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Smith Honored for Model Program Encouraging Women to Pursue Math

The Smith College Center for Women in Mathematics was recently honored for its success encouraging women and members of underrepresented minority groups to pursue studies in the mathematical sciences.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 14, 2011
Student working on a math equation at a blackboard

First-Year Makes the Most of College Basketball

In her first season, she started 26 of 27 games, led the Smith Pioneers basketball team in scoring (12.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.8 per game). She scored in double figures 18 times.

  • Athletics
  • April 13, 2011
Portrait of Rosa Drummond on campus

Smith Alumnae Rank High Among Peace Corps Volunteers

Smith College ranks No. 13 on the Peace Corps’ 2011 rankings of colleges and universities in the small size category. There are currently 18 Smith alumnae serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

  • Alumnae News
  • April 13, 2011

Mom, Dad, Your Children Are Watching Your Financial Manners

A Smith College study of the financial knowledge, attitudes and behavior of 4,600 college-educated women found that, for better or for worse, parents have the greatest influence on their children’s financial attitudes.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 13, 2011

Smith Alumna Artist Wins Portland Biennial Prize

At the members’ opening reception for the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial on Wednesday, April 6, five prizes were awarded to artists in the exhibition.

  • Alumnae News
  • April 11, 2011

Environmental Costs of Militarism Explored in Talk at Smith

Barry Sanders, author of “The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism” and professor emeritus of history at Pitzer College, will give a talk at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

  • Events
  • April 8, 2011

Celebrating 10 Years of Student-Faculty Collaboration

For 10 years, every April on a Saturday, hundreds of Smith students step in front of an audience and present their research, developed in collaboration with faculty members.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 8, 2011
Five students and a faculty member in the Campus Center

Lecture to Address Popular Upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt

Azzedine Layachi, who teaches politics of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as international relations and international law, will explore the causes and characteristics of the social rebellion in Tunisia, its various dimensions and its implications for the North African and Middle East, and for the world, particularly Europe and the United States.

  • Events
  • April 7, 2011

Parents, Beware: Your Texts Could End Up Here

Take a random text from Mom, add the creativity of a jobless Smith graduate, and what you get is one highly entertaining (and lucrative) Web site.

  • Campus Life
  • April 6, 2011

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