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If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Do Ants Care?

Posted July 21, 2015
Photo credit: Andrew McDevitt

“Ants work hard,” explains Tess McCabe ‘16. “In fact, a single leafcutter colony can consume more than the average cow.” During her summer internship at Harvard Forest and Black Rock Forest, McCabe got a close-up look at just how hard members of the Formicidae family have to work these days just to survive. “Our forests […]

Bryn Mawr Project to Add Computational Skills to STEM Courses Highlighted

Posted June 15, 2015

An article in the latest issue of Diversity & Democracy highlights Bryn Mawr’s “Enhancing Computation and Information Science Learning Opportunities for Women Leaders in STEM” project. The project is part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities TIDES (Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM) initiative. With generous funding from the Leona M. […]

Bryn Mawr Book Store Profiled in Boston Globe

Posted April 24, 2014

The Bryn Mawr Book Store, a bookshop founded by alumnae/i, staffed by volunteers and located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently garnered a write-up in the Boston Globe. From “The little bookstore tucked away in Cambridge“: The Bryn Mawr is a happily abundant mixture of old and recent, serious and fun. …The Bryn Mawr is stocked entirely […]

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

Posted July 26, 2012
Truth and Democracy

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 […]

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

Posted September 29, 2011

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 […]

Sarah Watson ’11 Receives Fulbright to Luxembourg

Posted September 29, 2011

Sarah Watson ’11 is the latest Bryn Mawr College recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship. Watson is spending the year in Luxembourg, teaching English and studying. She is the seventh Bryn Mawr graduate this year to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, joining the ranks of about 1,600 recipients this year selected from the nation’s top achievers. […]

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

Posted September 8, 2011

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 Economics Professor’s Research Cited in Article by Noted Writer Malcolm Gladwell

Posted August 29, 2011

Research by Assistant Professor of Economics Johnathan Lanning was cited in a recent article by New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, and several other bestsellers. Writing about the NBA lockout on the website Grantland, Gladwell makes the point that owners of sports team […]

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Class of 2015

Posted August 25, 2011

With laundry baskets, laptops, pillows, books, clothes, and everything else needed to transform a dorm room into a home, the 364 members of the Class of 2015, many with families in tow, have arrived at Bryn Mawr for Customs Week. The Class of 2015 hails from 35 states and the District of Columbia, and from […]

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

Posted August 23, 2011

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 […]

Bryn Mawr Students Hone Leadership Skills Through LEAP

Posted May 5, 2011
The 2010-11 LEAP Cohort

Sponsored by the Civic Engagement Office, Bryn Mawr’s Leadership Empowerment & Advancement Program (LEAP) offers several programs that encourage students to explore different elements of leadership and offers them tools that will enable them to take on leadership positions.

Bi-Co Community Raises Thousands for Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts

Posted April 28, 2011

From an email sent on April 25: To the Bryn Mawr Community, In light of the natural disaster that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, students from the Bi-Co acted immediately to help Japan. During the two weeks that followed the tragic event, multiple fundraisers were held in the Campus Center of Bryn Mawr College […]

Bryn Mawr’s April 1 Announcement Goes Viral

Posted April 1, 2011

Word of Bryn Mawr’s partnership with the Bithnian University of Science and Technology has been tweeted and retweeted and is spreading like wildfire. News of the first-of-its kind collaboration has made it into the Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and a number of other websites and blogs including the blog for NPR’s Fresh Air. Related […]

Plans for 125th Anniversary Include International Conference on Women’s Education

Posted April 8, 2010

As the first U.S. women’s college to offer students the chance to pursue a Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College has had since its founding in 1885 a bold vision for women and for the place they should occupy in the world. “Bryn Mawr is unique in that from its founding, the College placed no academic limits […]

Special Course Offerings Celebrate Bryn Mawr’s 125th Anniversary

Posted April 2, 2010
About the Kaleidoscope Program

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»

Reaching Out to Help the People of Haiti and Those Affected by the Tragedy

Posted January 14, 2010

Bryn Mawr College joins the worldwide community to extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Haiti and to express our solidarity with our students, staff, faculty, alumnae, and community members of Haitian descent during this tragedy. Community members interested in working on relief efforts or who are involved in efforts that could use assistance […]

Bryn Mawr Takes Part in Online Admissions Forum

Posted December 3, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer Jenny Rickard joined her counterparts from the University of Pennsylvania; the University of Vermont; Princeton, Marquette, and Wesleyan Universities; and Grinnell and Williams Colleges for a live webcast about the admissions process on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The event, titled “Inside the Admissions Office,” was sponsored by WSJ On […]

Bryn Mawr Joins Other Top Schools in Online Admissions Forum

Posted November 24, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer Jenny Rickard will join her counterparts from The University of Pennsylvania;  The University of Vermont; Princeton, Marquette, and Wesleyan Universities; and Grinnell and Williams Colleges for a live webcast about the admissions process on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The event, titled “Inside the Admissions Office,” is […]

Bryn Mawr Professors Escort Robots to Capitol Hill

Posted November 5, 2009

Three Bryn Mawr professors and a few of their favorite mechanical teaching assistants visited Washington, D.C., recently to advise members of Congress on the use of robotics in education. Bryn Mawr was one of a few institutions invited by the Congressional Bi-Partisan Robotics Caucus to a briefing on robots and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and […]

Would Mad Men’s Betty Draper Have Made it at Bryn Mawr?

Posted October 23, 2009

Widely lauded for its attention to period-specific details, the AMC television series Mad Men has had its slips. The show’s “most egregious stumble” according to Benjamin Schwarz’s article in the November issue of The Atlantic, involves a lead character’s college career at Bryn Mawr: “By far the brainiest of the Seven Sisters—cussed, straight-backed, high-minded, and feminist (its students, so the wags said, preferred the Ph.D. to the Mrs.)—Bryn Mawr was probably the least likely college that Betty Draper … would have attended.” Read more&raquo

Influenza Update: Handful of Mild Cases, One Student Tests Positive for H1N1

Posted October 16, 2009

Related stories about H1N1 (Swine) Flu and Seasonal Flu Seasonal flu vaccine now available for students Information about H1N1 (Swine) Flu for the Bryn Mawr College Community Prior to the fall break, a handful of Bryn Mawr students had been treated by the Student Health Center for mild flu-like symptoms. One student who lives off […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: O. The Oprah Magazine

Posted September 23, 2009

Bryn Mawr student Manal Zaher is among the students profiled in this article about the “Hope Fund,” a scholarship program for Palestinian refugees.

Gym Renovations to Create More Inviting Fitness Center and Improved Training Facilities

Posted September 22, 2009
Image Courtesy Buell Kratzer Powell

Bryn Mawr’s Bern Schwartz Gymnasium is set to undergo a $7.5 million renovation that will give students a better-equipped, more inviting contemporary fitness center and the Athletic Department a much-improved training facility. Read more»

Bryn Mawr in the Media: USA Today

Posted September 8, 2009

As reported in this USA Today article, Jenny Sawyer  ’02, a freelance book reviewer for The Christian Science Monitor, is the face of the new Web site The site provides one-minute video primers focused on the the most commonly assigned works of literature.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: Washington Monthly

Posted September 2, 2009

Bryn Mawr College ranks seventh among liberal-arts colleges in the Washington Monthly‘s annual ranking of colleges and universities that contribute most to society. To compile the list, the Monthly‘s editors gathered reams of publicly available data and settled on three criteria: social mobility, research and service. America’s best colleges, the editors reasoned, are those that […]

Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2009 Sets New Giving Standard

Posted August 17, 2009
Class of 2009 Co-Presidents Deep Sing and Trina Banerji on the Senior Dinner Cruise with President Jane McAuliffe

At a time when donations to colleges and universities are down nationwide, Bryn Mawr’s class of 2009 set new benchmarks in showing its generous support of the College. Seventy-six percent of the class gave a total of $4,732, easily eclipsing marks of 61 percent participation and $3,794 raised by the class of 2007. The College […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media:

Posted August 14, 2009

Bryn Mawr and other top women’s colleges are highlighted in the article “Why Women’s Colleges Are Still Relevant.” “They offer an open, empowering atmosphere, leadership training and, yes, co-ed classes,” says Forbes.

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Chair Michelle M. Francl Named American Chemical Society Fellow

Posted August 7, 2009

Professor Michelle M. Francl, chair of Bryn Mawr’s chemistry department, is among the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS Fellows Program was created in December 2008 “to recognize members of the American Chemical Society for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society.” The first […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: Kansas City Star

Posted July 13, 2009

Jo Ellen Parker ’75 assumes the presidency of Sweet Briar College, reports the Kansas City Star. Parker taught and served as a dean at Bryn Mawr from 1984 to 1996.

Staff members honored at picnic

Posted July 1, 2009
President Jane McAuliffe, McPherson Award winner Beth Iushewitz, and Human Resources Director Joe Bucci

President Jane McAuliffe and Human Resources Director Joe Bucci presented the 2009 McPherson Awards for Excellence and Service to staff members Nell Anderson, Beth Iushewitz, and Bryn Thompson at the staff-appreciation picnic. Read more»

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted July 1, 2009

Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe was quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article about area colleges and universities that have signed up to participate in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The 10! Show

Posted June 24, 2009

Harp-playing indie singer-songwriter Gillian Grassie ’09, who was recently profiled by Bryn Mawr Now when she won a Watson Fellowship, performed on Philadelphia NBC-10’s 10! Show. Hear more of Grassie’s music on her MySpace page.

Bryn Mawr in the Media: The New York Times

Posted June 22, 2009

As part of an article on the smaller steps colleges are taking to save money, The New York Times reports on a “virtual swim meet,” between Bryn Mawr and Dickinson College, in which each team swam in their home pools and compared times to determine the winners.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted June 22, 2009

Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris are among the stars of the upcoming film The Best and the Brightest, which has been filming on Bryn Mawr’s campus and at other Philadelphia-area locations, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted June 22, 2009

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell spoke at a rally at Bryn Mawr College in support of expanded autism services and warned that proposed budget cuts would reverse years of progress in autism treatment.

Bryn Mawr College Grants Veterans the Maximum Financial Benefit Possible as It Joins the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program

Posted June 17, 2009

Bryn Mawr College, continuing its tradition of developing strong women leaders, will participate in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program at the maximum level, announced Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe. “We talk about Bryn Mawr students having a purposeful vision of their lives and a desire to make meaningful contributions to the world. […]

Bryn Mawr in the Media: Women’s Media Center

Posted June 11, 2009

In the Women’s Media Center blog, Shazia Z. Rafi ’79 writes about her life since graduating from Bryn Mawr, the lives of her Middle East and West Asian classmates and President Obama’s Cairo speech. “As I boarded the Paoli Local from Philadelphia to head down to our 30th reunion at Bryn Mawr College, the lush […]

Big Think

Posted June 10, 2009

Former Federal Reserve Vice Chair Alice Rivlin ’52 talks to Big Think about the economy.

GSSWSR Researchers Look at Race and Welfare Reform

Posted June 9, 2009

Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research’s Sanford Schram, GSSWSR doctoral student Linda Houser and colleagues from the University of Minnesota and University of Kentucky have co-authored the feature article for the June issue of American Sociological Review. Read more»

Celebrating the Teaching and Learning Initiative

Posted June 2, 2009
TLI Corodinator Allison Cook-Sather

Students, faculty, and staff from across the college filled Dalton Hall’s largest classroom to capacity at the end of the spring semester in celebration of their experiences in the Teaching and Learning Initiative. Read more»

Bryn Mawr President Receives honorary degree at The College of St. Catherine

Posted May 29, 2009

The College of St. Catherine conferred an honorary doctorate in humane letters on Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe when she delivered the College’s commencement address on Saturday, May 23. Citing the diversity of religious views at the Catholic women’s college, McAuliffe urged graduates to contribute to a more sophisticated understanding of other religious traditions. “You […]

Huffington Post

Posted May 18, 2009

In this humorous piece, Creative Writing Lecturer Daniel Torday wonders if he’ll have to wait till pigs fly for a shot at a Supreme Court seat.

USA Today

Posted May 13, 2009

GSSWSR Associate Professor Jim Martin, an expert in military culture, is named as a source for this article about the trimming of the National Guard.

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Names New Dean

Posted May 13, 2009

Darlyne Bailey has been appointed dean and professor of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and special assistant to the president for community partnerships at Bryn Mawr College. Bailey will join the College Aug. 1. She is currently the assistant to the president at the University of Minnesota and a professor in […]

Posted April 30, 2009

Maxine Savitz ’58 is a member of President Obama’s newly formed Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, reports

Conference looks at “Telemedicine: Future Directions in Service Delivery”

Posted April 23, 2009

The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, the Bryn Mawr and Haverford Pre-Health Programs, and the Bryn Mawr Post-Baccalaureate Program are co-sponsoring the conference “Telemedicine: Future Directions in Service Delivery” from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in room 224 of Thomas Great Hall. This conference has been designed to provide pre-health and postbac students, medical students, […]

National Public Radio

Posted April 23, 2009

While he’s got plenty of charisma, South Africa’s presumptive next president is going to need “an institutional management culture” to make sure the details of government are taken care of, Political Science Professor Michael H. Allen tells National Public Radio.

Serve America Act Creates New Opportunities for Students

Posted April 22, 2009

Bryn Mawr students and graduating seniors interested in working for nonprofits dedicated to community service got some great news from the federal government yesterday with the passage of the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The most sweeping expansion of the nation’s service programs since the early 1960s, the act will expand the ranks […]

Activist, Journalist, and Author Helen Zia to lecture on an America where “minorities” are the majority

Posted April 20, 2009

Asian-American activist, author, and journalist Helen Zia will be speaking at Bryn Mawr’s Dalton Hall, room 300, on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 pm. Her subject for the evening will be “Transcending ‘Evil’ in the Age of Obama: Notes of an Asian American Feminist.” “As this nation rapidly moves toward a ‘minority majority’ and emergent […]

Bryn Mawr Rowing Coach Carol Bower honored by Yale

Posted April 20, 2009

The Yale women’s crew program honored Bryn Mawr Rowing Coach Carol Bower, the Yale program’s first women’s novice coach, by dedicating a shell in her name this weekend. Read the Yale press release here. Bower was a member of the 1984 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s eight rowing team. She recalled her Olympic experience in […]

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