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President’s Office to Hold Community Learning Day on March 18

The President’s Office has enlisted the help of faculty, staff, students, and outside facilitators to organize, plan, and promote the inaugural Community Learning Day. The day will feature performances, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and lectures designed to elevate and promote the benefits and challenges of living and learning in a diverse community. “I have been […]

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By Questioning Conventional Wisdom, Archaeology’s Peter Magee Unearths the Arabian Peninsula’s Past

For nearly a quarter century, Magee has worked to bring understanding and attention to the Arabian Peninsula, a vast area that takes in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. His groundbreaking research on the region’s unique irrigation systems and on the domestication of camels has added to the growing record that Arabia has a rich archaeological history.

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

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 […]

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Chemistry’s Michelle Francl Takes on “The Food Babe” in Slate Article

“‘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 […]

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President Cassidy Writes to The New York Times About the Underrepresentation of Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

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 […]

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Partnership with Indiana University Maurer School of Law Creates a Great Opportunity for Bryn Mawr Scholarship Recipients

Bryn Mawr graduates planning on law school now have the opportunity to attend the Indiana University Maurer School of Law on a generous scholarship that will cover approximately half the cost of admission and provide access to a formal mentoring program. Announced earlier this month by the law school, the scholarship and mentoring partnership is […]

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

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 […]

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Psychology Professor Clark McCauley Quoted by Media Covering Violence in the Middle East

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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SAS Culture Show: A Night to Celebrate South Asian Culture

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 […]

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

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 […]

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A Letter from President Kim Cassidy

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. […]

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A Letter from Bryn Mawr Board Chair Arlene Gibson

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 […]

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Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Students Serve as Valuable Mentors

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 […]

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Alumnae Share Wisdom at Alumna-in-Residence Program

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 […]

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Bryn Mawr Makes Princeton Review List of Best Financial Aid Schools

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Power to the Posse

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 […]

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Spotlight on Innovation: How Bryn Mawr is Closing Math Gaps With Targeted Online Modules

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 […]

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Rhianna Shaheen ’14 Is Headed to the Oscars

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 […]

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New “Intensives” to Highlight STEM Careers Outside the Academy

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 […]

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New Site Updates Community When Bad Weather Hits

After last year’s blizzard of storms, the Communications and Web Services offices worked with Campus Safety and other offices on campus to create a new page for the community to turn to in times of bad weather. Now live, storm.brynmawr.edu, provides updates on transportation, dining services, and many other campus services during inclement weather. Community […]

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GSSWSR Professor Ray Albert Hopes Others MIMIC Philadelphia Program to Avoid Future Fergusons

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 […]

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Bryn Mawr College Celebrates MLK Day

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 […]

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Our Collective Endeavor: Boston

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 […]

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Bryn Mawr Student-Led Demonstration Makes Headlines

Bryn Mawr students organized a demonstration on December 8 in protest of the grand jury decisions not to pursue charges in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The demonstration was meant to bring attention to the inequities that are embedded in our judicial and other systems and was covered by nearly every broadcast […]

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

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 […]

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Winners of Project Dorm Room Announced

Whether their look is Art Nouveau or Chic on a Student Budget, the participants in this year’s Project Dorm Room contest have all channeled their inner Martha Stewart to put their personal stamp on their rooms. The annual room design contest, now in its seventh year, begins with first-round voting by the student body, with […]

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Bryn Mawr Students Tackle Heavy Subject: Weightlifting

Bryn Mawr is a place where women grow stronger in their academic abilities and strengthen their knowledge both of a field of study and of the world. But for Monica Nelson ’14 and Bryce Lewis ’16, Bryn Mawr has also been a place where they’ve been able to experience a more tangible growth and strengthening […]

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President Cassidy Attends Second White House College Opportunity Day of Action

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 […]

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Biology Students Take Top Spots at Research Symposium

Three students who do research with Biology Chair Tamara Davis took home separate first place awards for poster presentations at the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. Carolyne Face ’15, Rachel Shields ’15, and Nicole Hamagami ’16 were all recognized for the quality of their presentations with first place awards […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

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Faculty Panel Examines Structural Violence as Part of “Dissent Violence Justice”

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 […]

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Students and Parents Reflect on Lives Together in StoryCorps Conversations

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. […]

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

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 […]

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From the Medieval to the Modern: Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 explores Bryn Mawr’s Levine Collection

A doctoral candidate in the history of art, Shannon Steiner M.A. ’13 is a Medievalist, specializing in the Byzantine era. Her master’s theses—she holds two, one from the University of Texas and one from Bryn Mawr—focused, respectively, on Byzantine pilgrimage tokens from Syria and on the glass fragments affixed to burial sites in the Roman […]

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Photos of Lantern Night 2014

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.

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Spring 360° Examines the History and Culture of Cuba

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 […]

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Is Our Climate Headed for a Mathematical Tipping Point?

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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