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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

On the Bookshelf: Celebrating Bryn Mawr’s Faculty Authors

Posted May 7, 2015

This year has seen a bumper crop of books by Bryn Mawr faculty and staff, with titles from across the disciplines. Here’s the impressive list: Cynthia Bisman (GSSWSR): Recognizing that targeted practice with individuals is the key to successful outcomes, Social Work: Value-Guided Practice for a Global Society (Columbia University Press) equips today’s practitioners with […]

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Takes on Pseudo Science

Posted April 28, 2015

UPDATE: Francl is interviewed by Al Jazeera America for a May 5, 2015 segment on this topic. Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl recently appeared on the NPR program “On the Media” to once again debunk some of the claims made by Vani Hari, the activist and author known as “The Food Babe.” During the interview, Francl […]

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 […]

College to Take Over Management of Book Store

Posted April 3, 2015

The College will once again manage its own bookstore beginning in May 2015, right after graduation. “An independent store will provide better service to meet the academic program needs of the community and offer merchandise more attractive to all of its customers,” says Chief Administrative Officer Jerry Berenson. The Bryn Mawr College Bookstore has been […]

Creative Writing’s Daniel Torday Continues to Garner Media Attention with Debut Novel

Posted March 19, 2015
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Fresh on the heels of this glowing review in The New York Times, Creative Writing Program Director Daniel Torday’s debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, made the cover of the Times’  Sunday Book Review. On Tuesday, March 17, Torday sat down with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross to discuss the book. The Last Flight […]

Professor of Sociology Mary Osirim Named Bryn Mawr College Provost

Posted March 17, 2015
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Mary Osirim, Professor of Sociology, will serve as the next Provost at Bryn Mawr. Mary has served as the Interim Provost since July 1, 2013

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Faculty Panel Examines Structural Violence as Part of “Dissent Violence Justice”

Posted November 5, 2014
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The fall semester portion of programing for Dissent Violence Justice at Bryn Mawr College comes to a close at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, with a faculty panel on “Structural Violence: Global and Local.” Moderated by Psychology Chair Marc Shulz, the panel will be made up of Kalala J. Ngalamulume, associate professor of Africana […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr College Commencement 2014

Posted May 22, 2014

Hundreds of family members and friends of the Class of 2014 and of the graduating students of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 17, to celebrate the achievements of the graduates. We’ve gathered nearly 200 of our […]

Commencement Awards and Honors

Posted May 22, 2014

Student Awards The Gertrude Slaughter Fellowship Xingzhe He The European Traveling Fellowship Sophie Mankins   Faculty Awards The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics Helen Grundman The Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award Professor of Social Work Julia Littell The Mary Patterson McPherson Award Chair and Professor of […]

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.

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.

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Continues Commitment to Sustainability with Renewable Energy Investment

Posted April 3, 2014
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February 28, 2014 quietly marked a milestone for sustainability at Bryn Mawr. The date was the College’s first day as an institution operating on 100 percent wind power, thanks to the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). RECs are sold by renewable energy generators who use the proceeds to fund industry operations and projects. A […]

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 […]

Mellon Fellow in Humanities Roya Rastegar to Curate at LA Film Festival

Posted March 27, 2014

Roya Rastegar, an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow in the humanities, will be curating a new Los-Angeles-centric section in the Los Angeles Film Festival. The section, titled “LA Muse,” will be devoted to movies made in and about Los Angeles. Along with Rastegar, curators for the section include Elvis Mitchell, film critic and scholar who was […]

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 […]

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