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November 14, 2006

Linda Jones, the R.B. Hewlett ’40 Professor of Engineering and director of the Picker Engineering Program, was recently named a 2006 "trendsetter" by Public Works
magazine, her name appearing on the alphabetical list near that of a former
vice president. Editors honed the list to "50 people, places and events that
shaped, shocked or otherwise rocked our world over the past year." Of
Jones, the editors wrote: "One of the nation's foremost researchers in
high-temperature materials, she became the director of Smith College's
Picker Engineering Program in July 2005. Since then, the school has
partnered with Princeton University to begin an engineering exchange program
to place men and women in different learning environments and prepare them
for teamwork in their careers. Smith College is the nation's first women's
college to have an engineering program, which graduated its first class in
2004. In 2005, the program was accredited by the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology."

Elan McCollum ’08 and Siobhan O’Riordan ’07, lab research assistants for Byron Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology, won honors for their presentations of their research projects at the New England Psychological Association conference in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 20-21. McCollum took the Best Undergraduate Poster Award, which included a $100 prize, and O’Riordan received an Honorable Mention in the same category.

A production of the play Pulling Apart, by Ellen Kaplan, professor of theater, recently won the Moss Hart Memorial Award for Best Production, college and university division. The award was given for a production by the Southern Connecticut State University Department of Theater during its 2005-06 season, directed by Sheila Hickey Garvey. The Moss Hart Memorial Award is given annually by the New England Theatre Conference to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theater. The award is endowed by actress Kitty Carlisle Hart in memory of the late Moss Hart, a celebrated playwright and stage director. Pulling Apart is a poetic drama based on Kaplan’s family's recent experiences emigrating to Israel.

Ellen Watson, director of the Smith College Poetry Center, also serves as editor and poetry editor for the Massachusetts Review, an Amherst quarterly periodical of literature, the arts, and public affairs, which was recently selected as a Massachusetts charity for the 2006 Catalogue for Philanthropy. The catalogue profiles 72 of the state’s outstanding environmental, cultural and human service agencies as “examples of excellence” in Massachusetts philanthropy. The Massachusetts Review was chosen from among more than 250 organizations. Founded in 1959 by a group of professors from Smith, Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges and UMass-Amherst, the Massachusetts Review is one of the nation’s leading literary magazines.

Al-Hajja Khalilah Karim-Rushdan, chaplain to the Muslim community, is one among some 100 leading Muslim women invited from around the world to attend WISE: The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity in New York City Nov. 17-19. The WISE conference is intended to empower Muslim women to play a greater role in their societies worldwide. The event is organized by the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Karim-Rushdan will join Muslim women leaders such as Baroness Uddin, the first Muslim woman to enter the British House of Lords; Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General; Massouda Jalal, Afghani presidential candidate; and Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America.

Marjorie H. Everitt ’86 was recently named vice president for development and university communications at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., a leading technological university offering degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management. Everitt, who was promoted from her position of associate vice president for development and external affairs, will focus on preparing the institute for a major endowment-building initiative.

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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