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2010-11 ARCHIVE

October 18, 2011

A video produced earlier this year by Kate Lee, multimedia developer in Information Technology Services, was recently announced the winner of a Telly Award. The New Woman: A New Game, a documentary video about the origin of women’s collegiate basketball at Smith College, won a Silver Telly, the highest honor given, in the History/Biography category. The annual Telly Awards, founded in 1978, honor the best in television commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions, and work created for the Web. The Telly is among the most sought-after award in the industry. According to Lee, more than 13,000 entries were submitted for the awards this year, 6 percent of which won Silver Awards, which require a ranking of a 9 or 10 out of 10 from every award judge. Drawing heavily from archives images and a voiceover narrative, Lee’s film documents Smith’s legendary basketball beginnings, from the interactions between Senda Berenson with Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, to the first college basketball game in the world, on March 22, 1893.

John Brady, the Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Geosciences, was recently named the first winner of the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, to be given annually by the Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research in recognition of transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and a sustained and innovative approach to undergraduate research. Nominations for the award were solicited from among students and colleagues. Cited among the examples of Brady’s outstanding undergraduate mentoring are his inspiration in bringing about transformative experiences for his students, his advising role for more than 50 special studies and honors thesis students, and his development of a first-year seminar, “Geology in the Field,” which introduces women to science as a possible career field.

Alice Delcourt '99 accepts first prize at the 2011 Cous Cous Fest, Sicily.

Alice Delcourt ‘99, head chef at Erba Brusca, a restaurant in Milan, Italy, was the recent winner of the Fourteenth Annual International Cous Cous [sic] Fest, a highly competitive contest that took place last week in San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily. Delcourt swept the top awards, taking the over all award for best couscous, as well as the award for best presentation. Delcourt’s couscous was a recipe with dried fruit, sesame seeds and roasted almonds, topped with a slice of smoked mackerel, with a dab of Greek yogurt on the side. Her winning couscous competed against entries from Egypt, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and other countries. "My couscous was very different from the traditional plates that were served there," says Delcourt, "very fresh, using lots of herbs and such." Couscous, a dish that originated in Northern Africa, has long been a regular dish in the Sicilian diet.

Delcourt, an Italian and government double major at Smith, spent her Junior Year Abroad in Florence, Italy, in 1997-98, and settled in Milan seven years ago. Born in France, Delcourt grew up in Chicago and Asheville, N.C.

Those visiting Milan and curious about Delcourt's winning couscous might stop by Erba Brusca, where she often serves the dish. But check ahead. "It's currently not on the menu," she adds.

Aimee Christensen ‘91, an award-winning green energy strategist and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, a firm that works with businesses internationally in investigating and implementing clean energy solutions, received the Hillary Institute Award at last week’s Clinton Global Initiative, which took place September 20 through 22 in New York City. Christensen, whose clients have included Duke Energy, Ogilvy, the United Nations Development and the U.S. Department of Energy, serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on Sustainability and Efficiency, advising Secretary Janet Napolitano. She was a national co-chair of Cleantech and Green Business for President Obama, and co-founded the Clean Economy Network, which brought more than 250 business leaders to Capitol Hill in 2010 to advocate for the passage of comprehensive climate change and energy legislation. Christensen will visit Smith on Monday, Oct. 3, for a conversation with the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability. Christensen visted Smith on October 3 to speak on "What Do We Value and What It Means for Our Economy and for Each of Us" as part of a series in Environmental Science and Policy.

August 18, 2011

Róisín O’Sullivan, associate professor of economics, was appointed this summer, by the Ireland Minister for Finance, to a five-member Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, a new governmental body. The council is being established as part of a plan to reform Ireland’s budgetary architecture, and will act as an independent group charged with compiling an assessment of the government’s progress in meeting its own stated budgetary objectives, as well as the soundness of the government’s fiscal position. O’Sullivan, who is originally from Limerick, Ireland, worked for several years as an economist with the Central Bank of Ireland. She is joined on the council by other top Irish economic experts: John McHale, head of economics at NUI Galway, who chairs the council; Alan Barrett, Economic and Social Research Institute; Sebastian Barnes, economics department, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and Donal Donovan, University of Limerick.

Nicholas Horton, professor of mathematics and statistics, who co-authored a paper last year, titled “Telling Data Stories: Essential Dialogues for Comparative Reasoning,” published in the Journal of Statistics Education, was given the first annual Best JSE Paper Award. Horton wrote the paper with Maxine Pfannkuch, Matt Regan and Chris Wild, all of the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The Best JSE Paper Award was established with a donation from William I. Notz, professor of statistics at Ohio State University. Horton and his research team will receive a $1,500 cash prize as part of the award. The article appeared in the JSE in 2010; click to read the article (pdf).

Sabina Knight, associate professor of Chinese and comparative literature, was recently selected among 20 fellows in the Public Intellectuals Program (PIP) of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. The PIP assists experts on China in further developing their knowledge and understanding of the country and its culture and history through professional workshops and conferences, as well as two 10-day study tours to China. Knight, who teaches Chinese and comparative literature at Smith, is also a research associate at Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. She is the author of The Heart of Time: Moral Agency in Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction (Harvard, 2006), and Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012).

Elizabeth Jamieson in the lab (on left)

An article titled “Inorganic Chemistry and IONIC: An Online Community Bringing Cutting-Edge Research into the Classroom,” co-authored by Elizabeth Jamieson, associate professor of chemistry, was among the most-read articles in Inorganic Chemistry, one of the top chemistry research journals, following its June 3 publication. The article discusses research among a group of inorganic chemists with whom Jamieson collaborates on a Web site called the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource (VIPEr)—link . Inorganic Chemistry publishes a page listing its most read articles each month. Jamieson’s article occupied the top spot for part of the summer.

July 20, 2011

An article by John Davis, associate provost, dean for academic development, and longtime member of the art faculty, is among 32 articles, by an impressive list of art scholars and historians, recently selected as the most important writings published by the Art Bulletin, the field’s flagship journal, in its 98 years of publication. Davis’ article, “Eastman Johnson’s Negro Life at the South and Urban Slavery in Washington, D.C.,” was first published in the journal in March 1998. The “greatest hits” list was created in response to a request from the College Art Association, partly in celebration of its centennial. Other renowned art historians on the list include Meyer Schapiro, Donald Posner, Leo Steinberg, Rensselaer Lee, and many others. “It is indeed humbling to be in the company of the art historians on the list,” commented Davis.

Erin Morgenstern, a 2000 Smith graduate (under the name Erin Joyce McCauley) is joining the ranks of Smith alumnae making noise in the world of literature with her debut novel The Night Circus, a book about family, rivalry and love, due for publication, by Doubleday, in September. But even before the novel has been released, it has attracted attention from Hollywood. Summit Entertainment, the production company behind the mega-hit Twilight series of movies, has acquired rights to the book and talks are circulating about turning the story into a movie, possibly for television. Morgenstern joins a long list of Smith alumnae who have made impacts in literature. Keep an eye out for The Night Circus this fall. Pre-orders of the book are available on her Web site.

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Class of 1944, is the recipient of the 2011 Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, the highest honor bestowed by the International Federation of Landscape Architects. The award annually recognizes a living landscape architect whose lifetime contributions have made a lasting impact on society and the environment. For six decades, Oberlander has created designs that successfully incorporate her concerns for the environment and for the people who will use and live among them. One of the first females to graduate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Oberlander has long been a pioneer in the field of landscape architecture. The Jellicoe Award was presented during the IFLA World Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 28, at which Oberlander gave a lecture as part of the ceremony. Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe was a founding member of the IFLA, in 1929, served as president of the federation from 1948 to 1954, and was knighted in 1979 for his services to landscape architecture.

Marsha Kline Pruett, the Maconda Brown O’Connor Chaired Professor in the School for Social Work, is the recent recipient of the Nurturing Fathers Alliance Award, given by the Nurturing Fathers Program. A primary focus of Pruett’s work and research include increasing father involvement with their children. The Supporting Father Involvement project, to which she contributes, aims to reduce child abuse and neglect and enhance family well-being through intervention and encouragement of father involvement. The Nurturing Fathers Program, based in Holyoke, Mass., teaches parenting and nurturing skills to men through training programs. Pruett was presented with her award during the Nurturing Fathers Program’s graduation ceremony of its ninth class of graduates, held on June 16.

May 24, 2011

Nicholas Howe, associate professor of computer science, is the recent grand prize winner of a highly technical programming contest coordinated by MathWorks, a mathematical computing software development company in Natick, Mass. MathWorks is the producer of MatLab, an interactive computer scientific system used extensively by Smith’s Clark Science Center, including the computer science department. The MathWorks MatLab Programming Contest is a semi-annual competition in which contestants submit MatLab computer code for a crossword puzzle. Howe’s puzzle project, titled “Rapid Weight Loss May Be Harmful,” came in first in a hotly contested race. Howe has participated in the annual contest since 2004. “I think I can, without hyperbole, say that I have never seen anyone so thoroughly dominate the closing minutes of a contest,” says Ned Gulley, the contest administrator.

Jaime Estrada ’12, has been accepted to participate in the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS). As a participant, Estrada will spend May 28 through June 26 with nine other highly motivated English majors at SILCS, based at Wheaton College, Norton, Mass. The students, selected from a very competitive national pool, will study literary and cultural theory and will learn from a number of top scholars in the field, who will serve as visiting lecturers for the institute. SILCS aims to increase diversity in the field of English studies by preparing students to apply to doctoral programs in English. The program supplements the undergraduate curriculum, introduces students to archival research, and works on writing and presentation skills. SILCS students are sponsored by faculty members at their home institutions, who pledge to guide them through the graduate school application process during their senior year. Jaime's sponsor at Smith Naomi Miller, professor of English language and literature.

Elliot Fratkin

Two Smith faculty members have been selected for the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship program. Elliot Fratkin, professor of anthropology, has been granted a Fulbright teaching and research award, with which he will teach Anthropology of Development and Human Ecology, while developing a master’s degree program at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. Patricia Mangan, a lecturer in anthropology, was granted a Fulbright teaching award, with which she will teach 19th and 18th century American history and anthropology in China. Fratkin and Mangan will participate in the scholar program from September 2011 to June 2012.

Samuel Scheer, lecturer, English language and literature, and a teacher of English at Windsor High School, Windsor, Conn., is a recipient of the second annual All American Teacher of the Year Award from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), which recognizes outstanding math, science and English teachers in NMSI’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for their contributions to their students and to the teaching profession. The 23 award winners will receive an award and will be recognized at a special awards luncheon in Washingtobn, D.C. on May 26. Awards are given to one teacher each in AP math, science and English from seven states that participate in APTIP.

Priscilla Ross ’88 recently received the Paragon Award for Community Enrichment for her work founding and directing the Florence Community Band. Ross has grown the band from a handful of members to a performing ensemble of more than 50 instrumentalists from throughout Hampshire County. The band gives concerts and participates regularly in local parades and community events. The Paragon Awards have been presented annually for seven years to individuals in the Northampton area to honor their outstanding volunteers service.

Natalie Zemon Davis ’49 was recently elected as a member of the prestigious American Philosophical Society. Davis, an adjunct professor of history and professor of medieval studies at the University of Toronto, was elected in the humanities category. The APS is an honorary society that promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Election to the APS honors extraordinary accomplishments in the fields of mathematical and physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The APS has a membership of 1004 worldwide.

April 19, 2011

Kim Bierwert, head coach of swimming and diving, has been appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Division III Swimming Committee. The committee serves as the guiding committee for Division III swimming, overseeing operational aspects of conducting the league championships and reviewing and implementing new rules. "I am excited about the prospect of working with the members of the committee to help foster the growth of swimming and diving in Division III," said Bierwert. "I am hopeful that we can continue to create a championship for Division III that is competitive, exciting and well run. Bierwert becomes the sixth member of the Smith athletic department to serve or have served on a NCAA committee.

An exhibition catalog, John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Praise of Women, for the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY, featuring an essay by Helen Horowitz, professor emerita of American studies, on the American painter, was recently awarded the W. E. Fishcelis Book Award from the Victorian Society of America. The award is given annually for an outstanding book dealing with 19th-century art and artists. Horowitz’s essay discusses “The Women of Sargent’s World.” The award will be presented at The Victorian Society’s annual meeting on May 29 in Portland, OR.

Jennifer Guglielmo, associate professor of history, recently received the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for best book in United States immigration history, for her book Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Readicalism in New York City, 1880-1945, published last year by University of North Carolina Press.

Science Grants

Michael Barresi, assistant professor of biological sciences, is the recent recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation.

Elizabeth Jamieson, associate professor of chemistry, has won two grants, one from the National Institutes of Health to advance her research on DNA, and the other to support a multi-campus faculty workshop on inorganic chemistry, funded by the Mellon Foundation, sponsored by AALAC.

March 10, 2011

Ellen Doré Watson, director of the Poetry Center, has been appointed to a five-year term as an elector of Poets' Corner in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The Poets’ Corner was created in 1984 as a memorial to preeminent American writers. More than 30 writers have been inducted since its inception in 1984, including, last November Smith alumna Sylvia Plath ’55. Watson joins a distinguished group of poets and writers who have participated in the ceremonies of The Poets' Corner, including current electors Rosanna Warren, Cynthia Zarin, Major Jackson, Kelly Cherry, Mark Jarman, Kimiko Hahn, Patricia Smith, Aemon Grennan, Doug Anderson, and current poet in residence at the cathedral, Marilyn Nelson. Electors’ duties include participation in: the nomination of one poet or writer each year for installation in The Poets' Corner; the annual installation of the poet or writer; the Maundy Thursday Dante reading at the cathedral.

David Newbury, Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies, is the editor of a new book, Defeat Is the Only Bad News: Rwanda under Musinga, 1896-1931, by Alison Liebhafsky Des Forges, due to be published next month by the University of Wisconsin Press. The book recounts the ambitions, strategies and intrigues of an African royal court under Yuhi Musinga, the Rwandan ruler from 1896 to 1931, describes a UWP press release. “These were turbulent years for Rwanda, when first Germany and then Belgium pursued an aggressive plan of colonization there. At the time of the Europeans’ arrival, Rwanda was also engaged in a succession dispute after the death of one of its most famous kings. Against this backdrop, the Rwandan court became the stage for a drama of Shakespearean proportions, filled with deceit, shrewd calculation, ruthless betrayal, and sometimes murder. Des Forges’s vividly narrated history, meticulously edited and introduced by David Newbury, provides a deep context for understanding the Rwandan civil war a century later.” Newbury is the author of Kings and Clans: A Social History of the Lake Kivu Rift Valley.

Judge Lillian Miranda, who recently retired as first justice of the Franklin-Hampshire Juvenile Court, will join Smith as a teacher of law and social work in the School for Social Work’s summer session. Miranda presided over juvenile delinquency cases as well as those involving parental abuse and custody rights. Miranda operated a private law practice before becoming a judge, and served as director of the Hampshire County bar advocate office.

January 20, 2011

Denise Silber ’74 is being honored this month by the government of France for her professional contributions to health care. Silber is among very few designated for recognition by the National Order Legion of Honor of the Republic of France, bestowed on people of foreign birth who have made professional contributions in the country for at least 20 years. Silber, an innovator of eHealth, began in 1995 creating Web resources for improving health care. She has since worked with numerous organizations around ethics on the Web, quality of information and telemedicine and has taught a course on eHealth at French graduate schools. She also runs her own business, Basil Strategies, as an eHealth consultant. Last year, Basil Strategies organized the first annual international eHealth conference in Paris. Silber joins citizens of Germany, Poland, Great Britain, Brazil, Belgium, Chad and Greece in receiving the rank of knight by decree of the president of France.

Elizabeth Hoffman ’68, a Smith College trustee, won the 2010 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award, given by the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (SCWEP) to an individual who has advanced the status of women in economics. Hoffman, who serves as executive vice president and provost at Iowa State University, has spent more than 40 years as a university administrator, faculty member and researcher, including serving as president of the University of Colorado system, and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a member of several boards and advisory groups, including the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, and the Science Center of Iowa. The Bell Award was created in 1998 for the 25th anniversary of the founding of SCWEP; Bell was the first chair of the committee.

Kate Reagan ’95 was recently appointed mortgage consultant for PeoplesBank, the largest mutually chartered bank in western Massachusetts. Reagan will be responsible for residential mortgage business in Northampton, Easthampton, South Hadley and the surrounding areas. Reagan, who served most recently as a senior loan officer for Applied Mortgage in Northampton, has worked in the mortgage banking industry for 15 years. She also serves as events director for the Northampton Area Young Professionals and is a member of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

December 17, 2010

Robert Schumann

Madeline Zehnder ’13, a STRIDE Scholar, is the winner of this year’s Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Music Criticism Contest in the College category. The contest was held November 18 through December 4, in conjunction with the orchestra’s celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Robert Schumann (1810-1856), one of the premier music critics of his time. Zehnder wrote a creative review of Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, a five-movement work also known as the “Rhenish” Symphony. As one of five contest winners (other categories are elementary school, middle school, high school and other), Zehnder will receive two complimentary tickets to a BSO performance, and her name will be published in the program book of the organization’s Schumann concert series.

Bismata Sahu ’14 won the science and engineering poster competition at the 2010 United States Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC) held last month. Sahu reports that 25 schools were represented at the conference from throughout the U.S. The conference focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics, with emphases on information (cyber security), transportation (energy grid) and disaster preparedness (Katrina, Gulf spill). Keynote speakers included officials of governmental departments of energy, defense and homeland security, as well as NASA. “I learned so much,” says Sahu.

Richard Millington, professor of English language and literature, will spend a week in Santiago, Chile, in mid-January after being invited by the United States Embassy there to teach a course in American literature to university and high school teachers in the city. The course is co-sponsored by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (“La Catolica”), one of the country’s major universities. The purpose of the course—“basically a survey of American literature from the beginning to now,” Millington describes—is to encourage the teaching of American literature in Chile. The course is expected to have 50 to 70 enrollees.

Adrianne Todman ’91 was recently appointed executive director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA), becoming the first woman to serve in the post. The DCHA, which works to provide and manage housing for low- and moderate-income people and families in the nation’s capital, is one of the largest housing authorities in the nation. Todman, who has worked for 19 years in public administration, joined the DCHA after working as a special assistant to the Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She served as interim executive director of the DCHA for more than a year. Todman is a former trustee of the Alumnae Association at Smith.

October 28, 2010

Nellie Beckett ’14 recently won first prize for editorial writing in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s annual Gold Circle Awards. The awards are among the most prestigious for student journalism. Beckett, who served as editor-in-chief for the student newspaper, Silver Chips, at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., was given the award for her editorial article titled “Globalization’s Nightmare,” published last year.

An abstract prepared by Tenzin Dechen ’10 on “Reproductive Health Naivety and Perceived Gender Inequities Among Tibetan Refugee Adolescent Girls in India” has been accepted for poster presentation at the 2011 meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in Seattle. Dechen completed the study in collaboration with Les Jaffe, college physician and director of health services. Her findings reflect survey responses of 223 girls in grades 7 through 12 at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Bylakuppe, India. “Cultural shyness about discussing women’s reproductive health needs and the absence of adult female relatives raises the question of what is learned and from whom,” writes Dechen in the study. ”Ignorance of hygiene, sexual reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases may lead to future adverse health outcomes.” Dechen is currently working at Dartmouth University and hopes to attend medical school.

Renowned author of young-adult literature Virginia Euwer Wolff ’59 was recently named the 2011 recipient of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, a juried award sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today. The prize is given annually to an accomplished contemporary writer or illustrator of high-quality literature for children. Woolf, author of several novels with teenaged characters, including This Full House (2009), has won the National Book Award among many other honors.


Paula Barker Duffy ’67, former director of the University of Chicago Press and publisher of the Free Press, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a post on the National Council on the Humanities. Duffy currently serves on the boards of the Great Books Foundation and Valid Sources, Inc., and advises the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago.

September 23, 2010

Alumnae in Action

Cornelia Oberlander ’44 will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at Vancouver Cities Alive 2010, an annual event that celebrates green roofs, walls and other forms of green infrastructure. Oberlander, who has practiced as a landscape architect in Vancouver for nearly 60 years, has become renowned for her designs that emphasize sustainability, as well as her consideration of social and physical surroundings, and has won several awards for her designs. Oberlander will receive the award, along with fellow honoree, landscape architect and roof garden pioneer Theodore Osmundson, during the Awards of Excellence luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 2.

New York activist and educator Ileana Jiménez ’97 has been named one of “40 under 40” by the Feminist Press at the City University of New York. The company is honoring 40 women and men under age 40 in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) as part of its 40th anniversary celebration. The honorees were nominated by nearly 400 people for their achievements and their strong representation as the next generation of feminists. Jiménez, who was the recipient of a Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching this year, teaches about feminism, Latino/a literature, and LGBT literature at the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York. Jiménez is no stranger to lists of honorable mentions. She was named last year as one of the 40 Women of Stonewall by the Stonewall Foundation, and as one of 30 Women Making History by the Women’s Media Center. Jimenez and her fellow honorees will be lauded during a celebration on October 18 in Manhattan. “I don’t think I would have ever received this award without the education I received at Smith,” said Jimenez.

Smithies’ Scene

Germaine Nendah ’11 has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the oldest and largest single biological membership organization in the world. The fellowship is given to outstanding students who plan to pursue graduate careers in microbiology. The fellowship, which includes a $4,000 stipend, supported Nendah’s full-time research at Smith last summer, working on a project, “Short-term Adaptation to Temperature Changes in Escherichia coli,” under the mentorship of Christine White-Ziegler, professor of biological sciences.

MacKenzie Clark ’11, a geosciences major with a minor in environmental science and policy, teamed with Roger Guzowski, Five Colleges recycling manager, in imparting new initiatives and concepts in recycling during her summer internship at the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Clark, who assisted in coordinating a training program for the DEP interns statewide, including a tour of the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Springfield, thought of Guzowski when she sought speakers for the training program. “I had been to a couple of talks that Roger had given at Smith and wanted to hear him speak again,” said Clark. “My own interest in recycling and waste management was really spurred by hearing the talk Roger gave to my sustainability pre-orientation group.”

Faculty Noteables

Randy Frost, the Harold and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor of Psychology, has been named to the Speakers Bureau of the International OCD Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Boston, of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders committed to educating the public about OCD, supporting research, and assisting those with such disorders. Frost is among four new speakers for the organization, joining a group of 13 OCD sufferers and experts who act as leading voices for the foundation. Frost, who is internationally recognized as an expert on OCD and compulsive hoarding, is the author of Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things.

Craig Felton, professor of art history, gave the keynote lecture on September 1 at a conference in Dresden, Germany, hosted by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. His talk, "Imaging the Temple," focused on the First (Solomon's) and Second (Herod's) Temples built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and on the Visionary Third Temple of the Prophet Ezekiel, and how the ideas and images of these structures continued in Western Europe from the time of the Crusades into the 18th century. The conference was held in connection with an exhibition "Fragmente der Erinnerung" (Fragments of Memory).

July 29, 2010

Georgia Yuan, who served as Smith College general counsel from 2003 until this year, was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). The award recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning. Yuan, who joined NACUA in 1991, served on its Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000, and again from 2003 to 2009, and as association president in 2006-07, the first Asian-American to hold that office. Before coming to Smith, Yuan served as general counsel at the University of Idaho. Yuan recently relocated to Washington, D.C., where she joined the U.S. Department of Education as Deputy General Counsel for Post-Secondary Education and Regulatory Service.

Katlyn R. Lewicke ’11 (pictured at left) and Helen Hua ’10 were among the contestants in the Miss Massachusetts pageant earlier this month, a lead-up event to the high-profile Miss America pageant. The students qualified for the state competition by taking regional crowns, Lewicke for Miss Western Massachusetts 2010, Hua for Miss Southcoast 2010. Neither Lewicke nor Hua cracked the top 10 in the state pageant, blunting their hopes for national contention. For Lewicke, who appeared in a Fourth of July parade, it’s only the beginning. “It was my first year competing,” she said. “I am in love with the system and plan to keep competing." It was Hua's second time in the state pageant.

Victoria Davey ’77 was appointed in June to the position of Chief Officer of Public Health and Environmental Hazards, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Davey has served in the office since 1999, and has been Acting Chief Officer since September 2009, and Deputy Chief Officer since 2006. Davey is a national expert on planning and preparedness for pandemic influenza and other public health/biodefense-related initiatives and has been princpal for VHA’s response to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. The Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards leads public health programs for the VA.

Among her duties as Google’s manager of space initiatives, Tiffany Montague ’96 oversees the possibilities of sending robots to the moon and observing Mars. Montague, who was featured in a recent piece by New York Times “Bits” column writer Ashlee Vance, developed a sense for space, first as an Air Force officer flying high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, then as an employee for the National Reconnaissance Office, a government intelligence agency specializing in spy satellites. After graduating from Smith, Montague had her sites set on becoming a NASA astronaut, but eventually realized the odds were slight that she would fly in space. Perhaps her current job offers the next best thing: working with NASA in gathering astronomical data and looking long and closely at space.

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