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Smith’s wide array of innovative programs and centers, cross-disciplinary initiatives, and internship and service opportunities are designed to enrich the academic experience to help students further explore their passions in real-world pursuits.

News from the Grécourt Gate

The Grécourt Gate showcases the ideas, the people behind the ideas and the original contributions Smith is making to larger intellectual dialogues through the culture of research and the liberal arts at the college, where a vibrant community of scholars and students exhibit a love of discovery. Here are some recent features.

Team Effort: Smithies Design a Better Ventilator

How did a Smith engineering team manage to design an improved breathing device for use during the coronavirus pandemic in under a month? True teamwork, say the members of SmithVent, whose design has moved on to a final round of a global competition.

Transforming Learning for a New Environment

From virtual dance studios to Zoom discussions to video labs, Smith professors have risen to the challenges of teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sherrerd Teaching Award Recipients Announced

Three outstanding faculty members have been chosen for this year’s Sherrerd Teaching Awards: Carrie N. Baker, professor of the study of women and gender; James Lowenthal, Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Astronomy; and Denise McKahn, associate professor of engineering.

Jordan Taylor: Partisan Politics and Pandemics

What can history teach us about pandemics and politics? In a Washington Post article, Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor Jordan Taylor demonstrates how politics and public health mixed in 1793—with dangerous consequences. 

Camille Washington-Ottombre: On Earth Day

College campuses brought attention to environmentalism. Fifty years later, they’re still leading the way to a more sustainable planet. But are they doing enough?