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Campus Town Hall Addresses Race Issues

During a listening session on racism held Monday afternoon, President Kathleen McCartney acknowledged what she called the “slow pace of progress” toward making Smith a more diverse and inclusive community and affirmed her commitment to being a “supportive and steadfast ally” to students of color pushing for institutional change.

Mysterious Workings: Neuroscientist Frances Jensen '78 Explains The Teenage Brain

In a story in the Fall Smith Alumnae Quarterly, neuroscientist Frances Jensen '78 describes the impulsive, perplexing and powerful workings of the adolescent brain. Jensen co-authored the acclaimed book The Teenage Brain with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt '77.
How have students, faculty and staff reimagined Neilson Library? The next “playback” session of the major themes and ideas that have emerged in community engagement sessions this fall will be held Wednesday, December 16. Learn more at the Future of the Libraries site.

A Global Prize: Class Project Nets $100,000 Gates Foundation Grant for Three Students

A project for an introductory Smith engineering course has resulted in a $100,000 Gates Foundation grant for three students. Christine Yee ’17, Darpan Bohara ’18 and Yashna Sureka ’17 will use the award to develop a fingerprint authorization system that will allow merchants in Nelamangala, India, to accept non-cash purchases from customers.

When Activism Meets Art: Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Will Visit Smith

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino to hold the coveted artistic position, describes himself as a "poet concerned with the plight of people who suffer." Herrera will visit Smith on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for a series of daylong events, culminating in a reading of his poems at 7:30 p.m in Weinstein Auditorium. His is the final reading the Smith Poetry Center will host this semester.

Smith, edX Will Partner for Online Course on Women's Activism

Beginning next spring, scholars, activists and others interested in the psychology of women’s activism will be able to study the topic in a free online course offered by Smith through edX. To be taught by Professor of Psychology Lauren Duncan as an online “treatment” of an upper-level seminar that she’s taught at Smith for 17 years, Smith’s first massive open online course (or MOOC) will launch in March 2016.

A Mindset and a Set of Tools: Five Things to Know About Design Thinking at Smith

The college's new Design Thinking Initiative offers numerous entry points for interested students, faculty and staff. From lectures to courses to campus design challenges, the pilot program aims to spark dialogue about the role of design in shaping our lives. Read on to find out what Co-Director Zaza Kabayadondo has to say about design thinking at Smith.

Statement on Media Access at Nov. 18 Student Sit-In

Recent media reports have inaccurately characterized the college as supporting restrictions on media; the college supports no such restrictions nor do we or will we ban media at public events.

Sharing a Passion for STEM: Smithies Lead 'Geek Is Glam' Workshops

A team of Smith students helped lead science workshops for Girl Scouts at the third annual Geek is Glam STEM Expo last month in Worcester, Mass.—just one of the ways passionate Smithies are volunteering to support girls' interest in STEM fields.

People News

International internships, grant awards, public lectures and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, students, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Julia Child Day Memories Shine Brightly at Hubbard House

Today is Julia Child Day at Smith, a time to celebrate the famous chef  and member of the Smith class of 1934. Child's memory shines especially brightly at Hubbard House, where she lived during her time as a student. Former house resident Anisha Tyagi '18 shares some Julia Child lore—along with menus for this year's celebration.