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Honoring the Class of 2020—Virtually Honoring the Class of 2020—Virtually
On Sunday, May 17, at noon EDT, Smith will host its first ever virtual Commencement, honoring the class of 2020 in an unprecedented way during these unprecedented times. The event will include an address from Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, as well as remarks by President Kathleen McCartney and others.
The Race to Discover a Vaccine for COVID-19 Baishakhi Taylor Named Dean of the College Sherrerd Teaching Award Recipients Announced
The Race to Discover a Vaccine for COVID-19 Baishakhi Taylor Named Dean of the College Sherrerd Teaching Award Recipients Announced
Within hours after scientists in China released the gene sequence for the novel coronavirus, immunologist Annie De Groot ’78 and her team at EpiVax, the Providence, Rhode Island–based biotech firm she co-founded, got to work doing what they do best—developing a vaccine to combat the virus. The company is now working on nine different vaccine possibilities with an international assembly of collaborators. President Kathleen McCartney recently announced the appointment of Baishakhi Taylor as the dean of the college and vice president for campus life, effective July 1, 2020. Taylor is currently the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. “I am honored to join the Smith community,” said Taylor, who succeeds Susan Etheredge ’77. The recipients of the 2020 Sherrerd Teaching Prize winners are Carrie Baker, professor of the study of women and gender (pictured); James Lowenthal, Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Astronomy; and Denise McKahn, associate professor of engineering. The Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching were established in 2002.
Smith College’s Response to the Pandemic
Check the college's COVID-19 response site for all the latest information on what Smith is doing to protect and support students, faculty and staff during the pandemic. The site includes letters to the community, campus quick facts, digital support resources and frequently asked questions.
Schubertiade VIII: A Livestream Concert
The Sage Chamber Music Society of the Smith College Department of Music is pleased to present a livestream of the final concert of Schubertiade, the yearlong series celebrating the music of Franz Schubert, featuring pianist Jiayan Sun. He will perform three Schubert sonatas on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. EDT. The live concert will be streamed from Sweeney Concert Hall.
Alumnae: Students Want to Hear From You
In these challenging times, the Office of Alumnae Relations and Development is asking alumnae to send words of advice, support and encouragement to Smith students, especially members of the senior class. It is important for Smithies to maintain a sense of community. Let Smith students know that you’re thinking of them and that they’re part of a powerful global network of Smithies who always have their backs.
French Cooking Lessons, Anyone?
Looking for something to do while homebound? This may be the perfect time to add to your culinary repertoire by learning some new recipes courtesy of the French Chef herself, Julia Child ’34. Check out where you can find reruns of the show that made Child the original celebrity chef.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
MS. MAGAZINE BLOG: Prof. Carrie Baker: Self-managed abortion — is it legally safe?
TEEN KIDS NEWS: Prof. Jen Malkowski: An army of fact checkers to battle fake news
USA TODAY: Wendy Schmidt ’77: The wonders of the deep sea
NERDWALLET: Seven types of COVID-19 relief for college students
BOSTON SPORTS JOURNAL: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Major League Baseball after the pandemic
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