Nancy Roseman ’80, who was appointed the 28th president of Dickinson College in July, became the first woman to lead the Carlisle, Penn., liberal arts school in its 230-year-old history. In her inaugural address, Roseman shared how important the residential liberal-arts experience has been in her life—from her years at Smith to her 21-year career at Williams College as a professor biology and dean of the college. She also expressed special thanks to her Smith biology professor and adviser, Richard Olivo.
Piper Foreso, events coordinator in college relations, and a local artist, took the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Art in the Orchard, an annual Easthampton, Mass., festival featuring a sculpture trail. Foreso won the award for her work “DragonFlies,” a 14-foot, 75-pound sculpture of a Chinese dragon, made from recycled tin cans and glass. Foreso, of Northampton, works out of a studio in the Cottage Street Studios building in Easthampton. Since the 1980s, she has worked with glass, metal and found mechanical objects since the 1980s in creating her sculptures. View her work online.
Five students—Abby Ericson ’15, Christine Hamilton ’17, Charlotte Sappo ’15, Alex Widstrand ’17, and Lingyi Wu ’14—attended the Drone and Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC), held in October in New York City. The three-day multidisciplinary conference hosts top experts from industry, government and academia on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, with an emphasis on civilian applications, in agriculture, policing, weather, mapping, wildlife conservation and other areas. The five students work with Paul Voss, associate professor of engineering and an expert on UAVs, in studying drone technology and its applications. At the DARC, the Smith students participated in a competition in which they programmed a small drone and demonstrated it for conference attendees.
Five students—Julia Edwards ’15, Gavi Haskell ’15, Jessica Mann ’15, Erika Miguel ’15 and Sharon Pamela Santana ’14—represented the largest Smith contingent ever to attend the Grace Hopper Conference, an annual celebration of women in computing, held this year in early October in Minneapolis, Minn. The conference featured speakers including Megan Smith, from Google, and Sheryl Sandberg, from Facebook. The Smith students’ attendance was made possible in part from a scholarship from Google. The Grace Hopper Conference began in 1994 and was inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, a computer science pioneer. It is the largest technical conference for women in computing.
October 8, 2013
Joe McVeigh, professor of German studies and director of the German Studies Junior Year Abroad Program in Hamburg this year, is making several trips to Vienna this fall to speak on renowned Austrian poet and writer Ingeborg Bachmann, the subject of his most recent book, Ingeborg Bachmanns Wien 1946-1953 (Ingeborg Bachmann’s Vienna). Written in German, the book chronicles the early years of Bachmann’s career, and is due for release in 2014. This fall marks the 40th anniversary of Bachmann’s death in 1973. McVeigh spoke at the University of Vienna on September 28. On October 17, he will deliver the closing address at an exhibition of paintings by Ilse Gewolf inspired by Bachmann’s writings. And on November 29, McVeigh will speak at the University of Krems, during a conference on well-known Austrian literary critic Hans Weigel, about Bachmann’s literary and personal relationship with Weigel. In 2011, McVeigh’s book Die Radiofamille, was published, a collection of radio plays by Bachmann that aired on the United States Occupation radio station in Austria in the early 1950s.
Victoria Chan ’09, now in her fourth year of a doctoral program at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, recently received the inaugural DeMund Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical and Medical Sciences. The new scholarship was established to support the study of optics and photonics and their contributions to the advancement of medicine, personal interests of foundation president Chuck DeMund. Chan, whose studies in optical science focus on biomedical imaging, is producing an endoscope that may provide rapid detection of esophageal diseases with safer, less invasive procedures.
Jennifer Sparrow ‘93 was named a 2013 recipient of the Rising Star Award, given by Educause, an association for information technology in higher education. The Rising Star Award recognizes exceptional early career leadership. Sparrow, the senior director of networked knowledge ventures and emerging technologies at Virginia Tech University, has worked at a variety of levels during her career to increase digital fluency among students, faculty and staff. At Virginia Tech since 2009, Sparrow transformed the school’s multimedia lab into a collaborative space encouraging discovery, incubation and delivery of technology tools and teaching methodologies. She also initiated programs, such as an iPad loan program and an e-textbook pilot, that enhance and facilitate student-faculty collaboration. Sparrow will be honored as one of four award winners at the annual Educause Conference, October 15-18, in Anaheim, Calif.
Kayla Clark ‘14 was recently selected as a recipient of a Distinguished Student Research Award given by the School for Field Studies (SFS), a community of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship worldwide. SFS directs educational programs in several countries that explore environmental problems and contribute to sustainable solutions. Clark was given the award based on her research paper, “An assessment of effectiveness of citizen science for qualitative climate change research.” Research awards are given to one student per semester from each of the school’s field programs in recognition of excellence and diligence in research, as well as leadership and teamwork. Clark’s award will fund her participation in the spring in the SFS Center for Marine Resources Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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