Click here to watch the full interviews. For their extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, four alumnae received the Smith College Medal at Rally Day 2014: Susan Hiller ’61, artist; Susan May Molineaux ’75, biotech entrepreneur; Amy Ellis Nutt ’77, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; and Farah Pandith ’90, first representative to Muslim communities.
Ada Comstock Scholar Shara Concepcion ’14 is house coordinator of 150 Elm Street—an all Ada house. A New York City native, she appreciates the relaxing atmosphere of her large, bright room. See all the Home Smith Home videos.
Adam Hall, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Neuroscience & Biochemistry Programs
As a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College in London, England, Adam Hall was at the forefront of a major breakthrough in our understanding of how general anesthesia affects the processes of the brain. At Smith, in collaboration with faculty colleagues and students, his lab is exploring the therapeutic potential of novel anesthetic drugs that may prove to be as effective as those commonly used, with fewer dangerous side effects. Part of the Scholars in Studio video series
Duckett House resident Julia Leitermann ’15 gives us a tour of her room. With its distinctive little nooks and tiny white lights, there are several perfect spots to have coffee, read or take the occasional “accidental nap.” See all the Home-Smith-Home videos.
Smith places a high value on teaching, and each year demonstrates that commitment by honoring three outstanding faculty members with the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. This year’s Sherrerd Prize recipients are Andrea Hairston '74, professor of theatre; Susannah Howe, senior lecturer in engineering; and Douglas Lane Patey, professor of English language and literature. Awards were presented during a lively program featuring introductions by former students. The Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching was established in 2002 with a generous grant from Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd. Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the 2014 Sherrerd Prize. Go to http://www.smith.edu/events/sherrerd_nominations.php to nominate a current Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students. Deadline for nominations is December 10.
Nicole Schermerhorn Laschever ’15’s room in Albright House reflects her double major in art and theater as well as her interest in “absolutely everything.”
This fall, Jeannie Cho Lee and Annie Morita, both class of ’90, were invited to participate in the second annual Elizabeth Miller ’81 Lecture, “Risk-taking and its Rewards: A Conversation on Leadership and Entrepreneurship.” Lee, who lives in Hong Kong, is the first Asian Master of Wine and an award-winning author, wine critic, judge and educator. Morita, who lives and works in Shanghai, China, is an executive at DreamWorks Animation SKG, and chief of staff for Oriental Dreamworks, a joint venture entertainment company with DreamWorks Animation SKG and several other companies in China. This lecture series is made possible by a gift from Elizabeth Miller ’81 and her husband, James Dinan, who established The Dinan Family Foundation in 1997, to support their philanthropy, which has also included gifts to the Wharton School and the Museum of the City of New York.
Haisely Wert ’16 lives in Jordan House, where she has filled her room with memories and mementos of family and friends back home, her love of crafting and an ever-expanding collage wall.
Kathleen McCartney and the Smith community join Bagpipers as they march from the Quadrangle to the ITT for the start of Installation Ceremony.