and exploration. For her project, Harrington will travel to Turkey, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Bangladesh to interview female police officers in urban and rural police departments. She will document the challenges they face, as well as their influence on their communities.
Wellesley Student Awarded Funds from Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace
March 19, 2010 - The Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace program has announced that Wellesley College first-year student Ana Lucía Medrano Fernández, of San Bernardino, Calif., will receive funding for her project “Xelaju Stove Project: Building Brighter Futures with Energy-Effective Stoves” in her native country of Guatemala this summer.
Cassini Shows Saturnian Roller Derby, Strange Weather
March 18, 2010 -NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been shadowing the gas giant long enough to see that the ringsare a rough-and-tumble roller derby. Two review papers to be published in the March 19 issue of the journal Science synthesize Cassini’s findings since arriving at Saturn in 2004. Richard French, a Cassini science teammember and professor of astronomy at Wellesley College, has assembled a group of 20 students as members of Team Cassini 2010 to help with the analysis of the observations.
Wellesley Researcher Warns Spices May Present Health Hazard
March 18, 2010 -While spices may add flavor to cooking, Wellesley College's Daniel Brabander, associate professor of geosciences, warns that certain Indian spices may be linked to lead poisoning in children. Brabander, who teaches environmental geochemistry, is among a group of Boston-area researchers who have linked at least four cases of lead poisoning in children to the use of Indian spices or ceremonial powders.
2009 National Book Award Winner Colum McCann Visits Wellesley College on March 30
March 18, 2010 -Author Colum McCann, whose novel Let the Great World Spin won the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction, will visit Wellesley College on Tuesday, March 30, at 4:30 pm as part of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities’ Distinguished Writer Series. The event, which will consist of a reading followed by a conversation with series curator Colin Channer and an open question-and-answer session, is free and open to the public.
The Bakwin Lecture: Jerome Silbergeld on Chinese Photography: Art and Documentation
March 17, 2010 - On April 1, at 4:30 pm, Jerome Silbergeld, professor of Chinese art history at Princeton University, will present a talk, “Chinese Photography: Art And Documentation” that will provide a unique view into everyday life in China, both traditional and modern, as seen through the lens of documentary photography. Held in Collins Cinema, the lecture is free and open to the public.
Seeing God in Prints: Indian Lithographs from the Collection of Mark Baron and Elise Boisanté
March 17, 2010 - Seeing God in Prints: Indian Lithographs from the Collection of Mark Baron and Elise Boisanté, an exhibition of late 19th- and early 20th- century color prints of Hindu gods and goddesses, will be on view at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, through June 6.. The first formal presentation in the United States of this genre of Indian art, this exhibition tells the story of how the worship of Hindu deities became entwined with the export of printmaking expertise from Europe to India.
Wellesley College's Flavia Laviosa Examines Women's Struggles Through the Lens of Film in New Book
March 16, 2010 - In investigating crimes of honor, a practice intended to punish women accused of tarnishing their family’s reputation, Wellesley’s Flavia Laviosa studied the films of four women directors whose work has raised awareness of the practice’s prevalence in the Mediterranean region. She detailed her findings in the chapter, “Death is the Fairest Cover for her Shame: Framing Honor Killings,” which is included in her new edited collection, Visions of Struggle: Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean (Palgrave Macmillan, January 2010).
Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly Visits the White House in Honor of Women's History Month
March 12, 2010 - On Monday, March 8, a day of global celebration of women, Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly had the honor of joining other notable women leaders at the White House at a reception hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. President Bottomly observed International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with women in the Obama administration, members of Congress, leaders of women’s organizations and future women leaders.
Architectural Installation by Senior Sophie Nitkin Shown at Wellesley College
March 9, 2010 - Wellesley College senior Sophie Nitkin, an architecture major, recently showcased the product of her independent study on architectural sculpture and three-dimensional design. Nitkin built four towers out of felt, glue and plexiglass, and lit them from the inside. Each tower stood between six and 12 feet tall. The work was on view in the Tau Zeta Epsilon house, home of the Art and Music Society at Wellesley.
Wellesley's Adele Wolfson Appointed First Director of Babson-Olin-Wellesley Collaboration
March 8, 2010 - Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly has announced that Adele Wolfson will assume the new position of special assistant to the president and director of the 3-College Collaboration on July 1, following the completion of her term as associate dean of the college at Wellesley.
Three Wellesley College Seniors Awarded Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color
March 5, 2010 - Wellesley College seniors Victoria-Diane Allison, Raquel Armstrong and Zahra Mohamed have been awarded Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color. The students, who are among 25 fellows nationwide, will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education, support throughout a three-year teaching commitment in a high-need public school, and guidance toward teaching certification.
Civil Rights Activist Gives the Disadvantaged an Edge through Algebra: Robert Moses Will Speak at Wellesley College March 16
March 3, 2010 - As a key leader in the civil rights movement of the early 1960s, Robert Moses focused on registering southern sharecroppers to vote. Today, he aims to assure the right to learn algebra — arguing that mathematics literacy in today’s information age is as important to citizenship as registering to vote in 1960s Mississippi. He will talk about the need for high quality mathematics education during a lecture, “The Right to Learn: The Long Campaign for Civil Rights and Education Equity,” Tuesday, March 16.
Wellesley College Political Scientist Robert Paarlberg's New Book Explains the Ins and Outs of Global Food Politics
March 2, 2010 - In 2008, international food prices skyrocketed, pushing the cost of rice or a loaf of bread out of the reach of many, and inciting riots in nations from Egypt to Haiti. For Wellesley College's Robert Paarlberg , who watched the confused coverage of the crisis, the need for a better explanation of today’s food issues became clear. He is the author of the new book Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, March 2010), which touches on today's most important food issues.
Shaking It Up: Wellesley College Tries to Read Complete Works of Shakespeare in 24-Hour Marathon
March 1, 2010 - To be or not to be? That is the question: Can Wellesley College's Shakespeare Society read the complete works of the Bard in less than 24 hours?On Friday, March 5, at 3 pm the students will launch "24 Shakes," an all day and night literary adventure, as they read aloud all of Shakespeare's works:14,000 lines, 154 sonnets and 39 plays. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Shakespeare House, the small Tudor cottage by the Davis Museum and Cultural Center on Wellesley's campus.
Ministering to Earthquake-Ravaged Haiti: Wellesley Lends a Helping Hand (and 400+ Pairs of Shoes)
Feb. 25, 2010 - In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, Wellesley College has been involved in a number of relief efforts to benefit the devastated country, including offering "seed money" grants to people who organized fundraisers for Haiti.
Wellesley's Joanne Berger-Sweeney Honored for Her Medical Research by The Historymakers
Feb. 23, 2010 - Calling her "one of five of the nation's leading medical scientists," The HistoryMakersorganization honored Wellesley College Associate Dean Joanne E. Berger-Sweeney at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry this month. Berger-Sweeney, Wellesley professor in neuroscience and biological sciences, presented her research in a panel discussion at the event. "I spoke about my research regarding Rett Syndrome, an autistic-spectrum disorder," Berger-Sweeney said. "I work with a mouse model where we take the genetic mutations that cause the disease in humans and test mice to see how closely they resemble the human model. We are trying diet and nutrition as a way of mitigating the symptoms of the syndrome."
Don't I Know You? Wellesley Professor's New Study Shows Ability to Recognize Faces Is Inherited
Feb. 22, 2010 - Do you never forget a face? According to a new study, you can thank your parents for an advantage that comes in handy at your social and business gatherings. Jeremy Wilmer, assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley College, led a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this month. The study shows that facial recognition is likely inherited from one’s parents, suggesting this ability can be passed down through families. Wilmer's study looked at identical and fraternal twins' ability to remember faces, allowing him and his colleagues to determine that the ability is based on genetics.
Wellesley Joins Other Boston Area Colleges In Summit on Transforming Education to Meet Critical Global Challenges
Feb. 18, 2010 - The world faces daunting problems, from energy needs to medical research to clean water and more. Without a doubt, the answers lie in the ability of our educational system to rise to these challenges. With that goal, Babson College, Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College will co-sponsor an interdisciplinary regional summit, “Educational Imperatives of the Grand Challenges,” Wednesday, April 21, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College.
A Peek Inside Professors' Minds: Wellesley Faculty Talk About and Read from Their Favorite Books
Feb. 18, 2010 - What do professors read – or suggest that we all might read – about the topics they spend their lives researching and teaching? This semester Wellesley College launched a undertaking to answer that question, "What Wellesley's Reading," in which professors discuss and read from their favorite books.
Wellesley College Hosts Debate on New National Guidelines for Mammograms and Breast Self-Examination
Feb. 12, 2010 - A debate on the new national guidelines for mammograms and breast self-examination will kick off “Celebrating QR Connections,” the Ellen Genat Hoffman ’68 and Stephen G. Hoffman Series, which will explore the connection between quantitative reasoning and women’s health.
Something Like Fireworks: New Installation by Stephen Vitiello Opens at Wellesley's Davis Museum, Feb. 24 - June 6, 2010
Feb. 11, 2010 - In his first solo exhibition in New England, sound artist and electronic musician Stephen Vitiello will create a new installation, Something Like Fireworks, for the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College. An introduction to mystery and an invitation to travel, Vitiello’s work will offer a unique experience, enveloping visitors and transforming their conception of the space around them. Vitiello will give a gallery talk at the opening reception Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 6-8 pm.
Acclaimed Producer to Speak on the Tenth Anniversary of Groundbreaking Film 'Boys Don't Cry"
Feb. 9, 2010 - In 1999, the independent drama Boys Don’t Cry burst on the scene, telling the true-life tale of transgendered teenager Brandon Teena, killed by acquaintances who found out he was biologically female. The film’s producer, Christine Vachon, will be on hand for a screening of the film, followed by a conversation and reception, during “Boys Don’t Cry 10 Years Later: The Past and Future of New Queer Cinema” Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 pm in Collins Cinema.
Harvard's Lawrence Bobo to Talk about Obama and the Racial Divide in America
Feb. 3 , 2010 - How has the topic of race in America changed in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency? In honor of Black History Month, Wellesley College will present a lecture to address that question in "Obama and the Racial Divide," by Lawrence D. Bobo of Harvard University Thursday, Feb. 11, at 4:30 pm in Pendleton West Hall, room 212.
Wellesley College Professor Roxanne Euben Discusses Islamic Thought and Western Political Theory
Feb. 2 , 2010 - Wherever she goes, Wellesley College political scientist Roxanne Euben is asked the same question: Why on earth did you choose to study Western political theory and Islamic political thought? Euben will address this question during the distinguished faculty lecture, "Politics after the Fact: Uncertain Times, Unfinished Answers," Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 12:30 pm in Pendleton West 212.
Susan McGee Bailey, Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, To Retire after 25 Years
Feb. 2 , 2010 - Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly has announced that Susan McGee Bailey, executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) and professor of women's and gender studies and education, will retire at the end of 2010. Under Bailey’s direction, the WCW has become one of the largest and most influential organizations conducting scholarly social science research and developing action programs centered on women’s and girls’ perspectives.
"Transformations" To Open at Jewett Art Gallery in March
Feb. 2 , 2010 - This spring, the Jewett Art Gallery is pleased to present “Transformations, ” featuring works that highlight the correlations and contrasts that occur when moving between two and three dimensions. The exhibition presents artists who fabricate three-dimensional work as a means of generating two-dimensional work, or who transform works between two and three-dimensional media. Featured artists include Anthony Crudelle, Janello, Ken Takashi Horii, Nathalie Miebach and Thomas Lyon Mills, and the show is curated by Gallery Director Clara Lieu.
Wellesley College Honors Nigerian Author Chinua Achebe with Three-Day Celebration March 4-6
Feb. 1 , 2010 - Wellesley College’s Newhouse Center for the Humanities and the Office of the President hosts “Celebrating Chinua Achebe,” three days of readings, performances and scholarly events celebrating the work of Nigerian poet and novelist, Chinua Achebe, one of the most important international figures in contemporary literature. Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize for fiction, Achebe is best known for his novel, Things Fall Apart, the most widely read work of African fiction. Achebe will deliver the 2010 Wilson Lecture Friday, March 5, at 7:30 pm in Houghton Chapel.
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Opens Spring Events
Feb. 1 , 2010 - On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College opens “Something Like Fireworks,” A New Installation by Stephen Vitiello and Seeing God in Prints: Indian Lithographs from the Collection of Mark Baron and Elise Boisanté. Two installations currently at the Davis - Christine Hiebert’s Reconnaissance: Three Wall Drawings and Michael Singer’s Ritual Series/Retelling - remain on view through June 6.
Wellesley College Honors Two of Its Outstanding Alumnae during Alumnae Achievement Awards Feb. 11
Jan. 29 , 2010 - One alumna brought a new appreciation to African-American art. Another promoted education worldwide as the key to human progress. Both are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing distinction to themselves and Wellesley College. Art historian Alvia Wardlaw, class of 1969, and education leader Janet Parker Whitla, class of 1952, will be presented with the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 pm in Houghton Memorial Chapel on the Wellesley College campus.
N.Y. Journalist Will Discuss Battle to Fix U.S. Economic Woes
Jan. 28 , 2010 - Journalist David Leonhardt, whose column on economics and business appears each Wednesday in The New York Times, will talk about the economy and taxes in Wellesley College's 2010 Goldman Lecture in Economics, "Read My Lips: The Coming Struggle Over Tax Policy."
The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College Presents 2010 Distinguished Writers Series
Jan. 28, 2010 - Authors Chris Abani and Achy Obejas (Feb. 23), Francine Prose (March 16), Colum McCann (March 30) and Carolyn Forché and Valzhyna Mort (April 20) will be featured speakers at Wellesley College's Newhouse Center for the Humanities’ 2010 Distinguished Writer Series. A great way to discover new books, talk to authors about their work and meet fellow book-lovers, the Series will consist of a reading followed by a conversation with series curator Colin Channer, followed by an open question-and-answer session. All events are free and held on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 pm at the Newhouse Center.
Ensemble-In-Residence Triple Helix Piano Trio Presents From Roots to Blossoms: The Flowering Modernity Nourished By The Romantic Spirit
Jan. 28, 2010 - The Concert Series at Wellesley College presents ensemble-in-residence Triple Helix Piano Trio – violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Lois Shapiro – in two separate “pairings” of Wednesday afternoon lecture-recitals at Jewett Auditorium and Saturday evening concerts at Houghton Chapel Feb. 17 and 20 and April 7 and 10. All presentations are free and open to the public.
Wellesley College Presents Madeleine K. Albright With Commemorative Pin
Jan. 26, 2010 - Wellesley College presented a pin to former Secretary of State Madeleine this week to commemorate its inaugural Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. Albright has hundreds of pins and recently wrote a book, Read My Pin: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box.This latest pin, designed by Stucci Jewelers of Natick, is of a globe, to represent Wellesley's reach into the world.
The Secret Life of Bees: Wellesley's Heather Mattila Explores Honey Bees' "Waggle" Dancing and Other Mysterious Behaviors
Jan. 25, 2010 - Heather Mattila, assistant professor of biological sciences at Wellesley College, studies honey bee hives to find out how colonies work together to find food. Her research, recently featured in Discover Magazine, has gained importance in the agricultural arena as honey bee populations have declined dramatically — and mysteriously — in recent years.
Catherine L. Summa Named Director of Wellesley College's Science Center
Jan. 19, 2010 - Catherine L. Summa has been named director of Wellesley College's Science Center. She began her new position on Jan. 15. The new position of director of the Science Center was created this year as a combination of the administrative and academic leadership roles.
Partners in Health Director Ophelia Dahl Calls for Coordinated Efforts to Aid Haiti
Jan. 15, 2010 - For more than 20 years, Boston-based Partners In Health (PIH) has delivered health care to the poorest areas of Haiti. This week's devastating 7.0 earthquake has the nonprofit organization quickly organizing to help the stricken country. On Friday, Jan. 15, Ophelia Dahl, PIH executive director, spoke about the devastation in Haiti at Wellesley College, calling for a coordinated effort among the 10,000 organizations already involved in aid to Haiti.
The Concert Series at Wellesley College Announces Winter/ Spring 2009 Programming
Jan. 14, 2010 - With concerts ranging from early music to jazz, The Concert Series at Wellesley College brings a diverse array of world-class performers to campus, featuring both visiting artists and members of the performing faculty. Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are free and open to the public.
Developing Tomorrow's Leaders: First-Ever Albright Institute Launches at Wellesley College
Jan. 5, 2010 -Call it a new global network. Forty young women will learn how to become effective world leaders this January at Wellesley College’s first-ever Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. This unique opportunity showcases the advantages of a liberal arts education—particularly one provided by the nation's top women's college—in preparing women for positions of global leadership. Learning how to synthesize a vast array of ideas and perspectives, students will focus on setting goals, promoting collaboration, creating consensus and building community to solve global problems.
Wellesley Student Anya Corke's Champion Chess Play Breaks Boundaries in Boston
Jan. 4, 2010 - Anya Corke has gone by many titles: the top chess player from Hong Kong, a woman grandmaster and, most recently, a Wellesley College first-year student. Since coming to Wellesley this fall, Corke, 19, has added another distinction to her name as the first-ever woman to play for the Boston Blitz, a Cambridge-based team that competes in the United States Chess League.
Wellesley’s Nolan Flynn Helps to Develop New Treatment for Traumatic Injury
Dec. 17, 2009 - In settings from the battlefield to car accidents, blood loss is a major factor in deaths resulting from traumatic injury. Nolan Flynn, associate professor of chemistry at Wellesley College, is part of a research team that has developed a new treatment for internal bleeding that promises to save lives. “Although some treatments for uncontrolled bleeding, such as those based on human recombinant factor VIIa, exist, these materials are often limited by stringent storage conditions, short shelf life, and the potential for complications after administration to the patient,” Flynn explained.”
Lisa Fischman Appointed Ruth G. Shapiro '37 Director of Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College
Dec. 14, 2009 - Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly has announced the appointment of Lisa Fischman as the Ruth G. Shapiro ' 37 director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center. Fischman, at right, who will take up her appointment on Feb. 1, has served as chief curator of the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson and Gallery Director at the Atlanta College of Art. Trained as an Americanist, Fischman has focused on investigating the relationships among the fine arts, material culture, design and popular culture, and locates her interest “among creative spheres often presumed not to intersect.”
Citigroup CEO Meets With Wellesley Economics Students
Nov. 28, 2009 - On Nov. 18, Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup, and Lisa Caputo, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Women & Co. and Executive Vice President of Citi Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, participated in a discussion with Wellesley College students regarding women and the economy.
Wellesley's Markella Rutherford Focuses on Freedom and Boundaries in Popular Parenting Advice
Nov. 18, 2009 - Should parents give their children more chores? Is it okay to let them dress how they want? Is constant adult supervision a must? Markella “Kelly” Rutherford, assistant professor of sociology at Wellesley College, evaluated how parenting advice on these questions has changed over time in her study, “Children's Autonomy and Responsibility: An Analysis of Child Rearing Advice,” recently published in the journal Qualitative Sociology.
Colloquium Explores President Barack Obama's Identity: Discussion Will Focus on Obama's Memoir and Current Events
Nov. 16, 2009 - The child of a white American woman and a black Kenyan father, President Barack Obama recounted his struggle with racial identity in his acclaimed memoir, Dreams From My Father. Wellesley College’s Africana Studies Department will host a colloquium to discuss the book and current events surrounding Obama, including his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:15 pm in Harambee House.
One Nation, Indivisible? Wellesley’s Stacie Goddard Examines the Nature of, and Solutions for, Ongoing Territorial Disputes in New Book
Nov. 13, 2009 - For thousands of years, leading up to present day, men have battled over the right to rule the Holy City of Jerusalem.Yet this territorial dispute, seemingly irresolvable, hasn’t always been so and could be remedied with a change in political rhetoric, says Wellesley’s Stacie Goddard in her new book, Indivisible Territory and the Politics of Legitimacy: Jerusalem and Northern Ireland (Cambridge University Press, September 2009).
Wellesley College Scientists Win EPA Grant to Develop Earth-Friendly Heating Options for Poor Nations
Nov. 12, 2009 - Wellesley College alumna Catlin Powers, class of 2009, spent as many as 50 hours a week during her college years fighting to bring heat, clean water and other necessities to those in need -- from the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas to economically depressed areas of the Dominican Republic, Ghana and India. Now a student at Harvard School of Public Health, Powers and a team from Wellesley College will continue this work with help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
New Book on Infamous Tuskegee Study Delves into Medical Experimentation and Health Care Reform
Nov. 11, 2009 - The Tuskegee Syphilis Study has become the American metaphor for medical racism, government malfeasance and physician arrogance. The subject of histories, films, rumors and political slogans, it received an official federal apology from President Bill Clinton in a White House ceremony attended by Wellesley College Professor Susan M. Reverby (right), one of those responsible for making the apology happen. In her new book Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Syphilis Study and Its Legacy (University of North Carolina Press, November 2009), Reverby details the study’s racist history, explains how people experienced it and why the doctors thought it was the right thing to do.
Wellesley's Roxanne Euben Reveals Variety of Islamist Political Thought
Nov. 5, 2009 - Wellesley College political scientist Roxanne L. Euben has published a new book designed to expand the understanding of Islamist thought in the Western world. Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought: Texts and Contexts from al-Banna to Bin Laden (Princeton University Press, November 2009), is an anthology of key primary texts that provides an introduction to Islamist political thought from the early 20th century to the present.
Wellesley College Hosts a Series of Events on the Future of Food
Nov. 3, 2009 - Faculty from a variety of disciplines, perspectives and local colleges, will tackle some of the big questions surrounding food and introduce their food-related scholarship during the “Symposium of Locals” Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 pm in Tishman Commons, Wang Campus Center, on the Wellesley College campus.
Oh, The Places You'll Go: Wellesley College Celebrates a World of Learning at Tanner Conference Nov. 3
Oct. 27, 2009 -The annual Tanner Conference, a day-long event held in several locations on the Wellesley College campus, will be held Nov. 3. The conference will bring together students, faculty, staff and alumnae as they share their off-campus journeys. With projects ranging from “Hip-Hop and Toy Guns in Palestine” to “Stuck in the Mucky-Muck: Adventures in Cape Cod Salt Marsh Research,” Wellesley travelers return to discuss their experiences with the community.
Understanding the 'Great Recession': Wellesley Economics Professors Offer Insights in Nov. 2 Panel
Oct. 24, 2009 -The current financial crisis has led to many questions in academic and public debate. Is it over yet? How did some countries weather the crisis so well? Will the Obama administration’s proposals work? To answer these questions, Wellesley College economics professors will discuss where we are in the financial crisis in a panel discussion, “The Great Recession: Back from the Edge or Off the Cliff Again?” Monday, Nov. 2, at 4:15 pm in Knapp Atrium.
Wellesley Students Pass on Science Knowledge Through Outreach
Oct. 23, 2009 - Why is your big toe bigger than your other toes? How and why do foot and ankle injuries occur? Wellesley College students in the course, “Sports Medicine,” aimed to answer these questions — and showcase the science in everyday life — for kindergarten through seventh grade girls at the annual Science Club for Girls’ (SCFG) kickoff event for the Newton branch, “Where’s the Science?” The fair was hosted at the Keohane Sports complex on the Wellesley College campus.
Cobwebs, Candy Corn and the Creepy Carillon: Wellesley College Bell Ringers Host a Halloween Haunted Tower
Oct. 19, 2009 -This Halloween, the eerie theme of the Addams Family will ring out over a darkened Wellesley College campus. This and other terrifying tunes will emanate from Galen Stone Tower, which stands 182 feet tall, and the students who play the carillon within. The guild is opening the tower to the brave-hearted who can scale the spine-chilling stairs to the carillon, encountering skeletons, spiders, ghosts and cobwebs on the climb, during a Halloween Haunted Tower, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 pm.
Wellesley's Jennie Pyers Studies 'Tip of the Tongue' Experiences
Oct. 18, 2009 - Wellesley College psychologist Jennie E. Pyers would like to tell you about her latest research – it’s right on the tip of her tongue. Pyers studies that all-too-human tendency to try to say a word you know, but just can’t remember. Her research looks for possible explanations for this lapse: “One, words that sound the same are competing to come out,” says the assistant professor. “Two, words that share the similar meaning will block out another word. Or three, words that we don’t use very often are harder to access."
Recent Wellesley College Graduate Nabs Major Physics Honor
Oct. 16, 2009 - Wellesley College 2009 graduate Bilin Zhuang has been awarded the American Physical Society’s 2009 Leroy Apker Award for outstanding achievements in physics. Zhuang will receive $5,000 and an allowance for travel to the meeting of the society where the award will be presented. The Wellesley College Physics Department will also receive $5,000 to support undergraduate research.
Wellesley Launches New Diversity Initiative
Oct. 16, 2009 - President H. Kim Bottomly and Dean of Students Debra DeMeis have invited the Wellesley College campus community to participate in the Initiative for Diversity and Inclusion for Students.
Wellesley College Toasts the 100th Birthday of the Margaret Clapp Library
Oct. 14, 2009 - In 1875, Wellesley College founder Henry Fowle Durant donated 8,000 books from his private collection to found the school’s library. The collection would continue to grow, and in 1909, the Margaret Clapp Library was built to house the many collections and resources the college had accumulated. Wellesley will toast the 100th birthday of the library with a centennial celebration Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly Is Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Oct. 9, 2009 - H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College, is among those who will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ 229th class of new members on Saturday, Oct. 10. The program celebrates pioneering research and scholarship, artistic achievement and exemplary service to society. The AAAS membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. “I am deeply honored to be included among the membership of the AAAS,” Bottomly said. “I look forward to working with these outstanding leaders to come together on the vital and critical issues of our day.”
Wellesley College Hosts New Directions in Documentary Film Festival and Symposium
Oct. 8, 2009 - Wellesley College will host The New Directions in Documentary Film Festival and Symposium, Oct. 19-25, 2009. The festival will bring together preeminent documentary filmmakers and innovative new practitioners of the craft in a weeklong showcase of films, with panel discussions about the new aesthetics of documentary, the documentary as political action, the personal documentary and more.
Wellesley Economists Say Economic Crisis Will Cause More Retirements
Oct. 7, 2009 - Wellesley College economists Courtney Coile and Phillip Levine have published a new paper, “The Market Crash and Mass Layoffs: How the Current Economic Crisis May Affect Retirement,” this month through the National Bureau of Economic Research. Coile and Levine continue to investigate this issue, focusing on its impact on the well-being of individuals in their 70s, well after they have left the labor force. They are incorporating their work in a book, Reconsidering Retirement: How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers, soon to be published by Brookings Press.
Calderwood Lecture in Economics at Wellesley College Focuses on Retirement Decisions
Oct. 6, 2009 - Brigitte Madrian, the Aetna professor of public policy and corporate management at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, will discuss her findings in this field during the 2009 Calderwood Lecture in Economics, “Behavioral Economics in the Real World: Default Options and Retirement Savings Outcomes,” Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 pm in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
What Motivates People to Participate in Politics? Wellesley College's Hahrie Han Says Its All About Caring and Connection
Oct. 1, 2009 - Hahrie Han, the Sidney R. Knafel assistant professor of social sciences in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College, explores what motivates political participation in her new book, Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics (Stanford University Press, 2009).Through in-depth interviews with political activists and large-scale survey data, Han studied how people with few resources and little political interest become motivated to vote. She found that highly personal commitments — such as the quality of children’s education or the desire to help a friend — exert an impact on getting disadvantaged people to the voting booth.
Wellesley College Science Center Wins Prestigious Award
Sept. 25, 2009 - The Wellesley College Science Center is the year’s sole recipient of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) 2009 College Award. This prestigious award was established by the ACS to recognize a college that has an outstanding and comprehensive laboratory health and safety program.
Associate Dean of the College Adele Wolfson Discusses the Experience of Women in Math and Science
Sept. 24, 2009 - Adele Wolfson, associate dean of the college, addressed ongoing issues of gender equality in math and science following actress Gioia De Cari’s comedic one-woman show, “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze.”
Wellesley Celebrates Indian Dance and Fine Arts
Sept. 23, 2009 - The 3,000-year-old Indian dance form Bharatnatyam, known for its beauty, grace and elegance, remains popular today with contemporary audiences and performers. Dancer and choreographer Jothi Raghavan will perform this popular Indian style of dance during the program, “Human Love, Divine Beloved — Performing Love Poems to God,” Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7 pm in the Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College.
Wellesley's Wilbur Rich Wins Achievement Award for Study of City Politics
Sept. 22, 2009 - City politics have provided Wilbur C. Rich with a most satisfying career as a professor of political science. Now they have brought him honors for a lifetime of achievement. Wellesley College’s William R. Kenan Jr. professor of political science, Rich has been awarded the Norton Long Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) at its 2009 annual meeting this month.
Captivating Voices of African and Caribbean Literary Tradition to Perform at Wellesley College in October
Sept. 22, 2009 - On Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 pm in Wellesley’s Schneider Hall Theatre, Jamaican-American novelist Colin Channer, right, will present a monologue, “How to Beat a Child the Right and Proper Way,” a contrarian look at mother-daughter relationships. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 pm in Wellesley’s Collins Cinema, “HOPE: An Evening with Kwame Dawes and Christopher Lydon,” will feature a reading of poems about HIV and AIDS in Jamaica followed by a philosophical discussion about the human capacity to generate optimism in difficult times.
Worries and Violence: Wellesley Professors Discuss Today's Russia
Sept. 22, 2009 - Goldman will discuss these worries during the panel discussion, “RUSSIA NOW: The Current State of the Former Soviet Union,” Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 pm in Knapp Atrium on the Wellesley campus. Joining Goldman at the talk will be Wellesley professors Philip Kohl and Adam Van Arsdale, of the anthropology department, and Adam Weiner of the Russian department. Nina Tumarkin, professor of history, will moderate.
Actors from the London Stage Present Shakespeare's King Lear
Sept. 14, 2009 - Betrayal, madness and reconciliation will all come to Wellesley College as the Actors From the London Stage present William Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, opening Thursday, Sept. 24.
Wellesley College Announces 2009 Malone Prize Winners
Sept. 11, 2009 - Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly presented the Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence to senior Hoi-Fei Mok, junior Megan Townsend and sophomore Olivia Hendricks, Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Wellesley’s convocation. “The prizes are given each year to honor students who have successfully combined academic excellence with a commitment to contributing to the college community,” President Bottomly said.
Wellesley College Community Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back During "A Day to Make a Difference"
Sept. 9, 2009 - The Wellesley College community will honor the institution’s motto, “Not to be served, but to serve,” as it spends the first weekend of the academic year in service during the 10th annual “A Day to Make a Difference,” Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13. The event is a worldwide celebration that offers Wellesley College students, alumnae, faculty, employees and families the chance to participate in service projects in their communities. Last year, more than 1,500 volunteer hours were contributed during the event.
Wellesley College Alumnae Appointed to United States Foreign Service
Sept. 8, 2009 - Wellesley College graduates Jessica Berlow ’03, Jennifer Jensen ’09 and Katherine Musgrove ’09 have received appointments to the United States Foreign Service – joining the ranks of another famous Wellesley diplomat. “It just seemed fitting that we will be serving under (Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton, really letting Wellesley leave its mark on the State Department,” Jensen said. Each completed rigorous evaluation and testing, sometimes lasting more than a year. Of the more than 20,000 applicants, only between 250-500 were ultimately offered a spot.
Wellesley, Babson and Olin Presidents Hold a Collaboration Celebration
Sept. 9, 2009 - Babson, Olin and Wellesley college presidents hosted a community celebration of their new three-college agreement that builds on geographic proximity and complementary educational strengths to explore an expanded partnership among the three institutions. The event took place in the Wellesley Room of Olin Hall at Babson College.
Wellesley College Teams Up With Google to Change Introductory Computing
August 28, 2009 - Google Research is collaborating with faculty at a handful of colleges to explore the changing nature of computing through the development of pilot courses to be offered to beginning students. P. Takis Metaxas, Wellesley College associate professor of computer science, will teach a new course, “The Socio-Technological Web,” to be offered this fall. Google will provide 20 Android smartphones to students in the class who will use and develop mobile applications for social interaction.
Summer Meant 121 Research Challenges at Wellesley College
August 25, 2009 - This summer, 121 students from Wellesley College and other institutions took part in 10 weeks of summer research. “Doing science is the best way to learn science,” said Mary Allen, Wellesley professor emerita of biological sciences and a director of the program. “Having a summer to delve into a significant research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor gives a student the best opportunity to see what science is all about.”
Wellesley, Olin and Babson Colleges Announce New Partnerships
August 20, 2009 - Wellesley College, one of the country’s premier liberal arts colleges, Olin College, one of the country’s leading engineering colleges, and Babson College, the top-ranked college for the study of entrepreneurship, have formalized a collaborative agreement that builds on their geographic proximity and complementary curricula to explore the synergies in the schools’ three missions.
Wellesley College Educator Leads Team Awarded Grant to Improve the Quality of Mathematics Instruction in Massachusetts
August 12, 2009 - Corrine Taylor, director of the quantitative reasoning program at Wellesley College, is leading a two-week QR workshop for middle and high school teachers this month at the Normandin Middle School in New Bedford, Mass., supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
Wellesley College Senior Explores Educational Achievement Gaps
August 7, 2009 - Wellesley College senior Victoria-Diane Allison has been selected to conduct research at the 2009 Urban Institute Summer Academy for Public Policy Analysis and Research in Washington, D.C. Allison, a sociology major, focused her summer research on education for young African-American males, a group that is falling behind in graduation rates and test scores. She explored how one contributing cause of the achievement gap— teachers’ expectations— affects the educational outcomes for this group.
Four Wellesley College Students Named Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows
July 29, 2009 - Wellesley College senior Megan Carter-Thomas and juniors Joy Clarke, Stephanie Gomez and Ikhlas Saleem have been named Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF). Administered by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MMUF aims to help remedy the shortage of faculty of color in higher education by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.
Newhouse Center for the Humanities Welcomes Scholars
July 18, 2009 - The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College will welcome 12 scholars — working on topics ranging from religious conversion in Japan and India, to acoustics and aesthetics in the 19th century — for the 2009- 2010 academic year.
Wellesley Students Win Beckman Scholarships for Scientific Research
July 13, 2009 - Wellesley College students Adriane Otopalik and Allison Xie have won Beckman Scholarships. The awards, which are approximately $20,000, will fund two summers and one academic year of scientific research. They will present on their research to other Beckman Scholars at a national conference in 2010.
Wellesley College Visiting Professor Heads New Center for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies
July 9, 2009 - Bryan Turner, the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College, will head a new, leading research center in Australia, set to explore the place of Muslim communities in society today.
Wellesley College Senior Wins Citizenship Award for Preservation Efforts
July 7, 2009 - In 1998, students from Fairgrounds Middle School formed the Fairgrounds Student Historic Preservation Team to restore the 1886 Gatehouse, a marker of Nashua’s industrial heritage. During a recent celebration of the project’s 10-year anniversary, Wellesley College senior Jaclyn Leeds was presented with the Hugh Gregg Citizenship Award for her dedication to the team. The award is named after the former Nashua mayor and New Hampshire governor who strongly advocated for the preservation of Mine Falls and its park.
Wellesley College Students Win Truman Scholarships for Graduate Study
July 6, 2009 - Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Wellesley College class of 1959 and president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, has announced that Wellesley College seniors Racquel Armstrong and Jennie Hatch have been named 2009 Truman scholars on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of “making a difference.”
Carnegie Junior Fellowship Winner Hopes to Help Her Homeland
June 29, 2009 - As a high school student, Kelima Yakupova, a 2009 graduate of Wellesley College, left behind her parents, siblings, grandparents and other relatives in the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan with hopes of obtaining a strong education to better the situation for those in her poor nation. Several years later, Yakupova’s selection as a Carnegie Junior Fellow is bringing her one step closer to that goal.
Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College Welcomes Visiting Art History Scholar
June 23, 2009 - The Newhouse Center for the Humanities will welcome Deborah Klimburg-Salter, professor for Asian art history at the Institute of Art History of the University of Vienna, to campus this fall as the 2009- 2010 Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities.
Wellesley’s New Albright Institute Aims to Educate World Leaders
June 17, 2009 - Wellesley College graduates are no strangers to the world stage. This preeminent women’s college has long educated its students to become global leaders. Now one of its most prominent alumnae, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, will help new generations of Wellesley women to make a difference in the world. This January, Wellesley will launch the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs to heighten the global perspective of Wellesley’s academic environment and to prepare students for positions of world leadership. Albright herself will serve as the first of a series of distinguished visiting professors, sharing her vast experience as a diplomat and leader.
Global Learning: Wellesley Graduates Win Fulbright Grants for Worldwide Research, Study and Teaching
June 12, 2009 - One 2009 Wellesley College graduate will focus on living conditions in Bangladesh for minority populations, while another seeks to preserve the memory of the dwindling Moroccan Jewish community. Several Wellesley graduates will conduct research and teach in locations from South Korea to South Africa with support from the Fulbright Program, which has awarded them prestigious grants for postgraduate work.
Wellesley College Celebrates 131st Commencement
June 5, 2009 - Under a green canopy of towering oak trees, the 573 members of Wellesley College’s Class of 2009 received their diplomas during the college’s 131st Commencement ceremonies Friday, June 5. Wellesley alumna from the class of 1987 Kimberly Dozier, a CBS News correspondent who became the victim of a 2006 car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, delivered the Commencement address. She focused on the importance of learning what is most important an unpredictable and changing world.
Wellesley College Senior Catlin Powers Wins $75,000 Environmental Prize
June 3, 2009 - As chief operating officer and co-founder of One Earth Designs (OED), Wellesley senior Catlin Powers has spent as many as 50 hours a week during her college years fighting to bring heat, clean water and other necessities to those in need — from the high-altitude regions of the Himalayas to economically depressed areas of the Dominican Republic, Ghana and India.She has been recognized for her work with several prizes this spring, including $75,000 from the St. Andrews Prize for the Environment, which will support OEDs’ invention that produces clean energy from the sun.
Two Wellesley Seniors Receive First Chinese Consulate Scholarships
June 3, 2009 - Two Wellesley College seniors will further their education after college with scholarships given for the first time by the Chinese Consulate General of New York. The awards will allow them to study for a year at any one of 100 Chinese universities.
Wellesley Senior Mona Minkara Finds No Limits to Her Future
June 2, 2009 – On June 5, Mona Minkara will stand before her fellow members of the class of 2009 at graduation from Wellesley College. “It’s an honor,” said Minkara, who is legally blind. “I hope disabled students around the country can realize you can make it even though you might be blind, or deaf, or whatever your story might be.”
Wellesley Students and Organizations Honored with Excellence in Leadership Awards
May 13, 2009 – On Wellesley’s campus, leaders are everywhere—in residence halls, classrooms, student organizations, committees, volunteer groups, and more. This month, the office of Student Activities honored a few of those leaders with the Excellence in Leadership Awards.
Wellesley Junior Sarah Vickery Investigates Perceptions of Abraham Lincoln
May 12, 2009 – Since Abraham Lincoln’s death, countless books, articles and films have sought to portray the famous historical figure. But how did Americans perceive Lincoln during his life? Wellesley College junior Sarah Vickery will explore this question when she travels to New York City this summer for a five-week historical research program as part of the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars program.
Wellesley Senior Maya Smith to Fight Malaria with Tony Blair Faith Foundation
May 12, 2009 – Not everyone gets to chum around with Tony Blair. But Wellesley College senior Maya Smith got the chance when she traveled to Toronto last month during World Malaria Week to hear the former British prime minister speak on the role of faith communities in eradicating malaria. Smith is one of 30 young leaders from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada chosen to participate in the Faiths Act Fellowship, sponsored by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.
Wellesley Researchers Study Effects of Contemplation
May 11, 2009 – College is supposed to change lives for the better. Higher education, after all, teaches skills and knowledge that often result in better jobs and more income. But what if the most life-changing result of college involved becoming a kinder, gentler person? That’s the focus of a Wellesley College study, “Impact of Buddhism on Undergraduates in the U.S. Today,” by Professor of Religion James Kodera and Buddhist advisor Ji Hyang Padma.
Climate Change Threatens Unique Life Found at Russian Lake
May 5, 2009 – Russia’s Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most biologically rich lake, faces the possibility of severe ecological disruption as a result of climate change, according to an analysis by a joint U.S.-Russian team in the May issue of BioScience. Marianne V. Moore, associate professor of biological science at Wellesley College, wrote the article with five coauthors, including four from Irkutsk State University in Russia. Moore and her colleagues note that Lake Baikal's climate has become measurably milder over recent decades.
Wellesley College's Ruhlman Conference to Showcase Outstanding Student Work on April 29th
April 28, 2009 – The 2009 Ruhlman Conference, to be held Wednesday, April 29, from 9 am-6 pm on the Wellesley College campus, will feature presentations of projects completed by more than 300 Wellesley students. The projects range from “Indoor Air Pollution Exposures in Himalayan Communities” to “The Effect of Imaginary Companions on Preschoolers’ Play” to “Real Men Wear Sequins: Performing Gender on the Takarazuka Stage.”
Susan Wang Wins Wellesley's 114th Annual Hoop Rolling Contest
April 25, 2009 – Susan Wang of McLean, Va., and Seoul, South Korea, is the winner of this morning's 114th annual hoop rolling competition at Wellesley College. Wang, who will graduate June 5, was met at the finish line by President H. Kim Bottomly and Dean John O'Keefe, where she was presented with a bouquet of white roses filled with spring greenery, in honor of the 2009 class color, green.
Wellesley College Students Aim To Read Complete Works of Shakespeare in 24 Hours or Less
April 23, 2009 – While Shakespeare wrote that "brevity is the soul of wit," students at Wellesley College will soon know if the brevity of Shakespeare in 24 hours will test their wits. The Shakespeare Society hopes to repeat its feat of five years ago when members and volunteers read the complete, unabridged works of William Shakespeare in 23 hours and 20 minutes. “24 Hours of Shakespeare” starts Friday, May 1, at 11 am.
Jewish Studies Program Launches Innovative Project
April 17, 2009 – On a dusty side-street in Tunis, above a solitary locked doorway, one can still see a faded Hebrew plaque. This is all that remains of the tomb of Chief Rabbi Messaoud Raphael el Fassi. In December 2008, Ali Kaba, a West African-Muslim undergraduate, located this 18th-century plaque on a research expedition for Diarna.
Junior Jennie Hatch Works as an ‘Agent of Change’ at United Nations Climate Negotiations
April 16, 2009 – Along with youth from the United States and more than 50 other nations, Wellesley College junior Jennifer Hatch attended interim climate negotiations being conducted by The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, March 29-April 8.
Nobel Laureate Eric Chivian Keynotes Earth Week Celebrations at Wellesley College
April 16, 2009 – Nobel Peace Prize laureate and biologist Eric Chivian has spent time studying the effects of climate change on Inupiaq Eskimos in Alaska. His unusual collaboration with evangelical minister Richard Cizik to promote the environmental cause landed them both on Time Magazine’s 2008 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Chivian, the director of Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard, will discuss his latest book, Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, Tuesday, April 21, at 4:30 pm in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus as the keynote event for this year’s Earth Week at Wellesley.
Wellesley College Celebrates the Boston Marathon
April 9, 2009 – Located near the midpoint of the Boston Marathon, the Wellesley College “scream tunnel” is so loud that runners say they can hear it from a mile away. Again this year, hundreds of students will crowd the campus sidewalks to offer runners water, oranges, high-fives and kisses, at the 113th running of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 20.
Wellesley Student Awarded a Watson Fellowship for Travel and Exploration
April 2, 2009 – Senior Courtney Sato was awarded a prestigious Watson Fellowship to to study writing and place with the project “‘Writing Toward Home’: Tracing Poets and Places.” Sato, one of 40 college seniors to be awarded the fellowship, will receive $28,000 for a year of travel and exploration. During her year abroad, Sato will travel to the homes and neighborhoods of international poets to explore how their sense of home influenced their writing and to build “a vocabulary of spaces and places.”
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz to Speak at Wellesley College
April 2, 2009 – Dominican-American author Junot Díaz will present a reading from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 pm in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus. Set in New Jersey, where Díaz himself grew up, the novel follows the story of the young Dominican boy Oscar Wao and his family; in the process, it grapples with the relationships between identity, national history, immigrant assimilation and personal experience. After reading excerpts from The Brief Wondrous Life, Díaz will follow up with a question-and-answer session and book signing.
Wellesley Student Annie Smith Receives Fuding from Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace
March 27, 2009 – The Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace program has announced that Wellesley College sophomore Annie Smith, daughter of Ruth Ann Kelleher of Panama, will receive funding to undertake her proposed project, “Give a Man a Fish, Teach a Man to Fish…Or Provide Aquaculture?” The project, to be implemented in northern Panama this summer, proposes a unique solution to poverty and malnourishment among indigenous people.
Dialogue on America Video Project Visits Wellesley College Campus
March 26, 2009 – In early March, Jim Hilgendorf and his film crew came to Wellesley College to conduct random interviews with students for his “America's Dialogue,” a continuing project of national grassroots interviews on important issues affecting the American people. The current “America's Dialogue III” is a forum allowing students from colleges and universities around the country to express ideas and feelings about the future of the country.
Wellesley College Students Explore Green Living in Cooperative Housing
March 16, 2009 – The student residents of Wellesley’s sustainability co-op housing have made a commitment to buying and cooking locally and sustainably. Also essential to the new model of co-op living on campus is a community-based lifestyle. Nine students currently live in the sustainable housing wing of Simpson Hall on the Wellesley College campus in rooms that share a common living area and kitchen. The residents each have specific jobs and put in an equal amount of time to save money and enjoy better food. They cook four to five times a week and eat communally while discussing their days – and new ways to promote activism and sustainability on campus.
Wellesley Professor Profiles Visionary Caribbean Leader Who Fought Against Colonialism
March 12, 2009 – Selwyn Cudjoe, professor of Africana studies at Wellesley College, is the author of a new critical biography of a major intellectual who struggled for justice against colonialism. Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation traces the life of Albert Raymond Forbes Webber (1880-1932), a distinguished Caribbean scholar, statesman, legislator and novelist.
Award-Winning Journalist and Alumna Kimberly Dozier Will be the 2009 Commencement Speaker for Wellesley College
March 6, 2009 – Kimberly Dozier, a a Wellesley College alumna from the class of 1987 and CBS News correspondent reporting from Baghdad, Iraq, will address the approximately 600 members of the Class of 2009 and their friends and families at Wellesley College’s 131st Commencement Friday, June 5, at 10:30 am on the Academic Quad on the Wellesley, Mass., campus. Dozier wrote a memoir about the attack and its aftermath, Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report and Survive the War in Iraq, in which the rest of her crew was killed, as were the U.S. Army captain and an Iraqi translator she had been following for a story about American soldiers working with Iraqi security forces. She is now back to reporting for CBS, but the attack has changed her, she says.
Three Students Awarded the Three Generations Prize for Writing 125
March 3, 2009 – First-year students Claire Grossman of Pinecrest, Fla., Lynn Gallogly of Rosindale, Mass., and Mary Huang of Severna Park, Md., have been awarded the Wellesley College Three Generations Prize for Writing 125. The prize is awarded by the Wellesley College Writing Program each semester to students whose work demonstrates clarity, eloquence and engagement with the subject.
Forty Years Later: Wellesley's Decision to Stay a Women's College Revisited
February 27, 2009 – Forty years ago, the Commission on the Future of the College, formed of students, faculty, trustees and alumnae, worked for two years and more than 2,000 hours to make recommendations on the college’s future. One result: a 9-4 vote in favor of admitting men to Wellesley, a recommendation Wellesley’s board of trustees rejected. Several of the commission’s members will revisit their decision during “Co-Ed Wellesley: Perspectives on the 1971 Commission on the Future of the College” Wednesday, March 11, at 7 pm in the Library Lecture Room.
Wellesley Professor Examines Diversity in American Literature
February 20, 2009 –Throughout its history, America has been the scene of multiple encounters between communities speaking different languages. Literature has long sought to represent these encounters in various ways, from James Fenimore Cooper’s frontier fictions to the Jewish-American writers who popularized Yiddish as a highly influential modern vernacular.
Anthropology Conference Features Students from the Greater Boston Area
February 20, 2009 – Do folk songs have a cultural function? Are vampires more than just fantasy creatures? Does the American “culture” of breast cancer actually promote the disease? Seven Wellesley College students will answer these questions, and more, when they participate in the Greater Boston Anthropology Consortium (GBAC) Student Conference, hosted at Wellesley Friday, Feb. 27, from 8:30am to 5 pm in Collins Cinema.
The Relationship Between Judaism and Four 20th-Century Italian Writers Combine in New Book by Wellesley Professor
February 19, 2009 – In Writing as Freedom, Writing as Testimony (Syracuse University Press, 2008), Sergio Parussa, associate professor of Italian studies at Wellesley College, explores the relationship between Judaism and writing in the works of four 20th-century Italian writers: Umberto Saba, Natalia Ginzburg, Giorgio Bassani and Primo Levi.
Wellesley College Honors Three of Its Outstanding Graduates at 2009 Alumnae Achievement Awards Feb. 13
January 30, 2009 – They have worked to advance the careers of young scientists and further science education, performed with jazz musicians Bobby Hackett and George Wein, and dedicated decades to the protection of endangered seabirds and the conservation of their habitats. Health policy leader Enriqueta Bond, class of 1961; jazz singer Barbara Lea, class of 1951; and sea bird conservationist Helen Hays, class of 1953, will be presented with the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award Friday Friday, Feb. 13, at 5 pm in Houghton Memorial Chapel on the Wellesley College campus.
Wellesley College Celebrates Black History Month
January 30, 2009 – Linda Johnson Rice — chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., which publishes Ebony and JET magazines — will present Wellesley College’s Quintessence Day lecture Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 pm in Collins Cinema. Quintessence Day is an event held annually and hosted by the student group Ethos, which describes quintessence as “the most perfect manifestation of black womanhood.” The lecture is part of a series of events celebrating Black History Month at Wellesley College.
Event Will Transform Campus Center into a Virtual E-mail System
January 28, 2009 – Foodies can debate where to find the best croissant in New York City, while members of the “Computing Questions” conference share their favorite applications and students discuss the most colorful “Community” posts during “FirstClass Offline” Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6- 9 pm in the Wang Campus Center. The event will transform the campus center into a virtual e-mail system.
Activist Denis Halliday Reflects on United Nations' Disappointments and Opportunities
January 15, 2009 – After more than three decades of work at the United Nations, Denis J. Halliday became an international activist who travels the world speaking out for peace. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 pm, his travels will bring him to Wellesley College’s Jewett Auditorium, where he will present “Reflections on the United Nations: Disappointments and Opportunities, Where Do We Go From Here?"
Wellesley College Celebrates 200 Years of Charles Darwin
January 14, 2009 – The Origin of Species — Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking book describing how evolution occurs by natural selection — changed everything, according to Olivia Judson, an evolutionary biology blogger for The New York Times. Judson will present the lecture, “Glad to Have Evolved,” Feb. 17 at Wellesley College, part of a month-long commemoration of the life and work of Charles Darwin.
Animals Have a Friend in Need with Wellesley College Senior
December 10, 2008 – It turns out a dog’s best friend is a woman. Wellesley College senior Elise Traub has put countless hours of effort into eliminating greyhound racing in Massachusetts. For three years, she worked to end the sport by volunteering with the Committee to Protect Dogs. This fall Massachusetts voters approved the Greyhound Protection Act, which will end the controversial practice in 2010.
Wellesley College Students Help Bring Medical Care to More Than 1,000 Patients in Need
December 8, 2008 –They may not be doctors yet, but five members of the Wellesley College Hippocratic Society can already say they’ve helped bring medical care to more than 1,000 patients in need. On Nov. 13, the group of neuroscience and biology majors, led by DaEun (Dana) Im ’10 and including Sana Aslam ’10, Rosalind Lai ’11, Lauren Eby ’10 and Tania Dhawan ’11, embarked on a medical mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. There, they set up a makeshift clinic, where they worked alongside volunteers from the California-based non-profit organization Healing Hearts Across Borders (HHAB) to provide health checkups and dental services to underprivileged Mexican families.
Madeleine Albright Wins ‘Teddy,’ the Highest Honor Bestowed by NCAA
December 4, 2008 –Madeleine Albright, a member of the Wellesley College Class of 1959 and former U.S. Secretary of State, has been named recipient of the 2009 Theodore Roosevelt Award, the highest honor the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bestows.
Three Wellesley Alumnae Tapped for Obama Administration
December 3, 2008 –Three Wellesley College alumnae have been named to leadership posts in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. Sen. Hillary R. Clinton, class of 1969, has been nominated for secretary of state. Chicago business leader Desiree Rogers, Wellesley class of 1981, has been appointed as White House social secretary. She will be the first African American to serve in the position, which is responsible for organizing and overseeing all White House functions and ceremonies. Katie Johnson, class of 2003, has been named Obama's personal secretary.
Musician Ben Folds to Record with Wellesley A Cappella Group for New Album
December 2, 2008 – Pop singer-songwriter Ben Folds will record music with the Wellesley College Blue Notes this December for an upcoming album of a cappella versions of his songs by high school, college and professional groups. Folds said he was inspired to create the album when he found several a cappella arrangements of his songs on YouTube. More than 200 groups answered his call for submissions for the album, which has an anticipated release in spring 2009.
Wellesley Seniors Win Awards to Pursue Research from Planets to Politics
December 1, 2008 – Twelve Wellesley College seniors will study everything from the global anti-sweatshop movement to the orbiting behavior of Uranian moons. One study will focus on female identification and gender construction in the heavy-metal subculture. Another will work toward a behavioral characterization of schizophrenia, while still another will look at what motivated young voters in the recent presidential election. They each have won the 2008 Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship. Made possible through a generous gift from the Jerome A. Schiff Charitable Trust, these awards support the scholarly work of students enrolled in the senior honors program.
Wellesley College Students Seek Ways To Improve the Environment
November 20, 2008 – Wellesley juniors Megan Carter-Thomas, Devaja Shafer and Emily Estes, who conduct research in Associate Professor of Geosciences Dan Brabander’s environmental geochemistry lab, have presented their findings at the New England Undergraduate Environmental Research Symposium. “Projects ranged from examining the issue of lead in urban gardens, to the legacy of industrialization in the Neponset River Watershed, to evaluating the mobility of lead-bearing pigments in artificial playing fields,” Brabander says.
Renaissance Art and Marriage Combine in New Book by Wellesley Professor
November 13, 2008 – An associate professor of art at Wellesley College and a member of the Wellesley class of 1989, Musacchio has written a book focusing on timeless topics from a historical perspective in Art, Marriage, and Family in the Florentine Renaissance Palace.
Wellesley Names New Chief Investment Officer
November 11, 2008 – Wellesley College today named alumna Deborah Foye Kuenstner as its chief investment officer. Kuenstner, currently the chief investment officer at Brandeis University, will assume her new post on February 1, 2009. Kuenstner will oversee the management of Wellesley’s endowment, which had a market value of $1.63 billion as of June 30, 2008, the end of the College’s most recent fiscal year.
1920s Film, Flappers and Feminist Film Theory
November 4, 2008 – Laura Mulvey, the 2008-2009 Mary L. Cornille distinguished visiting professor in the humanities at Wellesley College, will discuss aspects of the “flapper film” within the context of feminist film theory during the lecture “The Movie Moderns: 1920s Cinema, the Flapper and Feminist Film Theory” Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 pm in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus.
Sweet Carillon: Wellesley College Bell Ringers Carry on Tradition with a Modern Twist
October 30, 2008 – It’s 2:40 pm on a Wednesday, and the theme from Super Mario Brothers rings out on the Wellesley College campus as students pass between classes. The song emanates from Wellesley’s Galen Stone Tower, and the students who play the carillon within. While the majesty of the massive bells evoke the pomp and circumstance of an ancient tradition, student carillonneurs often feature oddball tunes and personal favorites to keep the tradition au courant in the 21st century.
Wellesley College Tanner Conference Celebrates a World of Learning Oct. 28
October 24, 2008 – The Tanner Conference will bring together students, faculty, staff and alumnae as they share their off-campus studies. With projects ranging from “A Mosaic of Morocco: Life as a Nomad” to “Victim or Victimizer? The 2008 London Extradition Case of 1994 Rwandan Genocide,” Wellesley travelers return to discuss their experiences with the community. The conference is free and open to the public.
Wellesley’s Dan Chiasson Is Named Poetry Editor of the Prestigious Paris Review
October 24, 2008 – Dan Chiasson, assistant professor of English at Wellesley College, has been named poetry editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The Paris Review.
Wellesley College to Host Oct. 26 Debate Among Candidates for Fourth Congressional Seat
October 22, 2008 – Wellesley College is hosting a debate among the three candidates for the Fourth Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (Democrat) and challengers Earl Sholley (Republican) and Susan Allen (Independent) have accepted the invitation from Wellesley’s Political Science Department. The debate will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 pm in Tishman Commons, Wang Campus Center.
Director of Congressional Budget Office Discusses the Economics of Climate Change
October 17, 2008 –In October 2008, Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), testified before Congress that retirement plans have lost two trillion dollars in the past 15 months. Whether the current financial crisis will affect retirement decisions remains to be seen, but Orszag cited a paper that showed no change in the retirement age among people in households owning stock after the stock market decline of 2000 — findings originally published by Wellesley economics professors Courtney Coile and Phillip Levine as “Bulls, Bears and Retirement Decisions” in Industrial and Labor Relations Review.
Wellesley Professor Writes New Book about Trust and American Medicine
October 17, 2008 – In his new book, Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine (Princeton University Press, September 2008), Wellesley College’s Jonathan B. Imber provides insights into the religious underpinnings of the doctor-patient relationship and raises questions about the place of the medical profession in American life and culture.
Wellesley Senior – and Yaks – Carry the Hopes of Tibetan Peasants
October 16, 2008 – A native of Hong Kong who now lives in Braintree, Mass., Wellesley College senior Jenny Chu is a political science major/economics minor who has the gift of gab. Her ability to sell a newly developed yak cheese to high-end restaurants made her a one-woman sales force recently, finding markets for cheese produced by one of China’s most prolific animals, the yak, to benefit poor farmers .
Panel Discusses Causes and Consequences of Current Financial Crisis
October 14, 2008 – Eric Hilt, an economic historian, will talk about the historical parallels to the current crisis during the panel discussion “Donkeys, Elephants, Bulls and Bears!” Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 12:30 pm in Knapp Atrium on the Wellesley campus. Economics faculty members Olga Shurchkov, Malhar Nabar, Joseph Joyce and Akila Weerapana will join him to address the consequences and causes of the financial crisis.
Drinking Alcohol Associated With Smaller Brain Volume
October 14, 2008 – The more alcohol an individual drinks, the smaller his or her total brain volume, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, by Carol Ann Paul of Wellesley College, and colleagues at Boston University School of Public Health.
Jewett Arts Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary This October
October 9, 2008 –In celebration of Jewett’s 50th anniversary, the art department will host an exhibition of photographs from the Wellesley College Archives, depicting the building’s original appearance and function. First opened in October 1958, the arts center now houses the music, art and theatre departments as well as the art and music libraries, several gallery areas for student artwork and the 320-seat Jewett Auditorium.
Wellesley Professor Finds Pollution from Livestock Farming Affects Infant Health
October 9, 2008 – A new study in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics explores the effects of pollution from livestock facilities on infant health and finds that production is associated with an increase in infant mortality. “The causal mechanism relating poor infant health to livestock production appears to be air pollution,” said the study’s author, Stacy Sneeringer, an assistant professor of economics at Wellesley College.
Wellesley Continues Popular Series of Election Events
October 7, 2008 – Reflecting the strong interest in government and politics at Wellesley, a series of election events are drawing overflow crowds and have twice been covered by Boston’s WCVB-TV news. Discussion and debate about the upcoming presidential election will continue this month with a series of events hosted by CPLA, a non-partisan committee of college government that strives to promote political awareness on campus."
Lectures Celebrate Quantitative Reasoning in Polling and Predictions
October 7, 2008 – As part of "Celebrating QR Connections," the Ellen Genat Hoffman '68 and Stephen G. Hoffman series, three lectures will be presented, focusing on the connections between quantitative reasoning, polling and predictions. In the first, Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg will discuss "Pollster 101: The Ins and Outs of the Polling Profession."
Finding Your Voice Helps Strengthen Relationships, Says Wellesley Psychology Professor Sally Theran
October 3, 2008 – Why do people have difficulty speaking their minds? Wellesley's Sally Theran researches this problem, called “level of voice” – a way of gauging how comfortable people are in expressing themselves in relationships, either among friends or with parent and teachers.
Actors from the London Stage Present Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale
September 29, 2008 – Winter comes early to Wellesley College this year when the touring theater group Actors from the London Stage presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Winter’s Tale Oct. 16-18. The group will remain at Wellesley for a weeklong residency, Oct. 13-18. In addition to performing, they will teach workshops for Wellesley theatre studies students during the week.
Three Students Awarded Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence
September 9, 2008 – At convocation on Sept. 2, Wellesley College President Kim Bottomly announced the names of three students being honored as recipients of Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence. The First-Year Student Prize was awarded to Caitlin Kearns, the Sophomore Student Prize to DaEun Im and the Katharine Malone Scholarship to Colleen Kirkhart.
Prof. Dan Brabander and Student Researchers Are on the Look-out for Lead
September 2, 2008 – Dan Brabander wants to put the green in – and take the lead out – of sustainable urban gardening. As associate professor of geosciences at Wellesley College, his research focus is at the intersection of environmental geochemistry and public health. To that end, he has received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and formed a partnership with Boston’s The Food Project, a nonprofit organization that helps foster the development of organic urban gardens. For the past five years, Brabander and his student researchers have been looking at lead contamination in urban backyard gardens in Roxbury and Dorchester, Mass.
Russia vs. Georgia: Crisis In the Caucasus
August 29, 2008 – Russia recently sent troops and tanks into the separatist South Ossetia to repel a Georgian attack. Now Wellesley College experts will weigh in on the situation with a panel discussion, "Russia vs. Georgia: Crisis in the Caucasus," Thursday, Sept. 4, at 4:15 pm in Tishman Commons, Wang Campus Center, on the Wellesley College campus.
Wellesley Welcomes 'Red' Class of 2012
August 26, 2008 --They include an accomplished fly fisher, a nationally ranked tennis player and a winner of the city of Chicago spelling bee. Members of Wellesley College’s class of 2012 have done research on sharks, fungi and cancer, trained to sail the U.S. Brig Niagara and won the “best director” award at a film festival.
Exhibit Celebrates the Arrivals and Departure of Faculty
August 26, 2008 --The first exhibit of the Jewett Art Gallery features the arrival of new art department faculty Clara Lieu, Daniela Rivera, David T. Olsen and Andrew Mowbray, as well as departing staff Jim Turbert. The exhibit, “Arrivals/Departure,” will be on display from Monday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Jewett Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 4:30 – 6 pm.
Wellesley College Community Gives Back During 'A Day to Make a Difference'
August 21, 2008 --Wellesley College students, alumnae, faculty, staff and families will volunteer for Wellesley College’s ninth annual “A Day to Make a Difference,” Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7. Last year, volunteers contributed more than 1,500 hours of work during the event.
Wellesley Professor Leads Seven-College Study of Today's Students
August 19, 2008 --Now entering its third year, or the halfway point in its trajectory, the New England Consortium on Assessment and Student Learning (NECASL) has been asking in-depth questions of members of the class of 2010 at seven New England colleges. In personal interviews, they are being tracked as they make the transition from high school to college, through their first year of college, to their choice of a major, to the decision to study away or not — and eventually to postgraduate study or employment after college. The one-of-its-kind study, supported by grants from the Teagle, Mellon and Spencer foundations, is led by Wellesley College professor of sociology Lee Cuba.
Wellesley Student Wins $10,000 Scholarship in 'Design Squad' Reality TV Competition
August 6, 2008 --Leah French is a woman for all seasons. At 19, she has enjoyed her first year at Wellesley as a member of the Shakespeare Society, a campus organization that produces the bard’s plays throughout the school year. The thespian in her, though, has recently been eclipsed by the engineering wizard that also lives in the heart of this Cambridge, Mass., resident.
Faster, Stronger, Higher: Wellesley College Students Intern in Beijing as Summer Olympics Kick Off
August 6, 2008 --ZhanTao Yang is providing media coverage of the Olympics as an intern at ABC News in Beijing. She is among four Wellesley College students interning in Beijing this summer on college stipends— including one student who is working with The Economist magazine, and another who has done promotional work for the World Wildlife Fund that will be distributed in the Olympic village.
Outdoor Sculpture Mozart Installed on Wellesley College Campus
July 28, 2008 --Wellesley College is now home to an imposing outdoor sculpture, Mozart, by famed artist Kenneth Snelson. The piece, which stands 24 x 24 x 30 feet, is located near the Science Center and is visible from College Road.
Newhouse Center for the Humanities Welcomes Scholars
July 22, 2008 --The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College is pleased to welcome fifteen scholars—working on topics ranging from the iconography of an 8th-century Hindu temple to Somali popular culture to Leonard Bernstein and Broadway —for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Wellesley’s Paul Fisher Writes an American Odyssey of One of History’s Most Brilliant and Eccentric Families
July 10, 2008 -- Although much has been written on the famous James family (Henry, William and Alice, in particular) many truths about the members of one of America's most famous dynasties have long been hidden. The conflicts that defined one of America’s greatest families — homosexuality, depression, alcoholism, female oppression — is the focus of a new book, House of Wits (Henry Holt & Co., June 2008) by Wellesley College’s Paul Fisher, an assistant professor of American studies.
Wellesley College to Offer Swahili Courses
July 8, 2008 --Starting this fall, Wellesley will offer elementary Swahili courses. Professor Filomina Steady, chair of the Africana Studies Department, says students who take the course will learn new language skills that will help in their overall understanding of languages. They will also be able to use the language in study abroad programs offered by Wellesley and in future work in Swahili-speaking regions.
In The Secret Life of Birds, It's What's Heard on the Street that Counts
July 2, 2008 --Is seeing believing? Or is what’s overhead on the fly that counts? When it comes to picking out a place to live, some songbirds eavesdrop on each other to make their minds up about where to raise a family — choosing what sounds like a great spot even when the nesting site is actually lacking in food and shelter. Nicholas Rodenhouse, a Wellesley College professor of biological sciences who studies migratory songbirds, is a co-author of a study just published in a professional journal on the "social cues" of birds.
Cooking Up a Solution to Poverty: Wellesley College Student's 'Solar Cooker' is Designed to Reduce Pollution and Disease
June 27 , 2008 --Wellesley College senior Catlin Powers has worked in collaboration with MIT students and villagers from Amdo, Tibet, to develop an innovative solar design for cooking and heating.
Saving the Earth, One Tomato at a Time: Wellesley College Students Tackle Organic Farming
June 26 , 2008 --Some Wellesley College students have embraced the benefits of eating locally through organic farming. Last fall, El Table, a student-run co-op on campus, began buying lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, basil and garlic from the venture. Now Wellesley College dining halls plan to use the student farmers’ garlic, basil, parsley and asparagus, with more options to come.
Wellesley Part of New Consortium for Ecosystem Science
June 17 , 2008 -- Wellesley College is one of five institutions that have joined with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation to form a consortium to support research, education, and policy initiatives at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in central New Hampshire, the site of one of the longest running and most comprehensive ecosystem studies in the world.
Wellesley College Graduate Awarded Grant for Travel and Exploration
June 5 , 2008 -- Wellesley College graduate Mackensie Yore has been awarded the Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship for a year of independent exploration and travel outside the United States. Yore’s project, “Cleft Lip to Clubfoot: Cultural Constructions of Congenital Anomalies,” will focus on how culturally-engendered attitudes affect access to medical services that detect and treat cleft lip, spina bifida and clubfoot.
Wellesley Graduates 582 at 130th Commencement
May 30, 2008 -- Wellesley College celebrated its 130th Commencement May 30 as 582 seniors received their diplomas. Commencement speaker Cathie Black, president of Hearst magazines, told the graduates that it is important to focus on your dreams in life, realizing they take work and courage to follow.
Sophomore Jennie Hatch Works as an ‘Agent of Change’ at U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development
May 27, 2008 -- Students have had a voice in the ongoing U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development thanks to a volunteer-driven youth organization, SustainUS, and the commitment of students like Wellesley College sophomore Jennie Hatch of Whitefield, Maine.
Nine Wellesley College Students and Alumnae Win Fulbright Grants for Research, Study and Teaching
May 22, 2008 -- Following graduation, one Wellesley College senior will tackle the challenges of water pollution, while another focuses her attention on how migration affects a Turkish clash of values. Students will research and teach in locations from Denmark to Vietnam with support from the Fulbright Program, which has awarded grants to seven Wellesley College students.
Wellesley Celebrates 130th Commencement May 30
May 21, 2008 -- Wellesley College will celebrate its 130th Commencement Friday, May 30, at 10:30 am on Severance Green on the Wellesley, Mass., campus. Approximately 600 seniors will graduate from Wellesley this year. Cathie Black, president of Hearst magazines, will be the 2008 Commencement speaker.
Kara Hadge Is Chosen as Student Commencement Speaker
May 13, 2008 -- Kara Hadge will follow in the footsteps of Hillary Rodham Clinton as she takes the stage at Wellesley College’s May 30 commencement ceremonies to address fellow members of the class of 2008 as their student speaker. Clinton was the first such speaker for her graduating class of 1969.
Book That Changed World of Science Honors Wellesley's First Scientist President
May 12, 2008 -- Nicolai Copernicus’ book, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), transformed scientific thinking, showing that the Earth is not the center of the universe. Originally published in 1543, this breakthrough in human thought spawned the study of modern astronomy and the scientific revolution. This week, a rare and valuable second edition of the book was presented to newly inaugurated H. Kim Bottomly during her installation as the 13th president of Wellesley College.
Wellesley Inaugurates H. Kim Bottomly as 13th President
May 9, 2008 -- Surrounded by political, educational and institutional leaders, students, faculty, staff, friends and family, H. Kim Bottomly was installed as Wellesley College’s 13th president during inauguration ceremonies Friday, May 9.
Students Use Community Service Travel Grants in Peru
May 1, 2008 -- 35 students received grants of up to $1,000 to travel to Israel, Ecuador, and Peru, as well as Miami and West Palm Beach, Fla.,. and New Orleans. Juniors Sara Dickhaus, Julia Schroeder and Kelly Jauregui used the grants to travel to Huancayo, one of the poorest areas of Peru, located in the Andes Mountains.
Scientists Reveal Warming of World’s Largest Freshwater Lake
April 30, 2008 -- Russian and American scientists, including Wellesley's Marianne Moore, have demonstrated for the first time that the world’s largest lake, located in frigid Siberia, has warmed rapidly over the past half century, at a rate almost three times that of the average global air temperature. The findings are consistent with additional signs that this remote region is responding strongly to global warming.
Rachel Goldstein of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Wins 2008 Hoop Rolling Contest
April 26, 2008 -- The women's studies and political science major crosses the finish line first in the 113th running of the Wellesley College traditional rite of passage for graduating seniors.
Family Celebrates Love of Wellesley College with a Lamppost-- and a Granddaughter
April 25, 2008 -- When Richard and Linda Eyre’s 9-year-old granddaughter visited Wellesley College, she explored the campus, attended classes and spent time with her aunt, Charity Eyre, a member of the class of 2008. “She had quite a time,” said Richard, 62. “People would always ask her what her name was and she would say ‘Wellesley.’”
2008 Ruhlman Conferences Celebrates Student Learning and Research
April 25, 2008 -- The 2008 Ruhlman Conference, held Wednesday, April 30, from 9 am- 6 pm on the Wellesley College campus, will feature presentations of projects completed by nearly 300 Wellesley students. The projects range from “Being Black and Mormon: Exploring How Boundaries are Negotiated” to “A Permanent Sprinkle of Gold or a Transient Midas Touch? The Effects of Hosting the Summer Olympics on Housing Markets.”
Wellesley College Receives Howard Hughes Medical Institute Education Grant of $1.2 Million
April 22 , 2008 -- Do cleaning products affect our health? Does mercury in rivers and streams harm the ecosystem? Can an invasive species deplete biodiversity, hurting the environment and human health? Research into these questions – and many more – just received a boost at Wellesley College with a new $1.2 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). A year ago, HHMI issued a challenge to 224 undergraduate colleges nationwide: identify creative new ways to engage your students in the biological sciences. Now HHMI has named Wellesley one of 48 award recipients that will receive a total of $60 million to help usher in a new era of science education.
Survivor of Childhood Cancer Leads Wellesley College ‘Relay for Life’ Effort
April 10 , 2008 -- Wellesley College first-year student Eleanor Crummé is one of the truly lucky ones. At age 2, she underwent surgery for adrenal cortical cancer. Now cancer-free, the 19-year-old native of Corvallis, Ore., has accomplished another life-affirming feat. She has brought Wellesley College into the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life All University event for the first time.
Wellesley College Students to Cheer for Their Own on Marathon Monday
April 10 , 2008 -- Located near the midpoint of the Boston Marathon, Wellesley College has become well-known for its students’ enthusiastic support of runners who pass through the “scream tunnel” each year. Students crowd the campus sidewalks offering runners water, oranges, high-fives and, occasionally, kisses. On Monday, April 21, a number of Wellesley students will pass through the famed tunnel as they make the 26-mile run for the first time.
Wellesley's Dan Chiasson Is Named Guggenheim Fellow
April 9 , 2008 -- Poet and literary critic Dan Chiasson has just been given a chance to be even more poetic. An assistant professor of English at Wellesley College, he has been awarded a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry. The honor will grant the gift of time and leisure, two things long deemed essential to a writer’s life.
Wellesley College Alumna Susan Choi '06 Is on Quest for LPGA Tour
April 2 , 2008 -- Susan Choi is one of 12 women chosen to compete in the ninth season of “The Big Break,” a golf reality show. More than 25,000 professional women golfers from all over the world auditioned to compete on the show, which allows its contestants to compete for an exemption into LPGA Tour events, cash, a car and other prizes..
Wellesley Student Margaret Chidothe Receives Funding From Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace
April 1 , 2008 -- The Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace program has announced that Margaret Chidothe, a first-year student at Wellesley College,will receive funding to undertake her proposed project in Cape Town, South Africa, this summer. The objective of the program is to encourage and support motivated youth to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world in the 21st century.
Senior Advisor to John McCain to Speak on U.S. Policy Challenges
March 19 , 2008 -- As the former chief economist for the George W. Bush administration, Douglas Holtz-Eakin’s appointment as the director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office in 2003 worried some in Congress, who feared he might continue to advance Bush’s agenda.
President of Hearst Magazines Will Be the 2008 Commencement Speaker at Wellesley College
March 17 , 2008 -- Cathie Black, president of Hearst Magazines, will address the approximately 600 members of the Class of 2008 and their friends and families at Wellesley College’s 130th Commencement Friday, May 30, at 10:30 am on Severance Green on the Wellesley campus.
Wellesley College Announces New Vice President for Resources and Public Affairs
March 6 , 2008 -- Wellesley College has announced the appointment of Cameran Mason as vice president for resources and public affairs. Mason, the vice president for institutional advancement at Barnard College, was selected after a comprehensive national search.
Debra DeMeis Named Wellesley College's Dean of Students
March 6 , 2008 -- Wellesley College has announced the appointment of Debra DeMeis as the Dean of Students. DeMeis, the dean of the college at William Smith College in Geneva, New York, was selected after a comprehensive national search.
Retired Professor Establishes Endowment for Wellesley College Athletics
March 3 , 2008 -- Many collegiate athletic programs benefit from the generosity of individual donors, but former Wellesley College Professor Linda K. Vaughan has made a gift that not only supports current students but also generations to come. Vaughan, Professor Emerita and former chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics (PERA), has established an endowment fund to support the Friends of Wellesley College Athletics (FOWCA), which champions varsity athletics and helps promote recreation and fitness college-wide.
Wellesley Mock Trial Team Qualifies for National Competition
February 29, 2008 -- Wellesley College’s Mock Trial team placed fourth out of 24 teams at the 2008 Elm City Regional Tournament at Yale University Feb. 16-17, winning a bid to compete in the national tournament.
From Refugee to Ph.D.: Sanja Jagesic Wins Prestigious Fellowship
February 27, 2008 -- Wellesley College senior Sanja Jagesic, born in war torn Bosnia, became a refugee at age 7. Her family fled to Germany, where they lived in one room on a refugee ship for more than five years. When she was 13, Sanja and her family emigrated to the United States through a relief program. Jagesic has been awarded a prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, which “provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.”
Immigration Has Little To Do With Crime, Wellesley Researcher Finds
February 26, 2008 -- Immigrants are far less likely than the average U.S. native to commit crime in California, according to researchers Kristin F. Butcher, associate professor of economics at Wellesley College, and Anne Morrison Piehl, associate professor of economics and faculty affiliate in criminal justice at Rutgers University. Significantly lower rates of incarceration and institutionalization among foreign-born adults suggest that longstanding fears of immigration as a threat to public safety are unjustified.
Entertainer and Social Activist Harry Belafonte to Speak at Wellesley in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20, 2008 -- Harry Belafonte has been called “the consummate entertainer.” He’s met success as a concert singer, a recording artist, a movie, Broadway and television star and producer. While he has won a Tony, an Emmy, produced the first album, “Calypso,” ever to sell more than a million copies, and played to sold-out audiences for decades, he’s always been just as committed to social justice activism.
Film Adaptation of Professor Alicia Erian's Novel Towelhead Shown at Wellesley
February 15, 2008 -- For his feature directorial debut, Alan Ball wrote and directed Towelhead, adapted from the book of the same name by Professor Alicia Erian. The film will be shown Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 pm in Collins Cinema.
Thespians from Three Colleges Form the Cast for "Into The Woods"
February 12, 2008 -- F.W. Olin Players’ production of Into the Woods, featuring cast members from Wellesley, Olin and Babson Colleges, opens February 29, 2008 at the Sorenson Theater at Babson College.
Wellesley College Increases Financial Aid, Replacing or Reducing Loans with Grants
February 7, 2008 -- Wellesley College announced today a new initiative in its financial aid policies, replacing loans with grants for students from families who have calculated annual incomes below $60,000 and reducing loans by one-third for those with incomes between $60,000 and $100,000.
'Starved for Science,' New Book by Robert Paarlberg, Confronts Reasons Behind African Poverty
February 1, 2008 -- Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa (Harvard University Press, March 2008), by Wellesley College professor of political science Robert Paarlberg, confronts the sad fact that people in Africa are poor because their labor as farmers has not yet been improved by science, including modern biotechnology.
Actor LeVar Burton to Speak as Wellesley College Celebrates Black History Month 2008
January 31, 2008 -- Some remember him for his Emmy-nominated turn as Kunta Kinte in the miniseries Roots. Others recall his role as host of Reading Rainbow, or his part as Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. LeVar Burton, the celebrated author, director and actor, will speak of the role that brought him to prominence during the talk, “The Making of Roots,” Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 pm in Collins Cinema.
Journalist and Women's Rights Advocate Gloria Steinem to Speak at Wellesley Feb. 6
January 23, 2008 -- For the past few decades, Gloria Steinem, co-founder of Ms. Magazine, has been an outspoken voice on issues of equality and women’s rights. Steinem will speak at Wellesley College Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 pm in Tishman Commons in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center.
Heated Discussions: Wellesley Students Study Active Volcano in Hawaii this January
January 17, 2008 -- At Wellesley College today, the date matched the temperature at one point: It’s Jan. 17 and 17 degrees outside the snow-covered Massachusetts campus. For 10 students in James Besancon’s Geosciences 220 class, though, the heat is on. They are studying an erupting volcano in Hawaii.
NASA's Pam Melroy and Stepanie Wilson To Speak About ‘Women in Space’ at Wellesley
January 17, 2008 -- Back in October, alumna and trustee Pamela A. Melroy made an unusual long-distance call to folks at her alma mater. At the time, she was commanding NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery, which wasdocked at the International Space Station. On Friday, Feb. 1, at 4:30 pm, she will talk about her experience in person at “Women in Space,” an event held in Wellesley College’s Jewett Arts Center Auditorium.
Focus the Nation: Environmentalist Bill McKibben Takes on Climate Change Jan 31.
January 15, 2008 -- Bill McKibben will present the 2008 Carolyn Wilson Lecture “Building the New Climate Movement” Thursday, Jan. 31, at 8 pm in the Alumnae Hall Auditorium.
Wellesley College Honors Exceptional Alumnae at Ceremony Feb. 8
January 8, 2008 -- Ophelia Dahl DS ’94, Mary Rosenthal Lefkowitz ’57, Katherine Marshall ’67 and Diana Chapman Walsh ’66 will be honored at the 2008 Alumnae Achievement Awards Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 pm in the Diana Chapman Walsh ’66 Alumnae Hall Auditorium.
Wellesley Receives Grant to Support Research in the Sciences
January 7, 2008 -- Wellesley College has received a $150,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation's Summer Stipend Program in the Sciences. The three-year grant will provide a total of thirty summer research positions -- allowing more students to engage in scientific research early in their academic careers.
Rosanna Hertz's 'Single by Chance' Named an Outstanding Book of the Year
January 4, 2008 -- Wellesley College’s Rosanna Hertz has received prestigious honors for her book Single By Chance, Mothers By Choice: How Women are Choosing Parenthood Without Marriage and Creating the New American Family (Oxford, 2006).