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Follow Bryn Mawr Students and Professor Alice Lesnick in Ghana

Posted July 10, 2014
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Bryn Mawr students Alizeh Amer ‘16, Rebekah Adams ’15, and Ariana Hall ’17 are now more than half-way through their Dalun Community Fellowships in Ghana. Haverford Students Kathleen Tsai ’16 and Brandon Alston ’14 are also participating in the fellowship program, which is administered by Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. The students were […]

Bryn Mawr Faculty Adding Computational Skills to STEM Courses

Posted July 8, 2014

A group of Bryn Mawr faculty members is aiming “to transform the way we prepare STEM majors for the computationally intense world of modern-day science.” “Alumnae physics majors rate the ability to think algorithmically and program in at least one computer language at the top of those skills they most value having developed as Bryn […]

Flipping the Physics Classroom

Posted June 26, 2014
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Bryn Mawr Physics Chair Elizabeth McCormack is featured in the Spring 2014 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bulletin for an article on professors who have sought to increase student engagement by “flipping” their classroom — sending lecture materials to students before class to allow for more interactive learning during class hours. From the HHMI Bulletin: At […]

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Questions Research Linking Hurricane Names to People’s Responses

Posted June 26, 2014

Researchers made headlines recently with claims that people view hurricanes with traditionally female names as less dangerous and therefore react differently in preparing and heading warnings. However, among those who caution against embracing the findings is Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor Clark McCauley. From Science News: “A larger sample of male and female storms is needed […]

History’s Elly Truitt Contributes to Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy

Posted June 25, 2014
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Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt, whose research interests include medieval technology, the occult sciences, courtly culture, imaginary lands and faraway places, and all aspects of the strange and weird of the medieval world, is among the contributors for the new book Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy. Truitt’s chapter is […]

Creative Writing’s J.C. Todd Awarded Pew Foundation Fellowship

Posted June 24, 2014
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Bryn Mawr Creative Writing Program faculty member J.C. Todd is one of 12 Philadelphia artists granted a 2014 Pew Fellowship. In awarding Todd the fellowship, the Pew Foundation noted: “J.C. Todd’s (b. 1943) poems investigate the impact of war, with an insistent eye and ear on language. Her current project, War Zone, explores containments and […]

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Will Be 2014-15 Emily Balch Speaker

Posted June 17, 2014
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Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Her series on global warming, The Climate of Man, from which The Sixth Extinction was adapted, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner. She is also a recipient of a Heinz Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

For Nancy Toure ’15, Collaborative Research Highlights Career Path

Posted June 4, 2014
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As the first person in her family to apply to college, Nancy wasn’t sure about Bryn Mawr. In fact, women’s colleges weren’t even on her radar. But on visiting, she loved Bryn Mawr’s sense of community and the relationships with Haverford and Swarthmore (aka, the Tri-College Consortium). And Bryn Mawr hasn’t disappointed: “You meet lifelong […]

Experiential Learning and Community Connections

Posted May 28, 2014
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Praxis courses offer Bryn Mawr students high quality experiential learning  opportunities that combine concrete experience (doing), reflective observation (What happened?), abstract analysis (so what?), and active experimentation (now what?). Praxis is based upon the belief that knowledge is created through the transformation of experience and that it is valuable for some of that experience to […]

John and Joanne Payson ’75 MA ’09 Donate Art to Special Collections

Posted May 22, 2014
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John and Joanne Payson ’75 MA ’09 rounded off a year of exceptional generosity by donating a collection of 20th-century prints and print portfolios to Bryn Mawr College’s Special Collections. The donation includes work by notable American artists who came to prominence in the 1920s and 30s, among them Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Jack Levine, […]

Marian Bechtel ’16 Featured in Mashable/Intel Video Feature

Posted May 15, 2014

Sophomore Marian Bechtel is the subject of a feature article and video on Mashable.com – part of a series highlighting the work of young inventors. The piece was part of the Building The Future Today campaign, a partnership between Mashable, a publication dedicated to showcasing digital innovation, and semiconductor chip maker, Intel. The article and […]

Sangita Kanumalla ’14 to Study Arabic in Oman Through Boren Scholarship

Posted May 15, 2014
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A passion for Middle Eastern studies will take Sangita Kanumalla ’14 to Muscat, Oman, for an academic year as a recipient of the prestigious Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship is a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with critical foreign language and international skills and provides students […]

Students Bridge the Classroom and the Work World Through Praxis III Program

Posted May 8, 2014
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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.

Bryn Mawr’s Russian Language Institute Highlighted in Inside Higher Ed Article

Posted May 1, 2014

In an Inside Higher Ed article about the lack of young Russia experts in the United States, author Mark Lawrence Schrad points to Bryn Mawr’s Russian Language Institute as one of the places that continues to provide an intensive immersion program.

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Helps Develop a Chemistry Set for the IPad

Posted May 1, 2014
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When the Chemical Heritage Foundation and app developer BlueCadet teamed up to create a virtual chemistry set for the IPad, one of the experts they called on to make sure they got the details right was Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl.

BMC Seniors Reflect on Translating Blogs for Women from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted April 30, 2014
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Early this academic year we wrote about World Pulse Correspondent Neema Namadamu’s visit to campus as part of Agnès Peysson-Zeiss’ Praxis III French course in which students translated blog posts for the organization. We revisited the class in October to get an even better sense of what the students were doing to help women in the Democratic […]

NSF Funding Allows Geology Chair Arlo Weil and Students to Study Andes Mountains

Posted April 30, 2014
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Professor Arlo Weil, chair of the Geology department, and long-time colleague Adolph Yonkee of Weber State University have received approximately $325,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation that will allow them to study the tectonic and deformation history of the portion of the Andes mountains found in Argentina. Much of the funding from the […]

In BMC Biology Lab, “Super Weed” Yields Research—and Award-Winning Student Presentations

Posted April 24, 2014
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For Rachel Hager ’15, the effects of climate change aren’t just something she hears about on the news. Working with Assistant Professor Thomas Mozdzer, the junior biology major has been studying Phragmites australis—an invasive species that some have dubbed a Super Weed—to understand the impact of rising CO2 in the air and nitrogen in the […]

English Professor Katherine Rowe Connects Shakespeare and House of Cards on Podcast

Posted April 24, 2014
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Professor of English and Director of Digital Research and Teaching Katherine Rowe discussed the connections between Shakespeare and Netflix drama House of Cards on a podcast for The Week. In the podcast, Rowe addresses the interactions between Claire and Frank Underwood, points our Shakespeare inspired inside jokes, and discusses Frank’s use of directly address the audience with privileged knowledge.

Grant Funding Supports Undergraduate Research

Posted April 24, 2014

For Ivy Gray-Klein ’14, the modest windfall covered her travel expenses to New York City and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Under the supervision of Visiting Assistant Professor Rebecca Deroo ’92, the History of Art major is writing her thesis on the institutional narrative behind the BMA’s period rooms, and to conduct her research, Ivy […]

Angie Chen ’16 Develops Blue Bus App for Android Phones

Posted April 17, 2014
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Angie Chen ’16 has developed a free Blue Bus app that is currently available for Android phones. The app provides users with access to each day’s updated Blue Bus schedule, as well as an option to search for a pick up at a specific time and date. Angie, a computer science major who created the […]

GSSWSR Professor Works to Help Mental Health Care Providers Understand Challenges Facing U.S. Service Members

Posted April 10, 2014
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“Military service is an inherently stressful occupation, and for those service members who have deployed to combat, some having served multiple deployments during the last 12 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, there are real challenges associated with their reintegration back into community and family life.” says Graduate School of Social Work Professor Jim Martin, a retired Army colonel whose scholarship, teaching, and public service focus on military and veteran behavioral health issues.

Anthropologist, Sociologist, and Physician Didier Fassin Discusses “The Moral World of the Police” at Bryn Mawr College on April 22

Posted April 10, 2014
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At Bryn Mawr, we often talk about how a liberal arts education prepares students to tackle the complex, interdisciplinary questions of the world. Anthropologist, sociologist, and physician Didier Fassin, who will give a lecture titled “The Moral World of the Police” at Bryn Mawr on Tuesday, April 22, at 4:15 p.m. in Dalton 300, provides […]

Psychology’s Marc Schulz and Students Continue Work With Long-Running Study of Human Development

Posted April 3, 2014
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Starting in 1938 and continuing to this day, The Study of Adult Development is one of the longest-running and influential longitudinal studies of human development ever undertaken. For 76 years, two groups of men have been studied from adolescence into late life to identify the predictors of healthy aging. For more than 12 years, Bryn […]

Students and Faculty Travel to China for 360° on that Country’s Environmental Impact

Posted March 27, 2014

During Spring break, students and faculty from the 360° “China and the Environment” traveled to the world’s most populous nation to see firsthand how industry and government there are attempting to balance their rapidly developing economy and environmental concerns. Among the places they visited was the Beijing Cement Plant. Professor of Economics Michael Rock on […]

Tianyuan Zhang ’15 Reports Back From Internship in Sochi Russia

Posted March 27, 2014

Tianyuan Zhang ’15, as well as Sara Powell ’15 and Haverford student Katherine Mahoney ’14, spent three weeks interning at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia earlier this year. The three Russian majors worked as interns with NBCUniversal, broadcaster of the 2014 Olympics, serving as tour guides. “As Russian speakers, Sara, Kate, I all […]

Community is Key for Aspiring Advocate and Watson Fellowship Awardee Ashley Hahn ‘14

Posted March 20, 2014
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Ashley Hahn’s lifelong passion for community service began when she was barely a toddler, tagging along with her father at local fire department events in her hometown of Allamuchy, N.J. At Bryn Mawr, the same commitment to community drew the psychology and political science double major to the Praxis program, where she was able to […]

Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted March 20, 2014

For 10 years, Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Group has brought together students and faculty in the fields of Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art to provide a uniquely interdisciplinary intellectual experience. “There is, as far as I know, no other program in North America that bridges these three disciplines in this distinctive way: that ranges from […]

360° Program Creates Unique Opportunities for Faculty and Students to Share Scholarship

Posted March 20, 2014
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Since its first slate of courses was offered in the 2010-11 academic year, Bryn Mawr’s 360° program has included a requirement that participants will share their experiences and research through activities such as poster sessions, lectures, and web postings. And while every 360° has included this “public” element, it’s been especially robust in some of […]

Briana Feston ’06 Completes Work on Major Artifact at Professor Peter Magee’s Dig in the UAE

Posted March 20, 2014
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When Briana Feston ’06 arrived at Bryn Mawr in the fall of 2002 planning to major in French and with a strong interest in theater and set design, she never would have imagined that less than a decade later she’d be working as an art conservator on a project to restore a “really big pot” […]

Conserving a 3000-Year Old “Big Pot”

Posted March 20, 2014
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The “Big Pot” is a 3000 year-old Iron Age storage jar and is the largest known restored prehistoric vessel from southeastern Arabia The jar was unearthed at Professor Peter Magee’s on-going excavations at the ancient town of Muweilah, Emirate of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, a project he has been working on in collaboration […]

Student From Bryn Mawr’s Italian Department Wins Scholarship for Summer Study in Italy

Posted March 13, 2014

For the fourth time in recent years, a student from  Bryn Mawr’s Italian and Italian Studies department has been awarded a chance to study in Italy over the summer. Haverford student Natalie Giovino ’17 has been awarded a scholarship to study at the Universitià di Camerino in Italy this summer. Natalie received the scholarship through […]

Leading Trans Legal Scholar Dean Spade to Speak at Bryn Mawr College

Posted March 13, 2014
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Dean Spade, associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law and author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law, will give a talk from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in Carpenter 21. Currently a fellow in the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School, Spade founded the […]

Marian Bechtel ’16 Presents at TEDxTEEN Event in NYC

Posted March 12, 2014

Marian Bechtel ’16 was selected as a presenter at the TEDxTEEN event held in New York City on March 1. Her presentation, “Banjos, Landmines, & Saying Yes,” described her research; combining a love of music with an interest in landmine detection, and the decisions she made to make it all happen. “The minute I walked on […]

Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer Receives NIH Grant to Continue Researching the Impact of Molybdenum on Human Health

Posted February 26, 2014
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Since the year 2000, Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer and her research team have been looking into the relationship of the metal molybdenum to human health. Burgmayer and her team recently received an additional grant of nearly $285,000 to continue the research for three more years. All the funding for the research has come from the National Institutes of Health.

French and Francophone Studies Hosts Lecture on “Media Feminism in the Belle Epoque”

Posted February 20, 2014
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On Monday, Feb. 24, Rachel Mesch, associate professor of French at Yeshiva University, will talk about “Media Feminism in the Belle Epoque: French Women’s Magazines and the Invention of the Celebrity Woman Writer.” This talk (in English) explores the complex ways in which the Belle Epoque women’s magazines Femina and La vie heureuse exploited new […]

Associate Professor Tim Harte Takes Part in Amsterdam Museum’s Symposium on the Russian Avant Garde

Posted February 19, 2014
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During the winter break, Russian Associate Professor Tim Harte traveled to Amsterdam to be part of a symposium on the Russian avant-garde in connection with an exhibition, “Kazimir Malevich and the Russian Avant-Garde,” being held at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In addition, Harte’s book Fast Forward: The Aesthetics and Ideology of Speed in Russian […]

Genevieve Bell ’90, MA ’92, “Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist,” Profiled by New York Times

Posted February 17, 2014
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Genevieve Bell ’90, M.A. ’92, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology at Bryn Mawr prior to earning her Ph.D. at Stanford, is featured in the Feb. 15 New York Times. In a piece titled “Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist,” Times’ reporter Natasha Singer writes about Bell and her team of “some 100 social […]

Julia Ferraioli ’07 Interviews Ashley Gavin ’10 in Google Developers Live Video

Posted February 6, 2014

Ashley Gavin ’10, recently was featured in a Google Developers Live video feature focusing on her work with technology teaching organizations Hopscotch and Girls Who Code. In the video, Gavin, a curriculum consultant to schools, nonprofits, and companies, is interviewed by fellow alumna Julia Ferraioli ’07, a Developer Advocate for Google Cloud Platform. Gavin and […]

Bryn Mawr Students Part of Team That Earns Top Spot at Tri-Co Hack-a-Thon

Posted January 30, 2014

More than 60 students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges gathered as 14 teams in Haverford’s Founders Great Hall over the weekend for the first-ever Tri-Co Hack-a-Thon. As noted in this Haverford College post on the event, the teams “had just 48 hours to conceive, develop, and present web and mobile technology ideas” and […]

Film Studies Program Brings Video Artist Richard Fung to Campus on Monday, Feb. 10

Posted January 30, 2014
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The Film Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College provides students with opportunities to study the history, theory, and criticism of moving images, with an emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of cinema as a key form in modern visual culture. On Monday, Feb. 10, the program, along with the 1902 Lecture Fund, Gender & Sexuality […]

Physics Department Welcomes Diverse Group of Alumnae Back to Campus for Panel

Posted January 30, 2014
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Throughout the year, Bryn Mawr’s academic departments and various student groups invite alumnae back to campus to give current students a sense of the diverse paths their degree might take them. The Bryn Mawr chapter of the Society of Physics Students recently welcomed back to campus Padmini A. Menu ’98, Emily Gallagher ’85, Mary Kutteruf […]

Dept. of Energy Video on Women in STEM Features Carter Wall ’83

Posted January 28, 2014

Carter Wall ’83, who was a biology major at Bryn Mawr and who is currently the director of the solar operations division at a Boston-area electrical construction company, is an ambassador for the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative and the first profile in the department’s new #WomeninSTEM video series. Wall on […]

What’s Old is New as Tiny Worms Reshape Biology Lab

Posted January 23, 2014
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When Bryn Mawr’s biology department was looking for a new laboratory lecturer, they hoped to find someone who could help change the introductory biology lab from a somewhat traditional, structured environment featuring experiments with predicted outcomes to one that might better reflect the sort of work an advanced researcher does. All while still teaching students necessary core concepts.

Study Highlights Success of Bryn Mawr’s Clinical Developmental Psychology Program

Posted December 12, 2013

A new study to be published in Training and Education in Professional Psychology identifies Bryn Mawr’s Clinical Developmental Psychology Program (CDPP) as one of five “top programs”  in clinical psychology out of 233 programs across the country.  The rankings are based on analysis of outcomes such as internship match and licensure exam performance. Bryn Mawr’s […]

Trustee Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. ’81, Discusses Poverty on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show

Posted December 5, 2013
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Bryn Mawr College Trustee Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. ’81, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a leading advocacy philanthropy for at-risk children and families, was recently interviewed on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show for a piece tied to the the 50th anniversary of “The War on Poverty.” “One of the most serious problems we […]

Environmental Historian Ellen Stroud Quoted in Time Cover Story on Wildlife Management

Posted December 5, 2013
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Associate Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities and the Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris, M.D. Chair in Environmental Studies Ellen Stroud is quoted in the December 9 Time magazine cover story “America’s Pest Problem: It’s Time to Cull the Herd” (available online to subscribers only). An environmental historian, Stroud is the author […]

Student-created Videos Promote Avignon Summer Program

Posted November 19, 2013

After being accepted to the six-week Institut d’études Françaises d’Avignon program prior to the summer of 2013, Heidi Gay ’15 and Emily Maroni ’15 were dismayed to find the informational videos for the program were no longer functioning due to technical issues. “There are different housing options,” says Gay. “So when we wanted to make […]

Bryn Mawr Students and Alumnae Present Research at National Geology Conference

Posted November 14, 2013

Bryn Mawr students Danyelle Phillips ’14, Emily Garcia ’14, and Nancy Toure ’15 and Haverford student Abby Fullen joined Assistant Professor Pedro Marenco at the Geological Society of America’s national meeting in Denver, Colo., last month. Alumnae Julie Griffin ’11 and Anna Woodson ’12 also presented research at the conference. The students gave poster presentations […]

Bryn Mawr’s Leadership in International Education Highlighted by Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted November 14, 2013

As noted in this Nov. 12 Philadelphia Inquirer article, Bryn Mawr College made the top 25 bachelor’s degree-granting colleges for both the percentage of students that study abroad and the number of international students on campus. The article quotes Senior Advisor for International Initiatives Susan Sutton and highlights Bryn Mawr’s innovative 360° program, course-clusters focused […]

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