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President McCartney talks with ‘New York Times’ columnist Frank Bruni
THE NEW YORK TIMES    11/23/2014
President Kathleen McCartney is featured in Frank Bruni’s Sunday New York Times column about the college admission process. Bruni talked with McCartney about why some schools, including Smith, are test-optional in their applications, and about the need for honesty in college marketing and promotion.
Faculty News
Prof. Dubin comments on rabbi killed in terror attack
THE REPUBLICAN    11/18/2014
Lois Dubin, a professor of religion at Smith, spoke with the Springfield Republican about Rabbi Moshe Twersky, who was killed recently in a terror attack in Jerusalem.
Smith professor unveils new mouse model for studying fatigue
Smith professor and neuroscience researcher Mary Harrington presented a new mouse model for fatigue at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience meeting last week. The model is the first of its kind. Harrington said that more work needs to be done to verify her model, but she hopes her work can help illuminate key players in generating fatigue and perhaps be used for drug screening. Harrington also hopes that multiple sclerosis researchers will use her model to help defeat the most debilitating symptoms of MS.
Alumnae News
Ruth Holmberg ’43 praised for quiet leadership
Smith alumna Ruth Holmberg, who served as publisher of the Chattanooga Times from 1964 to 1992, spoke recently with about her life and career. Among the lessons she says she’s learned: “Nothing is ever done alone. Find your allies, because they are there.”
Maris Boyd Gillette ’89 named director of UMSL Museum Studies Program
Smith alumna Maris Boyd Gillette, a cultural anthropologist and filmmaker, has been named the new E. Desmond Lee Professor of Museum Studies and Community History at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Court reporter salaries hit six digits
CNBC    11/24/2014
Students come from all kinds of backgrounds: high school graduates, college graduates dissatisfied with their job prospects, and people looking to start over. Katherine Schilling graduated from Smith College with a degree in Japanese. “The corporate environment started to wear on me,” she said. Schilling was watching “Sons of Anarchy” one night with the subtitles on, “And I thought, ‘It’s a job? People do this? People get paid for this?’ ” She enrolled at West Valley College and hopes to start off making “at least $65,000″ after finishing classes next year.
Faculty Expertise
Zimbalist: Record MLB contract is remarkable for length
MARKETWATCH    11/24/2014
Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton now has a record 13-year, $325-million contract. What’s remarkable about the deal is the length, not the dollar amount, says Smith professor and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist.

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Boston bidders hope time is right for frugal Games
BOSTON GLOBE  11/23/2014
On Campus
How to spend Thanksgiving at college
SAYCAMPUSLIFE    11/21/2014
An article that offers suggestions to college students on campus for Thanksgiving praises Smith’s Thanksgiving Match, which connects interested students with faculty and staff members who welcome them into their homes for the holiday.
Smith in the World
Smith College students reflect on Florence program
FLORENCE IS YOU    11/01/14
Smith juniors Shira Burns and Isabella Grezzi, both studying in Florence, Italy, wrote a piece for the local newspaper about Smith’s historic junior year abroad program. [For a copy, email Marti Hobbes.]
Student News
By the numbers: Sexual violence in high school
AL JAZEERA    11/14/2014
An Al Jazeera story about sexual assault in high school cites a study conducted by Smith student Sylvie Nemeth ’17 as part of an Advanced Placement assignment.
In Memoriam
Obituary: Mildred Ostrander, 88
Mildred Ostrander, who retired as an administrative assistant in the Smith admission office, died Nov. 21. [For a copy, email Marti Hobbes.]
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Humphreys prize winner Ruth Haas reflects on mentoring women in mathematics
Ruth Haas, Achilles Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, is responsible for mentoring a significant proportion of the nation’s emerging women mathematicians. Haas, who co-founded Smith’s Center for Women in Mathematics, has been awarded a Humphreys Prize by the Association for Women in Mathematics. (The prize is named for alumna Gweneth Humphreys ’33.)
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