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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.  

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.

People News

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.

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.

New Paths for Healing: Talk by SSW Alumna Brave Heart Draws Delegation From Maine

People are traveling hundreds of miles to hear Smith School for Social Work alumna Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart speak on campus Monday, July 27—including a group from Maine that has been using Brave Heart's therapeutic concept of "historical trauma" in their work with Native American communities.

Cancer Up Close: Students Create Lab Lessons for Adult Learners

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.

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.

College Bids Adieu to 13 Retiring Faculty Members

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 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.

Historic Dress Project Creates Online 'Home' for Scholarship on Women’s Clothing

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.

'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.

'Can Do Spirit': SAQ Looks at 15 Years of Engineering at Smith

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.

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.

A Keystone Work: Rare Books on Holy Land Given to Smith's Collection

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.

Smith to Join Amherst, UMass in Hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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.

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.