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Five Things to Look for During Family Weekend at Smith

What do soul food, a volleyball tournament and 40 open classes have in common? They're all part of Family Weekend, a Smith fall tradition that begins Friday, Oct. 24, and lasts through Sunday, Oct. 26. The weekend offers family members a taste of life on campus. For help choosing from among the many options, see our list of things to look for.

‘She Is a Scientist’ Series Asks Why Women Are Still Scarce in STEM

A four-part campus lecture series beginning Monday, Oct. 20 will explore why women are still relatively scarce in science, technology, engineering and math fields—and the unique role that Smith can play in helping women build strong identities as scientists.

Code Word Girls: Alumna Helps Women of Color Pursue High-Tech Jobs

Kimberly Scott ’91 is a high-tech champion. For the past seven years, her nonprofit CompuGirls has been helping young women of color tap into fast-growing technology jobs by teaching them about computational thinking. In an interview in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Scott—who visited Smith last month—talks about ways to move girls from mere interest to action on high-tech jobs.

Noted Economist to Explore 'What the IMF Really Does' in Lecture on Campus

Olivier Blanchard, chief economist and director of research for the International Monetary Fund, will offer an insider’s view of the workings of the international organization on Friday, Oct. 17, at 4:15 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium. Hosted by Smith’s Economics Department, Blanchard’s lecture will include a question-and-answer session.

Michael Howard Appointed New Vice President for Finance and Administration

Michael Howard, former vice president for finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will begin work in January as Smith's new vice president for finance and administration. Howard was appointed by President McCartney to succeed Ruth Constantine, who is retiring after serving in the post since 1991.

'A Warm Encounter': Sophomore Class and Ada Comstock Scholars Dean Says Success at Smith Goes Beyond Academics

In the second in a series of Gate interviews with new college administrators, Calvin McFadden, dean of the sophomore class and Ada Comstock Scholars, says Smith stands out for the support it provides to non-traditional students. His advice for thriving in college? Get involved in all aspects of life on campus.

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.

Happy Birthday, Jill Ker Conway

Jill Ker Conway, a pioneer in education who became Smith's first woman president in 1975, celebrated her 80th birthday October 9. Among her many contributions was the creation of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program for non-traditional students. In Conway's honor, here are some memorable images from her tenure at Smith.

Piper's List: 'Orange Is the New Black' Author Offers Ways to Support Prison Reform

In a talk on campus October 2, Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman '92 explored the differences and similarities between Smith and the federal prison where she served time in 1998 on drug charges—two "communities of women" that shaped her life. Since her memoir was published in 2011, Kerman has become an advocate for prison reform.