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Smith Physics, Astronomy Grads Travel Back in Time

Eighteen Smith alumnae who majored in physics and astronomy will return to campus for a symposium that celebrates their career success along with the retirement this year of longtime physics department members, Malgorzata Pfabé, Piotr Decowski and Jerzy Pfabé.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 5, 2011

Accessing the Inner Self Through Creative Writing

Students: forget about MLA citation, present-tense narration, and subject-verb agreement. It’s time to start writing for fun again.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 4, 2011

Smith Skiers Join the Club

A steady decline in the number of competitive student skiers in recent years has led to the recent decision to transition the ski team to a club sport.

  • Athletics
  • April 4, 2011
Student skiing in a competition

Music Professor Wins 2010 Woody Guthrie Book Award

Steve Waksman, associate professor of music, has been named the winner of the 2010 Woody Guthrie Award for his book This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 1, 2011
Steve Waksman in Sweeney Concert Hall

Poet Edward Hirsch to Read at Smith

Smith College will present a reading by poet Edward Hirsch at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Smith Arts
  • March 31, 2011

Value of Classroom Visits by the Experts? Priceless

Today’s agenda for Biology 323: a face-to-face conversation with Brigid Hogan, one of the world’s leaders in stem cell research and transgenic technology, a professor of cell biology at Duke University and director of the Duke Stem Cell Program.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 28, 2011
Student in a classroom participating in a web conference

A Message From the Dean for International Study

I am writing to inform you that, in the wake of the catastrophic events in Japan, we have been in contact with our six students and the Smith faculty director of the Kyoto Program, as well as our two student enrolled in the Tokyo program.

  • News of Note
  • March 17, 2011

Poet Maxine Kumin and High School Prize-winners to Read at Smith

Smith College will present a reading by poet Maxine Kumin and the winner and finalists of a poetry contest for high school girls at 7:30 p.m.

  • Smith Arts
  • March 17, 2011

Philosophy Professor to Discuss Trash in Lecture

What might trash—all the discarded materials considered no longer of use—say about its former owners? What can be inferred about the one casting out his or her refuse based on what is contained in the heap?

  • Events
  • March 16, 2011

Summit to Explore Potential for Life Sciences Cluster in Western Mass

Recognizing the importance of the life sciences to the economic development of western Massachusetts, Smith College, in partnership with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and a number of the region’s higher education and industry leaders, will host a half-day summit on March 31 featuring key figures in this important sector of the state’s economy.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 14, 2011

Senior Dancers to Present Final Smith Concert

Enjoy an evening of diverse, new choreography by 10 of the most promising and talented choreographers and dancers in Smith’s 2011 graduating class.

  • Smith Arts
  • March 11, 2011
Four dancers in performance on stage

Dalai Lama Steps Down from Political Leadership

The Dalai Lama announced this week that he would formally relinquish his role as political leader of the Tibetan exile government. The move, which had been expected, clears the way for a new prime minister of the government, which is based in Dharamsala, India.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 11, 2011

Smith on the Right Track in Reducing Waste

Two hundred eighty-two tons. That’s how much Smith has reduced its output of trash per year over the past five years, thanks to multiple efforts to compost left over food, increase recycling and reduce waste.

  • Sustainability
  • March 11, 2011

About the Women and Public Service Initiative

Building a generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership in their governments, and change the way global solutions are forged.

  • News of Note
  • March 11, 2011

Leading Women’s Colleges Join State Department on Global Leadership Effort for Women

Several of the nation’s leading women’s colleges have signed on to a partnership with the U.S. State Department to increase the participation of women around the globe in public service and political leadership, and to forge global solutions to improve governance, expand civil rights and combat corruption.

  • News of Note
  • March 11, 2011

In Search of the Perfect Grape

As the weekend approached recently, Emily Forster ’12, who is spending her Junior Year Abroad in Geneva, and her friends knew just what to do: a train trip to the countryside to sample the local spirits. Despite their early ambivalence, they eventually had an experience to remember.

  • Campus Life
  • March 8, 2011

Smith College Launches Summer Humanities Program for Teen Girls

From July 4 to 15, two weeklong courses taught by Smith professors will offer girls entering grades 9 through 12 an opportunity to investigate New England’s history, art and culture.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 7, 2011

Student Cookbook a Nod to Julia Child, Smith Food

As Smith students, our two main obsessions are homework and food. And though most Smithies are a far cry from Julia Child (Smith Class of 1934) in the kitchen, we love Julia Child Day.

  • Campus Life
  • March 5, 2011