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Starting Early: Student Research Leads to Success

Maggie Pacheco ’19 discovered her passion the summer of her very first year at Smith working in a biochemistry lab on campus. "That's when I really got to experience being a researcher on my own project,” says Pacheco, who presented findings from her studies of rat muscle proteins at a national conference last month. Providing research experiences for students early in their Smith careers is an integral part of the college’s educational mission.

Preserving a Way of Life

Lila Wilde Berle '58 is a devoted sheep farmer. But she has also dedicated herself to preserving her corner of the Berkshire mountains and the cultural institutions she holds dear. Read more about her in the Winter 2017–18 Smith Alumnae Quarterly, now available online.

Teaching Critical Thinking: Smith's New Journalism Class

In teaching Smith’s new journalism course, reporter Nancy Cohen brings front-line experience—as well as big-picture questions—to the classroom. “Journalism: Principles and Practice” focuses on fundamental issues journalists face, including the role that reporters play in a democracy, and how journalistic writing differs from academic writing.

Smith Announces Funding for 16 Innovation Challenge Proposals

This year’s 16 Innovation Challenge grants will fund programs including cross-cultural coalition building, global wellness programming and body-positive workshops. Established last year by President Kathleen McCartney, the Innovation Challenge grants support research, teaching and learning programs built around themes of inclusion, diversity and equity. 

Why They Teach: The 2017 Sherrerd Prize Winners

Sharing a love for science and powerful lessons from family and mentors are among the reasons the 2017 Sherrerd Teaching Prize winners say they teach. A videotape of the November ceremony for this year's faculty honorees—Mark Brandriss, Ginetta Candelario and Laura Katz—is now available online.

David T. Carreon Bradley Appointed Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

President Kathleen McCartney has appointed David T. Carreon Bradley, chair of the Committee on Inclusion & Equity and associate professor of physics at Vassar College, as Smith’s vice president for inclusion, diversity and equity. Carreon Bradley will begin work at Smith on January 18, 2018.

People News

Data science conferences, entrepreneurship awards and scholarly talks on the arts are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Smith Establishes Program for Displaced Students from Puerto Rico

Smith has announced a new visiting student program for students from the University of Puerto Rico displaced by Hurricane Maria. UPR students affected by the disaster are invited to apply to Smith for the spring 2018 semester by Wednesday, Dec. 6. Accepted applicants will receive tuition, room and board and a stipend to cover books, personal expenses and travel costs.