Notes from Paradise
SURF’s Up: Summer Student Research Programs
This summer nearly 150 students are participating in Smith’s annual Summer Research Fellowship Program (SURF). Since it was founded 50 years ago, SURF has provided some 3,500 students with opportunities for immersive summer research experiences.
Billy Dean Thomas ’14 Challenges Traditional Hip-Hop Ann Hornaday ’82 on Smith, Writing, and Hollywood On Being a Producer in a Public Radio World
Billy Dean Thomas ’14 blends social commentary with music experimentation, writing music about #blacklivesmatter, intersectional feminism and growing up in Harlem. But don't try to fit Thomas in any one category. “People are going to put me in boxes. I’m gonna be so great that you can’t even think about a box.” Ann Hornaday ’82, The Washington Post'chief film critic and author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies, recounts the early days of her career, the good advice her former boss Gloria Steinem ’56 once gave to her, and how we all can be more thoughtful moviegoers. At Smith, Alexandra Botti ’08 was a double major in English language and literature and French studies, and she has always loved radio. Today her career involves two of her greatest loves: writing and radio. Botti is a producer for the National Public Radio show The Takeaway. Find out what she does and how she got there.
Statement on July 31 Call to Campus Police

On July 31, Campus Police responded to a call from an employee reporting an unknown person who “seemed out of place” in a Smith building. An officer responded and spoke with an undergraduate student of color who was on break from her campus job. The incident has raised concerns about bias and equity at Smith. The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity has reached out to the student and is investigating the incident.

Sara Haines ’00 to Co-Host Third Hour of ‘Good Morning America’
Haines started her career at NBC as a page and eventually joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the fourth hour of Today. In 2013, she became a correspondent for ABC News. She has been on The View since 2014, when she started as a guest co-host.
Physicians and Patients Suffer in a Broken Health Care System
In an article she co-authored for STAT, Wendy Dean ’87, M.D., senior medical officer at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, contends that physicians do not suffer “burnout” but rather "moral injury": “Without understanding the critical difference between burnout and moral injury, the wounds will never heal and physicians and patients alike will continue to suffer the consequences.”
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW YORK TIMES: Ruth Turner ’46: ‘Baseball is life’
WGBY: Prof. Velma Garcia on U.S. southern border history
FORWARD NEWSPAPERS ONLINE: Prof. Emeritus David Ball: The Nazi era in France
VALLEY ADVOCATE: Prof. Dwight Pogue’s retrospective at SCMA
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