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Winter 2017

In this issue of The Bulletin, we celebrate firsts: the first STEM Posse, the country’s first self-governance association, a pair of first-generation Mawrters — and the first (print) issue of a new and improved Bulletin. (The website redesign is underway and will be launching later this year!) Shaped by the Alumnae Editorial Advisory Board, a survey or more than 4,000 alumnae/i, and a lively focus group, the new design pays tribute to the magazine’s rich history with a smaller size that echoes the original 1921 design and a font reminiscent of the letters sent by Betty Vermey in Admissions. Plus a new section we’re calling Discourse delivers more intellectual content and more alumnae/i voices.

On the cover: In 2012,  Bryn Mawr announced it would be hosting the first Posse created specifically to support women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Today, 10 sophomores from the Boston area are studying hard at Bryn Mawr. Picture from left: Sophomores Paola Salas, Immaculate Chepkemoi Langat, and Connie Chan. Photograph by Jeff Wojtaszek.

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Prized Poetry

Prized Poetry

The American Academy of Poets recognizes sophomore Natalie Kawam’s poem.

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An Open Letter

President Kim Cassidy and colleagues respond to the new administration in Washington.

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Doing for Others

Doing for Others

For this year’s MLK day of service, Bryn Mawr stages a week of activities.

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STEM+Art=STEAM

STEM+Art=STEAM

In this year’s STEM & the Arts Intensive, students test drove some HoloLenses.

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A Garden Grows

A Garden Grows

Bryn Mawr’s newest garden is taking root at the site of the former Perry House.

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Net Gains

Net Gains

The Owls marked a basketball milestone in November with their 1,001st game.

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How Hogwarts!

How Hogwarts!

Bryn Mawr joins 15 other venerable institutions of higher learning that could stand in for Hogwarts.

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Seize the Day

Seize the Day

The award-winning Haitian novelist comes to campus for Bryn Mawr’s Reading Series.

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The Child Is the Father to the Man

Psychology Professor Marc Schulz looks at the relationship between childhood and happy marriage.

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Where are the women in Silicon Valley?

Where are the women in Silicon Valley?

A panel of Bryn Mawr tech stars weighs in on why there are so few women in tech — and what we can do about it.

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Faculty Profile: Piper Coutinho-Sledge

Faculty Profile: Piper Coutinho-Sledge

A new faculty member focuses her research on people who have “the wrong body” for particular kinds of medical care.

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A Brief History of Water

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl asks, “How old is the water in my tea?

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Waves of Power

Anthropology professor Amanda Weidman ’92—whose research has focused mainly on music, media, and performance in South Asia—has in recent years broadened her interest beyond traditional notions of music.

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Positive Energy: Spheromak Bubble

Positive Energy: Spheromak Bubble

A team of Mawrters tackle the challenge of scaling up nuclear fusion.

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Languages in Limbo?

Languages in Limbo?

In a globalized world, language study faces real challenges at U.S. colleges. But at Bryn Mawr, language programs remain strong.

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On the March: Inauguration 1913

On the March: Inauguration 1913

Mawrters have been on the march for more than a century.

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Mawrter for a Cause (or Two)

Mawrter for a Cause (or Two)

A Gates Millennium Scholar, Farida Ilboudo ’18 came to campus by way of the Bronx, but her journey started thousands of miles away in Burkina Faso.

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A Double Life

A Double Life

Asked in the first grade what she wanted to be when she grew up, Lauren Faber ’07 said, A standup comic.

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U-Curve: Mawrters in Midlife

U-Curve: Mawrters in Midlife

Textile artist Brigid Manning-Hamilton ’78 and art historian Julia Muney Moore ’83 reflect on art and reinvention, renewal, and the long haul.

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Anassa Kata

Anassa Kata

From a North Carolina distillery to a Michigan election, Mawrters come out winners.

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Taking Action for Social Justice

Taking Action for Social Justice

The Social Justice Initiative will be a center of thought and action supporting a more socially just world.

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Art and a Revolution

Art and a Revolution

Ph.D. candidate Mark Castro, M.A. ’10, tells the story of Mexican modernism in an age of civil war.

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Crowd Source: The Right Stuff

Crowd Source: The Right Stuff

On Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we asked Mawrters about making the right choice.

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Books

Books

Titles from the Bryn Mawr bookshelf.

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Generations: First in Family

Generations: First in Family

Separated by four decades, two first-generation Mawrters find common bonds.