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Five Smith faculty members have been elected full members of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society: Alexandra Burgess, postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in psychology; Jordan Crouser, visiting assistant professor of data sciences and MassMutual Faculty Fellow; John Loveless, assistant professor of geosciences; Amelia McNamara, visiting assistant professor of data science and MassMutual Faculty Fellow; and Sara Sheehan, instructor in computer science. A list of associate members from Smith is available online.

Henry Kramer, Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and lecturer in music, won second prize for piano in this year’s prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition for instrumentalists in Brussels, Belgium.

Works by Barry Moser, Irwin and Pauline Alper Glass Professor of Art, are showcased in a new exhibit, “Design & Build: The Art of the Book,” at the Hampshire College Art Gallery. A range of Moser’s prints and rarely seen early works will be on view through September 30.

Professor of music Steve Waksman gave a talk last month titled “Come and See the Show: Writing the Life of the Concert Promoter” at the U.S. and Canadian International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s annual conference in Calgary, Alberta.


Smithies participating in the Summer on the Cuyahoga internship program. At left is board member Marjorie Roth ’67.

Seven Smith students are participating in the Summer on the Cuyahoga internship program in Cleveland: Anastasia Binkowski ’17, Tiffany Chen ’17, Angie Dinh ’17, Aixin Li ’17, Sunnie Yi Ning ’18, Veronica Oberholzer ’17 and Enu Otsyina ’16. Marjorie Roth ’67 is co-chair of the internship organization’s board.

YASSOU, a post-pop band managed by Odessa Aguirre ’15, will open for The National at a June 11 concert at Mass MoCA.

Jiajing Wang ’14 is the lead author of an article about a 5,000-year-old beer recipe published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesWang, who majored in anthropology and art history at Smith, is a graduate student at Stanford University. Her article provides the earliest direct evidence of in situ beer production in China.

Dayna Snell, who earned a certificate for clinical supervision from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2006, received a community service award last month from Bethany College in recognition of her work with foster children. Snell is a supervisor with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, a longtime foster parent and an adoptive mother of three.

Jess Peláez ’04 appears in an episode of the new Discovery Channel series “Trailblazers” about active volcanoes. Peláez—who has spent the past decade exploring volcanoes and other natural hazards around the globe—is the founder of Blueprint Earth, an environmental science and education nonprofit.

A high school robotics team mentored by Bridget Reeder Westhoven ’90 won the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in May in St. Louis, Mo. Reeder’s team from Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Va., competed against 900 teams from more than 40 countries.

Political consultant Stephanie Cutter ’90 participated in The Common Good Forum in May at The University Club in New York City. Cutter, a founding partner of Precision Strategies communications and data targeting consulting firm, was an adviser to President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

Daniel Buccino MSW ’89 gave the Emily Schindler Memorial Lecture last month at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland on “The Trauma Whisperers: What Works in Contemporary Trauma Treatment.”


Rebecca Rabinow ’88

Rebecca Rabinow 88, currently curator of modern art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named director of the Menil Collection in Houston.

Ruth Blodgett ’82 received the “She Knows Where She Is Going” award in April from Girls Inc. of the Berkshires for her community service work. Blodgett, who majored in art at Smith, is senior vice president of planning and development and interim vice president of physician services at Berkshire Health Systems.

Deborah Sosin MSW ’82  won a Silver Medal for Children’s Picture Books in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards for her first book, Charlotte and the Quiet Place, a mindfulness-themed children’s work.

Kay Simpson ’80 is the new president of the Springfield Museums, a nonprofit complex that draws 450,000 visitors annually. Simpson majored in history at Smith and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Caroline West ’79 has been promoted to global chief compliance officer for Pennsylvania-based Olympus Corporation, managing the medical device company’s staff in Tokyo, as well as regional compliance departments. West, who majored in government at Smith, earned a law degree from Pennsylvania State University.

June Almenoff ’78 has been appointed to the board of RedHill Biopharma Ltd., an Israeli biopharmaceutical company. Almenoff, who majored in biochemistry at Smith, held previous executive positions at GlaxoSmithKline and Furiex. She earned her medical degree from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and served on the faculty of Duke University School of Medicine.

Carolyn Wirth ’78 is the 2016 artist-in-residence at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass. Her exhibition “Seeing Past Faces,” featuring work related to American women writers, will be on view from July 2 to August 21. Wirth majored in art at Smith and earned a master of art degree in sculpture and environmental art from New York University.

Linda Strohl ’74 has been appointed to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging. Strohl is executive director of Meals on Wheels of Southwestern Michigan and a member of the Michigan Advisory Council on Aging.

Margaret (Marnie) Huff ’72 recently received the Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award from the Tennessee-based Coalition for Mediation Awareness. Huff, who majored in American studies at Smith, is a founding member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators.