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Environmental science fellowships, newly published textbooks and human rights testimony at the United Nations are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Celebrating Groundbreaking Cinema: Smith Hosts Producer of 'Kiss of the Spider Woman'

Kiss of the Spider Woman producer David Weisman will be at Smith this week to talk about the groundbreaking film released 30 years ago. The college's Film Studies program has organized a free screening on Wednesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, followed by a question and answer session with Weisman.

Fostering Learning, Inspiring Achievement: Three Faculty Members Chosen for 2015 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

A classics scholar, an expert in the history of life on earth, and a champion of classroom innovation have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching at Smith. Find out more about the faculty members who are being honored for inspiring students and fostering learning through exceptional teaching.

Philanthropy 'By Women, For Women': $10 Million Gift Endows Scholarships, Sparks Matching Gifts

A $10 million gift from an anonymous donor from the Class of 1986—among the largest ever to a women's college—will be used to support endowed scholarships and "shape the lives of generations of Smith women to come," says President Kathleen McCartney.

Summer Camp, Super Search Engine and Power Shoes: Smith Hosts Annual Draper Contest

This year's Draper Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs' Competition at Smith drew more teams and spectators than ever before. Claire Bowman '16 reports on the innovative business ideas that students from Smith and 18 other colleges pitched during the April 10 competition.

21st-Century Scholarship: Smith Will Host Student Media Studies Conference

Film and media studies students from around the world will gather at Smith for a two-day conference beginning Friday, April 24. Scholarly panels on topics ranging from documentaries to queer media will be open to the public as Smith hosts the third annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference in the Campus Center and Seelye Hall.

'A Life in Two Genders': Jennifer Finney Boylan Offers Presidential Colloquium April 30

The Working Group on Campus Discourse is hosting a talk by author, professor and activist Jennifer Finney Boylan on Thursday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Janet Maslin of The New York Times called Boylan's memoir, She’s Not There, “the Running with Scissors of sex-change stories.”

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.

Kristin Hughes Appointed as New Director of Athletics

Kristin Hughes, a graduate of Smith’s master of science in exercise and sports studies program and an experienced administrator and coach, is the college's new director of athletics and recreation effective July 1.

'Use Your Voice': When Merrill Garbus '01 Sings, She Seizes a Chance to Change the World

Whenever alumna Merrill Garbus '01 of the Tune-Yards sings, she thinks about "the power of song and where that power is directed."  In this essay she wrote for the latest Smith Alumnae Quarterly—which is dedicated to the college's "Spirit of Song"—Garbus shares her ideas about how songwriters contribute to the world of music and the world at large.

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.

'Breaking Down Walls': Ada Monologues Portray Varied Paths to Becoming Smithies

A four-year Smith tradition, the Ada Monologues performances, offer campus community members a glimpse of the "varied and colorful lives" of Ada Comstock Scholars. This year's event is at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 in Graham Hall.

Opening Up a Tradition: Graduation Ceremony to be Translated in Spanish, Mandarin

For the first time, guests attending a Smith Commencement will be able to hear the ceremony in Spanish or Mandarin—two languages requested by this year's graduating class for the pilot program.

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.

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.

What Library Are You Dreaming? Provost Katherine Rowe Talks About the Future of Neilson

In the coming months, the college will launch an important new phase of planning for the future of Smith's 106-year-old Neilson Library. Led by Provost Katherine Rowe, the process will engage students, faculty and staff in "reimagining" the library as a 21st-century resource for the college. Here's what Rowe had to say about the project.

Smart Choices: Alumnae Leadership Conference Explores How to Take the Right Risks

Luma Mufleh '97, founder of the Fugees Family nonprofit for child survivors of war, is one of four keynote speakers at a Smith Women's Leadership Conference to be held on campus Friday, March 27 through Saturday, March 28. "Taking the Right Risks," hosted by the Alumnae Relations Office, will offer participants guidance on how to take smart, calculated risks in their professional and personal lives. Find out more about the speakers and the schedule of workshops and panels.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Illness: Engel Lecture Focuses on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Steven Williams, Gates Professor of Biological Sciences at Smith, believes that many neglected tropical diseases—a category of illness that affects one in five people on the globe—can be eliminated in the next decade. Williams will explore the subject in the annual Engel Lecture Tuesday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium.

Science Guides: Student Assistants Support 'Active Learning' in Physics Classes

A three-year-old learning assistant program in the physics department, which trains students to help out in introductory courses, is a model for making science more accessible, faculty members say. Students, who are paid for their time in the classroom and also earn special-studies credits for training sessions with faculty, say the experience has helped sharpen their skills.

Collaborations in Sound and Space: Artist Mary Bauermeister Headlines ArtsFest at Smith

German artist Mary Bauermeister helped inspire many of her former husband Karlheinz Stockhausen's pioneering 1960s electronic music compositions. Bauermeister, whose inventive sculptures, drawings and assemblages are on exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art, will be on campus next week for a residency and a series of musical events celebrating her collaborations with Stockausen, who died in 2007.

'The Age of Sustainable Development': Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs Offers Presidential Colloquium

What are the connections between nature and the economy? How can we encourage both economic growth and environmental sustainability? What shared goals could we develop to reduce poverty and hunger? Jeffrey Sachs—director of the Earth Institute and one of the world’s leading thinkers on sustainable development—will address these and related questions in a Presidential Colloquium on Wednesday, April 8.

Capitalism, Calamity and Cultural Undergrounds: A Look at Kevin Rozario's Scholarship

Associate Professor of American Studies Kevin Rozario's scholarship is driven by an interest in the history of "the logic of capitalism." His first book was on calamity. His second—described in a story in the latest Insight—explores cultural and political undergrounds, from the Stone Age cave paintings of southern France to contemporary digital hackers.

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.

Record High: College Logs More than 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. (UPDATED Thursday, March 5).

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.

Admission Policy Review: A Conversation with Study Group Co-Chairs

Since its formation last fall amid national discussion of transgender students at women's colleges, the Admission Policy Study Group has heard from more than 1,500 members of the Smith community on the issue. Here is an update on the committee's plans.

Peer Learning: Campus School Teachers Host Roundtables for Fellow K-12 Educators

For the past decade, teachers at the Smith College Campus School have been hosting regular roundtables for fellow K-12 teachers in the region. Participants say the sessions allow teachers to share ideas and gain inspiration from their peers.

'A High-Touch Experience': Smith Executive Education Offers Its First Online Course

Marketing expert Dorie Clark '97 is teaching the first online offering from Smith College Executive Education for Women—a six-week self-directed leadership course that focuses on best practices for using digital media to create an online brand.

‘No Two Days Alike’: Catherine Aguilar ’16 Talks About Her Internship at the White House

Catherine Aguilar '16 is one of about 150 young people selected to be White House interns this spring. An environmental science and policy major, Aguilar is working in the Office of Scheduling and Advance, which involves planning events and keeping on top of President Barack Obama’s schedule.

Making Sense of Big Data: Five Things to Know About DataFest

Focus, flexibility and Snapple are among the strategies Smith students will employ during this weekend's American Statistical Association Five College DataFest event. Smith is sending three teams to the contest, where students compete to see who can best analyze real-world data sets.

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.