February 2014 Articles

Noted and Quoted

Bryn Mawr in the Media

“What Poor Children Need in School”


Heather Curl

Heather Curl, a lecturer in the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Education Program, in The Washington Post, arguing for the needs of low-income students:

“High-poverty schools have never looked less like the schools where elite policymakers send their own children. President Obama, we might recall, sends his daughters to the private Sidwell Friends School, which recently built a multimillion-dollar performing arts complex. And it doesn’t bombard its students with high-stakes standardized tests.”

 “A Quantum Approach to Dishwashing Detergent”

Michelle Francl

Michelle Francl

Michelle Francl, professor of chemistry, on the Chemistry World podcast, discussing the dangers of “chemophobia”:

“I kept something to blog about, a sample that came in the mail. It was some kind of quantum approach to my dishwashing detergent. As a quantum mechanic, I can’t tell you how funny that I find that. … I would hope that people would be willing to plunge in and get a little more vocabulary, to be a little bit curious about what it means when my dishwasher detergent promises to take a quantum leap.”

“Poverty in America”

Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy

 Bryn Mawr College Trustee Patrick McCarthy, Ph.D. ’81, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, on PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show, on income inequality:

“We can’t survive as a country with 30 to 40 percent of our workforce and our potential sitting on the sideline, and that’s what happens when you allow people to fall into poverty and not participate in the economy. We also have to realize that we can widen the path to opportunity. … We can invest in early education especially, make sure every child is on a path to success, and we can invest in skill development for their parents and get folks on the right path toward opportunity.

“Why You Should Consider a Women’s College”

 Carrie Wofford ’89, a Democratic strategist and founder of Wofford Strategies, in U.S. News and World Report, affirming the value of women’s colleges:

“Studies also show that students at women’s colleges are … dozens of times more likely to stick with math and hard science studies than women who attend co-ed colleges. Not twice as likely to stick with it but dozens of times more likely. … Something is going on in the classrooms at co-ed colleges to discourage women from math and sciences; or something supportive is happening in women’s college classrooms that co-ed schools may need to take a look at.”

“Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist”

Natasha Singer in her New York Times article about Genevieve Bell ’90, M.A. ’92, a cultural anthropologist working at Intel Labs:

“Sixteen years after Dr. Bell, now 46, arrived at Intel, she continues to nudge, contradict and challenge perceptions. But now she leads her own research enterprise. Still, it can be hard to describe precisely what Dr. Bell herself does, because she tends to favor open-ended research questions that don’t have an immediately obvious practical payoff. Newspaper articles — with headlines like “Technology’s Foremost Fortune Teller”—have portrayed her as an oracle with magical predictive powers.

But over several months of conversations, I came to think of her more as Intel’s in-house foil, the company contrarian, an irritant in an industrial oyster shell.

“She is not afraid to voice her opinion thoughtfully and forcefully; she’s not afraid to tell you how wrong you are,” says Tad Hirsch, an assistant professor of interaction design at the University of Washington in Seattle who used to work with her. “She credits it to being Australian, which is partially true. But part of it is just Genevieve.”