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Science Sherrerd Teaching Prize Winners Feted
Caroline Melly, assistant professor of anthropology (pictured left); Rodger Blum, dance professor and department chair; and Mary Murphy, senior lecturer of mathematics and statistics, are this year’s recipients of the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Students and alumnae reflect on why these faculty members are especially deserving of the honor.
The Dark Side of Retail The Ultimate Smith Book Club
Smith Reads is the new online book club for the Smith community sponsored by the Office of Alumnae Relations. The book selection for November/December is Marisha Pessl’s debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Participate in webinars and discussions about the book, and enjoy access to additional resources, including videos with faculty and interviews with authors. Register today!
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Professor Studies Gender Bias in Research
Annaliese Beery, assistant professor of psychology at Smith, has been looking at male bias in biomedical studies, documenting the extent to which scientists who work with animals in biomedical research selectively study males far more often than females. Her research has contributed to the National Institutes of Health policy change to reduce gender bias in biomedical studies. Read the full story in Insight.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith National Philanthropy Day Challenge
Save the date! The Smith Fund's second annual challenge in honor of National Philanthropy Day is coming. Plan to make your gift to the Smith Fund on Wednesday, November 12. Every gift matters! We are also looking for alumnae interested in a fun, one-day volunteer opportunity. Click here or email Allison Gomes, assistant director for volunteer programs, to learn more.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith New Dean Has Two Callings
Calvin McFadden says he has two callings—education and ministry. His position as the new dean of the sophomore class and the Ada Comstock Scholars Program pairs perfectly with his work as the senior pastor of the historic St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, MA. Find out more about McFadden, what he hopes to accomplish at Smith and his advice to students.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Piper Kerman ’92 Talks Prison Reform
Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman '92 recently spoke to an audience of more than 1,000 at Smith College. Interviewed onstage by author and literary critic Bethanne Patrick '85, Kerman talked about the devastating statistics concerning women and the United States penal system, her work with the Women’s Prison Association, and how everyone can help.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Memorial Service Set for Smith Professor
Pat Skarda, professor of English language and literature at Smith for more than 40 years, died September 2, 2014. A memorial service at Smith College will be held Saturday, November 8, at 2 p.m., in Helen Hills Hills Chapel, with a reception to follow at the Smith Conference Center. All are invited to attend. Donations may be made to the Professor Patricia Skarda Memorial Fund.
Video Spotlight
Botanic sculptor Dan Ladd combines art and botany—plant and tree materials are his medium. Here the artist in residence at Smith’s MacLeish Field Station talks about his work.
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