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Taking Stock of Feminism's Enduring Lessons

Decades of deadly conflicts and war churning between north and south in Sudan have claimed thousands of lives and displaced thousands more. Using the power of the written word, English professor and human rights activist Eric Reeves has taken on the challenge of directing the world’s gaze toward the atrocities in Sudan. More...

Taking Stock of Feminism’s Enduring Lessons

Professor of Sociology Nancy Whittier says that today’s women’s rights activists need not stray too far from the course Gloria Steinem and other feminist leaders charted some 50 years ago.

Horses as Models for the Human Gut?

How can a study of what goes on in a horse’s gastrointestinal tract help us learn more about combating parasitic diseases that affect millions of people worldwide?

Despite the Contradictions, Ballet Is at Its Best in Cuba

A Smith professor is examining Cuba as a case study in what he sees as the globalization of ballet.

Fall 2013

A Passion for Mathematics, Its Abstractions and Its Truths

Mathematician Ruth Haas works on mathematical models and in particular the study of counting, which is called combinatorics.

What Is Gratitude?

Is gratitude an impulse hardwired in human nature? Is it a virtue or is it a practice? How does gratitude affect everything from the brain and the spirit, to the economy and the culture at large?

The Low Status of Teachers: A Global Epidemic?

Despite the vital role teachers play, actual public perceptions of teaching are eroding, even in countries like Japan where the profession was once venerated.

What’s That in the Sky? Is It a Balloon? Is It a Drone?

Are drones the new way of the future for research scientists? Smith engineering professor Paul Voss would like to think so.

The Power of Community

“Psychosocial capacity building” is now being put to practice by disaster responders and healthcare professionals being trained under the guidance of Smith College professors.

In Ancient Rock Mounds, Deposits From Tiny Worms Captivate Scientists

How and why did unusual rock mounds form near ancient Lake Enriquillo in a remote area of southwestern Dominican Republic?

Spring 2013

The History and Harmony of Live Music

What happens in a live music setting that doesn’t happen elsewhere? What relationships exist between performers and audiences? Music professor Steve Waksman wants to know.

Tales of the Third Dimension: Bringing 19th-Century India Into Wondrous Focus

A new collection of unique 3-D images depicting India in the 1890s can help us understand how cultures are created.

Climate Change: New Questions, New Concerns

When President Barack Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent pledge of his Inaugural Address, many environmental advocates cheered.

Understanding the Plague’s Past, Present and Future

Because of its global impact, its macabre history and its frightening potential, the disease known as the plague has inspired scholarship since the 14th century.

Fall 2012

Women as Players and Pawns in the 2012 Election

For the first time, women constitute 20 percent of the Senate. But will their presence lead to a more productive and less contentious legislative season? Smith scholars weigh in.

Building the Tree of Life, Microbe by Microbe

A team of researchers is working with the National Science Foundation to lay out a complete evolutionary tree that brings together every single known organism on Earth.

A New Portrait of Portrait of a Lady Emerges

Smith professor Michael Gorra has written a new book exploring why Henry James’ novel The Portrait of a Lady, and his enigmatic life, are still so intriguing.

Oppositional Behavior in the Presidential Contest

Is there a positive to negative campaigning? While the candidates in the current presidential contest are clashing over ideologies, many people wonder if this is the most rancorous election ever.

Hoarding: Making Disorder an Official Disorder

For the first time in psychiatric history, hoarding is poised to become an official mental disorder. Professor Randy Frost reflects on the early research that began in a Smith psychology laboratory

Alone on the Sandy Shores, Again

English professor Michael Thurston set out to walk from Eastham to Provincetown, following Henry David Thoreau's footsteps and finding surprising insights about his own life along the way.

Olympics or Bust

Cities that host major sports events like the Olympics often expect a financial windfall. But economics professor Andrew Zimbalist says the costs of putting on these extravaganzas often outweigh any benefits.

Opinion / The Higgs Boson Has Been Found!

But what is it and who cares? Finding the Higgs boson particle is a big step for scientists, but physics professor Gary Felder says there are more secrets of the universe yet to be discovered.

Exploring Fact, Fiction and the Details In Between

Taking a fresh approach to teaching nonfiction writing, academics are drawing on the novelist’s techniques for storytelling but emphasizing “a slavish obligation to serve fact and to observe accurately



Spring 2012

Predicting Women’s Success in Congressional Races

Why aren’t more women serving in Congress? Senior Alana Eichner has spent the past year analyzing the successes and failures of women who ran as party nominees for the House of Representatives.

The Power of the Printed Page Endures

Despite gloomy predictions from publishing aficionados, book artist and illustrator Barry Moser is confident that the ink-and-paper book as we’ve come to know it isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

It’s Not Always About the Genes

Evelyn Fox Keller, the 2012 William Allan Neilson Chair of Research, has lectured on contemporary scientific problems, including the persistent discussion regarding medical genetics and the nature-nurture debate.

What's the Big Deal About Cloud Computing?

The research of Associate Professor of Computer Science Dominique Thiébaut focuses on “the cloud’s” significance in everyday life as well as on how scientists are tapping into it to accomplish complex computations

What Do You Know? And How Well Do You Think?

Smith is one of the first institutions of higher education to apply innovative teaching methods known as knowledge building to the liberal arts. With video.

Opinion / Instant Replay for Presidential Debates: A Logical Move

A Smith professor suggests that a team of logicians should review all statements made by political candidates during public debates.