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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 […]

Emma Kioko ’15 Combines English and Africana Studies in Charting Her Academic Future

Posted March 19, 2015
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When Emma Kioko ’15 came to Bryn Mawr, if asked she’d tell people she was pre-med. With highly successful parents – both work in Manhattan, her father in risk management and her mother as a lawyer – the prestige and certainty of the phrase “I’m pre-med” just seemed like a natural, she says. But as […]

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 […]

Plans for New Perry House Shaping Up, Committee to Take Last Look at Old Perry

Posted February 27, 2015
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With just about six months left until it opens, plans for the new Perry House are rapidly becoming more concrete. Earlier this week, Perry House Committee member Khadijah Seay ’16 posted the first update to the “Project Perry” blog, detailing information from the on-campus information session that was held last month. Next week, Seay 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 […]

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 […]

With a Dress, Kyra Neiman ’17 Stitches Together Lessons from Linguistics 101

Posted February 18, 2015
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For most of the students in Brook Lillehaugen’s Introduction to Linguistics class, the final project meant a term paper. But when the professor offered the option of a creative project in lieu of an essay, Kyra Neiman ’17 picked up her needle and thread. As Lillehaugen—an assistant professor teaching in the Tri-Co linguistics program—explains, her […]

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 […]

Children’s Book by Wendy Chen ’14 Grows out of Education Class

Posted February 12, 2015
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The Book of Growing, written by Wendy Chen ’14, illustrated by Jocelyn Tsaih, and edited by Rebecca Lee ’16, grew out of a curriculum created by Bryn Mawr students working in partnership with a class at the Phebe Anna Thorne School. As part of Alice Lesnick’s Education, Technology, and Society class, the students developed a […]

Slate History Blog Highlights Anti-Suffrage Book from Bryn Mawr Archives

Posted February 12, 2015

Bryn Mawr College Special Collections manages extensive collections of art, artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, and photographs, as well as the historical records of the College. One of its many interesting items recently caught the eye of the writer of Slate’s “The Vault,” a blog dedicated to “historical treasures, oddities, and delights.” “I first saw this […]

SAS Culture Show: A Night to Celebrate South Asian Culture

Posted February 12, 2015
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Last weekend Bryn Mawr Colleges’ South Asian Students (SAS) club had their annual culture show. It was a night full of singing, dancing, spoken word, and a fashion show that celebrated the South Asian culture and diaspora. The theme was “Pehchaan,” a word that loosely translates to “identity” in several South Asian languages. There was […]

In Affirming Mission, Bryn Mawr Board Sets Inclusive Guidelines For Undergraduate Admission

Posted February 9, 2015

After months of study and consultation, the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College voted at its Feb. 7 meeting to accept the recommendation of its board working group charged with reviewing the College’s mission with regard to transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming applicants. Letter from Board Chair Arlene Gibson Letter from President Kim Cassidy […]

A Letter from President Kim Cassidy

Posted February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 Dear Faculty, Students and Staff, Earlier today Chair Arlene Gibson sent a message about the Bryn Mawr Board of Trustees’ decision on mission that will shape our undergraduate admissions policy as we move forward. At the heart of the Board’s decision is an affirmation of Bryn Mawr’s mission as a women’s college. […]

A Letter from Bryn Mawr Board Chair Arlene Gibson

Posted February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 To All Members of the Bryn Mawr Community: During its meetings this past weekend, the College’s Board of Trustees discussed and approved a recommendation from a Board working group that was created at the September 2014 Board meeting to examine the mission of the College with respect to transgender, non-binary, and gender […]

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 […]

Alumnae Share Wisdom at Alumna-in-Residence Program

Posted February 5, 2015
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With LILAC’s Alumna-in-Residence program, alumnae help students to think strategically about life after Bryn Mawr. This fall, a quartet of alumnae came back to campus to meet with students as part of an Alumna-in-Residence program sponsored by the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC). Each alumna spent a day speaking with small groups of […]

Bryn Mawr Makes Princeton Review List of Best Financial Aid Schools

Posted February 5, 2015

Bryn Mawr was ranked #22 in a list of Best Financial Aid schools by The Princeton Review and was profiled in the just released Princeton Review book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition. Princeton Review chose the schools in this book based on a […]

Nontombi Naomi Tutu to Give Black History Month Keynote Address on Feb. 5

Posted January 29, 2015
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Nontombi Naomi Tutu will give Bryn Mawr College’s annual Black History Month keynote address on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public. The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Nontombi Naomi Tutu’s life […]

Power to the Posse

Posted January 29, 2015
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Fransheska Clara ’17 and Carol Bowe ’17 are among the Bryn Mawr Posse students highlighted in an article in the Winter 2015 edition of the HHMI Bulletin.   From the article: For Bryn Mawr College sophomore Fransheska Clara, going to college wasn’t just a personal goal: it was a family one. Neither her father, who […]

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 […]

Rhianna Shaheen ’14 Is Headed to the Oscars

Posted January 29, 2015

Rhianna Shaheen ’14 is headed to the Academy Awards as part of “Team Oscar.” Shaheen is one of six young filmmakers who will hand the Oscars to celebrity presenters during the broadcast. Team Oscar winners were selected based on a creative 60-second video on the subject, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.” For Shaheen […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr College Celebrates MLK Day

Posted January 12, 2015
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As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, The Civic Engagement Office is providing transportation for students to help with local service projects, holding a  toiletry drive for an emergency center, and reimbursing travel expense for students who want to take part in a Philadelphia march for “Justice, Jobs, and Education.” Once […]

Our Collective Endeavor: Boston

Posted December 15, 2014
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On Dec. 2, 2014, President Kim Cassidy joined alumnae/i, family, and friends in Boston to discuss how Bryn Mawr is meeting challenges, making choices, and managing change. It was a wonderful opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, and learn more about how we can all help the College in “Our Collective Endeavor” of […]

Bryn Mawr Among the Finalists for Presidential Award on Community Service Honor Roll

Posted December 11, 2014
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The Corporation for National and Community Service has once again recognized Bryn Mawr College for its exemplary community service programs, particularly lauding the College’s efforts in promoting economic justice and anti-poverty work. For the sixth year in a row, Bryn Mawr earned a slot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Additionally this […]

President Cassidy Attends Second White House College Opportunity Day of Action

Posted December 5, 2014
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On Thursday, Dec. 4, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a number of college presidents and other education leaders from around the nation at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action. These events have centered around strategies for helping more students, especially those from lower-income […]

Maya Yu Zhang’s Exploration of Concepts of Beauty and More Screened at Film Festivals

Posted November 13, 2014
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When Maya Yu Zhang ’15 was a young girl, her mother paid a man who ran an unlicensed mole removal shop to remove a mole on the back of her neck. Now about to turn 23, she still remembers the pain of the experience. That memory lies at the heart of Maya’s short film Marked, […]

Author Elizabeth Kolbert Visits Campus as Part of The Emily Balch Speaker Series

Posted November 13, 2014
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Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, visited campus on Monday, Nov. 10 for a special talk and book signing especially for members of the Class of 2018. Kolbert came to campus as part of the The Emily Balch Speaker Series. Linked to the Emily Balch Seminars, past speakers have included Alison […]

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 […]

Students and Parents Reflect on Lives Together in StoryCorps Conversations

Posted November 4, 2014
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Back in September during move-in days, StoryCorps came to campus and recorded a number of first-year students and parents as they reflected on their lives together upon reaching the milestone of going off to college. In the weeks ahead we plan to highlight a few of these conversations through brief excerpts of the full-length recordings. […]

Bryn Mawr Included in Philadelphia Inquirer Article on Colleges’ Ebola Preparedness

Posted October 30, 2014

Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy is quoted  in the Oct. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer article “Cautious colleges prepare for the possibility of Ebola.” From the article: Area campuses began to look at the issue as early as last summer. Bryn Mawr College brought home one week early students who were studying in Ghana even though the […]

Photos of Lantern Night 2014

Posted October 29, 2014
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Since 1906, first- and second-year students have gathered in the Thomas Hall Cloister every fall for Lantern Night. This hallowed tradition signifies the passing of the light of knowledge from one class to another. For more photos from this year’s Lantern Night, visit this online gallery.

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 […]

Spotlight on Bryn Mawr Students

Posted October 23, 2014
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When we updated Bryn Mawr’s website this summer, one of the features we updated were the “Spotlights” that appear on many pages throughout the site. Spotlights may focus of current students, faculty, alumnae, or a topic like the Pensby Center or the Emily Balch Seminar. For those who haven’t already clicked on them, we’ve decided […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Friends and Family to Campus

Posted October 23, 2014
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This weekend, Bryn Mawr’s campus will be open to families and friends of current students for Family Weekend. Visitors can sit in on classes, join athletic teams for a game, and hear the State of the College delivered by President Kim Cassidy. Events for the weekend include tours, discussions, presentations of research, and performances. Below […]

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 […]

New Residence Hall Begins to Take Shape

Posted October 16, 2014
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After a summer of demolition that left only the former French tower and dining hall sections of the old Haffner Hall standing, Bryn Mawr’s  new dormitory  is beginning to rise up on the corner of Merion and Yarrow. Slated to open for the fall 2015 semester, the new residence hall will be an entirely three-story […]

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Featured in Eastern Pa College Round Up by U.S. News

Posted October 2, 2014

Bryn Mawr College was featured in U.S. News & World Reports’ Eastern Pennsylvania College Road Trip, which provides information for colleges in and around the Philadelphia area. The article touches on Bryn Mawr’s small class sizes, Emily Balch Seminars, 360° course clusters, and traditions. From the article, “Most Mawrters share the view that attending a women’s college is empowering, and praise […]

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 […]

Kim Cassidy Inaugurated As Bryn Mawr’s Ninth President

Posted September 25, 2014
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Echoing her comments at Convocation earlier this month, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy closed her inauguration speech by calling on the Bryn Mawr community to “take every opportunity to inject creativity and joy into what we do.” However, there was no need for prodding last weekend as Bryn Mawr students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumnae/i, friends, […]

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: […]

Self Care Initiative Featured in Metro

Posted September 11, 2014
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Lakshmi Gandhi ’03 recently published an article on well-being initiatives at colleges and universities for the lifestyle section of Metro.us. Among three colleges mentioned, Bryn Mawr was featured for its Self Care at BMC initiative. From the article, “Bryn Mawr College, the small liberal arts college located just outside Philadelphia, unveiled a self-care program for students last […]

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 […]

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 Dean Christina Rose Quoted in Main Line Today on Helping Students Adjust to College Life

Posted September 11, 2014

Assistant Dean Christina Rose was quoted in a Main Line Today article on services colleges offer to help students transition to college life. The article describes programs offered at several local colleges, including a wellness course offered at Bryn Mawr. From the article: “For the first time this year, Bryn Mawr is offering a twice-weekly […]

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 […]

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