"River of Gold," an exhibition of more than 120 pieces of goldwork created by artists and artisans from an ancient American society in central Panama, will remain on display in the Museum of Art through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Items in the exhibition include embossed plaques, cast pendants, nose ornaments, gold-sheathed ear rods, necklaces and ceramics discovered in the early 20th Century near a burial site overrun by the Rio Grande de Coclé.
A renovation of the Smith Conference Center, beginning this week, will give the facility an improved, updated look, enhance its visibility and dress up the building's lobby. The renovation is scheduled to be in progress from December 16 to early April 2014. The Conference Center will be closed from December through March 2014.
According to a video, Hour of Code, produced and directed by Nicole Ehrlich '98 in promotion of Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15), everyone can and should learn how to write at least one hour of computer code. The campaign is directed at 10 million students, to inspire computer education. Watch the video.
Women's rights in France have taken on a more prominent profile since the election of President Francois Hollande. Smith's JYA Paris program recently played a role in the reprioritization of women's issues by contributing a series of videos, under the title "Quoi le Féminisme?" ("What's Up with Feminism?"), to a yearlong campaign by the country's Ministry of Women's Rights.
For Suzanne Hammond Corkin '59, emerita professor of behavioral neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Henry Molaison, one of the world's most famous amnesic patients, became much more than a subject of study during her 46 years of working with him, following an experimental lobotomy in 1953 that alleviated his epilepsy but also removed his brain's ability to form new memories.
Ruth Haas, Achilles Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, specializes in combinatorics. She uses permutations, abstract algebra and graph theory to understand patterns and highly abstract structures. She explains it in her own words in a recent article in Insight.
Smith is one of 10 prominent schools that recently joined the Say Yes Higher Education Compact, part of a national nonprofit organization that helps make higher education accessible and affordable, assuring that the neediest students are eligible, at a minimum, to attend college tuition-free.
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