Notes from Paradise
Sarina Prabasi ’95: Survival of the Richest? Sarina Prabasi ’95: Survival of the Richest?
Sarina Prabasi ’95 calls for collective action to alleviate the disproportionate burden of climate change on the poor. She writes, “My entire career, I have worked with people on the losing end of the bargain. People without access to health care, education, water or sanitation have long been suffering the effects of climate change.”
Celebrating the Life of Elinor Fosdick Downs ’33 All About Smith’s Student Research Program Three Smith Juniors Receive Prestigious Awards
Celebrating the Life of Elinor Fosdick Downs ’33 All About Smith’s Student Research Program Three Smith Juniors Receive Prestigious Awards
Read about the incredible life—and determination—of Elinor Fosdick Downs ’33, who died recently. Her obituary documents the difficulties she encountered because of gender bias in realizing her dream of being a doctor. She persevered and went on to attend her first choice, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and interned at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Through Smith’s Student Research in Departments (STRIDE) program, high-achieving students are teamed up with Smith faculty to work as paid research assistants during their first two years at Smith. “I always know that when I get Smith STRIDE students, I get Smith’s best students,” says philosophy professor Jay Garfield. Three Smith juniors have received highly prestigious national awards to support their academic work. Katie McGarry AC (pictured) has won a 2020 Truman Scholarship, which supports graduate education. Dayln Gillentine ’21 and Marva Tariq ’21 have received Goldwater Scholarships, given to outstanding sophomore and junior STEM students.
Smith College’s Response to the Pandemic
For the latest information about Smith's response to the COVID-19 crisis, check the college’s COVID-19 response site, which includes letters to the community, information for new students, digital support resources and frequently asked questions.
Baishakhi Taylor Named Dean of the College
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.
SGA Donates to Emergency Aid Fund
When students learned that they’d be spending the last half of spring semester studying remotely, Student Government Association (SGA) leaders decided to donate the seven weeks of unused student activities fees—$100,000—to the Student Emergency Aid Fund, established to help students with unexpected costs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The college is working so hard to support students,” SGA president Rosalie Toupin ’20 said. “We’re glad to be able to supplement that work.”  
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
MS. MAGAZINE ONLINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: The long fight for the ERA, Part 2
FORBES: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: What it will take to restart baseball
MS. MAGAZINE ONLINE: Katie Fleischer ’21: The darker side of environmentalism
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