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Brand-New View: Students Use New Microscope to Advance Cell Research

A cutting-edge microscope is allowing Smith students to see what scientists have been unable to see in previous decades: individual molecules. This summer, Amalia Driller-Colangelo '18 and two fellow participants in Smith’s Summer Research Fellowship program—Jessica Morgan ’17 and Sahar Aftab ’18—are using the new microscope to study the behavior of molecular motor proteins.

Evolutionary 'Sweet Spot’: Study by Prof. Pruss Helps Explain Unusual Fossils

A study by Associate Professor of Geosciences Sara Pruss about unusual fossils in earth's early geologic record was published last month in Geology. Pruss says the research done with colleagues at MIT is an example of what can happen when lab experiments are combined with earth history.

‘Natural Flow': Students Test New Plan for Moving Sediment Out of Paradise Pond

A partial drawdown of Paradise Pond scheduled to start Wednesday, July 6, is part of a two-year experiment that aims to move sediment downstream without expensive dredging operations that can disrupt the pond and Mill River ecosystems.

People News

Grant awards, prestigious internships and the creation of a national monument are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

History in Action: Students Create Digital Timeline of Domestic Worker Organizing

A focus on real-world impact has been a feature of recent classroom partnerships between Smith students and Matahari, a Boston-based women workers' rights organization.

‘Inclusive Excellence’: Smith Shares Success in STEM Learning via New Website

Efforts to draw more women to the sciences at Smith have had an impact: The proportion of Smithies majoring in a STEM field has grown to more than 43 percent of the student body. Prof. Patricia DiBartolo, faculty director of the sciences, talks about the college's successes in STEM learning over 25 years of funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Queen's Prize: Visiting Artist Henry Kramer Shines in International Competition

Leon Fleisher. Mitsuko Uchida. Vladimir Ashkenazy. Over the past 60 years, these great pianists have all won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. Last month, Henry Kramer—the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith—placed second in the international contest.

Smith Names Susan Fliss Dean of Libraries

Susan Fliss—an accomplished librarian with more than two decades of leadership at Mount Holyoke, Dartmouth and Harvard—has been named dean of libraries for Smith. Her appointment is effective September 1.