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2006-07 ARCHIVE

July 3, 2007

Stephanie Keep AC’02, who is currently a master’s degree candidate in the School for Social Work, was cited in GPS Examples Across the Curriculum, a recent article published by GIS at NITLE, a geographic systems initiative. The article lists examples of GIS software use in liberal arts studies. “Smith College psychology student Stephanie Keep ’02 used GIS technology to document patterns of campus use by students,” the article says, “as well as investigate their perceived notions of the campus environment.” Keep is conducting a follow-up study examining the effect of the Campus Center on social patterns at the college. H. Robert Burger, Achilles Professor of Geology, is also mentioned in the article for his use of GIS in teaching students who to create hazard maps in his course Natural Disasters: Confronting and Coping.

Anne O. Freed, a 1941 graduate of the School for Social Work and a former member of the school’s faculty, has teamed with her husband, Roy, in writing a book, Fulbrighters in Retirement: Networking with Bulgarians Keeps Us Engaged. The book documents the Freeds’ experience as Fulbright Teaching Scholars at Sofia University in Bulgaria in 1989, and their collaboration on building an Internet network in Bulgaria. Also, Anne Freed helped establish a university level school of clinical social work at the New Bulgarian University modeled after Smith’s School for Social Work. She has since facilitated an informal affiliation between Smith and the Bulgarian school. The Freeds’ book is available for purchase through online book retailers.

Jon Caris, GIS specialist in the Environmental Science and Policy Program, was recently named a Technology Fellow with the NITLE GIS Fellows program. NITLE is a nonprofit program that promotes liberal education. The Technology Fellows program, now in its second year, provides opportunities for IT personnel at American educational institutions to expand expertise in specific technologies of interest to liberal arts curricula. This year’s fellows will focus on Web-mapping and introductory mapping/GIS workshops, and ways to introduce GIS technology into college curricula.

Adele Pike ’77 was recently selected as a Practice Change Fellow with the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and Affiliates (VNAB). The fellowship program seeks to build leadership capacity among nurses, physicians and social workers who have operational responsibility for geriatric care. As a fellow, Pike will receive $90,000 over two years to participate in a project to implement a new geriatric service line or aging program. Pike, who has a joint appointment as the Director of Education for the VNAB and as assistant clinical professor in Community Health Nursing at Boston College, will focus on identifying and developing new trends and better practices in geriatric home care. Pike was one of ten health professionals chosen for the prestigious fellowship. Following her graduation from Smith, Pike received a master of science degree in nursing from Yale University School of Nursing in 1984, and a doctor of education degree from Boston University School of Education in 2001.

June 7, 2007

The American Philosophical Society, the nation’s oldest learned society, has named Mary Patterson McPherson ’57, chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees, as its new Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2007. McPherson succeeds former Smith College President Mary Maples Dunn and Richard S. Dunn, who had served in that role for five years. The society was established in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” McPherson was Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and its Program Officer for the Liberal Arts Colleges from 1997 through March of this year. “Her philosophy, her experience, and her dedication will certainly continue the Society’s tradition and strengthen its mission,” said Baruch S. Blumberg, ASP president, in making the announcement.

Five College, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Kevin Kennedy as its new Director of Communications and Publications. Kennedy will succeed Carol Angus, who will retire at the end of June after 23 years in the position. Kennedy, who has served on the staff of Marlboro College in Vermont for 14 years, most recently as Communications Director. Kennedy, a 1984 graduate of Holy Cross College, will assume responsibility for all Five Colleges, Inc. publications and its Web site, and will meet with several standing committees from the consortium members, including the Museums10 group, admission officers, and student affairs. Read the Five Colleges, Inc. press release.

Shirley Rich Krohn ’46 was recently awarded the Hancher Finkbine Alumni Medallion by the University of Iowa, one of the institution’s most prestigious awards. Krohn, who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, completed her master of fine arts degree in theatre arts at Smith. She then built a successful career as a casting agent at a time when women were largely excluded from the entertainment industry. She casted more than six major Broadway productions and several high-profile films and television productions. She became a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served for many years on the Tony Nominating Committee. She has also been awarded the Hoyt Bowers Award for outstanding contributions to the casting profession.

Chris Shelton, professor of exercise and sport studies, will represent Smith College at a Keck Leadership Institute conference, “Leadership Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum,” on June 14 and 15 in Claremont, Calif. The conference invites some of the nation’s leading scholars of leadership studies from more than 50 liberal arts institutions. The gathering is the culmination of a three-year project funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations. The project’s aim has been to integrate topics of responsible leadership across liberal arts disciplines.

May 24, 2007

Floyd Cheung (pictured, with his students), associate professor of English language and literature, traveled with nine students in late April to attend the 38th annual pilgrimage to the Manzanar Internment camp site located near Independence, Calif. The camp, a national historic site, is the most well-preserved of the ten Japanese American internment camps established during World War II. More than 500 people attended the pilgrimage. Cheung accompanied his students as part of his Narratives of Internment course. “It’s eerie,” he told the publication Rafu Shimpo Online, a Japanese periodical in Los Angeles. “It’s really something to see a location which I’ve studied so much and read so much about. It all comes together in a new way.”

Fadzai Chinyengetere ’07 recently won the Anna J. Harrison Award at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Connecticut Valley Section Undergraduate Research Symposium for her talk “Thermodynamic Studies of Spiroiminodihydantoin and 8-Oxodeoxyguanosine DNA Lesions.” The prize, named after the first female president of the ACS (and an emerita member of the Mt. Holyoke College chemistry department faculty), is given annually for the best talk given by a woman student.

Award-winning environmental journalist Simran Sethi ’92 is the new host of The Sundance Channel’s The Green, a weekly show dedicated to the environment. Presented by Robert Redford, The Green airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Sethi shares hosting with Majora Carter, a community advocate and MacArthur Fellow. “The Green reflects the current tipping point in public awareness about ecological issues and the trend towards environmentally sustainable approaches to modern living,” according to the Sundance Channel Web site. Sethi, who also anchors news for TreeHugger.com, began her career at MTV News. She was recently featured in Vanity Fair and Domino magazine. 

A film, Tango Passion, in which Nancy Vining Van Ness ’67 plays the female lead, will be screened at the Boston International Film Festival on June 8. Van Ness, who is the founder and director of American Creative Dance in Brooklyn, N.Y., plays Claudia, who has a late middle-aged love affair with Philip. The romantic comedy is set in a tango salon. Van Ness, who also performs with her dance company, was a member of the Barbara Mettler (Smith College ’28) Dance Company. She is currently writing a book about being a modern dancer who has taken up tango.

Andrea Leers and Jane Weinzapfel, owners of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the Boston architectural firm that designed Smith’s Olin Fitness Center, recently became the first woman-owned firm ever to win the American Institute of Architects Firm Award. The institute’s highest honor, the award annually recognizes practices that have consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. The award was recently announced in Architectural Record with photos of the team’s projects, including the Olin Center.

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.

April 23, 2007

Eric Reeves, professor of English language and literature, and a tireless and prominent advocate for the victims caught in a cycle of violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, was the guest of honor on Sunday, April 22, at a fundraising event in Cambridge, Mass., to support the work by CARE and Doctors Without Borders in Darfur, co-chaired by U.S. senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. CARE is a leading humanitarian organization that fights poverty around the globe. Doctors Without Borders, an organization that Reeves has supported for many years, is an independent international medical humanitarian agency that delivers emergency aid to people affected by disasters, disease and armed conflict. Also participating in the event, at the Royal Senesta Hotel Boston, were U.S representatives Barney Frank and Mike Capuano. News personality Jane Pauley served as Master of Ceremonies.

April 10, 2007

Kathryn Dick ’07 won the “Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster” award at a recent spring meeting of the Atlantic and Southeastern Estuarine Research Societies in Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina. Dick’s poster, titled “Short-term Sediment Deposition on Two Fringing Salt Marshes, Beaufort, North Carolina,” resulted from her research as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) inter in Beaufort, N.C., last summer. The internship was sponsored by Smith’s Environmental Science and Policty Program and funded by the Agnes Shedd Andreae ’32 Research Fund.  Dick is pursuing a major in geology and a minor in marine science. She will present her award-winning poster again at this year’s “Celebrating Collaborations” event on Saturday, April 21.

Elenore Liana Snow, a School for Social Work master’s degree candidate, was recently named a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to study human rights in Africa at Makerere University, Uganda, during the 2007-08 academic year. The scholarship includes a $26,000 stipend. While in Uganda, Snow also plans to volunteer with a Non-Governmental Organization working with child soldiers from the country’s ongoing military conflicts.

Sarah Thomas ’70, university librarian at Cornell University Library, last month was named the winner of the 2007 Melvil Dewey Medal from the American Library Association, an annual award that recognizes distinguished service to the profession of librarianship. In announcing the award, Winston Tabb of Johns Hopkins University, the award jury chair, recognized Thomas for her extraordinary leadership in the advancement of research libraries, and cataloging and bibliographic standards and practices during her three-decade career. “Dr. Thomas has demonstrated inspiring vision, relentless determination, and unfailing optimism as an innovative leader in three great American libraries – the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, and Cornell University – and will undoubtedly enhance this impressive record of achievement as she assumes leadership of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.” Thomas is an active life member of the American Library Association. After graduating from Smith, she received a master’s degree from Simmons College and a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University. She will be presented with the Melvil Dewey Award on June 26 during the annual ALA Conference in Washington, D.C.

March 12, 2007

On March 6, six brave Smithies participated in the fourth annual
Elevator Pitch Contest, coordinated by the Women and Financial Independence (WFI) program, which required them to present their entrepreneurial ideas to an audience of classmates and judges in 90 seconds or less. The winner: Rebecca Freeman '09, who wowed judges with her idea that will be of great benefit to international travelers. Contestants were evaluated on the quality of presentation and viability of their concepts. Freeman was unanimously declared the winner. She received a gift bag from WFI, a $100 cash prize from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, and the opportunity to represent Smith at the foundation's regional pitch competition to be held during its annual Entrepreneurship Banquet on Wednesday, April 25, at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, Mass. Freeman will pitch her idea against students from other area educational institutions. Contestants will again be judged on the caliber of their 90-second pitches and are not allowed to use technology or props, or distribute handouts. The top prize in the regional competition is $1,000, second is $750, and third is $500.

Two Smith College undergraduates will present research at the 56th annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America March 29 and 30. Anna Lavarreda ’08 and Maya Wei-Haas ’09 will join about 750 geoscientists at the meeting in Savannah, Georgia. Working with researchers at Mount Holyoke College, the University of South Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History, Lavarreda investigated the idea that small body size is a common feature among survivors of mass extinctions. Wei-Haas' research attempted to identify a rare and mysterious fossil found in northern Tennessee. She worked on the project with Smith geology faculty members Bosiljka Glumac and Allen Curran.

March 2, 2007

Sara Brickman ’07 and Laurie A. Guerrero AC were both nominated to read their work at this year’s Five College Poetry Festival on Wednesday, March 7. The two Smith poets join eight others from the other Five College institutions in the event’s fifth year. The Poetry Fest, which will take place this year at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall at UMass, celebrates poetry while giving recognition to student writers. Each year, two students from each campus are chosen to read their work. The Poetry Fest is sponsored by the Poetry Center at Smith College, the writing programs at the five colleges, and by Five College, Inc.

Nora Hayes-Roth ’06, who is living and working in Italy through a Fulbright Fellowship on her project “Effective Media Strategies for Informing Italian Youth,” was recently chosen to represent that country at the 2007 Fulbright Seminar, “An Introduction to the European Union.” As representative, Hayes-Roth, who was chosen by the Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg, will attend briefings in Luxembourg, at the Court of Justice, Ministry and Education, and Court of Auditors; Brussels, at the European Commission, Council of Ministers, European Parliament, U.S. Mission to the EU, and NATO Headquarters; and Mons, at the Supreme Headquarters for Allied Powers of Europe. One Fulbright Fellow from each EU country is chosen to participate in the seminar, informs Hayes-Roth. “The seminar will expand my network and foundations in international law and diplomacy, which may open new doors for me later in life," she says. "I am very grateful to have received such an honor."

A short film directed by Virada Chatikul ’04 has been chosen to be premiered at the Thai Takes Indpendent Film Festival, which takes place in April in New York City. The film, titled Boonkhun, is a 22-minute piece about three students of traditional Thai music and dance who reflect on changing perceptions and identity from spending much of their years growing up at the Thai Cultural Center at Wat Mongkol in San Francisco. Chatikul was born and raised in San Francisco and has been the “prodigal student” at the Thai Cultural Center since age 6. She is pursuing filmmaking to increase the visibility of the Thai-American community. Boonkhun is her second film. It will be screened as part of the Coming of Age: Shorts Program on Sunday, April 15, at 5 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave.

Evelyn Boyd Granville ’45 is one of 17 notable women in math and the sciences documented in Sisters in Science: Conversations with Black Women Scientists on Race, Gender, and Their Passion for Science, a compilation of interviews and stories edited by Diann Jordan, a professor of biology at Alabama State University. The book, which was published in 2006 by Purdue University Press, uses its sources’ own words to describe their influences and challenges they faced in their fields. Granville, a mathematician, who entered Smith with help from a Phi Delta Kappa scholarship, comments in the book, “When I was growing up, I never heard the theory that females aren’t equipped mentally to succeed in mathematics, and my generation did not hear terms such as permanent underclass or disadvantaged. Our parents and teachers preached over and over again that education is the vehicle to a productive life, and through diligent study, we could succeed at whatever we attempted to do.”

February 14, 2007

Joanne Corbin, associate professor in the School for Social Work, was recently honored with the 2006 Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education Award given by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Corbin joined the School for Social Work faculty in 2000 after directing the Child and Adolescent Development Unit at the Yale Child Study Center’s School Development Program. Her current research and practice at Smith explores the systemic work of school social workers and examines the multiple effects of children forced into armed conflict situations in Africa. She is the chair of the research sequence in the SSW. Corbin will receive the award at the NASW’s annual reception on March 20 at the Marriott Newton Hotel, along with winners of other association awards. James Drisko, professor of social work, received the same award in 2002.

Suleiman A. Mourad, assistant professor of religion at Smith College, recently won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund his study of a famous school of Islamic theology. Mourad plans to study and write about the Mu‘tazila school of theology, in particular the works of theologian al-Hakim al-Jushami, next year. He wants to  determine the level of originality on the part of Muslim scholars in shaping the Islamic tradition, and how this led to the formation of trends and religious beliefs that reflect the socio-economic, political and religious environment of these scholars and movements, their particular understanding of the Islamic tradition and the way it has to be conceptualized and transmitted. Mourad, who teaches courses on The Islamic Tradition as well as Islamic Thought, and a colloquium titled “The Holy Land,” came to Smith in 2005. In prior years he taught at Middlebury College, the American University in Beirut, and the Yale Divinity School at Yale University.

A new book by Ann Zulawski, professor of history, titled Unequal Cures: Public Health and Political Change in Bolivia, 1900–1950, is due for publication on March 2 by Duke University Press. The book examines ways in which national debate about medicine and public health was related to different visions of citizenship, the state and the roles of indigenous Bolivians and women in the nation. Zulawski teaches courses on Latin America in the colonial and national periods, Andean society, gender in Latin American history, Cuban society and culture, the history of public health in Latin America, and U.S. foreign policy in the region. She is also the author of They Eat from Their Labor: Work and Social Change in Colonial Bolivia.

January 23, 2007

Daisy Fried, the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith, has been named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book of poems My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2005. Fried, author of She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship last year. The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is an organization of book reviewers that presents annual awards in fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism. Winners of this year’s awards will be announced in March. My Brother is Getting Arrested Again is Fried’s second published collection.

Andrea Hairston, professor of theatre, has been nominated to receive the 2006 Philip K. Dick Award for her science fiction novel Mindscape, published in 2006 by Aqueduct Press. The award, which is named after the renowned science fiction writer, is given annually for distinguished works of science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, the award will be presented on April 6. Judges for the 2006 award include Geary Gravel, staff interpreter for the deaf in Smith’s Office of Disability Services, and the author of 11 science fiction and fantasy novels, who was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for his 1984 book The Alchemists. Mindscape is Hairston’s first novel; she is currently working on her second, Exploding in Slow Motion.

Senda Berenson, the first director of physical education at Smith, from 1892 to 1911, will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Commack, New York, on April 29. After becoming friends with Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball at Springfield College, Berenson adapted his rules for a women’s game in 1892, and directed the first women’s collegiate basketball game on March 22, 1893, in Smith's Alumnae Gymnasium, which pitted the classes of 1895 against 1896 in close competition. The score: 5 to 4, class of 1896. Berenson will be inducted along with Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Spitz, legendary broadcaster Howard Cosell, and eight other sports figures.

Sarah-Marie Belcastro, a visiting assistant professor in mathematics and statistics, was featured in an article, “Mathematicians are Knitting and Crocheting to Visualize Complex Surfaces,” published in Science News Online Dec. 23, for her combination of craftwork and mathematical expertise, as realized in her knitted creations of algebraic shapes. Belcastro co-organized an exhibition of crocheted, knitted and sewn mathematical principles for the 2005 annual Joint Mathematics Meeting, and displayed her own knitted torus (a doughnut-shaped object that reflects mathematical networks) at an event last March. Belcastro is co-editing a book on the topic, Making Mathematics with Needlework, in collaboration with Carolyn Yackel, a mathematician at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

January 2, 2007


Ileana Streinu, left, assists a student

Ileana Streinu, professor of computer science, was awarded the Grigore Moisil Award by the Romanian Academy for her paper “On the Number of Embeddings of Minimally Rigid Graphs,” co-written by Ciprian Borcea, professor of mathematics at Rider University, and published in Discrete and Computational Geometry (Feb. 2004). The annual Moisil Award is the academy’s highest honor for theoretical computer science research. The award is named after an important Romanian mathematician and has been presented each year since 2000. The Romanian Academy is a cultural forum, founded in Romania in 1866, that advances scientific research, as well as Romanian language, literature and history. The Moisil Award was presented on December 19, 2006, at a ceremony recognizing the academy’s 140th anniversary.

Katherine N. Lwebuga-Mukasa ’69 was recently appointed the new chief operating officer of the YWCA of Western New York, located in Buffalo. YWCA of Western New York oversees several charitable agencies in the Buffalo area and is the largest provider of childcare services in the region. The organization is known for its programs providing transitional housing and leadership training for women, and for promoting racial equality. Following her graduation from Smith, Lwebuga-Mukasa earned a master’s degree in education from San Diego State University, and a master’s in school psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.

Larry Meinert, professor-in-residence of geology and an expert on the production of wine, is the editor of a new book, Fine Wine and Terroir: The Geoscience Perspective, a collection of articles about the production of wine and the physical environment of terroir. Terroir is a French word that pertains to all aspects of the wine environment, such as climate, soil, geology and culture. The book, co-edited by R.W. Macqueen, is composed of 17 papers, six from the terroir symposium held at the 2003 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Seattle, Washington.

December 12, 2006

Dennis Hudson, professor emeritus of world religions and a Smith faculty member since 1970, died last weekend. A memorial service will be held for Hudson in early 2007. During his career at Smith, Hudson had become renowned as one of America’s foremost scholars of the religions of India. The College Hall flag was lowered to half staff on Dec. 11 in Hudson’s memory and a funeral service was held on Dec. 12.

Marsha Kline Pruett, the Maconda Brown O’Connor Chaired Professor in the School for Social Work, has been named a winner of the 2007 Richard Manware Humanitarian Award from the Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis (CCCC), an organization that fights child abuse, neglect and victimization through home visits, parenting education, counseling and advocacy. “Dr. Kline Pruett’s groundbreaking research and clinical experience has led to a new understanding about healthy child and family development, particularly during difficult life transitions, and has resulted in new protocols that improve outcomes for children,” said Cheryl Burack, executive director of CCCC. The late Richard Manware was a member of the CCCC Board of Directors, until his death in 1998, who was active in several charities and known as a tireless and effective advocate for the vulnerable and disenfranchised, explained Burack. “Choosing an award recipient each year is a way to honor his memory and send a message to the community about the need for services that protect children and strengthen families.” Pruett will receive the award during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April 2007.

Catherine T. Hunt ’77, who will assume the presidency on January 1, 2007, of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, has been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship. The fellowship is given to AAAS members by their peers. Hunt was elected an AAAS fellow “for leadership in promoting innovation, understanding, and appreciation of, and in furthering innovation within, the chemical enterprise across organizational and institutional boundaries,” according to an announcement of fellowship winners in the News & Notes section of the Nov. 24 edition of the journal Science. Hunt, an executive with Rohm and Haas, a specialty materials company based in Philadelphia, will join 448 other fellowship recipients in receiving a certificate and an honorary pin on February 17, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

November 14, 2006

Linda Jones, the R.B. Hewlett ’40 Professor of Engineering and director of the Picker Engineering Program, was recently named a 2006 "trendsetter" by Public Works
magazine, her name appearing on the alphabetical list near that of a former
vice president. Editors honed the list to "50 people, places and events that
shaped, shocked or otherwise rocked our world over the past year." Of
Jones, the editors wrote: "One of the nation's foremost researchers in
high-temperature materials, she became the director of Smith College's
Picker Engineering Program in July 2005. Since then, the school has
partnered with Princeton University to begin an engineering exchange program
to place men and women in different learning environments and prepare them
for teamwork in their careers. Smith College is the nation's first women's
college to have an engineering program, which graduated its first class in
2004. In 2005, the program was accredited by the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology."

Elan McCollum ’08 and Siobhan O’Riordan ’07, lab research assistants for Byron Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology, won honors for their presentations of their research projects at the New England Psychological Association conference in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 20-21. McCollum took the Best Undergraduate Poster Award, which included a $100 prize, and O’Riordan received an Honorable Mention in the same category.

A production of the play Pulling Apart, by Ellen Kaplan, professor of theater, recently won the Moss Hart Memorial Award for Best Production, college and university division. The award was given for a production by the Southern Connecticut State University Department of Theater during its 2005-06 season, directed by Sheila Hickey Garvey. The Moss Hart Memorial Award is given annually by the New England Theatre Conference to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theater. The award is endowed by actress Kitty Carlisle Hart in memory of the late Moss Hart, a celebrated playwright and stage director. Pulling Apart is a poetic drama based on Kaplan’s family's recent experiences emigrating to Israel.

Ellen Watson, director of the Smith College Poetry Center, also serves as editor and poetry editor for the Massachusetts Review, an Amherst quarterly periodical of literature, the arts, and public affairs, which was recently selected as a Massachusetts charity for the 2006 Catalogue for Philanthropy. The catalogue profiles 72 of the state’s outstanding environmental, cultural and human service agencies as “examples of excellence” in Massachusetts philanthropy. The Massachusetts Review was chosen from among more than 250 organizations. Founded in 1959 by a group of professors from Smith, Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges and UMass-Amherst, the Massachusetts Review is one of the nation’s leading literary magazines.

Al-Hajja Khalilah Karim-Rushdan, chaplain to the Muslim community, is one among some 100 leading Muslim women invited from around the world to attend WISE: The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity in New York City Nov. 17-19. The WISE conference is intended to empower Muslim women to play a greater role in their societies worldwide. The event is organized by the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Karim-Rushdan will join Muslim women leaders such as Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman to enter the British House of Lords; Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General; Massouda Jalal, Afghani presidential candidate; and Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America.

Marjorie H. Everitt ’86 was recently named vice president for development and university communications at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., a leading technological university offering degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management. Everitt, who was promoted from her position of associate vice president for development and external affairs, will focus on preparing the institute for a major endowment-building initiative.

October 30, 2006

Joshua Miller, professor of social work, has been recognized by the Hampshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross for his work in response to major disastrous events in and beyond the Hampshire County area. Miller, who has been a member of the local chapter’s disaster mental health team since 1999, was presented with the Bonnie Snyder Disaster Services Award on Oct. 26 during the chapter’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition event. As one of two disaster mental health instructors for the chapter, Miller has been “a major player in increasing our volunteers from this field to better keep us prepared to provide for our community,” says Mary E. Snyders, director of emergency and volunteer services.

Elliot Offner, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, will be presented with the Trustees Award, Forbes Library’s highest honor, on Nov. 12. Forbes Library trustees present the award annually to members of the community who have donated their time, expertise and creativity to the library. Offner, who retired from Smith in 2004 after 41 years on the faculty, has supported the library for many years. He has donated four of his sculptures to Forbes Library, and they remain on display in the arts and music department, the main floor, and the children’s department. Offner’s artwork composed the inaugural exhibition for the library’s recently renovated Hosmer Art Gallery. The award presentation will take place at 2 p.m. in the library’s Calvin Coolidge Presidential Museum.

Linda Gray ’74 padded Smith’s number of Fulbright scholars this year with her own Teacher Exchange Fellowship from the Fulbright Program of the U.S. Department of State. Gray, who teaches history at Norwich University and Vermont College, both in Vermont, will teach at Dnipropetrovsk National University in Ukraine from February through June 2007. Sixteen Smith students and recent graduates won student Fulbright scholarships this year, the highest number among the nation’s bachelor’s institutions.

Meanwhile, John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship as well, to teach and conduct research on 19th-century Belgian art at L’Université Libre de Bruxelles. He will travel to Brussels in spring 2007.

Ann Ostergaard ’58, of Pittsburgh, president of her Smith Alumnae Class, has been elected to the board of directors of YMCA of the USA, the national office for the country’s 2,617 local Ys. Ostergaard, a former chair of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, will serve a three-year term on the 25-seat board. Ostergaard, who owned and operated a Pittsburgh-based human resources consulting firm from 1986-2004, was named Woman of the Year by the YWCA in 1985.

October 11, 2006

It’s been 40 years since Gail Adametz (pictured, on right), a tech services/circulation associate in Young Science Library, and Rose Marie Glavickas, acquisitions supervisor in Neilson Library, first came to Smith as employees. The two Smith libraries employees were honored during an Employee Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 3, along with more than 100 college employees who have served for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years, as well as winners of the Employee Excellence Awards.

Seven Smith students and two recent graduates will present their research at the annual New England Psychological Association conference in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 20 and 21. Jennifer Lee ’07J, Elan McCollum ’08, Susie Paterson ’08, Siobhan O'Riordan ’07 Anne Leopold ’07, Barrett Phillips ’08, and Talia Williams ’08 will share their work. Their investigations cover female college students' body perception and bulimic attitudes, perceptions of the standardized test and help-seeking attitudes, and Asian female college students' cultural organization involvement. Also, recent graduates Olivia Moskowitz ’06 and Sara Whiting ’06 will present a their findings for their research “Thinking and Drinking: Alcohol Expectancies and Valuations Among Early Adolescents.” All of the students undertook the research as part of a psychology course taught by Byron Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology.

Sherry Wang ’06 will receive the Honorary Undergraduate Scholar Award for 2006-07 from the New England Psychological Association on Oct. 21. Nominated by Byron Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology at Smith, Wang was selected based on her achievements in and contributions to psychology as an undergraduate. She is one of only three students from New England colleges who will receive the award this year during the 46th annual meeting of the association. Currently, Wang is enrolled in the doctoral program in counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska.

Dinah Proctor, a graduate student in biological sciences, was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship, awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agecny. The STAR fellowship is the only federal program designed exclusively for students pursuing advanced degrees in environmental sciences.

Kristin Cuilwik McLane ’89 was elected to the “Forty Under 40 class of 2006” in Cincinnati, Ohio, a list of woman and men who have demonstrated their
ability to make a difference across the community. This is the tenth year of this event, which recognizes outstanding young people who are the leaders and innovators in Cincinnati. McLane was recently named president of CIMx, a high-tech software firm in Cincinnati that serves the manufacturing needs of several Fortune 100 firms nationwide. One of her outstanding accomplishments in the community was her leadership in a Cincinnati Junior League project called Mindpeace. Mindpeace is a project to develop an improved mental health system of services for all children in the Cincinnati area, and to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

September 22, 2006

Nadeera Dawlagala ’07 and Talya Davis-Johnson ’07 were recently awarded the 2006 Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), a worldwide organization that represents 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization. The fellowship, which includes a $4,000 stipend plus travel expenses to the ASM General Meeting, is intended for students planning to pursue graduate scholarship in microbiology. Dawlagala and Davis-Johnson are both working with Christine White-Ziegler, biological sciences, on research projects on the thermoregulation in E. Coli.

Kanae Haneishi, a graduate student in exercise and sport studies, accompanied Christine Shelton, professor of exercise and sport studies, to the fourth annual World Women’s Sport Conference in May. The conference, which was held in Kumamoto, Japan, is coordinated by the International Working Group on Women and Sport to support policies and practices that promote women’s participation in athletics. Haneishi was the recorder at a workshop led by Shelton at the conference, and the two will team up for a lunch presentation of issues discussed at the conference on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Sally Johnson Van Wright ’89 was recently named assistant superintendent of the new women’s regional jail, a $26 million facility now under construction in Chicopee, Mass. The jail, which will occupy a 20-acre plot on Center Street in Chicopee, is designed to hold 240 prisoners from Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Franklin counties. Johnson Van Wright, who received a master’s degree from Springfield College, was formerly the director of programming in the women’s unit at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow. She will serve with newly appointed superintendent Patricia A. Murphy.

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