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Memorial Gathering for Retired Professor of Mathematics Ty Cunningham Set for Nov. 12

Posted October 20, 2011
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Members of the Bryn Mawr community are invited to attend a memorial gathering for retired Professor of Mathematics Frederic (Ty) Cunningham on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Ely Room of the Wyndham Alumnae House. Cunningham passed away on Sept. 28, just a few weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday. Cunningham (Sept. 6, […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Research Associate Katherine Marenco Attends White House Event Announcing New Family-Friendly NSF Initiative

Posted October 6, 2011
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Bryn Mawr College Research Associate Katherine N. Marenco joined First Lady Michelle Obama, fellow researchers and scientists, university presidents and administrators, heads of various scientific organizations, and others at the White House last week for an event marking the announcement of the National Science Foundation Career-Life Balance Initiative. The initiative implements across all NSF programs […]

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.

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Talks Women in Science on Irish Radio

Posted September 20, 2011

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl talks about women in science on the Irish radio program Future Proof. Francl’s segment begins at the 32-minute mark. Francl was asked to do the show after the producers saw her commentary on the topic in the August Nature Chemistry.

Lecture Series Offer Insight Into Scholarly Process, Opportunity to Enter Intellectual Dialogue

Posted September 15, 2011

This year, the Mary Flexner Lectureship, which has brought  some of the world’s best-known humanists to Bryn Mawr and resulted in a number of highly influential books, will bring prominent gender theorist Judith Butler to campus. But the three Flexner Lectures hardly present the only opportunity to hear scholars speak publicly about their work at […]

Chemist Bill Malachowski Receives National Institutes of Health Grant to Research Possible Cancer Treatment

Posted September 8, 2011
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When talking about the research funded by his latest National Institutes of Health grant, which focuses on designing and synthesizing compounds that will inhibit the body’s production of an enzyme called indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) as a possible cancer treatment, Chemistry Chair Bill Malachowski uses a metaphor that sounds more like a Hollywood movie script than […]

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Pens Commentary and Helps Produce Cover for Latest Nature Chemistry

Posted August 23, 2011
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A commentary by Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl appears in the latest issue of Nature Chemistry. Francl was also involved with the creation of the issue’s cover, which features images of many Bryn Mawr alumnae. From the Nature Chemistry website… “To mark the International Year of Chemistry and the hundredth anniversary of the award of the […]

Julia Ferraioli ’07 Named “Geek of the Week” by GeekWire

Posted August 5, 2011
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Julia Ferraioli ’07 was named “Geek of the Week” by the website GeekWire. “Geekiness to me means loving the details of … anything! You can be a music geek who loves music theory, or software geek who wants to know exactly how your robot can run on top of Python. If you love digging into , then you’re a geek,” Ferraioli told GeekWire.

Bryn Mawr Biologist Paul Grobstein, Scientific Storyteller, Dies at 65

Posted July 7, 2011
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A neurobiologist by training, Grobstein was profoundly committed to opening the discussion of science and scientific topics to all. He made major contributions to the creation of Serendip, the first website hosted by Bryn Mawr College; Bryn Mawr’s Center for Science in Society; and the Summer Institutes for K-12 Teachers. His characterization of the scientific method as “getting it less wrong,” a creative process of constant revision that embraces mistakes and resists hierarchy, sparked countless discussions across social boundaries of all kinds.

NASA Astrophysicist Alice K. Harding ’73 to Open Summer Series of Lectures by Prominent Women in Science

Posted June 23, 2011
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Astrophysicist Alice K. Harding ’73 of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will open the 2011 Ann Lutes Johnson Lecture Series on Thursday, June 30, at 4 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House. Harding’s talk, titled “Uncovering the Secrets of Pulsars,” will explore new discoveries made possible by the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space […]

Five Bryn Mawr Undergraduate Science Majors Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

Posted May 12, 2011
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Bryn Mawr’s tradition of fostering women’s advanced study in the sciences is particularly evident this spring, as three graduating seniors and two undergraduate alumnae accept prestigious grants from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The program, which “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are […]

Biology Major Bailey Baumann ’11 Wins Award at Neuroscience Conference

Posted May 12, 2011
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Anassa Kata to Bailey Baumann ’11, who learned in April that her research poster had won first place at the Second Annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Undergraduate Conference in January.

Class of 2011 To Receive Degrees and Celebrate Commencement Weekend

Posted May 12, 2011
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Bryn Mawr’s class of 2011—325 undergraduate students from throughout the United States and the world—will be graduated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, on Merion Green. The College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will be granting nine doctorates and 24 master’s degrees. Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will […]

NSF Graduate Research Fellow Samantha Wood to Study Computer Science at UC San Diego

Posted May 12, 2011
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Samantha Wood, a native of Bethlehem, Conn., is one of five Bryn Mawr graduates and alumnae who have been awarded a 2011 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Wood, who was the recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship last year, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of California, San Diego.

Evan Schneider ’10 Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for Study of Astrophysics

Posted May 12, 2011
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Evan Schneider ’10, of Lynchburg, Va., is one of five Bryn Mawr graduates and alumnae who have been awarded a 2011 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Now a graduate student in astrophysics at the University of Arizona, Schneider plans research into an improved method for detecting black holes that serve as the nuclei of galaxies.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow Kerstin Baer to Study Topology at Stanford

Posted May 12, 2011
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Kerstin Baer is one of five Bryn Mawr graduates and alumnae who have been awarded a 2011 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Baer plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at Stanford University beginning next year. Her primary area of interest is topology, which focuses on the spatial properties of objects when they are stretched, twisted, or bent.

NSF Graduate Research Fellow Rebecca Rebhuhn-Glanz to Study Advanced Algebra at Michigan

Posted May 12, 2011
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2011 Bryn Mawr NSF Graduate Research Fellows Kerstin Baer ’11 Rebecca Rebhuhn-Glanz ’11 Evan Schenider ’10 Katy Tolfree ’99 Samantha Wood ’11 Rebecca Rebhuhn-Glanz of Highland Park, N.J., is one of five Bryn Mawr graduates and alumnae who have been awarded a 2011 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Rebhuhn-Glanz plans to pursue […]

May Day Celebration in Pictures

Posted May 5, 2011
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A mix of old and new, Bryn Mawr’s May Day celebration is among the College’s most treasured traditions. Below are a few select images from the day. Links to student photos of the day and a thread about how alumnae across the globe celebrated can be found on the College’s Facebook page.

Grant Allows Bryn Mawr to Explore Blend of Online Learning and Liberal-Arts Classroom Interaction

Posted April 7, 2011

Bryn Mawr College has received a $250,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges to introduce open-source courseware modules into traditional science and math courses to improve course and college completion, announced Bryn Mawr Provost Kim Cassidy today. “There remains a misconception that online learning is always an isolating experience, a bias that’s even more pronounced […]

Zvezdelina Stankova ’92 Carries on a Bryn Mawr Tradition: Excellent Teaching in Mathematics

Posted April 6, 2011
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Zvezdelina Stankova ’92, a professor of mathematics at Mills College and the University of California, Berkeley, was one of three university math teachers to receive the 2011 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award. Read more »

Fall 2011 360° Explores the History, Science and Practice of Meditation and Other Mindful Practices

Posted March 31, 2011
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This fall a group of faculty and students will contemplate contemplation in a 360° course cluster that  explores the history, science and practice of meditation and other mindful practices. “360°: Contemplative Traditions” comprises three classes plus an independent study (a fourth course) that share an interest in contemplative or mindfulness traditions and practice. The courses […]

A Light Goes On (Sometimes Literally): Summer Science Research at Bryn Mawr

Posted February 10, 2011
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Each summer since 1989, the College has provided 35 or more students with 10-week research stipends to conduct independent research under the guidance of Bryn Mawr faculty members in the sciences and mathematics … Read more»

Feb. 10 Teach-In on Revolutionary Movements in Egypt and Tunisia Features Faculty, Students, Alumnae, Guests

Posted February 9, 2011

This Thursday, Feb. 10, the Bryn Mawr community will have an opportunity to learn more about the much-discussed revolutionary movements in North Africa at an all-day “Teach In for the Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt” in the College’s Campus Center. Organized by seniors Jesse Solomon and Sundes Kazmir, the program, which includes presentations by guest […]

Bryn Mawr’s 2010: the Year in Review

Posted January 20, 2011
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As the spring semester gets into full swing, we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some of the things that made 2010 special. 125th Anniversary Bryn Mawr’s 125th anniversary officially kicked off on Reunion weekend. The celebration got into high gear during the fall semester with fall convocation, the start of the […]

Registration Open for Free Workshops With Interdisciplinary Arts Pioneer Meredith Monk

Posted January 11, 2011

Interdisciplinary arts pioneer Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble will be performing at Goodhart Hall on on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the McPherson Auditorium as part of the Performing Arts Series and the College’s 125th Anniversary. Leading up to the performance, Monk will be in residence for a week on Bryn Mawr’s campus […]

Bryn Mawr Biology Students Present, Win Honors at Undergrad Bio and Chem Research Symposium

Posted November 18, 2010

Five Bryn Mawr students recently participated and three took prizes in the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Seniors Sara Marlow, Joanna Barkas, Amelie Raz, Emily Bergbower, and Alyssa Gagne spent Oct. 30 presenting their research in two poster sessions, during which they […]

Experts to Discuss Role of New Media in Midterm Elections

Posted November 4, 2010

Bryn Mawr College’s New Media Project will sponsor a panel discussion titled  “New Media in the 2010 Election: What the Hell Just Happened Here?” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, in Room 300 of Dalton Hall. “The 2010 midterm election has revealed the growing role of new media (the Internet, social-networking technologies) in our […]

A Remarkable, Architectural Cake, in Pictures and Video

Posted September 23, 2010
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Hungry celebrants crowded Merion Green at just after noon on Thursday, Sept. 23, to see the presentation of Bryn Mawr College’s birthday cake. The confection was a replica of Bryn Mawr’s iconic Thomas Hall … Read more »

Professor Rhonda Hughes Looks at Football Through the Eyes of a Mathematician

Posted September 9, 2010

Are you ready for some football? How about learning about vectors? Professor of Mathematics Rhonda Hughes is. Hughes, who over the summer received the very first M. Gweneth Humphreys Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, is featured in four of a series of 10 videos produced by NBC and the National Science Foundation […]

K-12 Teachers Investigate Brain, Learning at Bryn Mawr

Posted August 19, 2010
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A diverse group of 12 Philadelphia-area educators recently spent three weeks investigating new approaches to learning at Bryn Mawr’s “Brain, Science, and Inquiry-Based Education,” a summer institute for K-12 teachers. Instructor in Biology Wilfred Franklin and Eleanor A. Bliss Professor of Biology Paul Grobstein hosted the program along with Jessica Watkins ’13, Jenna Pfeiffer ’12, […]

Bryn Mawr Professor Wins First-Ever Mentorship Award From Association for Women in Mathematics

Posted July 28, 2010
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Good mentoring can make a career, says Bryn Mawr Professor of Mathematics Rhonda Hughes. Hughes has devoted much of her own career to ensuring that good mentoring is available to women in mathematics. At Bryn Mawr, generations of students have benefited from Hughes’ attention and encouragement, building confidence that is evident in the popularity of […]

Nancy Craig Lecture Postponed

Posted July 22, 2010
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A lecture by molecular geneticist Nancy Craig ’73 scheduled for Friday, July 23, at 4 p.m. has been postponed because of illness. Craig’s lecture was part of the Ann Lutes Johnson Lecture Series offered in conjunction with Bryn Mawr’s Summer Science Research Program for undergraduates. Because the summer program is so close to completion, Craig’s […]

Bryn Mawr Historian Wins NSF Grant for Study of Medieval Automata

Posted July 12, 2010
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Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt  recently received a Scholar’s Award from the National Science Foundation to fund a year’s time doing research for and writing her new book, tentatively titled Magical Mechanisms: Automata in the Medieval West. “Automata—artificial objects that are, or appear to be, self-moving—were culturally significant in medieval Europe,” says Truitt in […]

Ann Lutes Johnson Summer Lecture Series Brings Prominent Women of Science to BMC

Posted June 24, 2010
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Astronomer Vera Rubin, whose work established the presence of “dark matter” in the universe, will give the first of two lectures in the Ann Lutes Johnson Lecture Series on Monday, July 12, at 4 p.m. in the Ely Room of Wyndham Alumnae House. Bryn Mawr alumna Nancy Craig ’73, who is renowned for her contributions […]

Bryn Mawr Biologist Looks at Genetic Redundancy in Nature Article

Posted June 16, 2010
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Assistant Professor of Biology Greg Davis is among the authors of the article “Phenotypic Robustness Conferred by Apparently Redundant Transcriptional Enhancers,” which was recently published by the journal Nature. Davis and the other researchers looked to see if changes in temperature had any effect on apparently redundant transcriptional enhancers involved in the embryonic development of […]

Urged to “Give Back,” Class of 2010 Graduates With 80% Participation in Senior Gift

Posted May 20, 2010
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“Nice women don’t change the world,” noted Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams at Bryn Mawr’s 2010 Commencement Convocation, urging graduates to speak up for their beliefs even when silence is the norm … Read more»

Boren Scholarship to Fund Year in Russia for Sophomore Chantal Taylor

Posted May 13, 2010
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Chantal Taylor ’12 of Weaverville, N.C., who majors in Russian and minors in computer science, has been selected for a highly competitive Boren Scholarship for International Study. Just 138 undergraduates were selected from more than 900 applicants for these awards. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas […]

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

Posted April 29, 2010

At a ceremony on Thursday, April 22, President Jane McAuliffe announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. The complete list of awards and honorees: NATIONAL AWARDS BEINEKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Jessica […]

Former Roommates Meet Again as Goldwater Scholar, Honorable Mention

Posted April 23, 2010
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When Bryn Mawr’s Office of Residential Life made room assignments to first-year students in the fall of 2007, it had no way of knowing how much scientific talent it was concentrating in room 411 of Brecon Hall. Now the two former occupants of that room, Samantha Wood and Sarah Christian, are the winner and an […]

Celebrated Writer, Naturalist, and Environmental Activist Peter Matthiessen to Give Free Reading

Posted April 15, 2010
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Two-time National Book Award winner Peter Matthiessen, author of At Play in the Fields of the Lord, will read from his work on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Great Hall. Part of Bryn Mawr’s Creative Writing Program Reading Series, the event is free and open to the public. Matthiessen has […]

Bryn Mawr to Offer Half-Credit Courses for Fall 2010

Posted April 2, 2010

Beginning in the Fall 2010 semester, Bryn Mawr students will have yet another option as they explore their academic opportunities and attempt to fit their many interests and the College’s varied offerings into a four course semester. For the first time, Bryn Mawr will be offering a slate of half-credit, seven-week, courses in addition to […]

Special Course Offerings Celebrate Bryn Mawr’s 125th Anniversary

Posted April 2, 2010
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As part of Bryn Mawr’s 125th-anniversary celebration, the College will be offering a collection of courses in education, English, biology and history, as well as a course offered by the Growth and Structure of Cities program on community mural projects. The umbrella theme of the courses in the group is “Changing Education” …Read more»

Lynn Pasquerella, President-Elect of Mt. Holyoke, to Give Rothenberg Lecture

Posted April 1, 2010
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Lynne Pasquerella, president-elect of Mt. Holyoke College, will give the 2010 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in the Ely Room of the Wyndham Alumnae House. Pasquerella currently serves as provost at the University of Hartford and is a noted bioethicist. Her lecture is titled “Biology […]

McAuliffe Welcomes Vickers Back for Portrait Unveiling

Posted March 26, 2010
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The new portrait of President Emeritus Nancy J. Vickers unveiled in Thomas Great Hall last week differs from the official portraits of Vickers’ predecessors in one surprising particular: it is the first of Bryn Mawr’s presidential portraits to be painted by a woman … Read more»

Senior Mandy Shen’s Nonprofit Brings Liberal-Arts Values to Rural High Schools in China

Posted March 22, 2010
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When Mandy (Menghan) Shen ’10 looked for a community-service opportunity a few years ago, she was interested in tackling the problem of educational inequality between China’s rural and urban populations. But volunteer programs that addressed the issue seemed to be few and far between—and barricaded with bureaucratic red tape. So Shen gathered a few friends […]

Discrimination in the Workplace: An Evening With Lilly Ledbetter

Posted March 16, 2010
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Lilly Ledbetter, a tireless advocate for equality in the workplace whose Supreme Court battle resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, will speak on Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m., in Thomas Great Hall … Read more»

Bryn Mawr College Joins Other Schools in Creation of Center for Science of Information

Posted March 8, 2010

Bryn Mawr College is joining Howard University; MIT, Princeton; Stanford University; the University of California, Berkley; the University of California, San Diego; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and lead institution Purdue University in the creation of the National Science Foundation’s Center for the Science of Information. The Center will be headquartered at Purdue and […]

Filmmakers Sarah Schenck ’87 and Margaret Sclafani ’08 Visit Campus for Hepburn Center Events

Posted February 18, 2010
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Hepburn Center Fellow Sarah Schenck ’87 returns to Bryn Mawr next week with fellow filmmaker Margaret Sclafani ’08 for a variety of special events, including a lecture in the  Center for Visual Culture‘s Wednesday colloquium series and a screening of Schenck’s film Slippery Slope at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. In addition, Schenck will meet […]

Bryn Mawr Paleoecologist Katherine Marenco talks about the Cambrian sea floor in ScienceNews

Posted November 30, 2009

Bryn Mawr paleoecologist Katherine N. Marenco is quoted and her research cited in the ScienceNews article “As The Worms Churn,” about worms and other burrowing creatures and the effect they have on scientific attempts to read the history of environmental conditions by analyzing the layering of sediments.

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