Some 150 years after iconic naturalist Charles Darwin pondered the natural world’s mysteries, excerpts from his writings are now scored to be sung in a newly commissioned work, Missa Charles Darwin—a piece that melds the musical architecture of the traditional Catholic Mass with the fundamentally secular texts of Darwin. With Audio...
A Smith scholar sees it as an obligation to explore how the concept of jihad came to legitimize Muslims fighting other Muslims, something proscribed as sinful in the early Islamic tradition.
As an astronomer and a paleontologist posit their predictions for the end of the planet, they agree on one point: humankind can subvert catastrophic events that would mean death for life on Earth.
Theater is supposed to tell us something. The play, through the plot, is designed to reveal to us—the audience—an element of truth. Or is it?
Understanding which genes allow pathogens to evade the immune system’s fever response may lead to the development of therapeutic drugs.
When zoo patrons visit big cats, they expect to see cheetahs doing things cheetahs do: running, jumping and exploring their surroundings.
Naturally occurring compounds may prevent the “dicey game” that doctors must play in administering anesthetics to patients.
When a trove of unusual color slides documenting Shinto festivals in Kyoto, Japan, recently surfaced, Smith College faculty and staff quickly took steps to make sure these cultural records wouldn’t be lost to the ages.
Setting high goals for oneself is often considered a more positive aspect of perfectionism. But is it? An Academic Minute with Professor of Psychology Patricia DiBartolo.
Trash. Rubbish. Garbage. Refuse. Junk. These words and others like them, such familiar parts of our vernacular, hint at our nuanced and often conflicted relationship with the concept of waste.
When scientists and entomologists recently reported a breakthrough in identifying the infections that may be killing honeybee colonies, the director of Smith’s Center for Proteomics took note.
Confucius, the venerable Sage who lived in the 6th century BC, is enjoying a 21st century revival. His rehabilitators? The Chinese Communist Party.
For compulsive hoarders, however, the collecting and saving of things — and consequent clutter — can be the cause of great suffering.
There's nothing as inviting as the cool shade of a stand of hemlock trees stretching out along a forested trail on a sunny day.
Karen Kukil, associate curator of special collections at Smith, will teach Smith students how to edit correspondence from the Sylvia Plath Collection — including Plath's unpublished letters written to her Smith friends.
The jitters among undergraduates presenting the progress of summer research were evident.
In the past 10 years Smith has won more National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding — more than $14 million — than any other select liberal arts college in the nation. And that is not a coincidence.
Summer research fellows had nearly twice the odds of completing an advanced degree as students who did not participate in the program.
From YouTube videos of cat antics to late-night stupid pet tricks, pets are pervasive in our culture. Yet in academia, pets have long been shunned to the proverbial doghouse. Until now.
Friday afternoons for Christine Woodbury are all about time. Literally. She and about a dozen Smith professors and students gather each week to talk, ponder, inquire and maybe even argue about the fourth dimension.
Ileana Streinu was honored by the American Mathematical Society for her algorithmic solution of the “carpenter’s rule problem.”
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