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For the first time, the unique sounds honey bees (Apis cerana) use to alert members of their hive when giant “murder” hornets attack have been documented. These signals—including a newly described “antipredator pipe”—are the focus of new research from Wellesley College associate professor of biological sciences Heather Mattila and her colleagues, whose findings were published in Royal Society Open Science.
In the Absence of Genetic Variation, Asexual Invasive Species Find New Methods of Adapting to Their Environment
New research from Wellesley College has found that two types of weevils, common yet invasive beetles in many parts of the world, have been using epigenetic changes to adapt and respond to different toxins in the plants they eat. The findings, published in PLOS ONE under the title “Host-Specific Gene Expression as a Tool for Introduction Success in Naupactus Parthenogenetic Weevils,” have implications for how we consider asexual invaders and how successful they can be because of gene regulation.
What happens when climate change affects the abundance and distribution of fish? Fishers and fishing communities in the Northeast United States have adapted to those changes in three specific ways, according to new research published in Frontiers in Marine Science. Becca Selden, Wellesley College assistant professor of biological sciences, and a team of colleagues examined how fishing communities have responded to documented shifts in the location of fluke and of red and silver hake. The team found that fishers made three distinct changes to their approaches: following the fish to a new location; fishing for a different kind of fish; and bringing their catch to shore at another port of landing.
Wellesley College Receives First-gen Forward Designation, a National Honor for Commitment to First-generation Student Success
Wellesley College has been designated a First-gen Forward institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and The Suder Foundation. The 2021–22 First-gen Forward cohort is made up of institutions of higher education that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the center’s research and resources.
Wellesley College has joined the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA) as an inaugural member with 51 other institutions from across the country. The alliance, launched this week by the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center, provides participating institutions with a 12-month curriculum led by racial-equity experts; an online resource library of rubrics, readings, and case studies; guidance on designing action plans; and campus climate surveys for students, faculty, and staff.
Anita Hill, university professor of social policy, law, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Brandeis University and a faculty member of its Heller School for Social Policy and Management, will address the members of the class of 2019, and their families and friends, at Wellesley College’s 141st commencement exercises on Friday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m.
Wellesley College is kicking off National Poetry Month by sharing 29 poems from students, faculty, staff, and alumnae on the MBTA subway lines through Poetry on the T—part of a collaboration with Mass Poetry, an organization that works to bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform lives through inspiring verse.
Mary M. Casey will serve as lead fund-raiser, responsible for the full scope of Wellesley’s development efforts as well as the management of centralized development operations.
Albright Institute at Wellesley College Brings Together Experts to Discuss New Challenges to Democracy: Authoritarianism and New Technologies
This January, Wellesley College’s Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs is hosting some of the world’s most influential thinkers—including Samantha Power, Cass Sunstein, Judy Woodruff, John Podesta, Bill Reilly, and Madeleine Albright herself—at its 10th annual three-week Wintersession program, part of the Institute’s broader efforts to educate the next generation of women leaders.
Wellesley College Completes Record-Setting Fundraising Campaign, Raises More Than $500 Million—One Year Ahead of Schedule
Wellesley College has raised more than $500 million, surpassing its ambitious campaign goal—a full year early—in the largest fundraising effort to be undertaken by a women’s college.
Tracy K. Smith, poet laureate of the United States and the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities and director of the creative writing program at Princeton University, will address the members of the Wellesley College class of 2018, and their families and friends, at Wellesley’s 140th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 1, at 10:30 am.
Former Vice President Al Gore to Galvanize the Next Generation of Climate Change Leaders at Wellesley College
Wellesley College to Welcome Al Gore, Former Vice President and Global Leader in the Fight to Halt Climate Change, to Campus on April 25.
MyinTuition: Wellesley College’s Fast, Free Tool to Help Students and Parents Estimate College Costs Goes National
MyinTuition has proved so successful that starting today, 12 more schools are adopting the tool. This broader reach means that thousands of other parents and their children may pursue education paths that they might have otherwise ignored for fear that the costs were out of reach.
Albright Institute at Wellesley College Assembles Experts for Public Dialogue on the Global Refugee Crisis
Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright ’59 will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Public Dialogue hosted by the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, The event includes two panels of international leaders and experts for a public forum on the global refugee crisis.