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New Faculty: Dustin Albert and Macalester Bell

Posted September 3, 2015
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Each week for the next several weeks we’ll be highlighting Bryn Mawr’s newest faculty members. The College supports faculty excellence in both research and teaching and is committed to social justice and inclusion in the classroom and in the community at large.  Dustin Albert Psychology My research investigates social and biological influences on the development […]

Tirsa Delate ’16 Works With PACT for Animals Through Service Program

Posted August 12, 2015
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Feb. 15, 2016 Update: Read about PACT for Animals in this Philadelphia Inquirer article. After nine months apart, Maya, a shepherd mix, sprints across the grass to greet her owners, who have just returned from an Army deployment. Maya’s tail wags frantically as her owners pet and hug her to say hello. This joyful reunion […]

Bridget Murray ’17 Uncovers the Past on Tennessee Campus

Posted August 12, 2015
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“I knew if I wanted to work in archaeology, I needed to attend a field school,” explains Bridget Murray ’17, an anthropology and linguistics double major. Her summer internship at the Sewanee Environmental Institute’s Summer Field School in Archaeology provided her with hands-on experience—and the chance to reinforce just how much she enjoys the field. […]

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley’s Expertise on Terrorism Featured in Several Outlets

Posted August 11, 2015
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Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley is quoted and his research cited in the article Recovering From Hate on the website Nova Next, NOVA’s digital publication that providing in-depth articles and commentaries from some of the most respected journalists, scientists, and engineers. In addition, he has co-written an article for United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research […]

Physics Major’s Summer Internships Focus on Environmental Activism

Posted August 3, 2015
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She dreams of teaching physics—a subject she loves for its power “to describe the world around us.” But Carol Bowe ’17 has more on her mind than e = mc2. As a high school student, she was deeply engaged with environmental education activities, and as a future high school teacher, she is adamant about continuing […]

College Access Partnership Between Bryn Mawr and Latino Community Organization Continues to Grow

Posted July 28, 2015
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Ana Cordova ’13 knows how lucky she was to be recruited in high school to participate in Bright Prospect, a program that helps high-achieving students from low-income families attend college. “Bright Prospect believed I was capable of not only attending but also graduating from a four-year institution. I would have never heard of Bryn Mawr […]

Psychology’s Clark McCauley Quoted in Article About Tennessee Shooter

Posted July 22, 2015
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Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley, whose recent research has focused on the process of radicalization, was recently quoted in an article that appeared on the website of Salt Lake City, Utah, television station KUTV. The article, about Mohammad Abdulazeez, who shot and killed  four Marines and a Navy sailor at two military facilities in […]

Ayesha Mir ’16 Writes Piece for NewsWorks

Posted July 6, 2015

A Political Science major and English minor, Ayesah Mir ’16 is interning at NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News and its network of journalism partners in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware. In her article, Mir highlights an interactive performance dealing with issues of race that took place in a house that served as a […]

Multi-Media Project Brings 15th-Century Processional to Life

Posted June 30, 2015

Last summer, a small manuscript volume of liturgical music and prayers found a new home in Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections. Copied in the 15th century for a nun in the royal abbey of St.-Louis at Poissy, the processional contains the plainchant music for daily Dominican observance and includes prayers and music for special events like […]

Students Present at American Chemical Society Conference

Posted June 30, 2015
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Bryn Mawr Students Shengjia Zhu ’16 and Alexandra Nagelski ’17 recently attended the 2015 Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Ithaca, New York, where they presented a poster presentation titled: “Molybdenum Pyranopterin Dithiolene Complexes: Modeling the Molybdenum Cofactor.” The students conduct their research in the lab of Chemistry Professor Sharon J. Nieter […]

Touring Wales and the Original Bryn Mawr

Posted June 18, 2015
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Associate Professor of English Kate Thomas, who teaches and writes about Nineteenth Century British Literature and Culture, recently led a group of alumnae on a tour of Wales. Thomas and the alums were joined on the tour by Associate Professor of English Bethany Schneider. While there, the group visited the place from which the town […]

Bryn Mawr Project to Add Computational Skills to STEM Courses Highlighted

Posted June 15, 2015
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An article in the latest issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights Bryn Mawr’s “Enhancing Computation and Information Science Learning Opportunities for Women Leaders in STEM” project. The project is part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) initiative. With generous funding from the Leona M. […]

Best-Selling Author Cheryl Strayed Will be 2015-16 Emily Balch Speaker

Posted June 15, 2015
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Bryn Mawr’s Emily Balch Speaker Series for first-year students is once again bringing a highly celebrated author to campus. The 2015-16 speaker is Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir Wild was a #1 New York Times best-seller and made into a major motion picture. Wild was also chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s […]

Empowering Learners

Posted June 15, 2015
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They reach for the sky, bend to the floor, and balance on one foot. While the poses change, one constant remains, the look of joy on the faces of the children taking part in yoga exercises as part of Puentes Hacia El Futuro, the after-school tutoring and mentorship program run by the organization Puentes De […]

New Book by Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt Looks at Medieval Robots

Posted June 11, 2015
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A thousand years before Isaac Asimov set down his Three Laws of Robotics, real and imagined automata appeared in European courts, liturgies, and literary texts. Medieval robots took such forms as talking statues, mechanical animals, and silent metal guardians; some served to entertain or instruct while others performed disciplinary or surveillance functions. Variously ascribed to […]

Traveling the World as Watson Fellow to Study the Lives of Women Artists

Posted May 28, 2015
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Growing up in South Africa, Camilla Dely ’15 never thought much about theater as a field within which she might one day build an academic, personal, or professional life. “In South Africa the arts are poorly supported by both the public and the government, and it was only when I came to the United States […]

Rebekah Adams ’15 Returns to Africa on Boren Scholarship

Posted May 28, 2015
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As a 16-year-old living with her family in Kampala, Uganda, Rebekah Adams’15  saw firsthand how ethnic affiliations can be manipulated to maintain and stoke social divisions. The family lived near the Kasubi Tombs, the burial ground of the four kings of Buganda and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was engulfed in flames one night […]

A Love of Russian Literature Leads Mikayla Holland ’15 to a National Security Fellowship

Posted May 28, 2015
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Mikayla Holland ’15 has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study the Russian language at the Flagship Language Program at Al-Farabi National Kazakh University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. “While my primary area of interest is Russia, I value the opportunity to study in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the coming year,” says Mikayla. “Central Asia is a fascinating […]

Katia Vlasova ’15 Studies Mind & Body Relationship With Watson Fellowship

Posted May 26, 2015
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From an early age, Ekaterina (Katia) Vlasova ’15 found comfort in silence. “From childhood, my fondest memories were of spending summers in the countryside of St. Petersburg, immersed in a serene Russian forest in the summertime,” says Katia. “Tagging alongside my mother, I would venture into the seemingly endless space of silence and stillness, amidst […]

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Launches Centennial Celebrations and Presents 2015 Alumni Awards

Posted May 14, 2015
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The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research recently launched its year-long 100th birthday celebrations at an on-campus reception for alumni, School and College administrators and faculty, students, and visiting public officials including Congressman Chaka Fattah, Katie Morton, who represented State Senator Daylin Leach, and Mike Bettinger, chief of staff to […]

Alicia Walker Receives Fellowship for Study of Gender Issues in the Art and Material Culture of Byzantium

Posted April 16, 2015
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Call someone an iconoclast today and you’re most likely thinking she’s a rebel, a non-conformist, an individualist. But back in 8th-century Byzantium, you would have meant something quite different. Derived from the Greek word for image-breaker, an iconoclast was someone who believed that religious icons were idolatrous. “From 726 to 843, the veneration of icons […]

Faculty and Students Travel to Belize to Study Tropical Environments

Posted April 9, 2015
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The 12 students enrolled in this year’s Coasts in Transition 360° joined Bryn Mawr faculty members Thomas Mozdzer (Biology), Maja Šešelj (Anthropology), and Don Barber (Geology) on a spring break trip to Belize where they examined tropical environments and conducted marine ecology research. While in Belize, the group was immersed in two distinct tropical ecosystems […]

Students and Faculty Tour Cuba As Part of 360°

Posted April 3, 2015
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Halfway between the United States and Latin America, Cuba has historically charted its own course. With the recent thawing of relations between Washington and Havana—travel restrictions lifted, a new embassy opening—Bryn Mawr’s timing couldn’t have been better for a 360° course cluster focused on Cuba today. During spring break, the 10 students who enrolled in […]

Google Doodle Calls Attention to Emmy Noether on 133rd Anniversary of Her Birth

Posted March 26, 2015

Former Bryn Mawr faculty member Emmy Noether was the subject of the March 23 Google Doodle. Upon her passing in 1935, Albert Einstein wrote to  The New York Times that Emmy Noether was “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.” From a March 2012 New York […]

Bryn Mawr College’s Geology Department Still Rocks

Posted March 26, 2015
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Bryn Mawr’s Geology Department is the subject of a feature in the latest Main Line Today. From “Bryn Mawr College’s Geology Department Still Rocks”: On the first day of Arlo Weil’s basic geology classes at Bryn Mawr College, he shows his students a skyline view of a major city. His point is simple: There’s nothing […]

Emma Kioko ’15 Combines English and Africana Studies in Charting Her Academic Future

Posted March 19, 2015
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When Emma Kioko ’15 came to Bryn Mawr, if asked she’d tell people she was pre-med. With highly successful parents – both work in Manhattan, her father in risk management and her mother as a lawyer – the prestige and certainty of the phrase “I’m pre-med” just seemed like a natural, she says. But as […]

Creative Writing Director Daniel Torday’s Novel Reviewed in The New York Times

Posted March 12, 2015
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Daniel Torday is the director of Bryn Mawr’s Creative Writing Program. His debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, has garnered significant attention, including this review by Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times. From the review: “It’s Mr. Torday’s ability to shift gears between sweeping historical vistas and more intimate family dramas, and […]

Piper Martz ’16 Goes from Doing Research in Bolivia to Representing the U.S. at the World Expo in Milan, Italy

Posted March 10, 2015
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Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain-like food which just a few years ago was relatively unknown outside of old-school health-food stores and the regions of South America where it’s harvested. But now quinoa can be found everywhere from the fanciest restaurants to family picnics. While many have come to enjoy quinoa’s distinctive nutty taste, chances […]

Chemistry’s Michelle Francl Takes on “The Food Babe” in Slate Article

Posted February 19, 2015

“‘I couldn’t believe there was beaver’s ass in my vanilla ice cream, coal tar in my mac and cheese, yoga mat and shoe rubber in my bread,’ says Vani Hari, also known as the Food Babe. That’s why she started blogging about food additives, she explains in the introduction to her new book, The Food […]

With a Dress, Kyra Neiman ’17 Stitches Together Lessons from Linguistics 101

Posted February 18, 2015
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For most of the students in Brook Lillehaugen’s Introduction to Linguistics class, the final project meant a term paper. But when the professor offered the option of a creative project in lieu of an essay, Kyra Neiman ’17 picked up her needle and thread. As Lillehaugen—an assistant professor teaching in the Tri-Co linguistics program—explains, her […]

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Quoted by Media Covering Violence in the Middle East

Posted February 12, 2015
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Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley, whose recent research has focused on the process of radicalization, was recently quoted in a New York Times article about the terrorist group ISIS. McCauley’s expertise was also tapped recently by a reporter with the Middle East news organization Al-Monitor for a piece on a Turkish military unit that […]

Children’s Book by Wendy Chen ’14 Grows out of Education Class

Posted February 12, 2015
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The Book of Growing, written by Wendy Chen ’14, illustrated by Jocelyn Tsaih, and edited by Rebecca Lee ’16, grew out of a curriculum created by Bryn Mawr students working in partnership with a class at the Phebe Anna Thorne School. As part of Alice Lesnick’s Education, Technology, and Society class, the students developed a […]

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Students Serve as Valuable Mentors

Posted February 5, 2015
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Bryn Mawr’s liberal arts focus and small classes create the perfect environment for mentorship to flourish. In one chemistry lab, Ben Williams, Ph.D. ’15 has been like “the older brother” who shows undergraduate researchers the ropes. By Kathy Boccella About five years ago, Meredith Skiba ’12 arrived on the Bryn Mawr campus as a transfer […]

New “Intensives” to Highlight STEM Careers Outside the Academy

Posted January 29, 2015
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Throughout its history, the percentage of Bryn Mawr undergraduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s in fields like chemistry, physics, and mathematics has been among the highest of any college or university. It is also true, however, that a majority of Bryn Mawr undergraduates in STEM disciplines go on to careers outside the academy. To […]

GSSWSR Professor Ray Albert Hopes Others MIMIC Philadelphia Program to Avoid Future Fergusons

Posted January 22, 2015
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As someone whose most current research deals with group position and racial conflict in an urban area, and on the legal regulation of race, GSSWSR Professor Raymond Albert has closely followed the events surrounding the shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner by police, and the protests caused by the lack of indictments in the […]

Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Campus as Part of The Emily Balch Speaker Series

Posted November 13, 2014
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Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, visited campus on Monday, Nov. 10 for a special talk and book signing especially for members of the Class of 2018. Kolbert came to campus as part of the The Emily Balch Speaker Series. Linked to the Emily Balch Seminars, past speakers have included Alison […]

From the Medieval to the Modern: Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 explores Bryn Mawr’s Levine Collection

Posted October 29, 2014
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A doctoral candidate in the history of art, Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 is a Medievalist, specializing in the Byzantine era. Her master’s theses—she holds two, one from the University of Texas and one from Bryn Mawr—focused, respectively, on Byzantine pilgrimage tokens from Syria and on the glass fragments affixed to burial sites in the Roman […]

Spring 360° Examines the History and Culture of Cuba

Posted October 29, 2014

This spring, Bryn Mawr professors Enrique Sacerio-Gari of Spanish, Gary McDonogh of Growth and Structure of Cities, and Raymond Albert of the Graduate School of Social Work, are teaming up for a 360° that will immerse students in the history and culture of Cuba. As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to […]

Is Our Climate Headed for a Mathematical Tipping Point?

Posted October 23, 2014
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Climate change and the chaotic properties of dynamic systems. Sounds pretty imposing huh? Ok, how about instead of that, we talk a little bit about the game of billiards? That was the idea Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay came up with several years ago as he tried to create a lesson in which he could […]

Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume on Ebola Myths

Posted October 23, 2014

The Milwaukee Courier spoke with Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume for an article on myths associated with the Ebola virus. Ngalamulume specializes in the history of health and disease in West Africa.  His upcoming book, entitled Colonial Pathologies, Environment, and Western Medicine in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, 1867-1920 (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.), explores how […]

Physics’ Xuemei May Cheng’s Research Group Studies Spintronics

Posted October 13, 2014
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This summer, Class of 2017 members Leqi Liu, Alena Klindziuk, Yilun Tang, and graduate student Xiao Wang went to the Advanced Photon Source of  the Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, a massive facility that generates the brightest hard X-ray beam in the Western Hemisphere, to study the magnetic properties of platinum-magnetic insulator bilayer thin […]

Biology’s Thomas Mozdzer asks, Are our front lawns killing the wetlands?

Posted October 1, 2014

Fertilizers keep farmland productive and suburban lawns lush, but what happens when the fertilizers we rely on find their way into the watershed? Scientists working out of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole are looking to answer that question—with the help of Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Mozdzer and his research group including undergraduate students […]

History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman Cited in New York Times Article

Posted September 11, 2014

In her review of “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952” New York Times art critic Karen Rosenberg notes the “fascinating” catalog essay by History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman. In the review, Rosenberg writes about what the exhibition’s curator refers to as a “magical synergy” between the artists’ work. From the article: […]

Biology Chair Tamara Davis on Mentorship

Posted September 11, 2014

Professor Tamara Davis, Chair of Bryn Mawr’s Department of Biology, was recently awarded the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award in the mid-career category by the biology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. In the above video, Davis talks about the important role mentors have played in her career and why she feels it’s so important […]

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Djordje Milićević Receives NSA Grant

Posted September 11, 2014

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Djordje Milićević has received a Young Investigator Grant from the National Security Agency’s Mathematical Sciences Program.  This award is available to promising investigators within ten years after receiving the Ph.D. Milićević’s proposal is titled “Arithmetic Manifolds, L-Functions, and Analysis” From the Project Summary: “This research project centers around two principal themes, that […]

The Bryn Mawr Painter

Posted September 10, 2014
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Early in the fifth century BCE, a Greek vase painter took his brush to a plate and created a scene from a drinking party. A male figure reclines on a couch, one arm resting on a cushion, the other holding a kylix, a drinking cup. Playing the game of kottabos, he’s flinging the wine dregs […]

Archaeology Professor Peter Magee Quoted in The National (UAE)

Posted August 28, 2014

As archaeologists debate dramatic changes in society during the Bronze Age in south-eastern Arabia, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Peter Magee weighs in on the topic in an article in The National (UAE). From the article: “Decades of research in Arabia have highlighted the fact that many of the communities that lived there […]

Geology’s Don Barber Quoted in Baltimore Sun Article on Rip Tides

Posted August 28, 2014

Associate Professor of Geology Don Barber was quoted by The Baltimore Sun for an article on the dangerous rip tides that have been occurring at Maryland beaches this summer. According to the article, 850,000 cubic yards of sand from offshore were pumped across the beaches this spring but no storms came through soon after to redistribute […]

New Program Allows Students to Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Posted July 17, 2014
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From gene research to the creation of new pharmaceuticals, biochemistry and molecular biology have revolutionized the way scientists view the natural world. Beginning this fall, Bryn Mawr students will have the ability to more easily study these fields thanks to the creation of a biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major. An interdepartmental major between the […]

State-of-the-Art Geochemistry Lab Serves Students, Faculty and Visiting Scientists

Posted July 10, 2014
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When Carie M. Frantz wanted to study the chemical makeup of stromatolites from Wyoming to better understand the environment of the area during the warmest period of the Cenozoic Era, she knew she’d have to conduct her research in a lab with state-of-the art equipment, specifically an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). Frantz, who […]

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