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Nancy Grace Roman '46 sitting in front of a window at her home

NASA Names Space Telescope for Nancy Grace Roman ’46, H’76

June 10th, 2020

“It is because of Nancy Grace Roman’s leadership and vision that NASA became a pioneer in astrophysics and launched Hubble, the world’s most powerful and productive space telescope,” says Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator. The newly christened telescope will investigate the mysterious dark energy speeding up the expansion of the universe.  

Sam Faeder '07

Sam Faeder ’07 Brings Mindfulness to Motion in Remote Learning

May 13th, 2020

As founder and director of New York-based Mindful Sports, Faeder leads after-school programs that combine games and exercise with an artful awareness of the here and now.  But with the coronavirus putting sports on hold this spring, he was forced to alter his game plan.

Fiorenza Herrera Diaz ’21

Seven Students Receive Mellon Mays Fellowships

April 20th, 2020

The program aims to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, pursuing Ph.D. programs in core fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Isaac Stanley

Isaac Stanley ’73 Tackles Youth Housing Insecurity Amid Pandemic

April 29th, 2020

Stanley is board chair of Ignite, a Chicago-based agency that provides support for 14- through 26-year-olds on the brink of homelessness. In the face of pandemic, Stanley and Ignite have adjusted and persevered, raising $337,000 from an online campaign to help keep youth housed and fed.

Ernie Prudente baseball card

In Honor of Longtime Coach and Professor Ernie Prudente

April 21st, 2020

"Ernie is remembered as a dedicated coach and mentor whose focus on enjoying the effort in sports as much as on win-loss records inspired generations of students, on the field and off," said President Valerie Smith in a community message.

Heather Reese '07

Q&A with CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Heather Reese '07

April 14th, 2020

Reese, who majored in biology and art at Swarthmore, recently took a brief break from her work on the front lines to discuss her role at the CDC, as well as the progress being made against the coronavirus.

Melanie Leeds with car trunk full of PPEs for healthcare workers.

Faculty and Staff Donate Equipment to Alumni on COVID-19 Front Lines

April 9th, 2020

“These donations are about hope,” says  greenhouse Manager Ronda Hilt of campus efforts to collect PPEs for healthcare workers on the front lines. “Our wish is that this small donation will show how much we appreciate and value the brave people doing this vital work for the greater good.”

Tara Webb '94

Tara Webb '94 Helps Mask-Making Efforts to Combat Pandemic

April 9th, 2020

Amid the global pandemic, Tara Webb ’94, the Costume Shop manager at Swarthmore’s Lang Performing Arts Center,  is putting her skills to use by sewing masks for the College community and for her neighbors in the borough.

 Rod ’67 and Dorothy Woods Chronister ’66 prepare food in the kitchen

Stepping up to the Plate

March 27th, 2020

During the COVD-19 pandemic, Rod ’67 and Dorothy Woods Chronister ’66 are doing their part by joining volunteers from their church in Manchester, N.H., to prepare lunches for community members in need.

Don Mizell '71

Listen: Trailblazers Panel Recounts Founding, Impact of Black Cultural Center

February 28th, 2020

As part of Swarthmore’s yearlong Celebration of Black Excellence, five alumni instrumental in establishing the College's Black Cultural Center returned to campus 50 years later to discuss their efforts.

Elaine Allard ’01

Eleven Faculty Across the Disciplines Recognized with Tenure, Promotions

February 24th, 2020

At the February meeting of the Board of Managers, 11 faculty members were approved for promotion. 

Seven faculty members received tenure and promotion to associate professor:

Daniel Laurison '99

Sociologist Daniel Laurison ’99 Explains — and Upends — Political Primary Narratives

February 26th, 2020

Laurison recently sat down to discuss his upcoming book on how campaign professionals shape politics (or not); how class position affects one’s vote; the Pennsylvania Participation Project, his examination of why so many people feel disconnected from politics; the Bernie Sanders surge; and more.

Julius Miller

Swarthmore Remains a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

February 10th, 2020

It is a recognition the College has held for more than 10 years.

Marshall Curry with Oscar statuette

Filmmaker Marshall Curry ’92 Wins Academy Award for Live Action Short

February 10th, 2020

Curry had previously been nominated for last year’s A Night at the Garden, as well as Street Fight (2006) and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front 2012.