Jane Caplan takes Oxford post
Marjorie Walter Goodhart Professor of European History Jane Caplan leaves Bryn Mawr this semester to accept a post as university lecturer in modern history, Oxford, and fellow of St. Antony's College.

Caplan delivered a lecture, "Twenty-Six Years of Fascism," on December 11, followed by a reception in her honor hosted by President of the College Nancy J. Vickers.

Caplan, who had taught at Bryn Mawr since 1982, has written or edited eight books and scores of scholarly articles, book chapters, reviews and conference presentations. Before coming to Bryn Mawr, she helped establish one of Britain's first university courses in women's studies and has been instrumental in the development of feminist scholarship at Bryn Mawr. Her primary research interest is the history of Nazi Germany. Caplan's recent research has focused on individual identity and identity documents, a topic that led her to the history of the tattoo. As the editor of Written on the Body: The Tattoo in European and American History, Caplan received widespread attention from the press and became a frequent contributor to popular broadcasts and publications on the topic of tattoo.



Exhibit on "'Picturing' Women"
Female identity and its representations in historical and contemporary works are explored in a three-venue exhibition, January 23-May 30 at the College and January 28-April 30 at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum and Library. "Picturing Women: Historical Works and Contemporary Responses" includes a series of public programs and student workshops as well as an interdisciplinary symposium to be held at Bryn Mawr the weekend of March 19.

Practicing artists, historians of art, educators and scholars from disciplines ranging from medical history to musicology will participate in the project.

Project curator Susan Shifrin, Ph.D. '98 is a research fellow at the Center for Visual Culture, visiting assistant professor of art history at Ursinus College, and curator of education at Ursinus' Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.

"The 'Picturing Women' project reaches across institutional, chronological, disciplinary, gender and racial lines to explore crucial questions about what constitutes female identity, how female identities have been culturally constructed in images, artifacts and texts, and what roles these artifacts of material culture have played in defining how women have been 'pictured' historically and how they are 'pictured' today," Shifrin said.

"The project will juxtapose historical works with 20th- and 21st-century art, presenting photographic, printed and painted portraits along with such diverse cultural artifacts as medical treatises, historical costumes, advertising images, and contemporary, multimedia installation pieces."

More information about the exhibition and the symposium may be found at the project's website.



BMC programmers place
In their first collegiate programming competition, the Bryn Mawr Bluepigs took third place among the 20 teams competing at Wilkes University in the Association for Computing Machinery's Mid-Atlantic Regional competition, a qualifying round for the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

Team members Catherine Chiu '04, Ioana Butoi '05 and Darby Thompson '05 are computer science majors. On the final Mid-Atlantic scoreboard, the Bluepigs ranked 36th, outscoring two of three Swarthmore teams and both Haverford teams.

"We were pretty nervous going into the competition since it was our first programming competition and most of us had only been programming for about two years," Chiu said after the competition. "I wanted to test my programming skills and see how I do under pressure," Butoi said.

The competition is a race against both time and other programmers. Each team, composed of three students and a computer, was given five hours to solve as many story-problems as quickly as it could.

"Since you have to write and debug a number of programs in a short period of time with only one computer, it's important to work together as a team and help each other out," Chiu said. "I realized that teamwork is far more important than I thought, and that collaboration is the right way to go," Butoi added.

"I would do it again and think that we could do better with this first competition under our belts," Chiu said. "We didn't have very high expectations of ourselves; our goal was to not come in last place, try our best, and have fun."

Douglas Blank, assistant professor of computer science, is Bryn Mawr's first coach of a programming team. "I think that we can win the region next year, if we continue to practice," Blank said.

The winner of the regional competition proceeds to the world finals, which will be held this year in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Chiu, Butoi and Thompson are also programming the robot "Elektro" to give interactive tours of the science building with a research award from the Computing Research Association's CREW program.



Mawrter named Rhodes Scholar
Chenoa Marquis '03 of Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago, has been awarded a Caribbean Rhodes scholarship. Marquis is the third Rhodes Scholar from Bryn Mawr, following in the footsteps of Emma Robinson '86 and Carrie LaSeur '93. She will begin her study at Oxford University this fall, where she plans to read for a master's degree in English literature with a 19th-century focus and possibly continue on for her Ph.D.

"Bryn Mawr shaped me in so many ways," said Marquis, who majored in English. "Probably the most important gift Bryn Mawr gave me is self-awareness. The ability to understand who I am and value my individuality has really helped me on the road to this scholarship."

Marquis was involved in several activities at the College including serving as a research assistant for the English department, one of the senior English major representatives, and as a Writing Center tutor. She was selected as an Alumnae Regional Scholar and a senior representative who served on the Admissions committee. Marquis was a member of BACASO, the association for students of African and Caribbean descent, and the Association of International Students. A four-year member of the Bryn Mawr-Haverford chorale, she also participated in the College Bowl, and was a three-year member of the Rocky Horror Picture Show cast.

"I'm very happy to be selected because the Rhodes isn't just about academic excellence, it's about being well-rounded and having the potential to make a difference in the world," Marquis said. "For those reasons, I consider it my greatest honor."



Alumnae physicians honored
Seven alumnae are featured among American women physicians who created and broadened opportunities within the profession in "Changing the Face of Medicine," an
interactive exhibition at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), an arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Neurologist Frances K. Conley '62, cardiologist M. IrenE9 Ferrer '37, pediatrician Anneliese Lotte Sitarz '50, and psychiatrist Norma Spielman Wohl '42 tell their stories. Also included are Ethel Collins Dunham '14 (1883-1969), Virginia Kneeland Frantz '18 (1896-1967), and Marjorie Price Wilson '46 (1924-1997).



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