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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 […]

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 […]

Melanie Rowe ’13 Focuses Thesis Research on Personal Experiences

Posted March 21, 2013
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Growing up in a rural, working-class family, Melanie Rowe ’13 never imagined that she would be graduating from Bryn Mawr College and pursuing her MBA/MPH at Case Western Reserve University. Her parents instilled in her a strong respect for hard work and an understanding that some people may relate certain mannerisms or appearance to a person’s […]

GSSWSR Professor Dana Becker’s New Book on Stress Makes Headlines

Posted March 14, 2013
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GSSWSR Professor Dana Becker is making lots of news with her new book “One Nation Under Stress.” Becker has an opinion piece in Time, a review in the New Republic, and she was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In addition, influential blogger Andrew Sullivan picked up on the New Republic review. From the New […]

Bryn Mawr Holds Digital Humanities Workshop in Connection With Project on Cold War-Era Mind Control

Posted March 8, 2013
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Bryn Mawr College is holding a digital humanities workshop on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22, in the Benham Gateway Conference Room. All are invited to attend. The workshop, titled “Traces of Mind Control From Cold War America: Exploring the Challenges of International Digital Humanities Initiatives,” covers the challenges of completing small scale cooperative […]

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 […]

Students Present Findings in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference

Posted October 18, 2012
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Fourteen students presented research in the humanities and social sciences at the Hanna Holborn Gray Conference held in the Ely Room on Friday, Sept. 28. This is the first year that the Hanna Holborn Gray Program held a formal conference for its fellows to present their findings. The idea came from graduate student mentors Jessica […]

GSSWSR Professor’s Research Questions Link Between Food Stamps and Long-Term Government Dependency

Posted September 27, 2012
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Questions as to whether participation in federal assistance programs makes individuals dependent on government services and unable to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives” as Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney told a group of supporters, have taken center stage as the race for the White House enters its last few months. Research led […]

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

Posted September 6, 2012
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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 […]

New Book Co-Edited by Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Elkins Looks at Truth and Democracy

Posted July 26, 2012
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What is the relationship between truth and democratic politics? Does democracy require truth or is the concern with truth an impediment to democratic compromise, pluralism and toleration? And if truth should matter, what kind of truth? Truth and Democracy, co-edited by Bryn Mawr Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Elkins, considers these questions from a […]

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 […]

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley on AMC’s “Mad Men” and “Jujitsu Politics Corporate Style”

Posted March 22, 2012
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In his latest Psychology Today blog, Psychology Professor Clark McCauley examines how the makers of AMC’s “Mad Men” used an image evocative of the Sept. 11 attacks to create controversy (and buzz) in advance of the show’s season premiere. From the article: “Look at the article from AMC’s point of view. Do they know that […]

BMC to Host Conference on Japanese Cities in Global Context in Late February

Posted February 16, 2012
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An interdisciplinary conference and workshop focused on Japanese cities in international perspective will feature a series of panels and a workshop presented by academics from across the globe at Bryn Mawr College in late February. Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. in Carpenter Library Room 21, the “Japanese Cities in Global Context” symposium […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Archaeologist Rick Davis Featured in Science

Posted January 26, 2012
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The work of Professor and Chair of Anthropology Richard Davis was featured in a recent issue of Science, the magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In an article titled “The Peopling of the Aleutians,” Davis is among the archaeologists cited in a summary of recent research into “one of humanity’s last great […]

Bryn Mawr Psychology Professor’s Research Cited in New York Times Article

Posted January 26, 2012
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Research by Bryn Mawr Professor of Psychology Clark McCauley, whose new book Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us was published in March, is cited in a Jan. 23 New York Times article on the role the emotion of disgust plays in survival. McCauley is the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and Mathematics […]

Bryn Mawr Professor of Psychology Clark McCauley Quoted in Associated Press Article on Death of Kim Jong Il

Posted December 22, 2011
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Bryn Mawr Professor of Psychology Clark McCauley, whose new book Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us was published in March, is quoted in an Associated Press article on the North Korean people’s reaction to the death of dictator Kim Jong Il. “‘Bad things have happened to North Koreans who refused the cult of […]

Women in Public Service Project Posts Conference Video

Posted December 16, 2011
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A videocast of the speakers at the Women in Public Service Project has been posted on the U.S. State Department’s streaming server. Don’t miss the introduction of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright by Bryn Mawr senior Ntshadi Mofokeng!

Alison Cook-Sather Named Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge

Posted December 8, 2011
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Professor of Education and Coordinator of The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute Alison Cook-Sather was recently named the Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, England. This position is named in honor of Jean Rudduck (1937-2007), the University of Cambridge’s first female professor of education and a pioneer in the […]

CNN Asks Bryn Mawr’s Jonathan Lanning to Grade Presidential Candidates on Understanding of Econ 101

Posted November 10, 2011
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CNN Money asked Bryn Mawr Assistant Professor Jonathan Lanning and several other economics professors whether, on the basis of their campaign positions, the current crop of presidential hopefuls would get a passing grade in an Econ 101 class. While the candidates’ rhetoric may make for good soundbites, their analysis and understanding of key economic principles […]

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 […]

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley on the Anniversary of the 9-11 Attacks

Posted September 29, 2011
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Bryn Mawr Professor of Psychology Clark McCauley, whose new book Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us was published in March, was interviewed by Radio Health Journal for a piece that aired on Sept. 11. McCauley also wrote about America’s reaction to the attacks in his latest Psychology Today blog post. McCauley is the […]

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 […]

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Pens Blog for Psychology Today

Posted June 23, 2011
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Bryn Mawr Professor of Psychology Clark McCauley, whose new book Friction: How Radicalization Happens to Them and Us was published in March, is now blogging for Psychology Today. His latest post looks at the spontaneous celebrations that erupted after the death of Osama Bin Laden. McCauley is the Rachel C. Hale Professor of Sciences and […]

2011 Fulbright Tally: Seven Grants to Bryn Mawr Students

Posted May 16, 2011
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Update: In June, the Turkish Fulbright Committee, the last to make its awards, announced that Didem Uca ’11 had been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. In  August, we learned that Sarah Watson ’11 had also raising been awarded a Fulbright ETA, raising Bryn Mawr’s 2011 total from five to seven. By year’s end, five […]

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 […]

Poli-Sci Major and Theater Aficionado Alicia Steinmetz Wins Fulbright ETA to Slovakia

Posted April 6, 2011
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Alicia Steinmetz ’11, a political science major, has joined the ranks of Bryn Mawr students who have been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant. As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Slovakia, Steinmetz will also pursue her interest in Slovak and Czech culture and cultural relationships. “During a semester abroad in the Czech Republic, I gained […]

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 […]

U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin to Lead First Forum on Health Care Inequalities in Honor of Kevin J. Robinson

Posted March 24, 2011
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U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin will give a keynote address and join a panel of experts to discuss health care inequalities at the inaugural Kevin J. Robinson Forum for Social Justice and Public Health being held by the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in collaboration with the Columbia […]

Professor of Sociology Mary Osirim Named Dean of Graduate Studies

Posted March 24, 2011
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Bryn Mawr Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Africana Studies Program Mary Osirim has been named the College’s new Dean of Graduate Studies, Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe has announced. “Whether as chair of her department or as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Mary has proven her leadership capacity […]

CARE CEO Helene Gayle Accepts 2011 Hepburn Medal: Video

Posted February 17, 2011
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More than 200 guests filled the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building on Saturday, Feb. 12, as Bryn Mawr College’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center presented the 2011 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Helene Gayle, president and chief executive officer of the international humanitarian organization CARE, in honor of her efforts to fight […]

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 […]

Nobel Laureate Eric Maskin to Explore Alternatives to Electoral College in Feb. 9 Lecture

Posted February 1, 2011
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Nobel Prize-Winning economist Eric Maskin will look at alternatives to the Electoral College in a lecture titled “How Should We Elect Presidents?” at Bryn Mawr College on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The talk, to take place at 4:15 p.m. in room 300 of Dalton Hall, is the inaugural event in a new presidential lecture series sponsored […]

Exhibition Features Objects Collected by Arctic Anthropologist Frederica de Laguna

Posted January 27, 2011
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A special exhibition tells the story of professor Frederica de Laguna’s groundbreaking work as an archaeologist and ethnographer in the arctic

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 […]

Teaching and Learning Initiative Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer Article

Posted January 20, 2011

In “Campus Skill Swap”,The Philadelphia Inquirer looks at Swarthmore’s Learning for Life program and Bryn Mawr’s Teaching and Learning Initiative. The article quotes Education Professor Alison Cook-Sather.

Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellowship Offers a First Look at Long-term Independent Research

Posted January 20, 2011
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The Hanna Holborn Gray ’50 Research Fellowship gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to conduct independent research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences during the summer months, with guidance and support from experienced scholars … Read more»

Student Blogger to Chronicle Trip to Bangladesh

Posted January 13, 2011
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Last month, we reported that a delegation of Bryn Mawr students and faculty members will travel to Chittagong, Bangladesh, to celebrate groundbreaking for the permanent campus of the Asian University for Women and later to the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka to attend an international conference where Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe will speak. Thanks to Bryn […]

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 President Gives Keynote at Launch of New Cross-Cultural Research Initiative

Posted December 9, 2010
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Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe addressed dozens of other scholars, religious leaders, and business people in New York in November at the launch of Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular. Contending Modernities is a cross-cultural research initiative based at the University of Notre Dame. Participants are “scholars, public intellectuals, and experts in Catholicism, Islam, and secularism from around the world,” […]

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 […]

Family Weekend Celebrates Bryn Mawr’s 125th, Athletic Association’s 120th

Posted November 3, 2010

From Friday, Nov. 5, to Sunday, Nov. 7, Bryn Mawr will host almost 525 members of students’ families at Family Weekend 2010. The three-day event will feature activities all over campus led by faculty, staff, and students. The visitors will attend lectures by faculty and staff, receive tours of the campus and of Philadelphia, and […]

Political Science Professor Responds to NYT Column on Health Care

Posted October 11, 2010

Associate Professor of Political Science Marissa Golden, who teaches a course on women, work and family, is among those to respond to a New York Times column calling for expanded weekend and evening hours by doctors and other health care providers.

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 »

Cities Professor Travels to Brazil to Develop New Course in Environmental Studies

Posted August 26, 2010
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Brazil, by far the largest country in Latin America in terms of both area and population (191 million people),  is nevertheless poorly represented in many Latin American studies curricula in the United States, says Gary McDonogh, the coordinator of Bryn Mawr’s program in Latin American, Latino and Iberian Peoples and Cultures. McDonogh, a professor in […]

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»

GSSWSR Student Wins Fulbright to Research Women’s Education in Ghana

Posted May 13, 2010
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How does adult education benefit women in Ghana, their families, and their communities? Kyra Turner-Zogbekor, a Ph.D. candidate in social work and social research, will use a Fulbright Research Grant to investigate that question next year in Accra, Ghana. Turner-Zogbekor will collaborate with the University of Ghana‘s Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy and its […]

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 […]

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