Notes from Paradise
Medalists: Liberal Arts Personified
Leaders in fields ranging from advertising to STEM make up the latest class of Smith College Medalists receiving medals at Rally Day on Feb. 21. Honorees are advertising executive Rochelle (Shelly) Braff Lazarus ’68, psychologist Ann Stringfellow Masten ’73, art museum leader Rebecca Rabinow ’88, and computer science advocate Kimberly Scott ’91.
Word Smithie Kory Stamper ’96 to Speak on Oct. 5 Report: Women’s Entrepreneurship on the Rise Mollie Pleau ’17: ‘Don’t Let Others Set Your Limits’
With her wry sense of humor and sheer delight in the English language, lexicographer Kory Behny Stamper ’96 has a fan club large enough to make her a rock star among word nerds. She considers her job as an editor at Merriam-Webster a "calling" that has it roots in the classes she took at Smith—particularly English¬†professor Craig Davis’ class on medieval Icelandic family sagas. Stamper returns to campus on Oct. 5 to discuss her life with words and her book Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. The gender gap among entrepreneurs is shrinking and women are innovating more, according to a major new report—sponsored by Smith, Babson College and other institutions worldwide—that measured women’s entrepreneurial activity. Smith’s participation, said Monica Dean, administrative director of the new Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, complements the college’s own initiatives around women's leadership.   From a young age, Mollie Pleau ’17 was told that girls shouldn’t major in physics or join the U.S. Air Force because they’d never be able to compete with the men. Comments like these only made Pleau work harder—and now she’s headed to Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama to study nuclear physics with the goal of becoming an astronaut. “Don’t let other people set your limits,” she recently told a group of students at her former high school. “If you want something, do it.”
New Faculty Bring Range of Scholarly Expertise
Thirteen new tenure-track faculty members are bringing a range of academic and real-world expertise to classrooms across campus, from art and anthropology to statistical and data sciences. Among Smith's newest scholars are Assistant Professor of Computer Science Jordan Crouser ’08, who is teaching courses on computation theory and machine learning, and Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Studies Sarah Witkowski, whose research focuses on¬†cells and signals that promote cardiovascular health, repair and regeneration.
Upcoming Career-Related Webinars
Should you take a job or take the plunge and start your own business? Should you work as an office manager for a couple of years so you can eventually land that dream job in the executive suite? These are among the questions that will be answered in the latest series of professional development webinars sponsored by the Office of Alumnae Relations. Each lunchtime session is free and open to the entire Smith community, but registration is required.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
BBC WORLD SERVICE: Prof. Suzan Edwards: Stars and faith on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Limited exemption for college athletic departments
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Prof. Ginetta Candelario: The conflicted quest for straight hair
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