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For Geosciences Major Alyssa Pascuzzo '15, Mars Rocks

Alyssa Pascuzzo '15 is making the first-known geological map of the Nicholson crater on Mars for her senior thesis. Pascuzzo's passion for the red planet began when she interned  last summer at the NASA-affiliated Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. In the Winter Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Pascuzzo talks about what drew her to geosciences and what it's like to be a Smithie in a male-dominated field.

'Four Decades of Change': Panel Honoring Prof. Ackelsberg Offers Window on Smith History

A recent panel discussion in honor of retired professor Martha Ackelsberg explored efforts launched at Smith in the 1970s to make the campus a more inclusive place for women and people of color—including work that led to the creation of the women and gender studies program.

Pioneering Educator Juliet V. García Will Deliver College Commencement Address

Dr. Juliet V. García—the first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university, and the woman whose decades of leadership at the University of Texas at Brownsville expanded educational opportunities for Hispanic and first-generation students—will deliver the Commencement Address at  Smith's graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 17. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Garcia and six other remarkable leaders.

Save the Date: Jennifer Finney Boylan, April 30

Best-selling author, activist and New York Times contributor Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English at Barnard College, presents “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders,” 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in John M. Greene Hall. Boylan’s talk, one in a series of Presidential Colloquia, is part of the “Gender Matters” conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse. Free and open to the public.

Teaching 101: Smith Science Fellows Give Hands-On Lessons in Local K-12 Classrooms

For the past five years, Smith's grant-funded Science Teaching Fellows Program has been training science majors for stints in local K-12 classrooms. Nancy Cai '17, likened the experience to "being in boot camp"—albeit an enjoyable one.

Calling Out Catcalls: Performance of 'Dirty Talk' Uses Students' Stories

A performance of Dirty Talk by Shaheen Vaaz '94 that was workshopped on campus over Interterm incorporated the experiences of seven Smith students who added their imprint to the play. Vaaz, who teaches theater at California State University, created the piece in response to the 2012 rape and murder of a woman on a bus in her native India. This story is from the spring Smith Alumnae Quarterly, which will be available online next month.

'A Campus Magnet': College Celebrates New Schacht Health and Wellness Center

The design of the new Nancy and Henry Schacht Center for Wellness makes it feel more like an ultramodern classsroom building than a campus health center. A dedication ceremony for the  center—which brings medical, wellness and counseling services under one roof—will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. in the center's upper lobby.

Painful, Powerful Work: Poet Claudia Rankine Reads Feb. 23 from 'Citizen: An American Lyric'

The first Presidential Colloquium of the spring semester will feature a reading by Claudia Rankine, whose 2014 book Citizen: An American Lyric. is currently one of the most talked about works in poetry. Rankine will read from her book—which is nominated for two National Book Circle Awards—on Monday, Feb. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Wright Hall.

Record High: College Logs 5,000 Applications for Class of 2019

New recruitment strategies, ongoing support from alumnae and the ability to highlight "exciting things going on at Smith" are among the reasons the college has received a record-high number of applications for the fall, says Vice President for Enrollment Audrey Smith. Among those just over 5,000 applications are higher numbers of early-decision students and students of color.

Young, Gifted and Black: BSA Conference Features Keynote by Scholar, Activist Angela Davis

When the Black Students Alliance started looking for a conference speaker who could inspire young people interested in social justice work, they called on Angela Davis—a scholar and feminist with a 50-year history of activism. Davis will deliver the keynote for the BSA's 10th annual conference on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 6:45 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.

In Demand: Smith Earns Grant from MassMutual for New Data Science Program

Starting this fall, Smith students interested in the emerging new field of data science will have an opportunity to study the discipline through a new Women in Data Science collaboration with Mount Holyoke College and MassMutual.

New Scholarship Program Opens Smith's Doors to More Community College Students

A new scholarship program unveiled last month will open Smith's doors to more promising students from area community colleges. “These are women who will give 100 percent,” says Patricia Woods ’00, who came to Smith from Holyoke Community College and is now assistant director in the Lazarus Center for Career Development.

Dwight K. Hamilton Appointed Chief Diversity Officer

Dwight K. Hamilton, associate vice president of affirmative action and Title IX officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., has been named Smith's new chief diversity officer. He begins work at the college next month as a member of the president's cabinet and head of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

The Mystery of Sophia Smith's Piano

Everyone thought they knew which important Smith leader had originally owned the elegant Chickering semi-concert grand piano that had long taken up space in a Sage Hall practice room. But it took a a pair of piano restorers and a visit to the Smithsonian Institution to confirm the truth, as this article in the latest Smith Alumnae Quarterly reveals.

Wild Collecting: Botanic Garden Manager Travels the World for Plant Samples

An Aztec curse seemed like a minor obstacle as Rob Nicholson, manager of the Botanic Garden's Lyman Conservatory, climbed a tree in Oaxaca, Mexico, to gather plant samples. But then—he fell out of the tree. An article in the latest Insight offers tales from Nicholson's other global collecting trips.

Pioneers Jan. 28 Basketball Game Against Mount Holyoke To Feature VIPs on the Bench

This week's basketball matchup between the Smith Pioneers and the Mount Holyoke Lyons will feature some VIPs on the bench and the roster. Among them is President McCartney, who will share the bench with the Pioneers and their coach. Find out who the others are for the game on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in Ainsworth Gym.

Messages for Success: Smith Professor Shares Strategies for Boosting Diversity in STEM

Hands-on classroom activities, peer mentoring and added research opportunities are among the successful strategies Smith has used to draw more students to STEM fields, noted Patricia DiBartolo, professor of psychology and faculty director of the sciences, at a recent Pioneer Valley STEM Network gathering.

Ready to Compete: Five Reasons to Sign Up for the New Smith-Tuck Business Program

March 1 is the deadline to apply for the new Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program, which will bring faculty from Dartmouth's Tuck School to Smith to teach college women essential business skills. The program, which starts May 25, will provide hands-on assignments and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities with Smith alumnae who have been successful in business.

'Valuing Relationships': A Q&A With the Dean of the School for Social Work

Marianne Yoshioka, dean of the Smith College School for Social Work, believes social work schools should offer training to replace programs that have been cut back in recent years at the agency level. "We also need to have more conversations about what it means to be a social worker," Yoshioka said in a recent interview.

Entrancing Art: SCMA Opens Exhibition of Works by Mary Bauermeister from the 1960s

A new exhibition of works by German artist Mary Bauermeister at the Smith College Museum of Art was inspired by five of her pieces in the museum's collection. The show, which opens January 30,  is the first to explore the artist's work during a period in the 1960s when she lived in New York. The museum is also hosting a series of free events in March with the Smith Music Department that will celebrate Bauermeister's association with composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, her husband and sometime collaborator.

Building Bridges: Conference Highlights Issues Facing Refugees, Immigrants

Radha Adhikari summed up in one word what it felt like to arrive in the United States after 18 years of living in a refugee camp in Nepal: "Overwhelming." She shared her experiences at a Smith conference last week that drew educators, students and community groups working with refugees.

From Bell Ringing to Biomath: Scenes From Interterm 2015

The period between the end of winter break and the start of spring semester at Smith is a time when students can explore subjects in-depth, free from the demands of a regular schedule. This year's Interterm was no exception, with credit and non-credit classes offered on subjects ranging from bell ringing to biomathematics.

People News

A regular sampling of recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae in fields ranging from linguistics to diplomacy. Read about grant awards, conference presentations, publications and more.

Then and Now: A Rally Day Preview With the 2015 Smith Medalists

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the college will celebrate four remarkable alumnae selected as 2015 recipients of the Smith College Medal. They are diplomat Gillian Martin Sorensen ’63, author Jane Abramson O’Connor ’69, physician Cynthia F. Bearer ’72, and financial literacy advocate Stephanie D. Neely ’85. Each one has a story to tell about how their time at Smith "back then" shaped the lives they are living now. Here is a preview.

'The Work Is Not Done': Gabrielle Peterson '16 on the Millions March

Gabrielle Peterson '16 was one of more than 100 Smith students who took part in last week's Millions March NYC to protest police violence aimed at African Americans. Here is her account of the march—one of numerous demonstrations held around the country on December 13— that also drew college faculty and alumnae.

Fun Stuff for Smart People: An Interview with 'Mental Floss' Editor Jessanne Collins '01

A long love affair with magazines brought Jessanne Collins '01 to the helm of Mental Floss, a publication unlike any other on the newsstand. In a story in the Winter 2014-15 Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Collins talks about her offbeat approach to magazine content and her views about why print still matters.