News

Is Our Climate Headed for Mathematical Chaos?

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 [...]

Read more»

Spotlight on Bryn Mawr Students

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 [...]

Read more»

Bryn Mawr Welcomes Friends and Family to Campus

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 [...]

Read more»

Professor of History and Africana Studies Kalala Ngalamulume on Ebola Myths

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 [...]

Read more»

New Haffner Hall Begins to Take Shape

After a summer of demolition that left only the former French tower and dining hall standing, the new Haffner Hall is beginning to rise up on the corner of Merion and Yarrow. Slated to open for the fall 2015 semester, the new Haffner will be an entirely three-story structure and provide housing for 130 students [...]

Read more»

Physics’ Xuemei May Cheng’s Research Group Studies Spintronics

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 [...]

Read more»

Our Collective Endeavor: San Francisco

On October 2, 2014, President Kim Cassidy joined alumnae/i, family, and friends in San Francisco, CA 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 [...]

Read more»

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

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 [...]

Read more»

Biology’s Thomas Mozdzer asks, Are our front lawns killing the wetlands?

Fertilizers keep farmland productive and suburban lawns lush, but what happens when the fertilizers we rely on find their way into the watershed? Scientists working out of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole are looking to answer that question—with the help of Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Mozdzer and his research group including undergraduate students [...]

Read more»

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

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 [...]

Read more»

Kim Cassidy Inaugurated As Bryn Mawr’s Ninth President

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, [...]

Read more»

History of Art Professor Lisa Saltzman Cited in New York Times Article

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: [...]

Read more»

Self Care Initiative Featured in Metro

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 [...]

Read more»

Students Present Research Findings at Poster Session

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 [...]

Read more»

Biology Chair Tamara Davis on Mentorship

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 [...]

Read more»

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

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 [...]

Read more»

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Djordje Milićević Receives NSA Grant

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 [...]

Read more»

The Bryn Mawr Painter

Early in the fifth century BCE, a Greek vase painter took his brush to a plate and created a scene from a drinking party. A male figure reclines on a couch, one arm resting on a cushion, the other holding a kylix, a drinking cup. Playing the game of kottabos, he’s flinging the wine dregs [...]

Read more»

2014-15 Academic Year Begins with Convocation

The 2014-15 academic year officially began Tuesday with the first day of classes and the fall Convocation ceremony. Interim Provost Mary Osirim opened up the ceremony and was followed by Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Dean Darlyne Bailey. Professor of Mathematics Helen Grundman addressed the gathered students on behalf of the faculty [...]

Read more»

Bryn Mawr College to Award 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College will present the 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, announced College President Kim Cassidy today at a ceremony marking the start of the academic year.

Read more»

Bryn Mawr Welcomes the Class of 2018

It’s been one of the mildest summers in recent history but the 90 degree heat returned just in time for move-in day for Bryn Mawr College’s class of 2018. The 354 member class was selected from a pool of 2,706 applicants. Thirty four states and 29 foreign countries—including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ghana, Haiti, Israel, [...]

Read more»

Tri-Co Institute Brings Students Together Around Social Justice Issues

Throughout their histories, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore colleges have always attracted students interested in social justice. Over the years, the umbrella of social justice concerns has grown and branched out to include issues related to race, class, sexuality, gender, religion, and more. Incoming students from the Class of 2018 particularly interested in these topics [...]

Read more»

Archaeology Professor Peter Magee Quoted in The National (UAE)

As archaeologists debate dramatic changes in society during the Bronze Age in south-eastern Arabia, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Peter Magee weighs in on the topic in an article in The National (UAE). From the article: “Decades of research in Arabia have highlighted the fact that many of the communities that lived there [...]

Read more»

Geology’s Don Barber Quoted in Baltimore Sun Article on Rip Tides

Associate Professor of Geology Don Barber was quoted by The Baltimore Sun for an article on the dangerous rip tides that have been occurring at Maryland beaches this summer. According to the article, 850,000 cubic yards of sand from offshore were pumped across the beaches this spring but no storms came through soon after to redistribute [...]

Read more»

Bryn Mawr Takes Top Spot in Washington Monthly Ranking for Third Straight Year

For the third year in a row, Bryn Mawr has been ranked number one among liberal arts colleges in the Washington Monthly annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that contribute most to society. To compile the list, the Monthly editors gathered reams of publicly available data and settled on three criteria: social mobility, research, [...]

Read more»

Documentary on Grace Lee Boggs, M.A. ’37, Ph.D. ’40, Airs on PBS

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary focused on political activist Grace Lee Boggs, M.A. ’37, Ph.D. ’40, premiered on PBS’s POV on June 30. A feature highlighting the life and work of Boggs in her adopted hometown of Detroit can be found in the May 2014 Alumnae Bulletin.

Read more»

Bryn Mawr Recognized in Several Categories by Princeton Review

The 2014 Princeton Review College Guide was released this week and Bryn Mawr was recognized in several categories: Best Campus Food #8 Best College Dorms #9 LGBT-Friendly #6 The Princeton Review‘s annual lists are published in connection with its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” The guide does not rank the colleges academically or [...]

Read more»

Manahil Siddiqi ’15 Featured in Huffington Post Blog

Manahil Siddiqi ’15 is among the students participating in a summer internship featured in this blog post by Huffington Post blogger Diane Propsner. From the blog: Manahil Siddiqi is the community health intern for Bradford Trident, a UK-based organization committed to promoting the well-being of citizens experiencing inequalities and deprivation in the city of Bradford. [...]

Read more»

Bryn Mawr’s Decision to Go Test Optional Makes Headlines

Bryn Mawr’s decision to adopt a test-optional admissions policy made the front page of the July 25 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The article was syndicated and ran in a number of other newspapers throughout the state. News of the change also made its way into several articles that dealt more broadly with the test-optional [...]

Read more»

Owls Swim Long Island Sound for Charity

On August 2, five members of the Bryn Mawr swim team took the plunge in the 27th Annual SWIM Across the Sound Marathon, sponsored by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation to raise money for cancer prevention, education, and assistance programs. The team—Ruth Logan ’14, Phoebe Jordan ’15, Rebecca Craig ’16, Angela Mastrianni ’16, and coach [...]

Read more»

On the Western Front

“The guns are banging away at the front. It is much farther away, but we can still hear them, and they always disturb one’s nervous system. We’ve got the hardest part of the line near us, where there is terrific fighting and terrific mortality.” So wrote Margaret Hall about her experiences during World War I. [...]

Read more»

Bryn Mawr Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Beginning with the 2014-15 application cycle, undergraduate applicants to Bryn Mawr College will have the option of submitting standardized test scores. In the past, scores from tests such as the SAT or ACT were required for consideration. “We have always conducted a holistic review of a student’s application and that will continue,” says Bryn Mawr [...]

Read more»

Class of 2016 Mellon Mays Fellows

Celebrating its 25th year, the MMUF program identifies and supports students of great promise with the goal of helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction who go on to transform the academy. The new fellows above will join those from the class of 2015, who are beginning their second year with the program.

Read more»

New Program Allows Students to Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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 [...]

Read more»

State-of-the-Art Geochemistry Lab Serves Students, Faculty and Visiting Scientists

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 [...]

Read more»

Follow Bryn Mawr Students and Professor Alice Lesnick in Ghana

Bryn Mawr students Alizeh Amer ‘16, Rebekah Adams ’15, and Ariana Hall ’17 are now more than half-way through their Dalun Community Fellowships in Ghana. Haverford Students Kathleen Tsai ’16 and Brandon Alston ’14 are also participating in the fellowship program, which is administered by Haverford’s Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. The students were [...]

Read more»

Pennsylvania Liberal Arts Colleges Form Consortium

Ten liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania have received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts (PCLA), an entity designed to help each institution create new cost efficiencies, improve the quality of academic and co-curricular programs, and enhance inter-institutional knowledge and collaboration. The consortium also [...]

Read more»

Bryn Mawr Faculty Adding Computational Skills to STEM Courses

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 [...]

Read more»

Flipping the Physics Classroom

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 [...]

Read more»

Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Questions Research Linking Hurricane Names to People’s Responses

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 [...]

Read more»

History’s Elly Truitt Contributes to Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy

Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt, whose research interests include medieval technology, the occult sciences, courtly culture, imaginary lands and faraway places, and all aspects of the strange and weird of the medieval world, is among the contributors for the new book Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy. Truitt’s chapter is [...]

Read more»

Creative Writing’s J.C. Todd Awarded Pew Foundation Fellowship

Bryn Mawr Creative Writing Program faculty member J.C. Todd is one of 12 Philadelphia artists granted a 2014 Pew Fellowship. In awarding Todd the fellowship, the Pew Foundation noted: “J.C. Todd’s (b. 1943) poems investigate the impact of war, with an insistent eye and ear on language. Her current project, War Zone, explores containments and [...]

Read more»

Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Will Be 2014-15 Emily Balch Speaker

Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change. Her series on global warming, The Climate of Man, from which The Sixth Extinction was adapted, won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award. She is a two-time National Magazine Award winner. She is also a recipient of a Heinz Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Read more»

For Nancy Toure ’15, Collaborative Research Highlights Career Path

As the first person in her family to apply to college, Nancy wasn’t sure about Bryn Mawr. In fact, women’s colleges weren’t even on her radar. But on visiting, she loved Bryn Mawr’s sense of community and the relationships with Haverford and Swarthmore (aka, the Tri-College Consortium). And Bryn Mawr hasn’t disappointed: “You meet lifelong [...]

Read more»

Experiential Learning and Community Connections

Praxis courses offer Bryn Mawr students high quality experiential learning  opportunities that combine concrete experience (doing), reflective observation (What happened?), abstract analysis (so what?), and active experimentation (now what?). Praxis is based upon the belief that knowledge is created through the transformation of experience and that it is valuable for some of that experience to [...]

Read more»

Bryn Mawr College Commencement 2014

Hundreds of family members and friends of the Class of 2014 and of the graduating students of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 17, to celebrate the achievements of the graduates. We’ve gathered nearly 200 of our [...]

Read more»

Commencement Awards and Honors

Student Awards The Gertrude Slaughter Fellowship Xingzhe He The European Traveling Fellowship Sophie Mankins   Faculty Awards The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics Helen Grundman The Rosalyn R. Schwartz Teaching Award Professor of Social Work Julia Littell The Mary Patterson McPherson Award Chair and Professor of [...]

Read more»

John and Joanne Payson ’75 MA ’09 Donate Art to Special Collections

John and Joanne Payson ’75 MA ’09 rounded off a year of exceptional generosity by donating a collection of 20th-century prints and print portfolios to Bryn Mawr College’s Special Collections. The donation includes work by notable American artists who came to prominence in the 1920s and 30s, among them Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Jack Levine, [...]

Read more»

Marian Bechtel ’16 Featured in Mashable/Intel Video Feature

Sophomore Marian Bechtel is the subject of a feature article and video on Mashable.com – part of a series highlighting the work of young inventors. The piece was part of the Building The Future Today campaign, a partnership between Mashable, a publication dedicated to showcasing digital innovation, and semiconductor chip maker, Intel. The article and [...]

Read more»

Ten Years After First Setting Foot in Classroom, Laila Abdul Nabi is Set to Graduate With Bryn Mawr’s Class Of 2014

The more than 300 undergraduate members of the class 2014 and the graduating members of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research received their degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Terry Gross, one of the most trusted and respected voices in American media, [...]

Read more»
Older Posts »