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When Student and Professor Team Up, a Rich Collaboration Unfolds

Every spring Smith students and professors make a day of it and showcase the impressive results of collaborative research projects during an annual event, "Celebrating Collaborations." Photo by Dick Fish.

Each year at Smith, students and faculty take a day to publicly display their joint achievements at the college's annual showcase event, Celebrating Collaborations. Research projects and performances highlight students' intellectual achievements and collaborative efforts while working with faculty in a variety of departmental, program and interdisciplinary projects. Among the 250 students who recently presented their independent investigations into everything from sustainable building design to the link between circadian rhythms and cancer were the following:

Senior Sonic Woytonik explained how she worked with Neal Salisbury, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Social Sciences, to examine race relations in 17th–century Virginia by exploring the lives of Chesapeake servants and slaves.

Engineering majors Johanna Pfeifer '10, Taylor Buono '10 and Stephanie Erickson '10 gave a talk on energy–conscious building design, reflecting their work on a special studies project with Paul Voss, assistant professor of engineering.

Neuroscience major Lindsey MacNabb '08 teamed up with Mary Harrington, Tippit Professor in the Life Sciences, to complete her special studies project investigating the link between circadian clocks and cancer.

Marja van der Loo '08, with a double major in art history and Portuguese–Brazilian studies, presented the highlights of her special studies project focusing on deconstructing 17th–century Dutch paintings of Brazil in collaboration with Marguerite Itamar Harrison, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese.

Emma Forrest '11, Rachel Hanlon '10 and Lauren Arthur '10 developed and launched an online encyclopedia of Smith history, modeled after Wikipedia and available to the Smith College community on Moodle, the college's course management system. They worked closely with Carol Christ, Smith president, and Nanci Young, college archivist.

Alison Smith '08, majoring in classics, discussed her thesis "War No More?: An Examination of War and Lament in Homer's Iliad," derived from her work with Justina Gregory, professor of classical languages and literatures.

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