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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 […]

Spotlight on Innovation: How Bryn Mawr is Closing Math Gaps With Targeted Online Modules

Posted January 29, 2015

The Academic Impressions publication Higher Ed Impact takes a look at Bryn Mawr’s “First in the World” (FITW) project. From the “Why You Should Watch the Project” section of the article: “We are excited to watch this project and see how this just-in-time approach increases STEM success for underprepared students. If successful, it may also […]

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 […]

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.

Photos from 360° Contemplative Traditions Trip to Japan

Posted October 17, 2013

Contemplative Traditions—the first repeated course cluster in the history of the 360° program—brings together historical, cultural, psychological, and religious perspectives in its study of mindful and contemplative traditions. A centerpiece of the Contemplative Traditions 360° is a two-week trip to Western Japan to visit temples and other sacred sites. Photographer Ko Sasaki joined the group […]

360° Offerings for Fall 2013 Announced

Posted March 28, 2013
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Bryn Mawr is offering four 360° course clusters for the fall 2013 semester. “Contemplative Traditions” will be the first repeat 360° and “To Protect the Health of the Public,” “Modern Art in Exhibition,” and “Perspectives on Sustainability: Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan,” will be offered for the first time. “The 360° clusters offered this fall […]

New 360° Offers Students Chance to Travel to Hamburg, Germany, as they Examine “Space and Identity”

Posted October 25, 2012
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“Space and Identity: Psychological, Artistic, and Spatial Approaches to Hamburg, Philadelphia and Beyond,” one of three 360° course clusters being offered for Spring 2013, examines issues of the self and society as they relate to the built environment, social upheaval, and migration. “Space and Identity” includes the courses Spaces of Identity: Architecture and Urban Planning […]

Inside Higher Ed Highlights Bryn Mawr’s Leadership in Blending Online Learning and the Liberal Arts Classroom

Posted June 29, 2012
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In the Inside Higher Ed article “Online Learning and Liberal Arts Colleges,” reporter Steve Kolowich focuses on initiatives at Bryn Mawr and extensively quotes Provost Kim Cassidy and Instructional Technologist Jennifer Spohrer. From the article: “Bryn Mawr’s foray into using online course modules hints at the online learning tools that might have a place in […]

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 […]

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.

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 Introduces International Studies Major

Posted April 19, 2012
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Bryn Mawr students can now major in International Studies, bringing the number of majors offered by the College to 37. “The changes of a globally interconnected world demand new ways of thinking and interacting, requiring multidisciplinary perspectives for active citizenry, leadership and service locally and globally.  This major’s curricular and co-curricular components enrich students’ education […]

New 360° Course Cluster Examines “Women in Walled Communities: Silence, Voice, Vision”

Posted March 15, 2012

Women in Walled Communities: Silence, Voice, Vision, one of three 360° course clusters being offered for Fall 2012, examines the constraints and agency of individual actors in social spaces, with a particular focus on the institutional settings of colleges and prisons and the “critical spaces” that can open up within them. Related Links “Women in […]

Bryn Mawr Leads the Way in Introducing Blend of Online and Traditional Classroom Learning to the Liberal Arts

Posted February 23, 2012

What’s the best thing about adding a well-constructed online tutorial to a traditional class? The breadcrumbs. No, not the ones that get lodged in your keyboard as you’re having a snack—these breadcrumbs are the electronic footprints students leave behind as they work through problems and answer questions in online lessons or quizzes: the breadcrumb trail. […]

Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship Inspires Bryn Mawr’s Intellectual Community

Posted December 8, 2011
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For many at Bryn Mawr, Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship was a prime example of the excitement of belonging to a community focused on intellectual enterprise. The eminent philosopher and critical theorist drew overflow crowds to her public lectures, engaged in discussion with more than 80 scholars from around the region, and spent time with scores of Tri-College students, both in and out of the classroom … Read more»

Photo Slideshow: Judith Butler’s Flexner Lectureship

Posted November 17, 2011
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During her three-week residency on campus as the 2011 Mary Flexner Lecturer, eminent philosopher and social critic Judith Butler has been thoroughly integrated into Bryn Mawr’s campus life. Butler has made appearances not only at her three public lectures, but in faculty seminars following the lectures, several classes associated with the lectureship, a Center for Visual […]

Students Explore Issues of Human Development, Education, and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa in 360º That Includes Trip to Ghana

Posted October 20, 2011
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In the Spring of 2012 a group of students and three faculty members will engage in a 360º course cluster exploring issues of human development, education, and culture with a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The 360º includes a trip to the Titagya school in rural Ghana. 360º: Learning and Narrating Childhoods consists of three […]

Spring 2012 360° Combines Courses from Cities, Education, and Math to Examine Sustainability Issues

Posted October 20, 2011

A 360° course cluster planned for the spring of 2012 combines courses from the Growth and Structure of Cities, Education, and Math departments to assess how planning and design interventions as well as changes in governance or education (in the broadest sense) can address challenges to the urban and natural environment. Titled “Perspectives on Sustainability,” this 360° offers […]

Follow Bryn Mawr Students’ Japan Trip Through Contemplative Traditions Course Blog

Posted September 29, 2011
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Students enrolled in the 360° course cluster on contemplative traditions have embarked on a trip to Japan with their professors. Professor of Chemistry Michelle Francl is keeping a verbal and photographic record of the trip on the course blog.

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe’s 2011-12 Academic Year Welcome Letter

Posted September 1, 2011

26 August 2011 Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, Welcome to a new academic year at Bryn Mawr. I hope you each enjoyed a relaxing and restorative summer. Classes begin Monday, 29 August with the official opening of the 2011-2012 year occurring at Convocation in Goodhart Hall at 4:30 pm. I invite each of you to […]

Bryn Mawr Faculty Looks for Ways to Diversify Student Academic Experiences and Encourage Greater Faculty Advising and Mentorship

Posted July 21, 2011

Late this spring, Bryn Mawr’s faculty voted to further explore an academic blueprint for the future that will introduce ways to create more varied and individually tailored degree paths and make more prominent the role faculty plays in mentoring and advising students. Much of the increased mentoring and advising will be focused on first-year students […]

Changes to Take Place in Bryn Mawr Graduate Programs

Posted July 21, 2011

This spring, Bryn Mawr’s Committee on Academic Priorities (CAP), the provost’s office, the general faculty, and the administration wrapped up two separate processes aimed at enhancing Bryn Mawr’s academic strength. Both processes have impacted graduate studies at Bryn Mawr College. Over the past year, CAP, which is a representative body composed of faculty members, has […]

At Bryn Mawr, Liberal-Arts Colleges Explore Online Learning as a Tool for Closer Connections

Posted July 8, 2011

Liberal-arts colleges pride themselves on students’ personal relationships with professors and intellectual exchange with fellow students. Is there a role for online learning in this model? At a recent conference on Bryn Mawr’s campus, Candace Thille, the director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative, made the case that integrating the OLI’s sophisticated online courses […]