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$1 Million Grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute Recognizes Bryn Mawr as a Top Producer of Scientists

Posted May 31, 2012
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Bryn Mawr College has received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to help the College build on its already-impressive history of preparing young women to become leaders in science research and medicine. Bryn Mawr’s grant is one of 11 Capstone Awards made to longtime recipients of HHMI funding. “These schools, collectively […]

Commencement 2012 in Pictures

Posted May 17, 2012

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 12, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2012. Mary Robinson, the first woman to serve as president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, gave the Commencement address. Related Commencement 2012 in Social Media 2012 Graduates: a Snapshot […]

NPR Story Focuses on Bryn Mawr Swim Test

Posted May 17, 2012

“I have not, in my six years here, had a student fail to meet the requirement and not graduate,” Bryn Mawr Swim Coach and Aquatics Director Nikki Whitlock tells NPR in this story about the College’s swim test. “A century ago, many colleges required students to pass a swim test,” says reporter Joel Rose. “Today, […]

Collaborative Effort to Measure Food Waste Moves BMC One Step Closer to Composting

Posted May 17, 2012
Daniele Arad-Neeman and Karen Leitner sponsored a Plenary resolution supporting the composting of food waste

Letting nature take its course sometimes requires a surprising level of effort. Bryn Mawr College produces a substantial quantity of food waste, and composting it—allowing natural processes to transform it into nourishment for growing plants—has long been an appealing prospect to environmentally conscious members of the college community. Last year, a group of students investigated […]

Educators Gather at Bryn Mawr to Discuss Courses That Blend Online Learning and the Traditional Classroom

Posted May 17, 2012
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More than 80 representatives from 31 educational institutions gathered on campus earlier this month to reflect on a year-long experiment Bryn Mawr College led on the use of blended learning in a liberal-arts environment. Last spring, Bryn Mawr received a $250,000 grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative, to introduce open-source courseware modules into […]

The Philadelphia Inquirer Quotes 2012 Commencement Speaker Mary Robinson

Posted May 17, 2012

In a Philadelphia Inquirer article about commencement speakers at Philadelphia-area schools, Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and Bryn Mawr’s 2012 commencement speaker, touched on the words of wisdom she shared with graduates at the May 12 graduation ceremony. From the article: “Robinson, who attributes her idealism to studying at Harvard during the Vietnam […]

Praxis III Students Celebrate a Semester of Learning with Poster Session

Posted May 17, 2012
List of All Spring 2012 Praxis III Courses

Through Bryn Mawr’s Praxis Program, students integrate theory and classroom practice with active, relevant fieldwork in a way that goes beyond most traditional internship experiences. There are three levels of Praxis courses, which require increasing amounts of fieldwork. Praxis I and II courses are offered within a variety of academic departments and are developed by […]

USA Today Quotes Bryn Mawr Student Activist

Posted May 10, 2012
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This USA Today story focusing on college and universities’ policies toward undocumented immigrants quotes Jessica Jessica Hyejin Lee ’13, the co-founder of Students for Undocumented Dreams & Decision Equity Now. Elizabeth Held ’12 contributed reporting to the story.

Wanda Lee ’12: Meet a Mawrter

Posted May 10, 2012
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This week’s “Meet a Mawrter” video features Growth and Structure of Cities major Wanda Lee. As a senior, Lee probably welcomed the background noise in this video: it was made by the construction crew that was erecting the tent on Merion Green where her graduation ceremony will be held this weekend!

Trip to Bryn Mawr by Managing Director of Ghanian School Brings 360° Full Circle

Posted May 10, 2012
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Manzah Habib, the managing director of the Ghanian preschool and kindergarten visited by participants of “360°: Learning and Narrating Childhoods” during spring break, visited Bryn Mawr in April.

2012 Graduates: Snapshot of a Group That’s Going Places

Posted May 10, 2012
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Updated May 14, 2012. Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2012—308 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—were graduated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences granted 14 doctorates and 16 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research […]

Sherella Williams ’12 Receives Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Austria

Posted May 10, 2012
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Sherella Williams ’12 has accepted a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to teach in Linz, Austria. Williams, who is an English major with a minor in German, began studying German in middle school—but it wasn’t until Bryn Mawr that she truly fell in love with the language and Germanic literature. “I didn’t come to Bryn Mawr expecting […]

May Day 2012: In Photos and Behind the Scenes

Posted May 3, 2012
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Because it is such a valued tradition, expectations of May Day are high, and it takes a well-oiled crew of people to keep May Day running smoothly. “The May Poles don’t go up by themselves, trash cans don’t just appear, sound doesn’t just happen,” says Mary Beth Horvath, director of student activities. “That’s why an event like this is a team effort … Read more»

Bryn Mawr Students Study in St. Petersburg as Part of Russian Flagship Program

Posted May 3, 2012
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Bryn Mawr students Marina Kec ’12 and Brandy Thoma ’12 have spent the past nine months immersed in Russian culture as part of a rigorous program available only at a few select colleges and universities. The Russian Flagship Program is an academic track open to all Tri-Co undergraduates who wish to attain superior Russian-language proficiency through an […]

Emily Kirchner ’12: Meet a Mawrter

Posted May 3, 2012

This week, the “Meet a Mawrter” video series demonstrates that the routes to fun aren’t necessarily the obvious ones: senior history major Emily Kirchner found one that started with a job in the dining hall.

Two Bryn Mawr Alumnae Make Forbes Columnist’s Short List for Facebook Board

Posted May 3, 2012

An informal pool of women who are tech executives in Silicon Valley by Forbes.com writer Connie Guglielmo yielded a list of 11 candidates for Facebook’s currently all-male board of directors. Two women who appear on the list—Susan Barnes ’76 and Drew Gilpin Faust ’68—are Bryn Mawr alumnae. From the article: • Susan Barnes, former controller […]

Philadelphia Inquirer Looks at Shakespeare iPad App Developed by BMC’s Katherine Rowe

Posted May 3, 2012

In this article, The Philadelphia Inquirer takes note of an iPad app that Bryn Mawr Professor of English Katherine Rowe helped develop. This interactive edition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest offers expert annotations, readings by actors, and the ability to share your own notes—or just the text, if you prefer. From the article: “This app is, […]

Bryn Mawr and Penn Sign Agreement to Fast-Track Undergrads into Penn Engineering Master’s Programs

Posted May 3, 2012
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Bryn Mawr Provost Kim Cassidy and Eduardo Glandt, dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, signed an agreement last week that made official a new program that allows Bryn Mawr students majoring in math and science to earn a master’s degree from Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with […]

Bryn Mawr Named a “Tree Campus USA” for Second Year

Posted May 3, 2012
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The Arbor Day Foundation has named Bryn Mawr College a 2011 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the second year of recognition for Bryn Mawr, which has more than 3,600 trees on campus. Tree Campus USA is a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor […]