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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.