Notes from Paradise
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02 is First Artist to Co-Chair World Economic Forum
In co-chairing the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02, whose documentaries spotlight social injustice, said art is a crucial part of creating a more inclusive world.
India.Arie Keynote at BSA Conference ‘Dear World’ Comes to Campus The Future of IT at Smith
Grammy Award–winning singer India.Arie will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Black Students’ Alliance conference, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Tickets will be available starting January 26, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays in Campus Center Room 106 and at the door. General conference registration is now open. The unique stories of students, faculty and staff will be captured in phrases and photographs when the "Dear World" project comes to Smith on January 31. Members of the Smith community are invited to participate in interactive exercises to find their stories. A portrait shoot of summary messages they write on their arms will follow. Technology can serve more than an administrative function at Smith, says Samantha Earp, vice president for information technology. In developing a vision for IT at Smith, she says, "I want us to be more expansive and integrative in our work." Earp shares her thoughts about what she's learned about Smith so far, how she sees her role, and the future of IT on campus.    
Andrew Zimbalist Talks Sports Arenas: Who Wins? Who Loses?
Sports economist Andrew Zimbalist joined other experts on the NPR program On Point with Tom Ashbrook to discuss financial issues around sports arenas. Listen to the podcast “Hometown Pride: Financing Big League Arenas,” which originally aired on January 18. Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith.
New Veteran Housing Named for Jill Ker Conway and Late Husband
On January 14, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser joined others to open the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence. The apartment building provides permanent supportive housing for veterans exiting homelessness and affordable and low-income units. The building is named for former Smith President Jill Ker Conway and her late husband, John, a World War II veteran.
Chemist Elizabeth Nolan ’01 Researches New Ways to Treat Infectious Diseases
Elizabeth Nolan ’01, associate professor of chemistry at MIT, studies the battle between microbes and hosts for essential metals. “Understanding how our innate immune system works is important for thinking about the development of new ways to treat infectious disease,” she says. In 2016, Nolan was awarded the MIT School of Science Teaching Prize for Graduate Education.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
WWLP-TV: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow greeted by large audience at Smith
SPACE.COM: Prof. James Lowenthal: What geoengineering might mean for astronomers
MARKETPLACE: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Franchises must find way to split stadium revenue
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Yoo Eun Kim ’16: How Obi-Wan Kenobi helped me love my name
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Editorial: Smith College plates life-saving alternatives
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