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Wellesley College Appoints Richard French and Kathryn Lynch as Academic Deans
Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly and Andrew Shennan, provost and dean of the college, have announced the appointment of Richard French, McDowell/Whiting professor of astrophysics, and Kathryn Lynch, Bates/Hart professor of English, as the college’s next academic deans, effective July 1, 2010.

President Bottomly and Linda WertheimerWellesley Hosts Boston Grand Challenge Summit
The National Academy of Engineering’s Boston Grand Challenge Summit attracted students and faculty as well as representatives from government agencies and industry to Houghton Memorial Chapel at Wellesley College on April 21. The event was moderated by National Public Radio senior national correspondent Linda Wertheimer (Wellesley class of 1965), at right with President H. Kim Bottomly. Co-sponsored by Wellesley, Olin and Babson colleges, the day-long meeting marked the NAE’s first Grand Challenge summit on a liberal arts campus. The programs are held regionally to address 14 major engineering problems.

ruhlmanWellesley Celebrates Student Research at 2010 Ruhlman Conference April 28
Do politicians have a greater ability to remember faces? Does accessible health care make a difference? Do our parents’ relationships shape our own? Wellesley College students will explore these questions and many more at the 2010 Ruhlman Conference Wednesday, April 28. The conference will feature presentations by more than 300 Wellesley students, with projects ranging from “El Vez Lives!: Elvis Presley Tribute Artists Across Race and Gender” to “Designing an Edible Ecosystem Garden at Wellesley.”

Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist and Alumna Lynn Sherr to Speak at Wellesley College Commencement May 28
She has told the story of a 67-million-year-old dinosaur known as Tyrannosaurus Sue, won a Peabody Award for her coverage of extreme anorexia, and reported live from the 1990 Wellesley College commencement, as then-First Lady Barbara Bush addressed the graduates. Former ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr will return to her alma mater to address the approximately 600 members of the Class of 2010 and their friends and families at Wellesley’s 132nd Commencement, Friday, May 28.

Wellesley's Scream Tunnel Cheers on Runners of 2010 Boston Marathon
Photos from the "Scream Tunnel" at Wellesley College, the half-way point of the Boston Marathon.

Kim BottomlyWellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly Participates in Department of Homeland Security and Higher Education Roundtable
Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly participated in a roundtable discussion with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and higher education leaders at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday, April 16. The meeting focused on ways to increase collaboration and engage the talents of the nation’s best and brightest instructors and students to support DHS — particularly in the fields of cybersecurity and science and technology research.

Wellesley's Katharine Moon Named Among 'Best and Brightest' for Asian Studies Honor
The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has announced that Wellesley’s Katharine H.S. Moon will join the first class of research associates at the National Asia Research Program (NARP). Moon, professor of political science and the Edith Stix Wasserman chair of Asian studies at Wellesley, will join 39 outstanding scholars of Asia — who were chosen through a competitive, nationwide selection — for two-year terms.

New Book by Wellesley's Sealing Cheng Explores 'Migrant Entertainers' and the U.S. Military in South Korea
Since the Korean War, women have worked as hostesses in clubs catering to a U.S. military clientele in South Korea. Eventually, the low pay and stigma associated with the work led to a shortage of Korean women willing to work in these camp towns and club owners began to bring in women from developing countries to serve as “entertainers” – often understood as a euphemism for prostitutes. Wellesley's Sealing Cheng, explores the experience of these women in her new book, “On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea."

The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College Presents Poet Anne Carson
The poet and scholar Anne Carson has exhilarated East Coast audiences with live mash-ups of poetry, dance and performance art, drawing fans such as Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. On Saturday, April 24, at 8 pm, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities brings two of Carson’s best-known collaborations, Bracko and Cassandra Float Can, to Jewett Auditorium at Wellesley College. 

Wellesley Team Discovers Possible Planet in Research with Hubble Space Telescope
This past summer, Wellesley College student researchers and their advisor Kim McLeod, Wellesley's Theresa Mall Mullarkey associate professor of astronomy, worked with a Penn State University team to discover a mystery object — a planetary-mass companion to a brown dwarf in the constellation Taurus. The mystery object turns out to have between five and ten times the mass of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system.

Core Matters: Students, Faculty, Collections
An upcoming event at Wellesley College will explore the question "To what end do academic art museums exist?" On Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, Wellesley's Davis Museum and Cultural Center will host "Core Matters: Students, Faculty, Collections," a symposium for college and university art museums.

Wellesley's Claire Fontijn Honors Her Mentor and Music Scholar with a Collection of Essays
Wellesley's Claire Fontijn has edited the collection “Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger” in collaboration with Dr. Susan Parisi. The volume of 20 essays discuss the various research interests of her mentor Alexander Silbiger, an authority on Baroque keyboard music. The collection traces his career — from the completion of his first doctorate in engineering mechanics to present — and offers a portrait of him as a scholar, performer, teacher and mentor.

Wellesley College Celebrates Latina Month 2010
From Bolivian dance troupes to telenovela-style skits, Wellesley College will celebrate Latina culture and the diversity of its student body with a variety of festivities and educational opportunities this spring. Emmy-award winning journalist Sandra Guzman, a former associate editor of The New York Post, will kick off the series with the lecture, “Latinas Beyond Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez,” March 31.

Painted Songs & Stories: Pardhan Gond Art from India, April 7 - June 6, 2010
The first American exhibit celebrating contemporary Pardhan Gond art from India, Painted Songs & Stories, will be on view at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College April 7-June 6.  Filled with wonder, adventure and directness of expression, these delightful visual narratives will appeal to children and adults alike. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, April 7, from 5-7 pm.

Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly Visits the White House in Honor of Women's History Month
On Monday, March 8, a day of global celebration of women, Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly had the honor of joining other notable women leaders at the White House at a reception hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. President Bottomly observed International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with women in the Obama administration, members of Congress, leaders of women’s organizations and future women leaders.

Wellesley College Student Awarded Watson Fellowship for a Year of Travel and Exploration
Alison Harrington will pursue the project, “Rewriting the Rules: Muslim Women in Policing and Peacekeeping,” funded by a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. One of only 40 students nationwide to be awarded the fellowship, Harrington will receive $25,000 for a year of travel and exploration. For her project, Harrington will travel to Turkey, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Bangladesh to interview female police officers in urban and rural police departments.

Wellesley Student Awarded Funds from Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace
Thanks to two Wellesley College women, a grass-roots project to bring clean energy to the rural poor will get its start this summer. The Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace program has announced that Wellesley College first-year student Ana Lucía Medrano Fernández, of San Bernardino, Calif., will receive funding for her project “Xelaju Stove Project: Building Brighter Futures with Energy-Effective Stoves” in her native country of Guatemala this summer. The initiative is supported by Wellesley alumna and trustee emerita Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and extraordinary philanthropist.

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Wellesley's Kim McLeod is part of a team that has discovered a new star system and potential planet, on MSNBC.

Spring is in bloom at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, in The Boston Globe.

National Book Award winner Colum McCann's reading and discussion at Wellesley College is available online, at The Huffington Post.


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