Meaningful Contributions

A blog about the achievements of Bryn Mawr alumnae/i, compiled by the Bryn Mawr College Communications Office

Soraya M. Coley, M.S.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’81, Named President of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

The board of trustees of California State University has appointed Soraya M. Coley, M.S.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’81, as the next president of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. When she takes office by the beginning of 2015, she will be the sixth president of the university and the first woman to hold the position. Cal Poly [...]

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Mansi Gupta ’10 Turns Trash to Treasure with New Leather Goods Company

Mansi Gupta ’10 has gone from being a computer science and economics major at Bryn Mawr to being a designer. Mansi recently graduated with a master’s degree from New York’s School of Visual Arts and has co-founded TRMTAB, a company that upcycles waste created in traditional leather good factories to create refined leather products, currently [...]

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Katherine Rochester, M.A. ’12, Awarded Research Fellowship to Berlin

Katherine Rochester, M.A. ’12, was named a research fellow by the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. Katherine was awarded the fellowship in order to conduct archival and collections-based research in Germany to support her dissertation, “Animating Ornament: From Lotte Reiniger’s Silhouette Films towards a Theory of the Decorative in Animation.” Her research [...]

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Sahar Amer ’86, M.A. ’86, Publishes Book on Practice of Veiling

What is Veiling?, a book written by Sahar Amer ’86, M.A. ’86, has recently been published by the University of North Carolina Press. Neither defending nor criticizing veiling, Amer addresses the significance of the practice and clarifies the voices of Muslim women who struggle to be heard. Amer is currently a professor of Arabic and Islamic [...]

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Mattie Wechsler ’14 Publishes Essay on Public Books

Mattie Wechsler ’14 has published an essay on the online review Public Books, titled “This is What I Mean When I Tell my Dad He’s Alright.” The essay discusses Wechsler’s relationship with her father and their common love of language and linguistics. This essay won the Katherine Fullerton Gerould Award Prize through Bryn Mawr’s Creative [...]

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Verónica Díaz Núñez de Ferrero ’69 Recognized for Civic Engagement Efforts in Perú

Verónica Díaz Núñez de Ferrero ’69 was recognized by the National Institute of Social Action and Development in Perú for her achievements toward alleviating poverty among her countrymen. “It was gratifying to receive this award, together with civic leaders such as the president of the National Elections Jury and former president of the Supreme Court, [...]

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Cecilia Diniz Behn ’99, Melanie Cree Green ’99 Awarded Research Grant

Cecilia Diniz Behn ’99 and Melanie Cree Green ’99 were awarded funding for their co-written grant, titled “Hepatic and Adipose Insulin Resistance in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.” This research is a new mathematical model to better understand pre-diabetes in teenage girls. The funding for this research grant comes from a collaboration between Children’s Hospital Colorado-University of [...]

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Alice Rothchild ’70 Publishes Book on 2014 Gaza Strip Conflict

Alice Rothchild ’70 has published her second book, On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion, which will be available in September 2014. On the Brink is a collection of blog posts written by physician, author, filmmaker, and longtime activist Rothchild during a fact-finding and solidarity visit she made [...]

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Deborah Lerner ’73 Named One of the Best Lawyers in America

Deborah Lerner ’73 was named to the 2015 Best Lawyer in America list by U.S. News & World Report. She has been selected for her efforts in the area of labor and employment law as a partner at Willig, Williams, & Davidson. Lerner was one of 11 members of the Philadelphia firm to be selected [...]

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Marie Bernard ’72 Receives Gerontological Society of America Award

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has chosen Marie Bernard ’72 as the 2014 recipient of the Donald P. Kent Award. This honor is given annually to a GSA member who best exemplifies the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. Bernard has been [...]

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