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Lights, Camera, Science! Sara Pruss Shares Insights on National Geographic TV

Associate Professor Sara Pruss doesn't find it hard to translate science into sound bites. "I'm an educator," she says. "I know how to explain things." Pruss' talent for making science accessible is among the reasons she was tapped to appear on National Geographic Wild's "Future of Big Cats" show airing at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. Here's what she had to say about her experience as a TV scientist.

Five Things To Do on Campus Over the Thanksgiving Break

Looking for things to do on campus over the Thanksgiving break? We consulted the experts and came up with a top five list of activities—including some that may surprise you. Happy holiday!

President McCartney Addresses Campus Gathering in Wake of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Students, faculty and staff filled the steps in front of the Campus Center Tuesday in the wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo. President McCartney invited the community to gather to share "the grief and frustration that so many of us are feeling" about the verdict in the police shooting of Michael Brown, an African American teenager.

Tess Grogan '14 Earns Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Tess Grogan '14 says her dream is to be "part of a movement" that sheds light on protagonists in children's literature who don't fit the traditional mold of the white, male hero. On Monday, Grogan learned she is one of 40 people to receive a 2015 Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom. Grogan plans to explore how medieval and renaissance texts have shaped perceptions of heroes—and heroines!—in young adult fiction.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

'Lead With Your Strengths': Expert Advises Students on Powerful Public Speaking

When speaking publicly, women need to "lead with their strengths rather than their insecurities." That was the advice author and expert Laura Greenfield, founder of Women's Voices Worldwide, offered to Smithies attending a workshop on campus earlier this month. Hosted by Business Women of Smith College, the workshop offered some surprising tips for how women can be more powerful public speakers.

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.

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.

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.