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Smith Medalist Barbara Brenner ’73, who died in 2013, survived two bouts of breast cancer before developing ALS. She documented her experience as a breast cancer activist in a book, So Much To Be Done, which is the focus of an event at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Rob Dorit, professor of biological sciences, and Barbara Blumenthal ’75, rare book specialist with Smith libraries, will join Brenner’s longtime partner, Susie Lampert, and UMass professor Jerry Epstein for the reading and discussion.


Benita Jackson, associate professor of psychology

Benita Jackson, associate professor of psychology, recently led a workshop on campus for the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges. Focusing on “Health Psychology for the 21st Century,” the event is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Amelia McNamara, visiting assistant professor of data science and MassMutual Faculty Fellow, participated in last month’s Youth Data Science Summit at the University of California, Berkeley. The National Science Foundation-funded event brought together researchers from varied fields relevant to youth, learning and data science.

Ileana Streinu, Charles N. Clark Professor of Computer Science, gave a talk at last month’s Young Mathematicians Conference at the Ohio State University on “Maxwell’s Problem, 150 Years Later: From Bridges to Nano-Mechanics.”

Alanna Casey ’11 has received a research grant from the University of Rhode Island (URI) Center for the Humanities, which she will use to conduct research on climate change. Casey, who majored in history at Smith, earned a master’s degree in history from URI and is now a graduate student in the university’s Department of Marine Affairs.


Kayleigh Colombero ’08

Kayleigh Colombero ’08 has been selected for a fellowship from Building Excellent Schools, a national nonprofit that prepares talented educators to start their own urban charter schools. Colombero majored in education and child study and English language and literature at Smith.

Nancy Erba ’88 is the new CFO of Immersion Corp., a San Jose, Calif.-based developer and licenser of touch feedback technology. Erba majored in mathematics at Smith and earned an MBA from Baylor University.