Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of November 23, 2020,
for the spring 2021 semester.
Martha Merrow joined the Smith College community as the 2019–20 William Allan Neilson Professor. Videos of her lectures will be available on the Kahn Institute website following each lecture.
Martha Merrow is an American chronobiologist. She chairs the Institute of Medical Psychology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Her career focuses primarily on investigating the molecular and genetic mechanisms of the circadian clock. Since joining the Ludwig Maximilian University in 1996, Merrow has investigated molecular and genetic mechanisms of the circadian clock as well as daily human behavior and medical psychology.
Lecture Dates and Titles
October 8, 2020, 5 p.m.
“Chronobiology and COVID-19: Can Your Biological Clock be Used to Fight the Pandemic?”
An online lecture and panel with 2020 Neilson Professor Martha Merrow, chair, Institute of Medical Psychology, University of Munich. The biological clock controls a multitude of functions, from the timing of sleeping and waking to how the immune system functions. In this last lecture of the series on chronobiology, we’ll discuss how the SARS CoV2 virus may interact with the circadian system. Following the lecture, two expert panelists will join Martha Merrow and Mary Harrington to take your questions and discuss their views on the subject. Merrow will be joined on a panel following her lecture by Tariro Makadzange ’97, director of biology and external innovation, Gilead Sciences; and Rachel Herz, neuroscientist, Brown University, author of The Scent of Desire. Please register to attend.
Chaired Professor Lectures for 2020–21
There are no lectures currently scheduled for the 2020–21 academic year.
Kennedy Lectures for 2020–21
There are no Kennedy lectures currently scheduled for the 2020–21 academic year.
Katharine Asher Engel Lecture
Information about the Katharine Asher Engel Lecture for 2020–21 is forthcoming.
Liberal Arts Luncheons
Liberal Arts Luncheons are sponsored by the Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP) and in 2019-20, the LAL series joins with Sigma Xi to offer alternating presentations on Tuesdays in McConnell Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Talks begin at approximately 12:10 p.m., a complimentary lunch is offered in McConnell Foyer (first come, first served).
|February 4||Sigma Xi|
"You must become Caligari!": One-Hundred Years of Cinematic Madness
|Joel Westerdale, German Studies|
|February 18||Sigma Xi|
A folklorist and a computational scientist walk into a math institute...
|Katherine Kinnaird, Statistical & Data Science and Computer Science with John Laudun, English, University of Louisiana|
|March 3||Sigma Xi|
|Can Mathematics Be Antiracist? Can mathematics be antiracist? Does the question even make sense? In Fall 2019 I developed the special topics course Inequalities: Numbers and Justice, as a second iteration of a previous class I had taught in Brooklyn College in 2013. In this talk I will discuss the development of these ideas, and reflections on the interaction between social justice and mathematics.||Tian An Wong, Mathematics & Statistics|
|March 17||Spring Break, no presentation|
|Climate 101: Carbon Neutrality in US Higher Education - What Does Leadership Look Like? The most important number in climate policy is zero – we need to achieve zero net emissions as quickly as possible to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Academic institutions have both the mission and the capacity to be leaders in the transition to a decarbonized society. A handful of schools have already announced carbon neutrality. I'll discuss college and university commitments to carbon neutrality in the context of the broader climate policy ecosystem – highlighting how the current rules risk behaviors that fall short of leadership and how academia might do better. Alex Barron, Environmental Science & Policy||Alexander Barron, Environmental Science & Policy|
|April 7||Sigma Xi|
|Creating a Season at Chester Theatre Company
How does a theatre season get created? I'll discuss briefly the history and identity of Chester Theatre Company, then talk about my work planning the 2020 Summer Season. How are plays selected and developed? How are artists chosen and artistic teams put together? How does season planning respond to the current social, cultural, and political moment?
|Daniel Kramer, Theatre|
|April 21||Sigma Xi|
|Lessons and Life in the Academy: One Dean's Observations of the Status of our Faculty
This talk will describe the arc of my work and observations over the last three years serving as Dean for Academic Development, tying them to the broader landscape of higher ed and Smith's future.
|Patty DiBartolo, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Dean for Academic Development|
Sigma Xi Luncheons
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, meets regularly for talks and a complimentary lunch throughout the year. Talks are open to all faculty, staff and students.
Talks begin at approximately 12:10 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. A complimentary lunch is offered in McConnell Foyer. Please visit the Sigma Xi website for the schedule.
Faculty Development Events