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Build and Compete: Gracie Hackenberg ’18 Leads a Smith Race Car Team

Gracie Hackenberg ’18 grew up around auto mechanics, helping her grandfather—a NASA engineer—work on vintage cars in his garage. Now, Hackenberg has brought that passion to Smith, where she and a team of students are prepping a race car for the 2017 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge to be held in October in her childhood hometown of Gainesville, Fla.

School for Social Work To Award 112 Degrees at Aug. 18 Commencement

The Smith College School for Social Work will award 112 degrees—106 master’s degrees and six doctorates—at Commencement Friday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Kimberlyn Leary, a scholar who advised the Obama White House on improving the lives of women and girls of color, is this year’s Commencement speaker.

Watching the 'Astronomical Super Bowl'

Astronomy technician Meg Thacher is spreading the word about next month’s solar eclipse with public talks at libraries in Northampton and West Springfield. Here are her tips for watching what she calls “the astronomical Super Bowl.”

The Big Eclipse

On August 21, astronomy professor Suzan Edwards will be camping somewhere in southern Wyoming with family and friends. She chose the spot for a good reason: it will be in the path of totality, making it among the best places in the country to watch that day’s total solar eclipse—the first in a century to sweep across the continental United States.

Seeing the Art in Science: Anja Nordstrom ’18's Zebrafish Portfolio

Is it possible to find artistic inspiration under a microscope? For Anja Nordstrom ’18 the answer is a resounding “yes!” Nordstrom—one of 144 students participating in Smith’s Summer Research Fellowship program this year—is using microscopic images of zebrafish brains to create illustrations that will assist biological researchers.

Author of Smith Reads Selection Will Speak on Campus Sept. 4

Cristina Henríquez, author of this year's Smith Reads selection, The Book of Unknown Americans, will speak on campus Monday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Book discussions will follow in Smith houses on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. Here's how Henríquez' immigrant love story was chosen for this year's summer reading program.

People News

Scientific presentations, sustainable food leadership positions and arts grant awards are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Smith College and Stoneleigh-Burnham School Announce Equestrian Partnership

Thanks to a new partnership, Smith College equestrian students will ride and train from the barn at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, an independent school for girls in grades 7-12 distinguished by a long history of equestrian education and competition.