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Science President McCartney at White House Summit
At a White House summit on education Jan. 16, President Kathleen McCartney met with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and other college and university presidents to discuss education access and success for all students. She also announced Smith's participation in the Posse Foundation STEM initiative. For more on Smith’s plans to raise $200 million in financial aid support, click here.
Women in Public Service Grant Targets Debilitating Disease
Smith College received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for research on health issues in the developing world. The grant, for a project in the lab of biological sciences professor Steven Williams, will support detection of parasites that cause lymphatic filariasis, a disease that afflicts millions of people in developing countries.
The Dark Side of Retail Reeves Urges U.S. Involvement in Sudan
Smith professor and Sudan expert Eric Reeves thinks the United States can help alleviate the crisis in South Sudan. Read his New York Times op-ed, in which he recommends, among other things, the use of U.S. critical transport and surveillance aircraft in United Nations humanitarian efforts and urges President Salva Kiir Mayardit to release political detainees for talks.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Fledgling Fashion Designer Scores Big
Designer Yvette Elfawal ’10 has taken the fashion world by storm with her highly distinctive evening wear created by combining unexpected materials such as coiled rope, wire, sheer fabrics and feathers. The former junior architect even showed her work last winter at New York Fashion Week—a major coup for any designer but especially for one who is self-taught and new to the industry.
From China to Art to Women’s Rights A Passion for Mathematics
It is often said that everything comes down to numbers. Smith math professor Ruth Haas would definitely agree. Read the Insight story in which she proves that the quintessential problems and constructs of mathematical research—where reality meets abstraction and chaos meets order—offer new pathways to understanding the world. Haas has also been instrumental in establishing the prize-winning Smith College Center for Women in Mathematics.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Watch Rally Day Live!
The 2014 Smith Medalists—artist Susan Hiller ’61, biotech entrepreneur Susan May Molineaux ’75, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt ’77 and, the first U.S. special representative to Muslim communities, Farah Pandith ’90—will be honored at this year’s Rally Day ceremony on Feb. 19. Watch this exciting event, which will be streamed live beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Elizabeth Eveillard ’79 Elected Chair Learning to Rebuild Communities
Smith, Mount Holyoke and Simmons colleges will co-host “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development,” a two-week institute of the Women in Public Service Project, from May 25 to June 6. The institute will bring together emerging women leaders from societies recovering from recent conflict.
The Dark Side of Retail Transform Your Career in 2014
Career development workshops presented by the Office of Alumnae Relations offer the opportunity for alumnae, at every stage of their careers, to learn new skills and share their experiences with other alumnae. Check out the latest webinars and workshops. And click here for a convenient, easy way alumnae can share career advice with students.
Women in Public Service The Smith College Silk Scarf
A limited-edition Smith College silk scarf is now available. The scarf features a reproduction of the Smith campus by an unknown artist, taken from a Wedgwood china charger that was commissioned in 1937. The floral border is based on a bookplate found in the Mortimer Rare Book Room. The scarf is available in cranberry, brilliant blue and eggplant. Click here for more information and ordering instructions.
Video Spotlight
Award-winning author and wine expert Jeannie Cho Lee ’90 and Annie Morita ’90, chief of staff at Oriental DreamWorks, talk about living and working in Asia.
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Duckett House resident Julia Leiterman ’15 shows off her room. Quirky angles and little nooks equal quintessential New England charm.
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