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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.

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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Archaeology Professor Peter Magee Quoted in The National (UAE)

As archaeologist 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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Send Bryn Mawr a Virtual Postcard this Summer

Last summer we loved finding out what you were up to via the Summer at BMC blog, which showcased virtual postcards and recurring blog posts from Mawrters on summer break. This year, we hope to again hear about your internships, beach reads, funded research, science hypotheses, archaeological digs, and time spent relaxing with friends, too! [...]

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Sangita Kanumalla ’14 to Study Arabic in Oman Through Boren Scholarship

A passion for Middle Eastern studies will take Sangita Kanumalla ’14 to Muscat, Oman, for an academic year as a recipient of the prestigious Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship is a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with critical foreign language and international skills and provides students [...]

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May Day 2014 in Pictures

From the strawberries and cream in the morning to the evening screening of A Philadelphia Story, May Day 2014 was a huge success. See more than 80 photos from the day in the below slideshow or in this online gallery.

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Students Bridge the Classroom and the Work World Through Praxis III Program

Through Bryn Mawr’s Praxis Program, students integrate theory and classroom practice with active, relevant fieldwork in a way that goes beyond most traditional internship experiences.

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Jacqueline Handy ’14 Reflects on Her Bryn Mawr Experience

Handy will join the more than 300 other 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 at Bryn Mawr’s Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

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Dark Blue Repeats in the Second Annual Class Color Challenge

For the second year running, the Dark Blues took home the win in Bryn Mawr’s Class Color Competition. Red gave last year’s victors a run for their money in the last day, surging ahead to take the lead into the evening of May Day. But Dark Blue couldn’t be stopped and came back to win [...]

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Self-Care Initiative Raises Awareness with Erdman Flash Mob

The Self-Care Initiative began at Bryn Mawr in 2013 when students and representatives from a number of offices and departments got together in an effort to promote wellness throughout the community. Some of those involved with the initiative held a flash mob in Erdman on Tuesday, May 6, to raise awareness of the need to [...]

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Katherine Marcoux ’14 Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Andorra

Katherine Marcoux’s passion for  learning languages began at a young age. As a child, her family moved to Italy and then Japan, where she immersed herself in the different cultures and languages. In high school, she studied French and Spanish, took a semester of Mandarin, and continued to study Japanese. “I think being exposed to [...]

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College Names Pelema I. Morrice As Chief Enrollment Officer

Pelema I. Morrice, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), will be Bryn Mawr College’s Chief Enrollment Officer beginning in July, announced President Kim Cassidy today. “Pelema is a highly successful enrollment professional with a deep understanding of the demographic and cultural trends impacting liberal arts colleges and the entire [...]

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Bryn Mawr’s Russian Language Institute Highlighted in Inside Higher Ed Article

In an Inside Higher Ed article about the lack of young Russia experts in the United States, author Mark Lawrence Schrad points to Bryn Mawr’s Russian Language Institute as one of the places that continues to provide an intensive immersion program.

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BMC Team Takes Third Place in Finance Competition

A team of seven Bryn Mawr students has earned third place in the 2014 Adirondack Cup, a competition during which college teams competed against each other over six months to build and grow a small cap portfolio of stocks.

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Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Helps Develop a Chemistry Set for the IPad

When the Chemical Heritage Foundation and app developer BlueCadet teamed up to create a virtual chemistry set for the IPad, one of the experts they called on to make sure they got the details right was Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl.

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BMC Seniors Reflect on Translating Blogs for Women from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Early this academic year we wrote about World Pulse Correspondent Neema Namadamu’s visit to campus as part of Agnès Peysson-Zeiss’ Praxis III French course in which students translated blog posts for the organization. We revisited the class in October to get an even better sense of what the students were doing to help women in the Democratic [...]

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NSF Funding Allows Geology Chair Arlo Weil and Students to Study Andes Mountains

Professor Arlo Weil, chair of the Geology department, and long-time colleague Adolph Yonkee of Weber State University have received approximately $325,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation that will allow them to study the tectonic and deformation history of the portion of the Andes mountains found in Argentina. Much of the funding from the [...]

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Grand May Day Scheduled for May 4, 2014

Students are facing down the last week of Spring semester classes and finals loom, but Mawrters will first seize a cherished opportunity for frolicking and celebration time at this year’s Grand May Day on Sunday, May 4. As a Grand May Day, which occurs only once every four years, the celebration will include special attractions [...]

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Event Celebrates the Generosity of Bryn Mawr Alumnae, Parents, and Friends

Dozens of students and President Kim Cassidy gathered on campus on April 16 to celebrate the College’s generous alumnae, parents, and friends who have provided scholarship funding to Bryn Mawr. See the below slideshow for images from the event or view the online gallery.

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Bryn Mawr Book Store Profiled in Boston Globe

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 [...]

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In BMC Biology Lab, “Super Weed” Yields Research—and Award-Winning Student Presentations

For Rachel Hager ’15, the effects of climate change aren’t just something she hears about on the news. Working with Assistant Professor Thomas Mozdzer, the junior biology major has been studying Phragmites australis—an invasive species that some have dubbed a Super Weed—to understand the impact of rising CO2 in the air and nitrogen in the [...]

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U.K. Media Outlet Highlights Bryn Mawr’s Success with Sciences and at Providing Access

Times Higher Education reporter Chris Parr recently sat down with Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy to talk about a range of issues including the College’s involvement with the recent White House summit on college access and its success at creating women scientists.   From the article: “We don’t go around saying ‘you are a woman [...]

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