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Marian Wright Edelman: Improving the odds for America’s children
HUFFINGTON POST    04/12/2014
Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman calls Smith President Kathleen McCartney the driving force behind the new book Improving the Odds for America’s Children: Future Directions in Policy and Practice. McCartney, the former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-edited the book with Hirokazu Yoshikawa and Laurie B. Forcier. “After 40 years,” Edelman writes, “we are now blessed with a new indispensable evidence-based book from Harvard Education Press.”
Alumnae News
L’Agence France-Presse (AFP) honoured at Asia human rights media awards
Smith alumna Ammu Kannampilly ’01, L’Agence France-Presse‘s bureau chief in Nepal who was formerly a reporter in the New Delhi office, received first prize in the English-language online category for her story “The Children Who Work in India’s Rat-Hole Coal Mines.”
Guerrero aims to use poetry for social change
SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE    04/13/2014
Extending the love of reading and poetry to people living in underserved communities will be Smith alumna Laurie Ann Guerrero’s major initiative as poet laureate of San Antonio, Texas. Guerrero graduated from Smith as an Ada Comstock Scholar in 2008.
Former Bostonian tops chart with Dagger Brotherhood
BOSTON GLOBE    04/12/2014
Before she was a best-selling author, Smith alumna Jessica Bird ’91, whose Black Dagger Brotherhood series and its spinoff books have sold more than 10 million copies, was a lawyer and the former chief of staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Gift to the Maasai Mara, a male elephant is born
In this video, Smith alumna Joyce Poole ’79, cofounder and codirector of ElephantVoices, an elephant conservation project, documents the birth of an elephant in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Poole grew up in Kenya and has studied elephants and worked for their conservation and welfare since 1975.
‘Statistical approach to the analysis of olive long-term pollen season trends in southern Spain’
Smith alumna Linnea Yeazel ’13 published this paper as a followup to her Junior Year Abroad with Preshco, the Hispanic studies program in Cordoba, Spain. It was a Praxis project coordinated by Smith lecturer Esteban Monserrate.
Editorial: Not all change is good
COUNTRY JOURNAL    04/03/2014
The Country Journal objects to a movement to rename Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg, Mass., which was named after a Smith alumna. “By keeping the name of Dunphy,” writes the Country Journal, “we are keeping alive the memory of a local girl who made good.”[For a copy, email Marti Hobbes.]
Publishers who came home to the North
ALASKA DISPATCH    04/08/2014
In a profile of Alice Rogoff, who recently signed a deal to purchase the Anchorage Daily News, the late Smith alumna Kay Fanning ’49 is cited as an influence. Fanning was the former editor and publisher of the paper.
Faculty Expertise
Books: ‘Witch-hunt’ theory gets a closer look
The Witch-Hunt Narrative: Politics, Psychology, and the Sexual Abuse of Children, a new book by Ross E. Cheit,  “reads like a true-crime novel,” said Smith sociology professor Nancy Whittier, whose research examines how social movements lead to changes in public policy and culture.
Darfur: A bibliography of violence and international indifference
SUDAN TRIBUNE    04/13/2014
The accelerating avalanche of violence that continues to sweep across Darfur has finally compelled acknowledgement by the international community, which inevitably refers to this as a “recent” development. “This is despicably disingenuous,” writes Smith professor and Sudan analyst Eric Reeves. “UNAMID, the UN, and all international actors have long had available voluminous evidence of extreme violence in Darfur that goes back years,” he notes.
Book review: ‘The Sabermetric Revolution’
HARVARD MAGAZINE    04/11/2014
Benjamin Baumer, formerly statistical analyst for the New York Mets, now a teacher of statistics and mathematics at Smith College, and Andrew Zimbalist, Ph.D. ’74, Woods professor of economics there (and a prominent analyst of the economics of professional sports), cast a scholarly eye on The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball.
Student News
Local families with deep roots honored at Florida Pioneers Banquet
Smith first-year Angela Acosta was recently honored at the Philanthropic Educational Opportunities Founders’ Day Luncheon held at the Gainesville Country Club.
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Smith appoints Katherine Rowe as Provost and Dean of Faculty
President Kathleen McCartney has appointed Katherine Anandi Rowe, a scholar of Renaissance literature and media history and a leader in digital humanities initiatives, as provost and dean of faculty.
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Draper competition puts out call to student entrepreneurs
Raising capital is the name of the game April 16 as students from four women’s colleges compete at Smith in an annual business-plan contest that teaches valuable entrepreneurial skills and encourages measured risk-taking—with rich rewards for the victors. Click for schedule.
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