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April 11, 2005

Annual Showcase to Celebrate Scholarly Collaborations Among Smith College Students and Faculty

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—In the course of a single day, on Saturday April 16, the breadth of academic scholarship at Smith College will be represented during the annual showcase of collaborations between students and faculty members.

“Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together” will feature presentations and performances by 180 Smith students during four concurrent sessions at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. Located in various campus venues, all sessions are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Students will give individual talks, participate in panel discussions and present research posters, exhibits and performances on their senior theses, independent study and research projects. The presentations will feature a range topics in various disciplines, including economics, psychology, biology, geology, world affairs, and art and literature.

“These sessions are a mere sampling of the exciting student-faculty collaborations which unfold on our campus every day,” said Debbie Cottrell, associate dean of the faculty, who coordinates “Celebrating Collaborations.” “This is a celebration of liberal arts education and all that is embodied by that.”

A few examples of morning sessions include “Besides Vacationers in Maine, What Species Eat Lobsters?” by senior student Anne Jurkowski; “Is Britain America’s Poodle?” by sophomore Nai Tai; “Children’s Understanding of the 2004 Presidential Elections: Why They Think Bush Won?” by sophomores Jessica Bean and Julie Goshe; and “Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Floods (Oh My): Is Northampton at Risk?” by junior Maja Gray.

Afternoon sessions will range from “Reproductive Technology: Changing the Face of Society” by senior Rachel Shoichet to “Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Smith College: A Comprehensive Inventory from 1990–2004 and Suggestions to Reduce Future Emissions” by senior Elizabeth Thomas.

This year marks the fourth annual “Celebrating Collaborations” event and the largest student and faculty participation. More than 90 faculty members were involved with the projects.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.

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