National conference presentations, literary prizes and professional promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.
The Smith College Museum of Art recently purchased a painting by Lockwood de Forest—one that was originally owned by the college but deemed unimportant and sold in the 1940s. A story in the latest Insight explains how key faculty and staff did the detective work that helped return the work to the collection at Smith.
A four-day encounter in June between activists and the college’s extensive women’s history archives fulfilled a longtime dream of Gloria Steinem ’56 and the late Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected chief of the Cherokee Nation. The Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers was the inaugural program in the college’s three-part Steinem Initiative that will run through 2017.
Working with the Clark Science Center's outreach office, a team of Smith students created a lab activity about cancer cells for adult learners at Holyoke Community College. The project was inspired by the group's reading of a book about an African American woman whose cancer cells—taken without her permission—became the source of the first human immortal cell line for medical research.
When he began work in the 1970s on the Marshmallow Test study of children's self-control, Smith psychology professor Philip Peake had no idea the results would be so far reaching. Followup studies by Peake and his colleagues have won a Golden Goose Award for their impact on fields ranging from education to economics.
The college recently honored 13 retiring faculty members for their contributions to their academic disciplines and their students, as well as their support for the Smith community.
Smith is playing a leading role in a national conversation on strategies for increasing diversity in STEM. President Kathleen McCartney and professor Patricia DiBartolo, faculty director of the sciences, are part of the first White House Council on Women and Girls' gathering on STEM education.
The college is helping to lead a new digital humanities project that will create an online "home" for learning about women's clothing from the past. Historic Dress will offer visitors digital access to clothing collections around the country, including Smith's extensive historic clothing collection.
Ada Comstock Scholar Dianne Jester-Wieland says alumnae of the college's 40-year-old program for nontraditional students share the same pioneering spirit as the earliest classes of Smithies. Jester-Wieland shared her research on the history of the program with alumnae at Reunion II.
Smith launched its Picker Engineering Program 15 years ago, promising to bring more women—who are educated in the liberal arts along with their technical training—into the male-dominated field. The Summer Smith Alumnae Quarterly features engineering alumnae who are delivering on that promise. Read about them, along with other news.
Proceeds from the college's recent sale of $192 million in taxable bonds will help support the re-imagining and redesign of Neilson Library, as well as other capital projects, says Michael Howard, Smith's vice president for finance and administration.
A rare set of 19th-century volumes depicting images of ancient monuments and ordinary street life in the Middle East is now part of the Mortimer Rare Book Room collection. Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, describes how "The Holy Land" volumes came to Smith in this first in a series of stories about notable items from library special collections.
In collaboration with the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute, Smith will join Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts in hosting a three-day visit by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Acclaimed Designer Maya Lin and National Design Firm Shepley Bulfinch Chosen to Redesign Neilson Library
Maya Lin—whose balance between art and architecture is evident in her very first project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and throughout her three-decade career—and the national design firm Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to partner on the re-imagining and redesign of Smith College’s Neilson Library.
On May 2, the Smith College Board of Trustees voted to clarify Smith’s admission policy. Smith’s policy is one of self-identification. To be considered for admission, applicants must select 'female' on the Common Application.