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January 23, 2007


Daisy Fried, the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith, has been named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book of poems My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2005. Fried, author of She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship last year. The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is an organization of book reviewers that presents annual awards in fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism. Winners of this year’s awards will be announced in March. My Brother is Getting Arrested Again is Fried’s second published collection.

Andrea Hairston, professor of theatre, has been nominated to receive the 2006 Philip K. Dick Award for her science fiction novel Mindscape, published in 2006 by Aqueduct Press. The award, which is named after the renowned science fiction writer, is given annually for distinguished works of science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, the award will be presented on April 6. Judges for the 2006 award include Geary Gravel, staff interpreter for the deaf in Smith’s Office of Disability Services, and the author of 11 science fiction and fantasy novels, who was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for his 1984 book The Alchemists. Mindscape is Hairston’s first novel; she is currently working on her second, Exploding in Slow Motion.

Senda Berenson, the first director of physical education at Smith, from 1892 to 1911, will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Commack, New York, on April 29. After becoming friends with Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball at Springfield College, Berenson adapted his rules for a women’s game in 1892, and directed the first women’s collegiate basketball game on March 22, 1893, in Smith's Alumnae Gymnasium, which pitted the classes of 1895 against 1896 in close competition. The score: 5 to 4, class of 1896. Berenson will be inducted along with Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Spitz, legendary broadcaster Howard Cosell, and eight other sports figures.

Sarah-Marie Belcastro, a visiting assistant professor in mathematics and statistics, was featured in an article, “Mathematicians are Knitting and Crocheting to Visualize Complex Surfaces,” published in Science News Online Dec. 23, for her combination of craftwork and mathematical expertise, as realized in her knitted creations of algebraic shapes. Belcastro co-organized an exhibition of crocheted, knitted and sewn mathematical principles for the 2005 annual Joint Mathematics Meeting, and displayed her own knitted torus (a doughnut-shaped object that reflects mathematical networks) at an event last March. Belcastro is co-editing a book on the topic, Making Mathematics with Needlework, in collaboration with Carolyn Yackel, a mathematician at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

Index of People News 2005-06



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People News is a column for publicizing the achievements, distinctions and notable activities of people in the Smith community, PeopleNews welcomes your submissions. If you -- or someone you know in the Smith community -- have recently received an award, participated in an interesting event, or are involved in an important endeavor, please let us know.


12/1/06   Eric Sean Weld
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