September 2015 Articles

Anassa Kata

In 2014, the University of Georgia tapped Linda Bachman ’91, then assistant dean in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, to chair a university-wide committee to explore an experiential learning requirement. This year, the university followed up by naming Bachman director of university experiential learning. In the role, Bachman will be identifying and proposing innovative ways to advance experiential learning across undergraduate programs. “I look forward to building on what we already do so well at UGA,” says Bachman. “Faculty members already offer world-class experiential learning opportunities for our students, and our students are clamoring for more.”

Bryn Mawr is on a roll at the University of Georgia, where Naomi J. Norman ’75 was recently appointed associate vice president for instruction. Norman, who has been at UGA since 1980, is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of classics. A double major in both Greek and Classical and Near Eastern archaeology at BMC, she holds a Ph.D. in classical art and archaeology from the University of Michigan.

On June 27, Detroit celebrated the 100th birthday of Grace Lee Boggs, M.A. ’37, Ph.D. ’40, with a party at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Boggs is a longtime and deeply respected leader in the labor, Black power, and Civil Rights movements. Born in 1915 in Providence, Rhode Island, she earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Bryn Mawr before moving to Detroit with her late husband, James, a former autoworker and an author. The couple became iconic leaders in the city. Boggs is the founder of Detroit Summer, “a multiracial, intergenerational collective working to transform communities through youth leadership, creativity, and collective action” and a founding member of the Boggs Center, which aims to “nurture the transformational leadership capacities of individuals and organizations committed to creating productive, sustainable, ecologically responsible, and just communities.” Photo by Quyen Tran.

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. ’72, was appointed the deputy director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to advise the director on the full range of NIGMS activities to support fundamental research that increases understanding of biological processes and fuels advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. A developmental biologist by training, Greenberg has served as director of the NIGMS Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology since 1988.

Mitchell College, in New London, Connecticut, has named Janet L. Steinmayer ’77 as its seventh president. On making the announcement, Mitchell’s board chair, Elizabeth Ivey, cited Steinmayer’s “multifaceted background,” and she was spot-on: An English and history double major at Bryn Mawr, Steinmayer holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago, served as general counsel of TWA and as CEO of the hospitality company Centerplate, and founded Appleseed Food Frontiers, a business accelerator and investment firm for expansion stage and artisanal food entrepreneurs. A member of the executive committee of Bryn Mawr’s Board of Trustees, she also serves on the executive committee of Lesley University and on the board of visitors of the John F. Welch School of Business at Sacred Heart University.

Lauren Welsh ’04, a pediatric anesthesiologist who recently finished her training at Boston Children’s Hospital, is serving as a volunteer educator in Uganda this year as part of the Global Health Service Partnership. To help strengthen the health care workforce in low-resource areas, she is working alongside local faculty to teach best-practice standards in the classroom and in the operating room. Writing of her experience, Welsh observes, “Being a part of these collaborations as a GHSP volunteer has been a great experience so far and one that I know will strengthen the anesthetic care I can provide for my patients here in Uganda and after I return, for my patients in the United States.”