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Art Up Close: SCMA Hosts Rembrandt Study Day

How can you tell if a Rembrandt print is real? The material it’s printed on is an important clue: 17th-century paper has specific characteristics and marks that distinguish it from modern papers. Rembrandt liked to print on thin papers and parchment. That was just one of the scholarly insights shared last week at a Rembrandt Study Day at the Smith College Museum of Art. The session brought experts together with students and faculty for some “close looking” at three versions of The Three Crosses, a rare Rembrandt print donated to the museum by Mary Gordon Roberts '60.

Smith Will Partner on New Solar Facility

Smith and four other leading liberal arts colleges have formed a pioneering collaborative that will allow them to offset 46,000 megawatt hours per year of their collective electrical needs with electricity created at a new solar power facility to be built in Farmington, Maine. The partnership represents the first collaborative purchase of New England-generated solar electricity by higher-education institutions.

Celebrating Collaborations April 21

Celebrating Collaborations, Smith's annual showcase of student research projects on topics ranging from science and technology to literary studies and performing arts, will be held Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center. The event highlights student work produced in collaboration with faculty members and college centers.

Professor Jill de Villiers Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Jill de Villiers, the Sophia and Austin Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Smith, has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world.

People News

Business idea awards, prestigious research scholarships and new publications are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Supporting Student Talent: Faculty Members Named Sherrerd Prize Winners

This year’s Sherrerd Prize winners are faculty members whose teaching, in the words of one student nominator, “reminds students of their worth and talent.” The honorees are David Gorin, associate professor of chemistry; Suk Massey, lecturer in East Asian languages and literatures; and Tina Wildhagen, associate professor of sociology and dean of the junior class.

They Came, They Cooked, They Feasted

At 5 p.m. on a Wednesday in March, the kitchen in Morrow House is bustling. Plantains are piled on a stainless steel table. Nearby, fresh poblano peppers are spread out on a cutting board, awaiting the requisite roasting and blackening over high heat. Some 10 Smith students with a variety of cooking skills and several chefs from Smith’s Dining Services are gathered at fluorescent-lit cooking stations. Their mission on this last of five Wellness Goes Global cooking sessions: turn the piles of fresh ingredients in front of them into textbook examples of favorite foods from Latin and African countries.