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May 7, 2007

Barbara Calvert, Siobhan O'Riordan and Byron Zamboanga (l to r) studying their subject firsthand

Barbara Calvert ’07 won first place in the Student Poster Competition (Division 50 of the study of addictions) at a recent American Psychological Association conference in San Francisco, for her presentation of research on binge drinking and hazardous use among women. The presentation was co-written with Janine Olthuis ’08, Elan McCollum ’08 and Siobhan O’Riordan ’07, all of whom work in the lab of Byron L. Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology, who accompanied the students to the conference in San Francisco. Also, O’Riordan presented her research conducted in collaboration with Zamboanga on alcohol expectances and drinking games involvement. The students joined Zamboanga in presenting “Ping-pong, Endurance, Card, and Other Types of Drinking Games: Are These Games of the Same Feather?” a work co-authored by the presenters and scheduled for publication in the Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education this summer. For her first-place prize, Calvert received a $100 prize and a one-year free student association membership.

Samantha Lewis ’08 was recently elected secretary for the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans (MACR), a coalition of clubs from 47 colleges, accepting the baton from fellow Smith College Republican Natalie Vernon ’08, who serves as current MACR secretary. Elizabeth Morgan ’09, president of Smith College Republicans, serves as the MACR executive board co-president this year. Due in part to its active presence among state college Republican chapters, the Smith College Republican Club last year was named Outstanding Chapter of the Year by the MACR.

Devin Alexander ’93 is the host of a new cooking show, “Healthy Decadence with Devin Alexander” to be shown on the Discovery Health Channel every Thursday at 10:30 p.m. EST. On the show, Alexander will demonstrate how to make viewers’ favorite foods in a healthier way at home. “I prefer spending 20 minutes in the kitchen over three hours in the gym any day,” says Alexander in a promotional ad for the show. She plans to reinvent favorites like chicken parmesan, hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin and double chocolate brownies in a way that reduces fat and calories without sacrificing flavor. Alexander, who has fought her own battles against excessive weight, has written numerous articles on healthy eating and is the author of two cookbooks, Fast Food Fix and The Biggest Loser Cookbook, a New York Times bestseller. She is the owner and executive chef of Café Reneucutee Catering in Los Angeles. After completing a bachelor’s degree in theater at Smith, Alexander earned a Professional Chef Certification from the Westlake Culinary Institute.


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