2012 Stories

  • Season's Greetings from Wellesley College

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    Should old acquaintance be forgot? Certainly not. Current and past students join forces across the decades to send Wellesley cheer in video format.

  • New View of Lake Waban: Bathymetric Style

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    A tool devised by Caroline Templeton '14, and used by Assistant Professor of Geosciences Katrin Monecke's Sedimentation class, created this map indicating Lake Waban consists of two sub-basins and a probable deepest point of 12.2 meters.

  • Skip the Library (Sometimes) and Go to the Show

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    "When final exams and papers clutter your calendar, it’s easy to ignore the fliers for concerts, plays, and lectures on campus. But should you?" Gabrielle Linnell '13 posed that question to USA Today College readers, and offered five reasons to skip the library and go to the show.

  • Professor Stephen Marini Discusses Nativity Symbols

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    New book by Pope Benedict says some commonly held beliefs about the Nativity story are false. Elisabeth Luce Moore Professor of Christian Studies Stephen Marini explored the use of symbols important to the Christian tradition with the Metrowest Daily News.

  • Alumna Wins "Get Inspired" Video Contest

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Jenny Lu '12 "couchsurfed" her way through Switzerland, Italy, France, and Ireland, meeting members of the international Deaf community. She documented the trip for a video contest and won a round-the-world trip.

  • Wellesley College Receives Permanent Gift of Snelson Sculpture

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    Lynn Dixon Johnston ’64 and Robert F. Johnston’s gift—Mozart III, a sculpture by Kenneth Snelson—embodies values dear to Wellesley: dedicated, passionate inquiry and study and dialogue across disciplines.

  • Primal Scream Lets Off Reading Period Steam

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    After burning the midnight oil in preparation for finals week, Wellesley students in recent decades follow the tradition of Primal Scream. At midnight on the last day of reading period, students stop what they're doing, step outside, and let it all out. Listen!

  • Wellesley Econ Professors' New Books Cover Global Crises and International Development

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Stanford Calderwood Professor of Economics David Lindauer and Professor of Economics Joseph Joyce each published key works in November, reflecting the department's impressive scope.

  • Wellesley President and Davis-UWC Scholars Mark 50 Years of UWC

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    Wellesley’s Davis-United World College Scholars gathered at the home of President H. Kim Bottomly, to meet one another and celebrate 50 years since the founding of the UWC. In 2000 Wellesley became a founding partner in the Davis-UWC Scholars program.

  • Parrandas Brings Latina Tradition to Wellesley

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    The Wellesley community has embraced Parrandas among Wellesley's annual traditions, without respect to cultural heritage. It kicks off December 11 at 5:00 p.m. in Tishman Commons.

  • Founder of Renowned Fashion Photography Blog Visits Wellesley

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    On December 10, Wellesley welcomes Scott Schuman, the founder, blogger, and photographer of The Sartorialist. Schuman will be giving a lecture in Alumnae Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., followed by a book signing and reception.

  • Wellesley Upstage Presents "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Alexa Keegan '14 directs The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a hilarious musical production from Wellesley Upstage, the student theatre group at Wellesley College. Shows run December 7-9.

  • Wellesley Junior Wins Major Environmental Fellowship

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Ellen Bechtel ’14 was recently awarded a $48,500 Greater Research Opportunities fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • "Mosaic: Redefining Vintage Wellesley" Filled Tishman Commons

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    The exhibit, organized by Meredyth Grange '14 and subtitled A Photo Exhibit of Wellesley Students of Color from the 1920s-1980s, included approximately 100 photographs from the Wellesley College Archives.

  • Wellesley College Joins EdX

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Wellesley College becomes the first liberal arts school to join the Harvard-MIT online learning collaborative edX and the first women’s college to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs).

  • Boston Schools to Implement WCW's Open Circle

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced Friday that Boston Public Schools will implement Open Circle—a social and emotional learning program developed and run out of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College—with $1 million in funding from Partners HealthCare.

  • Swimmer Dorothy Ren ’16 Breaks 19-Year-Old Wellesley Record

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Wellesley Swimming & Diving starts the season with dominant performances from a strong core of returners and many promising first-years.

  • Spotlight on Teaching: Grimms' Fairy Tales and Beyond

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    In Assistant Professor of German Anjeana Hans' first year seminar (GER 130), students explore cultural history, children's literature, and critical techniques, expressing their learning in varied, creative ways.

  • Student Art Installation Transforms Vacant Space in Wellesley Center

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Part of a community art project, students in Assistant Professor of Art Daniela Rivera's Advanced Drawing created an installation at 98 Central Street, a vacant storefront in Wellesley Center, by reacting to the empty space.

  • 2013-2014 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Nominees Named

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    The 2013-2014 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship nominees have been announced. Seniors Alice Choe, Carolyn Bonner Campbell,  Alyssa “Elle” Wibisono and Pratibha Chauhan are among 150 students who will compete for 40 fellowships.

  • Wellesley Community Helps Artist Willie Cole Create Installation in Lulu

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    Renowned contemporary artist Willie Cole has displayed his work internationally; at Wellesley he led a collaborative effort to install art from recycled materials in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center.

  • Wellesley Scores Big at International Synthetic Biology Competition

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    At the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, Wellesley won three awards in software design and received gold medals in both Regional and World Championship levels.

  • Wellesley Alumna Wins Coleman Award from the Ford Hall Forum

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    On November 14, Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presented Callie Crossley '73 with the 2012 George W. Coleman Award for her exceptional decade-long service as a member of the Board of Directors.

  • Happy Thanksgiving Break, Wellesley!

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    Autumn fun and a home-cooked dinner can offer a nice change of pace for hard-working students, even if they don't go home for the holiday: An Alumnae Association program matches students with local families for Thanksgiving.

  • Wellesley Professor Emeritus Wins National Book Award for Poetry

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    David Ferry, the Sophie Chantal Hart Professor Emeritus of English at Wellesley College, has authored eight collections of translation and poetry; his latest, Bewilderment, has won the National Book Award.

  • Acclaimed Artist Lorraine O'Grady '55 Donates Papers to Wellesley

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    Internationally recognized artist and writer Lorraine O'Grady '55, whose piece "Sisters I-IV" is pictured here, visits Wellesley on November 15 to celebrate the opening of her archive to researchers around the world.

  • Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly Receives Catalyst Award

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Dr. H. Kim Bottomly becomes the first college president to receive this honor from Science Club for Girls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free educational programs for young women.

  • Four Seniors Awarded Daniels Fellowships

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Fellowships for the academic year 2012-2013, in the amount of $3,000 each to pursue an original project, have been awarded to Carly Gayle, Megan Wilson, Christine Oh, and Andrea Kine.

  • A Veterans Day Remembrance of Mildred McAfee

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    70 years ago, Wellesley College President Mildred McAfee became the first female commissioned officer of the U.S. Navy, and first director of the WAVES.

  • Meet the Wellesley College Alumnae Network

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    Wellesley College graduates from every decade since the 1950s share stories of what the network gives them: connections, support, and confidence.

  • Wellesley College Hosts 31st Annual Conference for Interdisciplinary French 17th-Century Studies

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    The conference, organized by Hélène Bilis, assistant professor of French at Wellesley, brings scholars from 55 academic institutions across the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom.

  • Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America: A Talk by Eboo Patel

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    On the day after the 2012 elections, Wellesley College in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves presents an important conversation on the future of religious pluralism in America, with one of the nation's leading visionaries on the topic.

  • Wellesley Watches Election Returns

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    In an election-year tradition, the Wellesley College community gathers in the Pendleton East Atrium to watch returns from the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections.

  • Wellesley Student and Alum Co-Curate Political Cartoon Exhibit

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Tanekwah Hinds ’15 and Ann H.  Sievers ’69, director of the University of St. Joseph Art Gallery in West Hartford, Conn., co-curated The Noise of Democracy: Thomas Nast and the Elections of 1872 and 1876, which runs through December 9.

  • Kopf Professor of Art Emeritus James Wilson Rayen Exhibits Paintings

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    James Wilson Rayen has been painting for more than six decades. The beloved professor's work is on display through November 4 at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery in Framingham, Mass., with a gallery talk scheduled for November 3 at 3:00 p.m.

  • Social Media Manipulation Can Affect Voter Decision Making

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    A new paper in the journal Science by Wellesley computer scientists Panagiotis T. Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj looks at how manipulation of social media can affect perceptions of a candidate and compromise decision-making abilities among voters.

  • NOV 7: Obama Advisor Eboo Patel at Wellesley College

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core and member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, visits Wellesley on Wednesday, November 7 to lead a discussion on interfaith cooperation in the face of religious extremism.

  • Happy Halloween from Wellesley's Bell Tower

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Seasonal spookiness welcomed those who braved the spine-chilling climb to Wellesley's carillon, high up in Galen Stone Tower, on October 28. Ghostly decorations and creepy tunes (played live) rang out during the College Guild of Carilloneurs' Halloween Haunted Tower.

  • Tanner Conference Showcases Integration of Liberal Arts and World Experience

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Tanner 2012 runs as scheduled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, providing a forum for students and alumnae to reflect upon, analyze, and share their off-campus experiences with the College community.

  • Fall Frenzy Weekend Gets Loud

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Schneider Board of Governors and College Government host "the concert of the season" on October 27, with headliner Dragonette and The White Panda.

  • Meet Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services, Wellesley College

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Look at almost any advertisement on campus and you'll find "jwice" along with the abbreviation "dis" or "acc." Meet jwice, or rather Jim Wice, director of Disability Services at Wellesley College.


    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Wellesley's world-class faculty are available to comment on the topics that matter most as we approach Election Day 2012 including issues relating to the presidential election, the Massachusetts senatorial race, and the contest for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional district.

  • Social Media Manipulation Affects Voter Perception of Political Candidates

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    A new article by Wellesley researchers, available October 26 in the journal Science, discusses how manipulation of social media channels affects voter decision making.

  • Circles of Healing: Tibetan Sand Mandala Project

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Six Tibetan Buddhist nuns are spending the week creating a sand mandala in the Houghton Chapel. Participate in this unique opportunity to share the cultural treasures of Tibet by visiting the chapel or tuning into a live stream of the event. 

  • WCW Presents “Do Tell: Reclaiming LGBT History for the LGBT Movement”

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    In recognition of LGBT History Month, Wellesley Centers for Women researcher Amy Hoffman discusses her book, An Army of Ex Lovers, about the lesbian and gay movement of the late 1970s, October 23 at 4:30 in Collins Cinema.

  • Gabrielle Linnell '13: People Who Can't Even Vote

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    A short exchange between an audience member and usher at the Oct. 15 congressional debate had a big impact on one student in the audience. In a blog published by the Huffington Post, Gabrielle Linnell '13 makes a case for "The People Who Can't Even Vote."

  • Wellesley Track Coach Featured in Running Times

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    In "Beyond the Scream Tunnel" Running Times magazine talks about competitive running at Wellesley—its successful varsity programs and its much-admired head coach, John Babington.

  • Wellesley Launches "You Are Here"

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Wellesley has reimagined the college virtual tour, giving users an exquisite taste of what it’s like at Wellesley—the choices, opportunities, everyday moments, and quirky distinguishing features that make it different from anywhere else. Live today at 12:25 p.m.

  • All Things Considered: Wellesley Geoscientist on Urban Agriculture

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    The City of Boston stopped providing free compost to gardeners due to rising lead levels. Wellesley Geosciences Associate Professor Dan Brabander and his students are researching the origins of the lead. Brabander spoke with NPR’s All Things Considered about it.

  • Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion Host Inaugural Event

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    "Diversity bracelets" (each one different) are tangible reminders of the experiential takeaways for participants in Wellesley's Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion's event on October 16. Workshops, lectures, activity kiosks, displays, and more are offered across campus.

  • Joseph Kennedy, Sean Bielat Debate at Wellesley College, Oct. 15

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    Joseph Kennedy III (D) and Sean Bielat (R), candidates for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional seat,  debate at Wellesley College on Monday, October 15 at 7:30 PM. The debate is co-sponsored by Wellesley College and the League of Women Voters.

  • Three College Collaboration Offers Wintersession Program on Sustainability

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    The Three-College Wintersession Program worked in 2012 on water quality in India; in 2013 it will partner with Practically Green, a Boston-based sustainability firm, to engage people in practical sustainable living through innovative, fun social networking.

  • October 10 Is Lake Day 2012 at Wellesley College

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    The Schneider Board of Governors hosts Lake Day 2012, “Greased Lightnin’,” on Wednesday afternoon. A much-loved Wellesley tradition, the exact date and theme of the day of fun and relaxation aren't revealed until the night before.

  • Professor Jens Kruse Publishes Third eNotated Kafka Novel

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Professor of German Jens Kruse just completed his third eNotation of a work by Franz Kafka. eNotations provide digital readers with important biographical, cultural, historical, or linguistic context not available when a work is merely a digitized version of the paper text.

  • Wellesley Tops Schools of Its Size in Teach for America Corps

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Erica Saldivar '12 is one of Wellesley's 21 graduates in the Teach for America corps, helping make Wellesley the leading source for Teach for America among small colleges.

  • Marion Just's Proposed Presidential Debate Change in New York Times

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Wellesley's William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science Marion Just wrote "A Better Approach to Presidential Debates" for a New York Times series on current affairs called Room for Debate.

  • Women's Health Among Topics Explored in WGBH 2012 Election Series

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Boston's WGBH Radio spoke with Wellesley's Charlene Galarneau for perspective on women's health and abortion for "30 Issues in 30 Days," its series exploring what's at stake in the 2012 election.

  • Wellesley Celebrates Family & Friends and Homecoming Weekend

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    The sophomore class followed tradition, planting its class tree during Family & Friends and Homecoming Weekend, using the venerated spade used since the turn of the last century.

  • Joseph Kennedy, Sean Bielat to Debate at Wellesley College

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Wellesley College and the League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring the third debate in the closely-watched contest for the seat vacated by U.S. Representative Barney Frank in Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District. Candidates Sean Bielat and Joseph Kennedy III will debate at Wellesley College on October 15 at 7 PM.

  • Spotlight on Teaching: Sports Medicine

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    PERA Associate Professor of the Practice Connie Bauman's sports medicine class gives students scientific knowledge, and handy skills for managing injuries. An outreach component gives them experience mentoring and teaching children what they have learned.

  • Wellesley Senior Among World's Top Chess Players

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Russian and philosophy major Anya Corke ’13 is a world class chess player. She represented England in the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this month.

  • Distinguished Writers Series Kicks Off with Nathan Englander

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Nathan Englander visits Wellesley to read from his work and speak at the Newhouse Center for the Humanities on Thursday, September 28, at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Wellesley Joins MasterCard Foundation in Launch of $500 Million Scholarship Program

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Wellesley College is one of 10 institutions partnering in this education initiative to provide talented, economically-disadvantaged students from developing countries with comprehensive support for secondary and university education.

  • President Bottomly Discusses Governing Higher Ed Through Balance

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    President H. Kim Bottomly is now a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. In her most recent blog post, she reflects on "Governing Higher Ed Through Balance" and "Why Cultivating Collaboration Is Crucial, Now More Than Ever.”

  • Boston Globe Reviews Davis Museum Exhibit

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    The Davis's recently opened exhibit of photographs from its permanent collection, "A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012," has won admiring reviews from the Boston Globe's Mark Feeney, and from ArtDaily. The exhibit runs through December 12.

  • Wellesley Student Wins International Science Essay Contest

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    Yong Wei Chong Gabrielle ’14 was awarded the $50,000 first prize for college students in the New Frontiers in Astronomy and Cosmology International Science Essay Competition on the Nature of our Universe and its Habitats.

  • Wellesley Scientist's Study Sheds Light on Early Language Acquisition

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    A recent study co-authored by Sharon Gobes, assistant professor of neuroscience, published this week in Nature Neuroscience, reveals new information about regions of the brain used in early language acquisition in song birds.

  • Author and Commentator E.J. Dionne Delivers 2012 Wilson Lecture

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Long-time op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at The Brookings Institution E.J. Dionne will discuss presidential politics in the Wilson Lecture on September 19.

  • Wellesley Economists’ Study Shows Recessions’ Adverse Health Effects

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    A new study by Wellesley economists Phillip Levine, Courtney Coile, and Robin McKnight—subject of a recent U.S. News & World Report story—shows recession’s toll on older workers’ health, and that Social Security and Medicare go far beyond protecting current retirees.

  • Wellesley Remembers Miranda Marvin

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    A great number of friends, colleagues, and former students gathered to honor the life and work of Professor Emerita Miranda Marvin, a longtime faculty member in the Art and Classics departments.

  • Recessions Can Take up to Three Years Off Older Workers’ Lives, But Medicare and Social Security Can Help

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    A new study by Wellesley economists shows the recession’s toll on the health of older workers, and that Social Security and Medicare benefits go far beyond protecting current retirees. The findings were the subject of a story by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Rare Visitor to Wellesley Spotted in Butterfly Garden

    Friday, September 14, 2012

    Last month the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens received a rare visit from a giant swallowtail butterfly, or Papilio cresphontes.

  • Wellesley College Among Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges, as Ranked by US News & World Report

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Wellesley again ranked 6th among liberal arts schools in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings for "Best Colleges" and, this year, 4th for "Best Value" among liberal arts colleges.

  • Google Street View Crews Film Wellesley Campus for Google Maps

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    On September 12, 2012, Google vehicles will cruise Wellesley's campus, equipped with cameras to make the seamless "street views" on Google maps. Roads and main pathways will be recorded, and the entire community is invited to come see and be (sort of) seen.

  • Author Sheryl WuDunn Speaks at Wellesley

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Sheryl WuDunn wrote the bestselling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, with husband Nicholas Kristof. The journalist, author, and business executive discusses her book in this year's Kenner Lecture.

  • Wellesley Invites Sheryl WuDunn

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Sheryl WuDunn is the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer prize. She is co-author of the new, best-selling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

  • Wellesley Celebrates Flower Sunday

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    September 9 was Flower Sunday at Wellesley College. This multifaith gathering of the community is the oldest tradition at Wellesley, dating back to 1875.

  • Wellesley Among 20 Fittest Colleges in America

    Friday, September 7, 2012

    MSNBC put Wellesley third among The 20 Fittest Colleges in America. Wellesley's strong heritage and culture of fitness dates back to founder Henry Durant in the 19th century, and continues in health and wellness initiatives today.

  • Wellesley Faculty Seen as Part of "Brain Trust"

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    President H. Kim Bottomly, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics Phillip Levine, and Associate Professor of Neuroscience Marc Tetel (shown, with students), add to the region's concentration of intellectual firepower.

  • New Bike Share Program Rolls into Wellesley

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Students submitted a proposal to the Sustainable Advisory Committee and were awarded a grant from The Class of 1957 Green Fund to launch a new bike share on September 12. Bicycle usage is free with registration for Wellesley community members.

  • Classes Begin at Wellesley College

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    The academic year begins: Study groups form, new classmates and professors meet, fresh notebooks and computer files are opened, ideas start flying, and great conversations begin!

  • Wellesley First-Year Students Start Their Stories

    Friday, August 31, 2012

    As Orientation activities wrap up, Wellesley's newest students get ready for first semester. The 586 members of the class of 2016—leaders, athletes, researchers, performers, caregivers, and adventurers—come from 39 states and 34 different countries.

  • Wellesley Alum Takes National Stage at GOP National Convention

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Janna Little Ryan '91, wife of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, was introduced by her husband at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Wednesday.

  • WCW Senior Researcher Presents at Annual APA Convention

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    Michelle Porche, Wellesley Centers for Women senior researcher, presented two papers about adolescent addiction and treatment at the recent Convention of the American Psychological Association.

  • September Lectures Feature Major Thought Leaders: E.J. Dionne, Douglas Elmendorf and Sheryl WuDunn

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    In September, Wellesley welcomes Washington Post columnist, E.J. Dionne; Douglas Elmendorf, Head of U.S. Congressional Budget Office; and Sheryl WuDunn the first Asian-American author to win a Pulitzer Prize.

  • Wellesley Welcomes the Class of 2016

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    Wellesley welcomes the class of 2016! Here First-Year Mentors Emily Gell '14 and Emily Erdman '13 write letters to new students. Check out today's schedule of events.

  • Graduates of 2012 Make a Difference in Diverse Roles and Locales

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    As we prepare to welcome all members of Wellesley’s class of 2016 to campus next week, we check in with the last “red class”—the recent graduates of the class of 2012—and find out what they are up to.

  • Spotlight on Teaching: Living the Language

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

    When Flavia Laviosa teaches elementary and intermediate Italian, the class is a hyper-active lab—with drama, song, news, film, and play—where Italian acquires a physical form and becomes a living experience.

  • Author and Speaker Ira Trivedi '06 Reflects on Wellesley Experience

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    Recently interviewed by an India-based AOL publication, Trivedi spoke about her experiences and influences at Wellesley. She shared an expanded version of her interview with us.

  • Wellesley Gets High Marks from the Princeton Review, Forbes

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    For affordability, academics, and unparalleled opportunities, Wellesley has been recognized as one of the nation’s top colleges by these publications and—most importantly—its students.

  • Robert Paarlberg's Expertise Sought on California GMO Issue

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Wellesley's Robert Paarlberg, the Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science, spoke to Reuters about a ballot initiative to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

  • Wellesley Student Highlights Women in NBC Olympics Video

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    Wellesley junior Alex Azzi produced highlight videos for NBC Olympics, including a feature narrated by Laila Ali (right) and highlighted on NBCOlympics.com's homepage.

  • Professor Says New Fossils Support Theory That Early Humans Evolved from One Line

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

    New fossils found in northern Kenya have rekindled debate over early human diversity. Wellesley’s Adam Van Arsdale told Scientific American the discovery offers more evidence for single lineage.

  • Psychology Department Takes Research on the Road

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Jennie Pyers, associate professor of psychology, and former and current students presented work on the relationship between language and cognition, bilingualism, and the psycholinguistics of sign languages.

  • Love, Marriage, and Politics in North Korea

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Kathy Moon, Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies and director of East Asian Studies at Wellesley, explains why recent news that leader Kim Jong-un is married should not have come as a surprise.

  • Columbia Journalism Review's "40 Women Who Changed Media" Lists Four from Wellesley

    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Nora Ephron '62, Ellen Levine '64, Diane Sawyer '67, and Geneva Overholser '70 make Columbia Journalism Review's "Divine Sisterhood" in the magazine's July/August cover story.

  • Q&A with Professor Selwyn Cudjoe

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    On topics from Usain Bolt to 19th-century literature, Wellesley's Selwyn Cudjoe, the Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature and Professor of Africana Studies, contributes regularly to public discourse about the Caribbean and the larger world.

  • Lumpkin Summer Interns Conclude Successful Summer Program

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Working with children at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center was just one of the life-changing experiences for Wellesley students involved in the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning.

  • Astronomy Professor Wes Watters Uses Mars Rover Data in Classes and Research

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

    Earlier this week, NASA scientists celebrated the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. The data it collects may play a role in some Wellesley College astronomy classrooms and labs this school year.

  • Tech Press Cites Wellesley's CIO on Sustainability

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    Wellesley’s chief information officer, Ravi Ravishanker, is among leaders in his field positioning technology divisions as drivers of sustainability for enterprises of all kinds.

  • Students Present Summer Research Results

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    Wellesley's Summer Research Program, with 135 student researchers, wrapped up last week with Summer Research Poster Session 2012, featuring 97 presentions in the Science Center.

  • Campus Tours in Full Swing

    Friday, August 3, 2012

    August is high season for college visits by high school students and their families, and Wellesley gets its share of this traffic. Students Shirley Li '15 and Amy Wang '13 talk about the tour guide experience.

  • USA Today Talks to Eni Mustafaraj on Twitter's Political Index

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Eni Mustafaraj, Norma Wilentz Hess Fellow in Computer Science at Wellesley, explained problems in relying on tools such as the "Twindex" to analyze human behavior.

  • Students Lead Neuroscience Workshop for Kids

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    The Young Scientist Neuroscience Lab, a free Saturday afternoon program for kids run by students, was the brainchild of Wellesley's Neuroscience Club president, Kia Salehi '13 (second from right). She hopes to repeat the successful event in the fall.

  • Barbara Beatty Edits Special Issue of Teachers College Record

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    Barbara Beatty, professor and chair of Wellesley's Department of Education, gives an overview of "compensatory education," and why now might be a good time to examine its history.

  • Wellesley Hosts Annual Sustainability Conference

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    The Wellesley College Office of Sustainability convenes 70 representatives from 29 neighboring colleges to share progress and challenges, in an effort to help institutions learn from each other as they develop sustainability plans.

  • Wellesley Marks 10,000 Likes on Facebook

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Wellesley College's main Facebook site this week surpassed 10,000 likes, the measure comparable to "friends" for an organization's page. That number has nearly doubled since January 2011.

  • Wellesley's Peggy Levitt Holds Bunting Fellowship in Santa Fe

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Sociology Professor Peggy Levitt was awarded an Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship, and is a Summer Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in New Mexico.

  • Wellesley Salutes Summer with Yoga on the Quad

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    An outdoor yoga class to celebrate the solstice on Wellesley's Academic Quad has been so popular, it's being repeated Wednesdays at 12:15 throughout the summer.

  • Wellesley Hosts Composers Conference

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    This annual workshop for composers of serious music is in session July 22-August 5 at Wellesley College. Professional musicians will perform new music by the program's conductors in Jewett Auditorium—free and open to the public.

  • Guatemalan STD Study Will Not Go to Trial

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    In 2010, Susan Reverby, Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas, uncovered a 1940s U.S. syphilis study done in Guatemala. In June, a federal court dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of those affected by the experiments.

  • Alumna's Photos Shortlisted in Google Photography Contest

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    This photo, by Chloe Fan '09, was part of a album selected as a top 100 finalist in the Google Photography Prize contest for students earlier this year. Google reports having received submissions from 20,000 students across 146 countries.

  • President Bottomly Joins The Huffington Post College Blog

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly joins The Huffington Post College Blog as a regular contributor. A recent post reflected on the student debt crisis that public institutions in the U.S. are facing.

  • Understanding Global Environmental Politics

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Professor Beth DeSombre joined a panel of experts on WNPR's Where We Live to discuss environmental policies pertaining to sustainable fisheries.

  • Like human speech, birdsong is governed by left-brain activity

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    What do human babies and baby birds have in common? According to a study co-authored by neuroscience professor Sharon Gobes, more than you might think.

  • Wellesley Student Charms the Late Late Show

    Monday, July 16, 2012

    During a recent taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, environmental studies major and Shakespeare Society member Stephanie Gebhardt '14 was selected for an impromptu interview.

  • "Swim" by Lynn Sherr '62 Examines Humans' Love of Water

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    Journalist and author Lynn Sherr '62 combines notes from her training for a race across the Hellespont with the history, legend, fashion, and science of swimming in a celebratory book.

  • Hidden Gems in New England Museums

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee’s new “Frame by Frame” e-book explores treasures tucked away in local museums, including three from the Davis Museum’s permanent collection.

  • What The Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Health Reform Means for Voters

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Hahrie Han, Knafel Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences, says the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to change the minds of individual voters, but may energize the base of each party.

  • Wellesley's Organic Farming Blog Gets Kudos

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    BostInno recently recognized student blogs "that keep you salivating." Among them it noted Regeneration Farm, whose blog is titled Organic Farming at Wellesley.

  • "Influential Bostonians on Influential Books" Includes Wellesley Professor

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Soo Hong, assistant professor of education, was among 12 Bostonians selected for a special section of the Boston Globe to discuss a book that changed how they think about the world around them.

  • Cecilia Conrad '76 Named Director of MacArthur Fellows Program

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Conrad, a Wellesley alumna with degrees in economics and a Phi Beta Kappa key, will take leadership of the iconic "Genius Grant" program in January.

  • Madeleine Albright ’59 Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    The Wellesley graduate, former U.S. Secretary of State, author, speaker, and consultant received the highest civilian honor at the White House.

  • Happy 4th of July from Wellesley College

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    There’s a special place in the hearts of Wellesley women for an anthem by an alumna and former English prof. At Independence Day our thoughts turn to America the Beautiful, by Wellesley’s own Katharine Lee Bates.

  • Three-College Collaboration Names New Director

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Janice Yellin, professor of art history at Babson College, began her term as director of the Babson, Olin and Wellesley Three-College Collaboration on July 1. Yellin's major interest is in Egyptology and Meroitic studies.

  • Wellesley Thanks All Donors as Fiscal Year Closes

    Friday, June 29, 2012

    Last spring, students wrote thank-yous to donors whose generosity supports financial aid scholarship funds at Wellesley. As the fiscal year closes on June 30, Wellesley thanks all who participated with gifts large or small.

  • Stowaway Scorpion Finds a Home at Wellesley College

    Thursday, June 28, 2012

    A stowaway scorpion that made headlines this week has found a home in the lab of Wellesley's Dave Ellerby, associate professor of biological sciences.

  • Wellesley Remembers Nora Ephron '62

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    The Wellesley community is deeply saddened by the death of alumna Nora Ephron '62. President H. Kim Bottomly reflects on the achievements, contributions, and zesty spirit of a woman who long embodied many Wellesley ideals.

  • Students and Grads Work on Museum Internships

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Wellesley students join Davis Museum staff for 10 weeks of hands-on professional experience. The residential, paid internship gives them marketable skills and exposure to museum policies and practices.

  • Forty Years of Title IX

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    Two NPR programs, Tell Me More and The Takeaway, and Newsweek's The Daily Beast feature Wellesley voices in stories about Title IX.

  • Women in Public Service Institute Joins Woodrow Wilson Center

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will become the permanent home of the Women in Public Service Project. Wellesley's Rangita de Silva de Alwis has been appointed Director of Women’s Leadership Initiatives at the Wilson Center.

  • Wellesley College Club Offers Weekly BBQ

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Every Thursday this summer (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), barbecue buffet lunch with a view of Lake Waban is just $8.95. Open to the public. Swing by the College Club for some outdoor grilling and fresh produce from the local Natick Organic Community Farm.

  • Wellesley Summer Theatre Presents "And a Nightingale Sang"

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    A bittersweet comedy about life on Britain's WWII homefront with a quirky cast of lovable characters runs Thursday through Sunday in Wellesley's Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre.

  • Wellesley Receives Award for Innovative Faculty Retirement Practices

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Wellesley College is among 15 schools nationwide to receive a $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for innovative work in faculty retirement.

  • Wellesley Researcher's Study Finds Shoes Tell Much about Us

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    Angela Bahns, assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley, studied how accurately subjects match shoes with traits of the shoes' owners. Shoes can clearly reveal wearers' age, sex and, more surprisingly, level of attachment anxiety.

  • Report on Higher Ed Costs Finds Wellesley a Bargain

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    In a report called "The Real Cost of Higher Education," The Boston Globe found that list prices differ little among institutions, but schools like Wellesley, MIT, and Harvard, with healthy endowments, cost much less for students.

  • Creating an Edible Ecosystem Garden

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Kristina Jones, director of the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and assistant professor of biological sciences, wrote about developing an "edible ecosystem" garden. The blog post appeared in The Huffington Post and other outlets.

  • Senior Profile: Michelle Corkrum

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Meet Michelle Corkrum '12, researcher, future physician, health-care advocate, and leader. Part of a series introducing some of this year's graduates.

  • WPS Institute at Wellesley Starts Strong

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    The 2012 Women in Public Service Institute delegates, joined by invited guests, alumnae, and the campus community in Alumnae Auditorium, cheered inspiring speeches from Madeleine Albright '59 and Hillary Clinton '69, and asked thoughtful—and newsmaking—questions.

  • Hillary Clinton Opens Women in Public Service Institute

    Friday, June 8, 2012

    Women leaders from 21 nations convene at Wellesley June 11-22 for the Women in Public Service Institute, part of an initiative launched by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton '69 to raise female political and civic leadership worldwide.

  • Senior Profile: Magdalena Zebracka

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

    Meet Maggie Zebracka '12, prize-winning writer, philosopher, and soon-to-be MFA candidate. Part of a series introducing some of this year's graduates.

  • Wellesley Students Compete in App Development Contest

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Team Wellesley (Kristian Tran ‘13 (captain), Emily Lin ‘14, Veronica Lin ‘15, and Stephanie Lee ’14) took third place for their Fitness TV sharing application.

  • Sustainability Murals at Wellesley and Babson

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

    Murals created by students, faculty, and staff members from Wellesley and Babson depicts the colleges’ sustainability efforts. The colleges’ commitment to sustainable practices earned both schools a “Green Power Partner” designation from the EPA.

  • EPA Names All Three Colleges in Wellesley "Green Power Partners"

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named all 3 of the colleges located in Wellesley Green Power Partners, making Wellesley one of the first communities in the nation with all of its institutions of higher education to have this distinction.

  • Dan Brabander in The Boston Globe on Lead Levels in Soil, Compost

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    For reasons unknown, the lead content in Boston’s once highly-sought after compost is at dangerously high levels. Wellesley’s Daniel Brabander, associate professor of geosciences, spoke with the Boston Globe about his work in tracking how lead gets introduced to soil.

  • 2012 Pinanski Prize Winners Announced

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    The Pinanski Teaching Prize is awarded annually to members of the Wellesley College faculty to honor fine teaching. This year's recipients: Alex Diesl, mathematics; Koichi Hagimoto, Spanish; and Maggie Keane, psychology.

  • Wellesley College Welcomes Returning Alumnae

    Friday, June 1, 2012

    For Reunion, Wellesley College Alumnae Association hosts a full weekend of faculty lectures, open houses, campus and building tours, class-specific programs, and the traditional parade of alumsfrom Class of 1952 to Class of 2007to Alumnae Hall.

  • Senior Profile: Samantha Crowell

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

    Meet Samantha Crowell '12, political scientist, researcher, friend, fashionista, and oenophile. Part of a series introducing some of this year's graduates.

  • Professor Emeritus Marshall Goldman Endows Economics Professorship

    Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    With a generous gift, Professor Goldman and his wife, Merle, established The Marshall I. Goldman Endowed Professorship Fund this year. Kristin Butcher ’86 has been named the first Marshall I. Goldman Professor.

  • Crew and Track Turn in Great Races at Nationals

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012

    Wellesley Crew placed third at NCAA Division III Nationals for the second year running; track & field's Randelle Boots earned her third consecutive All-America honors and a fifth place finish at Outdoor Track Nationals.

  • Commencement Day

    Friday, May 25, 2012

    Live orchestra, colorful paraphernalia, fun Nerdland stickers and pennants in support of Commencement speaker Melissa Harris-Perry, a lack of rain or broiling sun, enthusiastic graduates, and smiling families made May 25 a great day at Wellesley.

  • Class of 2012 Inducted into the Alumnae Association

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Seniors toast the accomplishments of the past four years, and look ahead to a lifetime connection with one another and the College as alumnae.

  • Senior Profile: Dominique Hazzard

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Meet Dominique Hazzard '12, environmental studies major, activist, musician, and leader. Part of a series introducing some of this year's graduates.

  • Campus Buzzes with Senior Week Activities

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    From formal to silly, seniors enjoy events to mark their last week as undergraduates. A spoofy interactive viewing of Mona Lisa Smile, for example, counters the gravitas of Baccalaureate Celebration.

  • Senior Profile: May-Elise Martinsen

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Meet May-Elise Martinsen '12, music major, singer, composer, and ballroom dancer. Part of a series introducing some of this year's graduates (we wish we could present each and every one to you!).

  • May 18 Is International Museum Day

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Lisa Fischman, the Ruth G. Shapiro ’37 Director of the Davis Museum, commented for the Associated Press on the recent trend of iconic art works selling for record high prices.

  • Eight from Wellesley Receive Fulbright Scholar Recognition

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is widely recognized as the most prestigious international exchange program in the world.

  • Professor Gives Expert Gardening Tips in Boston Magazine

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Wellesley’s Daniel Brabander, associate professor of geosciences, shared his expertise with Boston Magazine for the story “Build a Farm to Fit,” published in the May 2012 issue.

  • Architects of Campus Icons Win Awards

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    The architectural firm behind the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center won the 2012 National Design Award from the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt; the architect of The Davis Museum won the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award in Spain.

  • Three Wellesley Alumnae Part of Wall Street Journal's Women in the Economy Task Force

    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Desiree Rogers '81 (pictured), Madeleine Albright '59, and Katie Spring '92 joined other executives invited by the Journal to propose action plans for making better use of female talent.

  • Three Wellesley Sports in Post-Season Competition

    Friday, May 11, 2012

    Reading period and finals are drawing to a close, but due to their successes, three of Wellesley’s spring sports teams continue to compete in championship play!

  • Opportunity: the Most Effective Birth Control for Teens?

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    Wellesley's Phillip B. Levine and co-author Melissa Kearney derive a formal economic model that incorporates the perception of economic success as a key factor driving one’s decision to have an early, non-marital birth.

  • Drop-In Knitting Group Creates Community as Well as Crafts

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Incorporated into this reading period's agenda of stress-reducing activities, Knit for Peace meets each Tuesday, offering space for knitters of all levels to relax, share stories, work on projects, and build as well as serve a community.

  • Wellesley Offers Full Slate of Stress-Busters in Pre-Exam Period

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Several offices and organizations have joined forces to provide a menu of activities that help relieve stress for finals-focused students all across campus.

  • Last Day of Classes for the Class of 2012

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Seniors today wear their academic robes to classes and to participate in the 113-year tradition of Step Singing, where they will sing the Wellesley classics one last time as undergraduates.

  • The Cultural Value of Munch's $120M “Scream”

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

    Patricia Berman, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art, examines what may be the most significant value of The Scream—its lasting cultural impact.

  • Spotlight on Teaching: Michael Jeffries

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

    In his American studies seminar, Assistant Professor Michael Jeffries uses study of hip-hop's elements—rapping, DJing, graffiti writing, and b-boying—as an avenue to discuss issues in culture and politics.

  • The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

    Tuesday, May 1, 2012

    National Public Radio (NPR) visited Wellesley and other leading schools last week to explore the challenges facing colleges today, and to see first-hand the value of the liberal arts education in today’s world.

  • Wellesley Student Radio Station Turns 70

    Monday, April 30, 2012

    WZLY, the nation's first all-women college radio station, has been Wellesley's radio station since April 1942. Originally titled WBS 730 AM, it is now at 91.5 FM. Listen in!

  • The Trees of Wellesley College

    Friday, April 27, 2012

    Wellesley’s campus is full of beautiful trees and they are an integral part of the Wellesley experience. We honor them on Arbor Day (and appreciate them every day).

  • Blue Crew Wins NEWMAC Championship

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

    For the second consecutive season, Wellesley College lay claim to the NEWMAC Rowing Championship. The Blue also won the Florence Smith Jope Cup by earning the most overall points during the regatta's four championship events.

  • Ruhlman Conference Celebrates Student Achievement

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    From story-telling through song to voter behavior in Honduras to new sulfur-containing anti-TB agents, student presentations display the breadth of endeavor at Wellesley, thanks to the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Study.

  • Wellesley's 117th Annual Hoop Rolling

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    Hoop Rolling, one of the college's longest running traditions, took place on Saturday, April 21. Political science major Morgan McKinney '12 won this year's race. 

  • WCW Announces New Executive Director

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Layli Maparyan, leading scholar in women's issues, psychology, development, and policy, will join Wellesley Centers for Women in July as the Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director.

  • Solar Success at Wellesley College

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    Just one of Wellesley's sustainability initiatives, solar panels have generated 12,480-kilowatt hours of electricity since September 2010, sparing the environment CO2 emissions equivalent to the amount generated by 19,915 miles of driving.

  • Ethos Fashion Show Marks 30th Anniversary

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Ethos and Yanvalou presented samba-themed music and dance, and high fashion strutted the runway emceed by two dashing young men at the Ethos Fashion Show in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall.

  • Clement Meadmore Sculpture Installed

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Thanks to the generosity of Bob and Lynn Johnston '64, the massive outdoor sculpture Upsurge, by internationally renowned sculptor Clement Meadmore, was installed at Wellesley College on April 13.

  • Wellesley Enjoys 10th Annual Latina Cultural Show

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012

    Several Wellesley departments and student organizations joined forces during Hispanic Heritage Month to present a stunning display of music, dance, and poetry.

  • Screams and Social Media Support Boston Marathon Runners

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Hayley Lenahan ’12  helped put a modern twist on a years-old Wellesley tradition by creating a way for Boston Marathon runners to request Scream Tunnel signs through social media.

  • Sports Report: From Winter to Spring

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Wellesley Tennis is ranked #18 in the country and is gearing up for NCAA action in May; other spring sports are underway. Winter varsity teams recently wrapped up their seasons with wins, personal records, and awards.

  • Research by Assistant Professor Angela Bahns Cited in The Wall Street Journal

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Research by Angela Bahns, assistant professor of psychology, was cited in a Wall Street Journal article about "groupthink" and a concept social scientists call the "similarity-attraction effect."

  • Award-Winning Poets Wrap Up Distinguished Writers Series

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Poets Nikky Finney and Tom Sleigh read from their work in the Newhouse Center for the Humanities in Green Hall at 4:30 p.m. on April 10.

  • Econ Professor in Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors List

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    With teaching talents long known to Wellesley students, faculty, and leadership, economics professor Akila Weerapana is highlighted by The Princeton Review.

  • Wellesley Study Investigates Reasons for Record Lows in U.S. Teen Birth Rates

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Research coauthored by Wellesley’s Phillip B. Levine shows abstinence-only policies, sex-ed, and the recession have little impact on the decline in teen birth rates; income inequality a key factor.

  • New Stained Glass Window Installed In Houghton Chapel

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    One of six new windows created as part of the final phase of the Houghton Chapel restoration and renovation project was installed in the chapel this week.

  • Wellesley Senior Publishes Chemistry Research

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

    Shoshana Bachman '12 and David Haines, associate professor of chemistry, published their findings in the 90th anniversary issue of The Nucleus.

  • Blogger Phil Yu Speaks on the Power of Social Media

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Phil Yu's immensely popular blog, Angry Asian Man, observes issues of culture, racism, and media portrayal of Asians with satire and wit. His April 4 talk helps wrap up Asian Awareness Month events at Wellesley.

  • Teen childbearing rates in the U.S. are highest in the developed world

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Wellesley Professor Philip Levine, Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics, finds income inequality is an important culprit.

  • Music by Professor Martin Brody in Its World Premiere in Rome

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    A piece composed by Martin Brody, Wellesley’s Catherine Mills Davis Professor of Music, was presented in its world premiere at the American Academy in Rome in March.

  • Boston Globe's Sebastian Smee Reviews Davis Museum Sculpture

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    Renowned art critic Sebastian Smee reviewed a bust of poet and critic Charles Baudelaire by Duchamp-Villon in the Davis permanent collection: "One feels Baudelaire himself...would have approved."

  • 2012 Commencement Speaker: Melissa Harris-Perry

    Friday, March 30, 2012

    Melissa Harris-Perry will address the 600 members of the Class of 2012 and families and friends at Wellesley College’s 134th Commencement Exercises Friday, May 25, 2012.

  • Robin Chase '80 Kicks Off Wellesley Leadership Initiative

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

    The Wellesley Blueprint for Leadership program will gather students and community members to explore what qualities define Wellesley’s brand of leadership.

  • Elizabeth Gilmartin '12 Receives Watson Fellowship

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Wellesley College senior Beth Gilmartin is one of 40 students nationwide to be awarded a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for 2012-13.

  • Wu Xian Sheng Exhibit Opens in Jewett Gallery

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    An exhibition of the work of Wu Xian Sheng will be on view in Jewett Gallery from March 26 through April 19, with an opening reception on March 27 at 4:45 pm.

  • Alumna Headlines Women in Comedy Festival

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Wellesley alumna Wendy Liebman '83 headlines the fourth annual Women in Comedy Festival in Boston on Saturday, March 23. Liebman recently spoke with Boston.com about breaking into Boston's comedy scene.

  • Wellesley Marks World Water Day with Research

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Wellesley observes World Water Day with the work of Marianne Moore, associate professor of biological sciences. Moore and a team including Katie Wright '12 will return to Russia's Lake Baikal this summer. A photo highlight of their work appeared in a Washington Post Gallery.

  • Students Lead Poverty Challenge at Wellesley

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Zoe Moyer '15 and Elizabeth Haynes '15 spearheaded "Live Below the Line," an initiative designed to raise awareness of global poverty. They led 63 students in a challenge to live on just $1.50 per day for food purchases for five days.

  • Heather Mattila in The New York Times: A Key to Healthier Bee Colonies

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    The New York Times reports on research by Wellesley's Heather Mattila, assistant professor of biological sciences. Her research showed that honey bee queens who mate with many males have more “good” bacteria in their bodies, and that their promiscuity leads to healthier hives.

  • Linda Carli in The Atlantic on Women's Leadership

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    Linda Carli, senior lecturer in psychology, who coauthored a recent book titled Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders , spoke with The Atlantic for an article on why women don't act more like men in the workplace.

  • Bonnie Dix Named NEWMAC Swimming Coach of the Year

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Bonnie Dix, Wellesley's varsity swimming coach, led the team to a great season and was named league coach of the year in the process.

  • With a French Accent Opens at The Davis

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    "With a French Accent," a groundbreaking collaboration between the Davis and the American Antiquarian Society, opens today at the Davis Museum with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The exhibit, which recently appeared onThe Boston Globe 's To Do List, will be on view from March 14 through June 3.

  • Passions Take Davis UWC Scholar Around the World

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Karen “Kémi” Kemirembe '12, a double major in biology and Spanish, left her home in Uganda to study at Wellesley College, some 7000 miles away. As a Davis United World College Scholar, opportunities in places from North Dakota to Spain to Ecuador have taken her around the world again.

  • Wellesley Study Reveals Surprising Clues to Honey Bee Behavior

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    A novel study by Dr. Heather Mattila provides the first major insight into how honey bee colony health could be improved by genetic diversity -- which results from the highly promiscuous mating behavior of queens.

  • Bottomly in Washington Post: Education and Leadership Parity for Women

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly writes, "Whether 50 percent of your students are women or 100 percent are, every college and university should have as a priority an investment in the leadership potential of women everywhere."

  • Professor Receives Prestigious Award from French Ministry of Education

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    Frances Malino, Sophia Moses Robison Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Wellesley College, has been named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of her outstanding academic research and teaching in French history.

  • WCW Lunchtime Seminar Series Begins March 8

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    The Wellesley Centers for Women, the nation's largest gender-focused research and action organization, opens a lunchtime seminar series (Thursdays thru April 12) on March 8 with Amy Hoffman, editor-in-chief of Women's Review of Books, reading from her forthcoming memoir. 

  • Professor Examines "Truthiness in Digital Media" at Harvard Symposium

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Panagiotis Metaxas, computer science professor and founder of Wellesley’s Media Arts and Sciences Program, presents at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society symposium, Truthiness in Digital Media. The event addresses propaganda and misinformation in new media.

  • Staff Leadership Development Program Starts Brewing

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    The Wellesley College Leadership Development Program pilot will prepare 15 selected administrative employees for future leadership opportunities at the College, with Wellesley's "house blend" of leadership, collaboration, and creative thinking. Nominate a staff member today!

  • Activist Helen Zia Delivers Asian Awareness Month Keynote Address

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Second generation Chinese American author, journalist, activist, and Fulbright Scholar Helen Zia opened Wellesley's celebration of Asian Awareness month with a talk examining the progress of Asian American activism since the start the Asian American Civil Rights Movement in 1982.

  • Alumnae in AOL/PBS Series

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Wellesley alums, including Hillary Clinton '69, Madeleine Albright '59, and Nora Ephron '62, appear in Makers, an AOL and PBS initiative aiming to be the "largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled." In one clip, Clinton discusses the benefits of women's colleges; in another, her devotion to women's rights.

  • Lucy Marcus '93 Among Top 50 "Most Influencial Execs on the Web"

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Lucy Marcus '93 ranked 19th on the Reuters & Klout 50 list of “Most Influential Execs on the Web" and, in November, was recognized with the Thinkers 50 “Future Thinkers" award. Marcus has emerged as a leading voice on future-proofing boardrooms and companies around the world. 

  • Michael P. Jeffries on 'Nerd Pride'

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Wellesley's Michael P. Jeffries, assistant professor of American studies and contributor to The Guardian, recently wrote about a new news and political show on MSNBC through which, according to Jeffries, host Melissa Harris-Perry "unabashedly brings the content of 'nerddom' to a massive viewing audience."

  • Liberal Arts Learning in the Digital Age

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Library & Technology Services presents the first in a series of symposia, Liberal Arts Learning in the Digital Age. Today Mala Radhakrishnan (chemistry), Orit Shaer (computer science), Brian Tjaden (computer science), and Michelle Ferreirae '13 discuss interdisciplinary science. Participate on campus at 4:00 pm in SCI 278 or via live stream.

  • Film Coproduced by Wellesley Alumna Wins Oscar

    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Fazeelat Aslam '07 (not pictured) coproduced Saving Face, winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). It follows a British-Pakistani plastic surgeon's journey to Pakistan and his work with survivors of acid attacks. Photo: Oscar.com

  • Wellesley Wishes Kathryn Davis '28 a Happy 105th Birthday

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and students from Wellesley’s a capella groups, including the international group Colour Is Music, sent a musical birthday greeting to alumna, benefactor, and trustee emerita Kathryn Davis '28, who celebrates her 105th birthday on February 25.

  • Spotlight on Teaching: Computer Science

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Students from Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science Orit Shaer's Tangible User Interface course explore how we'll interact with computers in the future by inventing user-computer interfaces (such as the costume pictured) using sensors, actuators, and gesture recognition. (Part of a series about teaching at Wellesley.)

  • Wellesley Professor's Film Piracy Study Widely Cited

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    The Los Angeles Times, among many others, reported on findings by Assistant Professor of Economics Brett Danaher and a colleague from the University of Minnesota. Studying trends around BitTorrent file-sharing, they estimated that film piracy reduced international box office returns by 7 percent.

  • Artist Radcliffe Bailey on Radio Boston

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    WBUR's Radio Boston host Anthony Brooks spoke with Radcliffe Bailey about the opening of his "Memory as Medicine" exhibit at the Davis Museum. The exhibit is on display now through May 6. Read about it or listen to the interview online.

  • Wellesley Professor and Students Identify Promising Anti-Cancer Agent

    Friday, February 17, 2012

    In studying a plant compound shown to have anti-cancer properties, Dora Carrico-Moniz, assistant professor of chemistry at Wellesley, and her students have found a new compound that exhibits potent activity against pancreatic cancer cells. (In photo: Maria Jun '14, Carrico-Moniz.) 

  • Wellesley's Collection of World Famous Love Letters Digitized

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Some of the most famous love letters ever written have been digitized by Wellesley and Baylor University. The 573 letters exchanged by poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, which are owned and housed by Wellesley, are now available online in their original, handwritten form.

  • Northeast Premiere of Radcliffe Bailey's Memory as Medicine Opens at The Davis

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Radcliffe Bailey's "Memory as Medicine" exhibition will be on display at the Davis Museum February 15 through May 6. Bailey spoke to WBUR's Anthony Brooks from campus while installing his work.

  • Wellesley Alumna Leads 2012 World Development Report

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Ana Revenga ’85 co-directed The 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. She writes: “Gender equality is both fundamental to and a means for development. Countries need to work hard at achieving it....” Revenga will speak at Wellesley on February 22 .

  • Wellesley Celebrates 40 Years of Title IX

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Wellesley College Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics hosts Title IX: 40 Years & Counting , a panel discussion featuring Kristine Lilly, Carol Stiff, Melissa Ludtke ’73, and more, on February 13. Free and open to the public.

  • Newhouse Center Kicks off Exploration of Improvisation with Innovative Concert

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    Renowned jazz musician Vijay Iyer (left) and experimental music scholar George Lewis perform with "Voyager," a device Lewis developed that can listen to an improviser's performance and react in real time. The concert is February 10 in Houghton Chapel.

  • President Bottomly Quoted on Women in Public Service

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    In a recent Women's Media Center article about the Women in Public Service Project, Wellesley President Kim Bottomly (2nd on left, with college presidents and Hillary Clinton '69) discussed the key role that leading women's colleges will play in increasing the number of women in public service.

  • 2012 Alumnae Achievement Award Recipients Announced

    Friday, February 3, 2012

    Susan McGee Bailey ’63 (left), Wendy Gillespie ’72, and Mary Jeanne Kreek ’58 will receive Alumnae Achievement Awards on Feb. 16. Since 1970, the annual Awards have recognized alumnae for achievement and distinction in their fields. Award celebration is free and open to the public.

  • Neuroscience Faculty Awarded $2.6 Million in Grants

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    Wellesley College neuroscience faculty members were awarded grants totalling more than $2.6 million in 2011, enabling unparalleled research opportunities for Wellesley students. In the last decade, neuroscience has become one of the most popular majors at Wellesley.

  • Alumna's Senior Thesis Inspires Timely Internet Piracy Study

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    A study coauthored by Brett Danaher, assistant professor in economics, Siwen Chen '11, and researchers from Carnegie Mellon University is stirring up debate around the French copyright law known as HADOPI.

  • Spring Distinguished Writers Series Begins February 2

    Monday, January 30, 2012

    Renowned travel writer Pico Iyer launches The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities 2012 Spring Distinguished Writers Series, reading from his newly released book, The Man Within My Head. Five more noted writers will come to Wellesley through April 10.

  • President Bottomly in The Daily Muse

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    In a series called "Lessons to My Younger Self," Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly told The Daily Muse,  an online publication and community of women, that she would give her younger self the same advice she gives her daughters and Wellesley students: "Focus on what matters to you."

  • Madeleine Albright '59 on WBUR's Radio Boston

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Madeleine Albright '59 spoke with WBUR's Radio Boston about women's rights, diplomacy, and breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling during a visit to campus in January. (Photo: Jessica Alpert, Radio Boston).

  • Boston Globe Captures Lighter Moment with Secretary Albright

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    While on campus for the Albright Institute Wintersession, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 revisited her old student haunts, including El Table cafe, where she had been student manager. The Globe reports on the unveiling of the cafe's new sandwich, the Madeleine All-Bite.

  • Wellesley Students Spend Wintersession Building in New Orleans

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Seventeen Wellesley students traveled to New Orleans last week with leaders from the College's Center for Work and Service. They were there to build a home with Habitat for Humanity in an area still suffering from Hurricane Katrina devastation.

  • Madeleine Albright '59 and James Wolfensohn Wrap Up Albright Institute

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    On January 24, the former Secretary of State and former World Bank president close the 2012 Albright Institute with a talk about how international organizations must face the challenges of changing times. In Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall at 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

  • Wellesley Peace & Justice Studies Major Wins National Teaching Fellowship

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Kamilah Welch '12 is one of 25 Fellows selected for the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Fellows are nominated and chosen through a competitive selection process.  

  • Wellesley Sophomore Helps Start Sierra Leone Aid Program

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    During a volunteer trip, Charlotte Hulme '14 (l) was inspired by teenager Abdulai Sesay (r) to organize Arms Around Sierra Leone, which works with a local hospital to identify patients in need and raises money to fund prosthetic limbs for amputees, giving them new opportunities and hope.

  • Boston Globe Features Bookstore Owned by Wellesley Professor

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    A Boston Globe  story profiled Associate Professor of Chemistry David Haines and his wife, Nancy. The Haineses are among the world’s largest dealers of books by and about Quakers. (Photo: Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)

  • President Bottomly and Secretary Albright in British Vogue, USA Today

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 talked to  British Vogue  and USA Today  about women in politics. The interviews look toward the Women in Public Service Project of the U.S. State Department and Seven Sisters Colleges.

  • Lynn Sherr '63 Op-Ed in New York Times on 'America the Beautiful'

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Lynn Sherr '63, broadcast journalist and author of America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation’s Favorite Song, takes issue with uninformed and inaccurate quoting of the anthem written by Wellesley professor Katharine Lee Bates in 1893.

  • Whitin Observatory Renovation Earns LEED Silver

    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    The renovation of the Whitin Observatory at Wellesley College has received silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification by LEED is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability in the United States and countries around the world.

  • Experts and Scholars Begin Third Albright Institute Wintersession

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Forty young women will learn how to become effective world leaders this month at Wellesley’s Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, which kicks off its Wintersession Program on January 4, 2012. The institute brings students into a hands-on world of policy-making.

  • Wellesley Names Distinguished Visiting Professors for 2012 Albright Institute

    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Education specialist Elaine Wolfensohn '58 (left) and former World Bank President James Wolfensohn are the Mary Jane Durnford Lewis '59 Distinguished Visiting Professors and join former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright '59 in training Wellesley students for global leadership.