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May 13, 2008
Center for Science in Society discussion groups
Senior Lecturer in English Anne Dalke found that discussions with scientists hosted by the Center for Science in Society (CSIS) were enormously fruitful both to her research and teaching, and she began to post her records of those encounters on the Web.
special issues of academic journals
- Now Dalke, Center Director Elizabeth McCormack, and Alumnae Bulletin Editor Jan Trembley have taken a further step in sharing the fruits of their deeply interdisciplinary collaborations with the world. Two peer-reviewed academic journals have recently published special issues that grew out of weekly discussions held by the CSIS.
New faculty: Poet-scholar Warren Liu explores
Despite the periodic warnings of cultural doomsayers, poetry is alive and kicking in the United States, says Assistant Professor of English Warren Liu, who is just finishing his first year on the Bryn Mawr faculty. "People have been talking about the decline or demise of poetry for decades," Liu says. "But I recently read a study saying that the audience for poetry is actually increasing. Slam poetry, performance poetry, and rap are clearly increasing in popularity. The problem isn't that students don't like poetry—it's that there's an unfortunate gap between the varieties of poetry that occur in our culture and the kind of poetry that tends to be studied."
the boundaries of ethnicity and literary form
LLC Director Chris Boyland named NITLE Technology Fellow
Language Learning Center Director Christine Boyland has become the third Bryn Mawr staff member to be selected as a Technology Fellow by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). The NITLE Technology Fellows are selected for their expertise in the pedagogical application of one of several technologies that are of interest to liberal-arts colleges. After receiving intensive advanced training in their chosen technologies, they bring their new knowledge back to their own institutions and also lead workshops at the 142 NITLE member institutions.
Academic awards announced on May Day
At May Day Convocation on Sunday, May 4, President Nancy J. Vickers announced the winners of a host of awards given to Bryn Mawr students. The list of more than 50 awards and scholarships includes honors bestowed by Bryn Mawr as well as those given by outside organizations.
From Recent Issues
Paula Mans '08 wins Fulbright for study in Brazil
Mans, a Spanish major who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology or African-American studies, will spend her Fulbright year researching a community-based supplementary education program for girls in a favela—the Brazilian equivalent of a shantytown—in Salvador. The program Mans will study, called Bahia Street, supplements the girls' education in public schools with tutoring in all basic subjects including math, science, and reading. In addition to this standard curriculum, Bahia Street provides programs in self-defense, health care, sexual education, art therapy, Afro-Brazilian culture, and a series of programs that focus on issues of violence and inequality.
Bryn Mawr seniors win $10,000 Davis Grant
to fund arts project involving homeless men
Bryn Mawr seniors Lucy Edwards and Adaobi Kanu believe in the power of art to transform the lives of those who practice it. This summer, a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace foundation will enable them to put that faith to work in West Philadelphia, where they will collaborate with homeless men on an ambitious project to generate income, self-esteem, and community understanding through artistic production.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards $1.2 million Undergraduate Science Education Grant to Bryn Mawr
The grant will fund a host of initiatives including two yearly $5,000 fellowships to help matriculated Bryn Mawr science and math majors complete teaching certificates in secondary education; two postdoctoral fellowships; and two scholarships for Science for College, a residential summer program for high-school girls considering careers in science, medicine, and technology.