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Students Present at American Chemical Society Conference

Posted June 30, 2015
Alexandra Nagelski ’17 and Shengjia Zhu ’16

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 […]

Bryn Mawr President Among Speakers at STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

Posted June 22, 2015
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Though jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are on the rise nationwide, women, Latinos, and African-Americans remain underrepresented in the STEM labor pool. To help examine this issue, U.S. News & World Report will bring together leaders in education, industry and policy for the fourth annual STEM Solutions conference, taking place Monday, […]

President Cassidy Writes to The New York Times About the Underrepresentation of Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

Posted February 19, 2015

Following up on her recent blog post on the topic, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy sent a letter to The New York Times in response to a recent Charles Blow column on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math. The letter is reprinted below. To the Editor: Charles M. Blow […]

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 […]

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 “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 […]

Bryn Mawr College Receives $1.65 Million “First in the World” Grant to Improve Student Math Skills and Increase Number of Students Earning STEM Degrees

Posted September 30, 2014

To drive innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value and affordability, the Education Department today awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new “First in the World” (FITW) grant program. Bryn Mawr has received a $1.65 million grant as part of the program that will fund research on improving student […]

Students Present Research Findings at Poster Session

Posted September 11, 2014

Research findings from 45 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program will be on display in Thomas Great Hall from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. this Friday for the program’s annual poster session. Since 1989, the Summer Science Research Program has provided students with 10-week research stipends to conduct independent research […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Interviewed by the BBC’s “Naked Scientist” About Chemopobia

Posted November 7, 2013
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In this Chemistry World podcast, Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl is interviewed by Chris Smith, best known as the creator of the BBC radio program “The Naked Scientists,” about Chemophobia. Francl first tackled this topic in a the February Slate article, “Don’t Take Medical Advice From the New York Times Magazine: The Dangerous Chemophobia […]

Students Present Research at Summer Science Poster Session

Posted October 3, 2013

Research findings from more than 40 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program were on display in the Campus Center last month, where a steady stream of students, faculty, and staff stopped by to ask questions and find out more from the participants during the program’s annual poster session. […]

BMC Alumna Uses Materials Developed by Computer Science’s Doug Blank for “Girls Who Code”

Posted August 29, 2013
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Since being formed five years ago, the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE), a joint effort between Bryn Mawr College and Georgia Tech sponsored by the National Science Foundation, has created an entire suite of materials, including textbooks and low-cost robots, for teaching introductory computer science at every level. The bulk of research done […]

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Writes About the Explosive Allure of Unsupervised Science

Posted May 8, 2013
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In a recent piece for Slate, Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl writes about how “doing chemistry that pushes beyond the boundaries of the classroom” inspired her to pursue the life of a scientist. Writing in connection to the case of Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old who has been expelled and may even face criminal charges […]

Bryn Mawr Geologists and Students Study the Causes of Key Biodiversity Event

Posted May 2, 2013
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After looking to better understand Earth’s most devastating mass extinction, Assistant Professor of Geology Pedro Marenco and his students have now turned to a period in which life flourished dramatically. “Contrasting long-term global and short-term local redox proxies during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: A case study from Fossil Mountain, Utah, USA” is the second […]

Bryn Mawr Chemists’ Synthesis of Key Molecule Highlighted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

Posted February 6, 2013
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The work of Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer’s research group was recently highlighted by the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “This article is the culmination of decades of research in my labs devoted to creating a model compound for the reactive center in molybdenum enzymes,” says Burgmayer. Molybdenum is a chemical element found in all […]

The Year in Review: 2012

Posted January 17, 2013

Click to view the 2012 Year in Review slideshow. As the spring semester gets underway, we take our annual look back at the year that was. Faculty News Fellowships. Prestigious fellowships included a Sloan Research Fellowship awarded to Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat, a Guggenheim to History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman, and two […]

Bryn Mawr Biologist’s Research Looks at the Effect of Climate Change on Invasive Plants

Posted November 8, 2012
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Not every dominant plant today will be dominant under climate change–but some may because of an advantage. Plants better at altering their anatomy and physiology can come out ahead under a wide range of environmental changes, according to a study by Bryn Mawr Assistant Professor of Biology Thomas Mozdzer. Mozdzer worked with ecologist Patrick Megonigal […]

Geology Students and Professor Explore Arctic Sea Floor

Posted October 18, 2012

Last fall Evan Rivers was a sophomore who had planned on being a chemistry major but was thinking about switching to Geology. At the same time, Kelsey Meisenhelder, a Haverford student majoring in Geology at Bryn Mawr, was spending a semester in Hawaii, led by her interest in volcanoes. An article on Bryn Mawr’s website […]

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Faculty and Students Make Multiple Presentations at American Chemical Society Conference

Posted October 4, 2012
BMC Presentations at 2012 ACS Conference

Bryn Mawr College was well represented at this year’s biannual gathering of the American Chemical Society. Eight undergraduate chemistry majors from Bryn Mawr and eight graduate students joined faculty members Sharon Burgmayer, Jonas Goldsmith, and Bill Malachowski at the conference, which took place in Philadelphia in August. The participating undergraduate students were Roselyn Appenteng ’13, […]

Students Present Research Findings in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Computer Science, and More at Poster Session

Posted September 20, 2012

Research findings from more than 40 Bryn Mawr students who took part in the College’s Summer Science Research Program were on display in the Campus Center last week, where a steady stream of students, faculty, and staff stopped by to ask questions and find out more from the participants during the program’s annual poster session. […]

Bryn Mawr Geology Team’s Experiment in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Flight Program Chronicled in New Video

Posted September 13, 2012

As we reported in July, a team of six geology majors and their faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Selby Cull, were in Houston this summer taking part in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, in which student researchers are able to do experiments in near-zero gravity aboard a specially modified Boeing 727 that’s been dubbed “The […]

Extraordinary Gift by Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and Howard Levine Reinvigorates Bryn Mawr’s Art Collection

Posted September 6, 2012
Howard Levine & Brian Wallace, curator and academic liaison for art and artifacts, in the Levines’ home gallery before the collection’s move

This summer, Jacqueline Koldin Levine ’46 and her husband, Howard Levine, have reinvigorated Bryn Mawr’s extensive collection of works on paper thanks to an extraordinarily generous gift of nearly 500 pieces. “Over the course of 20 years, Jacqueline and Howard have assembled an unparalleled collection of works by 19th and 20th century artists,” says Brian […]

Geology Majors Test “Martian Soil” With NASA Microgravity Program

Posted July 26, 2012
Left to right: Christina, Alice, Mary, Hannah, Simona, Danyelle

A team of six geology majors and their faculty advisor, Assistant Professor Selby Cull, were in Houston this month taking part in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, in which student researchers are able to do experiments in near-zero gravity aboard a specially modified Boeing 727 that’s been dubbed “The Vomit Comet.”

Making up the team was Alice Clark ’12, Simona Clausnitzer ’14, Hannah Gatz-Miller ’12, Christina Lee ’12, Danyelle Phillips ’14, Mary Schultz ’12, and Anna Woodson ’12. Woodson was unable to travel to Houston.

Geology Chair’s Research on Curved Mountain Ranges Featured in Geological Society’s Monthly Magazine

Posted July 26, 2012
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Bryn Mawr Geology Chair Arlo Weil is featured on the cover of the July edition of GSA Today, the Geological Society of America’s monthly science and news magazine. Weil’s ongoing research to try to unravel the mystery of bended mountain ranges is the subject of the magazine’s lead article, “Buckling an Orogen: The Catabrian Orocline.”

Geology Professor and Students Look for Clues to Understanding Environment Following Mass Extinction

Posted July 24, 2012
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New research findings by Assistant Professor of Geology Pedro Marenco–aimed at understanding the environment following Earth’s most dramatic mass extinction–will appear in the August print edition of Geology and are now available online.

$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 […]

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 […]

New Program Enables Bryn Mawr Students to Earn Penn Masters of Engineering in One Year

Posted April 19, 2012

Bryn Mawr students majoring in math and science now have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with only one additional year of study. Called the Four Plus One partnership, the agreement will be made official at a signing ceremony on Wednesday, April 25. […]

Bryn Mawr Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Posted March 29, 2012
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The Corporation of National and Community Service has honored Bryn Mawr College with a slot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the fourth year Bryn Mawr has been honored with this award. The Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, is the highest federal recognition a school can […]

Class of 2016 Receives Acceptance Letters

Posted March 29, 2012
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The wait is finally over for the more than 2,600 students who applied to be members of Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2016. Decision letters were sent late last week and students could go online as of 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, to find out whether they had been accepted. “I screamed once I realized […]

On Alumnae Association Trip, Barbara Ruttenburg ’57 Is Quoted in A.P. Article on Toursim in Myanmar

Posted March 29, 2012

This March 22 Associated Press article on increased tourism in Myanmar quotes Barbara Ruttenburg ’57, who was traveling as part of trip sponsored by the Alumnae Association. For more about the Alumnae Association’s travel program, visit its website. From the article: “There are so few places left that haven’t been taken over by McDonald’s and […]

Professor Doug Blank and Students Put on a “Robot Circus” at Conference for Computer Science Educators

Posted March 22, 2012
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Computer Science Professor Doug Blank and his colleague Jennifer Kay from Rowan University teamed up to coordinate a “Robot Circus” during the 43rd Association for Computing Machinery Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), held February 29 – March 3 in Raleigh, N.C. The SIGCSE Symposium is held yearly to address problems common among educators […]

Computer Science Professor Deepak Kumar Featured in Center for Science of Information Video

Posted February 23, 2012

Professor Deepak Kumar of the Bryn Mawr College Computer Science Department is featured in a recent video from the National Science Foundation’s Center for Science of Information. In the video, scientists from the Center explain the reasons behind its founding and its necessity in our changing world. Kumar appears at about the 2:30 mark and speaks […]

Bryn Mawr Student Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13 Pens Article About Autism for India Abroad

Posted February 16, 2012
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In the latest issue of India Abroad, Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13 writes about how Bollywood and the Indian IT industry can change the face of autism in India. Somasundaram has written for the magazine’s “Teenspeak” section since age 12. Her latest article is based on a final paper from her “Autism Spectrum Disorders” class last semester […]

Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat Receives Prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Posted February 16, 2012
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Assistant Professor of Physics James Battat is among the outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers to receive a 2012 Sloan Research Fellowship, announced the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on Feb. 15. The Sloan Fellowship will help support Battat’s related research with two groups. Battat is a member of the Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation (APOLLO) […]

Geologist’s Grant Offers Bryn Mawr Students Several Research Opportunities, Including a Trip to the Arctic

Posted November 17, 2011
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Two Bryn Mawr students will have the chance to join Geology Lecturer Lynne Elkins on a trip to the waters north of Iceland next summer as Elkins and her fellow researchers try to better understand volcanic activity in the area. The researchers plan to explore the mechanisms driving the production of new ocean crust occurring […]

Creative Writing Program Reading Series Hosts Panel of Short Story Authors

Posted October 28, 2011

POST UPDATED NOV 3 Five of the most important short-fiction writers working today—Frank O’Connor Award finalist Robin Black and four of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” honorees, Chris Adrian, David Bezmozgis, Rivka Galchen and Karen Russell—discussed the place of the short story in America, as well as their work and influences, at Bryn Mawr […]

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