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Professor of Physics Nathanael Fortune gave a presentation on “Superconductivity above the Paramagnetic Limit” at a University of Vermont colloquium in November.

Professor of Astronomy James Lowenthal has been awarded a $73,871 National Science Foundation grant for “Science Communication Skill Building for Undergraduates.” The project—a collaboration with Carthage and Dartmouth colleges, Stonybrook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Appalachian Mountain Club—aims to bridge a stubborn communications gap between scientists, the public and the media by helping science students develop communications skills.

Nnamdi Pole, professor of psychology, conducted a continuing education event on “Traumatic Stress in Racial and Sexual Minorities” in December for mental health clinicians at the Brattleboro Retreat.


Sarah Belal ’01

Sarah Belal ’01, executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, received the inaugural Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law which honors activists who fight for human rights in their native countries.

Veronica Torres Martin ’06 has been appointed to the board of the United Way of Berkshire County. Martin, who majored in Spanish at Smith, is manager of language services for Berkshire Medical Center

Michelle L. Varga Esposito ’97 has joined Spilman Thomas & Battle law office in Charleston, W.Va. Esposito, who majored in economics at Smith, earned a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law.

Laura Holmes Haddad ’97 has published a new book, This is Cancer: Everything You Need to Know, from the Waiting Room to the Bedroom. Haddad (, whose breast cancer is in remission, says her sister, Lesley Holmes Reidy ’94, was her biggest supporter during her cancer treatment.


Sarah Kahrl ’79

Sarah Kahrl ’79 is the new executive director of Five Colleges of Ohio, a consortium representing the College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon and Oberlin colleges and Ohio Wesleyan University. Kahrl, who majored in English language and literature and theatre at Smith, served for 10 years as vice president for college relations at Kenyon and then for two years directed the Kenyon Institute.

Barbara Ruben Migeon ’52 has published American Science: My Views from the Bench, an account of issues university women in science face as they balance work and life activities. Migeon is a physician scientist in the McKusick Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44 is the recipient of Canada’s first Governor General’s Medal for her work in landscape architecture. Oberlander is known for using indigenous plants in her designs.

Talk to Me, an innovative Young Adult mystery designed to engage fourth- to eighth-graders—especially girls—in engineering, has just been published in a second edition. The centerpiece of Through My Window—an NSF-funded project that promotes engineering to children and teens—the book is written by Sonia Ellis, senior instructional designer in the Education and Child Study Department at Smith. More than 30 Smith students were involved in its creation in roles ranging from marketing to data analysis.