Cláudia Vassallo, chief executive at CDI in São Paulo, says being part of a new Smith women's leadership program in Brazil gave her insights into her role as a woman executive. A second round of the program—launched by Smith’s Executive Education for Women in cooperation with Brazil's leading business school—begins in August.
National conference presentations, literary prizes and professional promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.
The Smith College Museum of Art recently purchased a painting by Lockwood de Forest—one that was originally owned by the college but deemed unimportant and sold in the 1940s. A story in the latest Insight explains how key faculty and staff did the detective work that helped return the work to the collection at Smith.
A four-day encounter in June between activists and the college’s extensive women’s history archives fulfilled a longtime dream of Gloria Steinem ’56 and the late Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected chief of the Cherokee Nation. The Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers was the inaugural program in the college’s three-part Steinem Initiative that will run through 2017.
Working with the Clark Science Center's outreach office, a team of Smith students created a lab activity about cancer cells for adult learners at Holyoke Community College. The project was inspired by the group's reading of a book about an African American woman whose cancer cells—taken without her permission—became the source of the first human immortal cell line for medical research.
When he began work in the 1970s on the Marshmallow Test study of children's self-control, Smith psychology professor Philip Peake had no idea the results would be so far reaching. Followup studies by Peake and his colleagues have won a Golden Goose Award for their impact on fields ranging from education to economics.
The college recently honored 13 retiring faculty members for their contributions to their academic disciplines and their students, as well as their support for the Smith community.