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Bryn Mawr President Among Speakers at STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference

Posted June 22, 2015

Though jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are on the rise nationwide, women, Latinos, and African-Americans remain underrepresented in the STEM labor pool. To help examine this issue, U.S. News & World Report will bring together leaders in education, industry and policy for the fourth annual STEM Solutions conference, taking place Monday, […]

Touring Wales and the Original Bryn Mawr

Posted June 18, 2015

Associate Professor of English Kate Thomas, who teaches and writes about Nineteenth Century British Literature and Culture, recently led a group of alumnae on a tour of Wales. Thomas and the alums were joined on the tour by Associate Professor of English Bethany Schneider. While there, the group visited the place from which the town […]

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. […]

Best-Selling Author Cheryl Strayed Will be 2015-16 Emily Balch Speaker

Posted June 15, 2015

Bryn Mawr’s Emily Balch Speaker Series for first-year students is once again bringing a highly celebrated author to campus. The 2015-16 speaker is Cheryl Strayed, whose memoir Wild was a #1 New York Times best-seller and made into a major motion picture. Wild was also chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s […]

Empowering Learners

Posted June 15, 2015

They reach for the sky, bend to the floor, and balance on one foot. While the poses change, one constant remains, the look of joy on the faces of the children taking part in yoga exercises as part of Puentes Hacia El Futuro, the after-school tutoring and mentorship program run by the organization Puentes De […]

New Book by Assistant Professor of History Elly Truitt Looks at Medieval Robots

Posted June 11, 2015

A thousand years before Isaac Asimov set down his Three Laws of Robotics, real and imagined automata appeared in European courts, liturgies, and literary texts. Medieval robots took such forms as talking statues, mechanical animals, and silent metal guardians; some served to entertain or instruct while others performed disciplinary or surveillance functions. Variously ascribed to […]

Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows

Posted June 9, 2015

Bryn Mawr’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program has announced the Class of 2017 Mellon Mays Fellows: Paola Bernal of Houston, Texas. Paola is a Sociology major. Sofi Chavez of Seattle, Wash. Sofi is an English major. Crystal Des-Ogugua of Lewisburg, Pa. Crystal is a sociology major with a concentration in African-American studies. Kiran Pizarro […]

Traveling the World as Watson Fellow to Study the Lives of Women Artists

Posted May 28, 2015

Growing up in South Africa, Camilla Dely ’15 never thought much about theater as a field within which she might one day build an academic, personal, or professional life. “In South Africa the arts are poorly supported by both the public and the government, and it was only when I came to the United States […]

Rebekah Adams ’15 Returns to Africa on Boren Scholarship

Posted May 28, 2015

As a 16-year-old living with her family in Kampala, Uganda, Rebekah Adams’15  saw firsthand how ethnic affiliations can be manipulated to maintain and stoke social divisions. The family lived near the Kasubi Tombs, the burial ground of the four kings of Buganda and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was engulfed in flames one night […]

A Love of Russian Literature Leads Mikayla Holland ’15 to a National Security Fellowship

Posted May 28, 2015

Mikayla Holland ’15 has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study the Russian language at the Flagship Language Program at Al-Farabi National Kazakh University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. “While my primary area of interest is Russia, I value the opportunity to study in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the coming year,” says Mikayla. “Central Asia is a fascinating […]

Katia Vlasova ’15 Studies Mind & Body Relationship With Watson Fellowship

Posted May 26, 2015

From an early age, Ekaterina (Katia) Vlasova ’15 found comfort in silence. “From childhood, my fondest memories were of spending summers in the countryside of St. Petersburg, immersed in a serene Russian forest in the summertime,” says Katia. “Tagging alongside my mother, I would venture into the seemingly endless space of silence and stillness, amidst […]

Class of 2016 Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows

Posted May 22, 2015

Fifteen members of the Class of 2016 will be spending a portion of their summer doing independent research as Hanna Holborn Gray Research Fellows. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given Bryn Mawr College a grant in honor of Bryn Mawr alumna Hanna Holborn Gray, ’50 who served as chair of the foundation’s Board of […]

Video Excerpts from the 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Posted May 22, 2015

You’ve seen the photos. Read about post-graduation plans. Now, relive a few minutes of Bryn Mawr’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony with the below video excerpts of poet Billy Collins and Bryn Mawr President Kimberly Cassidy. Students and family members interested in a video of the entire ceremony can order a DVD of the event. Congratulations once […]

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Launches Centennial Celebrations and Presents 2015 Alumni Awards

Posted May 14, 2015

The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research recently launched its year-long 100th birthday celebrations at an on-campus reception for alumni, School and College administrators and faculty, students, and visiting public officials including Congressman Chaka Fattah, Katie Morton, who represented State Senator Daylin Leach, and Mike Bettinger, chief of staff to […]

Set to Make Their Mark on the World, Class of 2015 Receives Degrees on Saturday, May 16

Posted May 14, 2015

The more than 300 undergraduate members of the Class of 2015 and the graduating members of Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research will receive their degrees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Convocation is scheduled for Friday, May 15. Billy Collins, former Poet […]

Students Honored at 2015 Award Ceremony

Posted May 8, 2015

At a ceremony on Monday, May 4, President Kim Cassidy announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations. Below is the complete list of awards and honorees. Additional awards will be […]

On the Bookshelf: Celebrating Bryn Mawr’s Faculty Authors

Posted May 7, 2015

This year has seen a bumper crop of books by Bryn Mawr faculty and staff, with titles from across the disciplines. Here’s the impressive list: Cynthia Bisman (GSSWSR): Recognizing that targeted practice with individuals is the key to successful outcomes, Social Work: Value-Guided Practice for a Global Society (Columbia University Press) equips today’s practitioners with […]

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Takes on Pseudo Science

Posted April 28, 2015

UPDATE: Francl is interviewed by Al Jazeera America for a May 5, 2015 segment on this topic. Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl recently appeared on the NPR program “On the Media” to once again debunk some of the claims made by Vani Hari, the activist and author known as “The Food Babe.” During the interview, Francl […]

President Cassidy Represents Bryn Mawr at Online Learning Conference

Posted April 23, 2015

President Kim Cassidy recently joined a number of other education leaders for “Online Learning: Shaping the Future of Higher Education On and Off Campus.” Held on the MIT campus and cohosted by MIT and Harvard University, the summit focused on the opportunities and challenges arising during this exciting time of change to the established models […]

Isabel Hamilton Benham ’31 Bequeaths $15 Million to Bryn Mawr To Support Science and International Studies

Posted April 23, 2015

Wall Street pioneer Isabel Hamilton Benham, class of 1931, has bequeathed a gift of $15 million to the school, announced President Kim Cassidy today. “Isabel Benham defied convention and broke barriers throughout her life, and, through her accomplishments and her philanthropy, she continues to be an inspiration to successive generations of students here at Bryn […]

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Honored With 2015 Hepburn Medal

Posted April 23, 2015

The 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal was awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday, April 17 at a ceremony in Goodhart Hall. In accepting the award, Justice Sotomayor noted the influence Bryn Mawr had on the life of the women for whom it is named and the enduring power of sisterhood. “During a […]

Larissa de Paula ’18 Attends Session of U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

Posted April 21, 2015

Though only a first-year student, Larissa de Paula ’18 of Brazil is so convinced of the transformative power of women’s colleges she has created the first blog in Portuguese talking specifically about all-women’s colleges in the U.S. And last month Larissa took her pro-women’s college message to the United Nations headquarters in New York as […]

Digital Media and Collaboration Lab Debuts

Posted April 16, 2015

In today’s workplace, the ability to team up with others is crucial, as is the ability to communicate ideas in compelling ways using contemporary modes of expression. Bryn Mawr’s new Digital Media and Collaboration Lab enables students to hone these skills as they work individually and together on technology-based projects. Housed in Carpenter Library, the […]

Alicia Walker Receives Fellowship for Study of Gender Issues in the Art and Material Culture of Byzantium

Posted April 16, 2015

Call someone an iconoclast today and you’re most likely thinking she’s a rebel, a non-conformist, an individualist. But back in 8th-century Byzantium, you would have meant something quite different. Derived from the Greek word for image-breaker, an iconoclast was someone who believed that religious icons were idolatrous. “From 726 to 843, the veneration of icons […]

Bryn Mawr College Celebrates MLK Day

Posted January 12, 2015

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 […]

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 […]

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

Posted September 2, 2014

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.

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

Posted August 25, 2014

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, […]

Bryn Mawr Faculty Adding Computational Skills to STEM Courses

Posted July 8, 2014

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 […]

Flipping the Physics Classroom

Posted June 26, 2014

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 […]

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

Posted June 25, 2014

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 […]

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

Posted June 24, 2014

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 […]

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

Posted June 17, 2014

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.

For Nancy Toure ’15, Collaborative Research Highlights Career Path

Posted June 4, 2014

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 […]

Bryn Mawr College Commencement 2014

Posted May 22, 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 […]

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

Posted May 22, 2014

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, […]

Marian Bechtel ’16 Featured in Mashable/Intel Video Feature

Posted May 15, 2014

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 […]

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

Posted May 15, 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, […]

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

Posted May 15, 2014

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 […]

May Day 2014 in Pictures

Posted May 8, 2014

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.

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

Posted May 8, 2014

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.

Jacqueline Handy ’14 Reflects on Her Bryn Mawr Experience

Posted May 8, 2014

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.

Katherine Marcoux ’14 Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Andorra

Posted May 8, 2014

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 […]

BMC Team Takes Third Place in Finance Competition

Posted May 1, 2014

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.

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

Posted May 1, 2014

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.

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

Posted April 30, 2014

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 […]

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

Posted April 30, 2014

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 […]

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

Posted April 24, 2014

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 […]

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

Posted April 24, 2014

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 […]

Students Honored at 2014 Award Ceremony

Posted April 24, 2014

At a ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, President Kim Cassidy announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The awards and scholarships cited include honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations.

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