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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. She says it's "lovely" to receive an award named for an alumna (Gweneth Humphreys '33).

Path of Good Intentions: Nina Munk '88 Chronicles Anti-Poverty Project

As a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Nina Munk '88 has crisscrossed Africa chronicling the impact of the anti-poverty Millenium Villages Project. The effort was launched by economist Jeffrey Sachs to test his theories on ending extreme poverty. In an article in the fall Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Munk describes how Sachs inspired her and what she discovered by following his blueprint.

C'est Français: Menus for Julia Child Day Feature Chef's Famous Dishes

The college's annual Julia Child Day celebration is meant to capture the indomitable spirit of the famous Smithie, chef, author and TV personality—as well as her love of French cuisine. This year's event on Thursday, Nov. 20, will feature special meals in the Campus Center Café and campus dining locations in honor of Julia Child '34. Find out which of her dishes will be on the menu and where on campus you can enjoy them.

People News

A regular sampling of recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae in fields ranging from vaccine science to marketing. Read about grants, conference presentations, career promotions and more.

'Certain Timely Conundrums': Kate Soper's Musical Quests

On the surface, composer and assistant music professor Kate Soper’s new opera, Here Be Sirens, seeks to merely unlock the mystery of the siren myth. But Soper's work also explores enduring, complicated questions that go far beyond mythology. For those who haven't yet heard Soper's music, this story in the latest issue of Insight will be inspiration to seek out her work.

Food for Thought for the Holidays

The International Food Festival hosted on campus November 3 by the Office for International Students and Scholars and the International Students Organization, got us thinking: What dishes bring the holidays to mind for you? We're issuing a call for answers to that question. Read on to find out how to submit your recipe.

Mum's the Word: Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opens Nov. 1 in Lyman Conservatory

Dragons are the theme of this year's Fall Chrysanthemum Show, which opens Saturday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m. in Lyman Conservatory. That seems fitting, given the popular flowering plant's origins in China in the 15th century B.C.E. For more floral fun facts, see our own 2014 Mum Show Index.

Speaking to Today: New Video Explores Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell

"The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell," a new video about Smith's first African American graduate, is part of the college's 25th annual celebration in her honor. Opening ceremonies for Otelia Cromwell Day are at 1 p.m. Nov. 6. in Sweeney Concert Hall. The day continues with workshops, discussions and cultural events about race and diversity.

Archives as Activism: Elizabeth Myers' Vision for Special Collections

As Elizabeth Myers sees it, college library archives are meant to be used. "I don't believe in roped-off history," says Myers, who is the new head of special collections at Smith, including the Sophia Smith Collection on women's history, the College Archives and the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Here's what else Myers had to say about her work in the fifth in a series of interviews with new campus leaders.

'Unpacking the Invisible': Peggy McIntosh Speaks on Impact of White Privilege

The campus community will have a chance to hear from a national anti-racism expert this week when Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley Center for Women, speaks at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Weinstein Auditorium. McIntosh’s talk, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” will focus on the role privilege plays in sustaining racism and other forms of prejudice.

Funding the Future: An Update on Smith's Women for the World Campaign

Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith is making strong progress toward a $450-million fundraising goal to support financial aid, academic programs and unrestricted giving to the Smith Fund. The Smith Fund issued a special one-day challenge on Wednesday Nov. 12, that included opportunities for donors to have gifts matched by alumnae sponsors.

Faculty Member's Work Boosts Efforts to Curb Sex Bias in Scientific Research

Five years ago, assistant professor of psychology Annaliese Beery took time out from her primary research work to do a little research on research. What she found—evidence of sex bias in biomedical studies—contributed to a new federal policy that aims to close the gender gap in scientific research. Read more about Beery's groundbreaking work in Insight.

Work at Smith Is 'Close to My Heart,' Says New Dean of College Donna Lisker

Donna Lisker, new dean of the college and vice president for campus life, truly has an open door policy. "I hope students will be comfortable about reaching out to me," says Lisker, a former administrator at Duke University. Lisker says she's thrilled to be overseeing student experience at Smith. Here's the fourth in a series of interviews with new campus leaders.

Women's Business: Smith, Tuck Partner on New Summer Program

This summer, for the first time ever, Smith and the Tuck Bridge Program at Dartmouth are partnering in a new program that will allow them to do together what each does best. The Smith-Tuck Bridge Program, being held on Smith’s campus from May 25 to June 12, 2015, will offer business-skills courses for women—especially Smithies—that will prepare them to succeed in the job search and in careers.

The Joy of Science: A Memorial Symposium Honors Physics Professor Piotr Decowski

More than a dozen former students of physics professor Piotr Decowski are returning to Smith on Saturday, Nov. 1, for a memorial symposium in his honor. Decowski, who died in May of lung cancer, was known for his passion for science—and for Smith, where he taught for 22 years before he retired in 2012. The symposium features expert speakers and remarks by students, faculty and alumni about Decowski’s legacy as a teacher and mentor.