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Science scholarships, humanities grants, disabilities rights honors and performing the national anthem for President Barack Obama—just some of the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Clues in Chromosomes: Deborah Driscoll '77 Leads Front Line Research

Obstetrician Deborah Driscoll '77 is on the cutting edge of genetic research as head of a new $10 million March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania—among other accomplishments. In the latest Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Driscoll describes her path in a field she couldn't have predicted would be on the cusp of revolutionary advances when she launched her career.

A New 'Portrait of Plath': Alumna's Typewriter Among Items in Smithsonian Exhibit

Numerous items from the college's Sylvia Plath Collection are being readied for an exhibit in 2017 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.—including the manual typewriter Plath '55 used while she was at Smith. Find out more about the exhibit in this next story in our series about notable items from special collections.

First Year at Your Fingertips: College Launches First Year Experience App

A new mobile app is designed to make information about the start of the year at Smith more accessible to students and families. The Smith College app for the First Year Experience—which went live last week—can either be downloaded to a mobile smartphone or accessed via computer.

Making Women Visible: Smith Hosts Visit From U.S. Treasurer for a New Look for $10 Bill

Which woman should be featured on the new $10 bill? United States Treasurer Rosie Rios consulted a "cabinet" of Smith students, faculty and administrators on that topic earlier this week as part of an official listening tour.

Where Are the Gates? You Tell Us!

The Grécourt Gates have taken a few months off for restoration to their historic standards. We hear they have been spotted all over the globe before their return to campus in October, and we're seeking help in finding them via social media. Read on to find out how to join in the search.

'Just Geri': Alumna Inspires With Her Talks on Difference

Geri Mariano '89 has spent a lifetime overcoming obstacles she has faced as a result of being born with diastrophic dysplasia, a skeletal disorder that requires her to wear prosthetic legs. As a story in the summer Smith Alumnae Quarterly shows, Mariano has turned her disability into a mission to impart, via numerous speaking engagements, the message that underneath our physical differences, we're all the same.  

Smith Helps Lead National Conversation on STEM Education

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.

A Field Guide to Research: Exploring MacLeish Field Station

Some 240 acres of patchwork forest and field are the setting for Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately. Scientific inquiry flourishes there, and rich stories emerge about professors and students who spend time researching the beautiful ecosystems and four centuries of recorded history of the land. The latest issue of Insight offers a visually striking package of reporting on the vibrant research underway at MacLeish.  

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.

Board of Trustees Announces Admission Policy Update

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.

Seeing Psychology Happen: Prof. Peake on His Award-Winning 'Marshmallow Test' Studies

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.

Smith Women’s Leadership Program in Brazil Offers Unique Business Training

Cláudia Vassallo, chief executive at CDI in São Paulo,  says being part of a new Smith women's leadership program in Brazil gave her insights into her role as a woman executive. A second round of the program—launched by Smith’s Executive Education for Women in cooperation with Brazil's leading business school—begins in August.

Sharing 'Aha' Moments: Alumnae Chart Their Paths as Scientists

Becoming a scientist takes an open mind, a willingness to struggle—and mentors. That was some of the wisdom shared by three alumnae at a recent "I Call Myself a Scientist" panel on campus. The three Smithies, who are working in engineering, psychology and space science, shared stories about how they developed their identities as scientists.

Sale of Taxable Bonds Will Help Fund Renovation of Neilson Library, Other Capital Projects

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.

Putting History Into Action: Gloria & Wilma School Links Activists and Archives

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.

'Pioneers in Education': Student Project Captures History of Ada Comstock Program

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.