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May 15, 2008
Bryn Mawr undergrads test robotics approach with a younger crowd of students
In the summer of 2006, Bryn Mawr computer-science professors Doug Blank and Deepak Kumar and colleagues at Georgia Tech formed the Institute for Personal Robots in Education and designed an innovative introductory computer-science course featuring tiny "Scribbler" robots that were given to each student in the class to help bring the course's concepts to life. The course has been such a hit since its introduction that a few of Blank and Kumar's students thought that robots might also be effective in getting younger students interested in computer science.
Teacher, mother, daughter: a Bryn Mawr mathematical geneaology
When Annalisa Crannell '87 learned that she had been selected to receive the Mathematics Association of America's Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, she knew that one of her Bryn Mawr mentors would have a special interest in the news: Professor of Mathematics Rhonda Hughes had won the same award a decade earlier. Luckily, Crannell had a handy conduit for communication with the Bryn Mawr Department of Mathematics. Her daughter, Iolanthe Good, was a first-year student at Bryn Mawr who was enrolled in Hughes' Calculus/Analytic Geometry II course.
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As Senior Lecturer in English Anne Dalke recalls it, she began talking with scientists on campus as part of an effort, over a dozen years ago, to integrate science into the work of students in the Gender Studies program. Eventually she found herself immersed in a series of conversations, hosted by the College's Center for Science in Society (CSIS), that constantly mirrored her own way of looking at the world. Dalke found that regular exposure to the perspectives of scholars in the natural sciences and social sciences was enormously fruitful both to her research and teaching.
New faculty: Warren Liu explores the borders
of literature, ethnicity, and genre
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."
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.
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.