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Quinn Anex-Ries ’17 and Amalia Sweet ’17 were selected for the Amgen Foundation’s prestigious Amgen Scholars Program, which offers undergraduate students hands-on research opportunities at institutions and labs across the United States, Europe and Japan. Anex-Ries, who is majoring in biochemistry at Smith, spent 10 weeks this summer conducting research at the California Institute of Technology. Sweet, who is majoring in chemistry, did research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Myers, director of special collections at Smith, and Jen Rajchel, former archival project manager, published an article titled “What Does Digital Feminism Curation Look Like?” in the July 29 Special Issue of dh+lb, a project of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Digital Humanities Interest Group.

Jill de Villiers, professor of philosophy and Sophia and Austin Smith Professor of Psychology, has been awarded a $99,907 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a project on “Early intervention and early learning in special education.”

Women Also Know Stuff, a blog co-founded by Kim Yi Dionne to promote the work of women political scientists, received a 2016 Mansbridge Award from the National Women’s Caucus for Political Science for work advancing gender equality. Dionne is the Five College Assistant Professor of Government.

Judith Gordon, associate professor of music, performed “Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano” by American composer Elliott Carter last month at the Las Puertas Event Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Andrea Stone, assistant professor of English language and literature, has published a new book, Black Well-Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature. Published by the University Press of Florida, the book highlights the role that physical and mental well-being played in Antebellum literary constructions of black selfhood.

Maggie Dethloff ’10 was one of 18 participants in the National Gallery of Art’s 2016 summer internship program. Dethloff assisted in research and organization for an upcoming exhibition of Sally Mann’s photographs. Dethloff is pursuing a Ph.D. in visual studies at The University of California, Irvine, where she earned a master’s degree.

Elim Chan ’09 is one of three conductors selected to participate in the 2016/17 Dudamel Fellowship Program at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Chan will conduct Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” for the Philharmonic’s Toyota Symphonies for Youth program in November and December.


Amal Khan ’08

Amal Khan ’08 is a 2016 Daniel Pearl Fellow working at the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Khan, who majored in government at Smith, earned a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Warwick in England. She is currently editor of the features desk at the Pakistani English-language publication The Nation.

Katherine Lofgren ’09 was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., this summer. Lofgren, who majored in biology at Smith, earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. She is currently a doctoral student in decision sciences at Harvard University.

Brenda Williams ’80 of Olympia, Wash., has been appointed to the board of the national United Way Worldwide Women United.