Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green pioneers laser technology to kill cancer cells

By MHC Development on January 21, 2016 at 2:03 PM

From the NY Times:

Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is one of fewer than 100 black female physicists in the country, and the recent winner of $1.1 million grant to further develop a technology she’s pioneered. At the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where Dr. Green earned her Masters and Ph.D. on full scholarship, she was the first to work out how to deliver nanoparticles into cancer cells exclusively, so that a laser could be used to remove them.

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16-year old Madeleine Gangné, founder of The Collins-Miller Project, aims to make the world a cleaner place and empower future generations

By MHC Development on January 14, 2016 at 2:36 PM

Madeleine Gagné started growing algae in her basement in 7th grade as a science fair project. Now at 16, Madeleine founded “The Collins-Miller Project” and is working on a marketable alternative-energy algae biofuel.

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Tech star Danuta Janiszewski '12 taking on Kansas City's social media world

By MHC Development on January 13, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Danuta Janiszewski, pictured center. Photo: Tammy Ljungblad, Kansas City Star

“My biggest mission in life is to try to create doorways for everyone at the table and in the community to connect with people no matter where they are in their lives or on the socioeconomic spectrum, and to try to create opportunity for all. There are so many creative, amazing thinkers out there who never get the opportunity to shine because they are never given the opportunities or resources to help them make it.”

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131 years ago today, Alice Paul, one of the leading advocates for women's rights was born

By MHC Development on January 11, 2016 at 3:59 PM

On January 11, 1885, Alice Paul was born. Paul dedicated her life to securing equal rights for women, leading the campaign in the 1910s for the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote. After 1920, she led the National Woman's Party to secure constitutional equality for women, fighting for her Equal Rights Amendment.

Few individuals have had as much impact on American history as has Alice Paul. Her life symbolizes the long struggle for justice in the United States and around the world. Her vision was the ordinary notion that women and men should be equal partners in society. Read more on "Who Was Alice Paul"

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"There is, simply put, no better place than a women's college to explore questions of identity, and to discover the mind-broadening and skill-deepening power of a liberal education." —Sonya Stephens

By Mount Holyoke College on January 7, 2016 at 11:10 AM


Sonya Stephens has been appointed as acting president of the College for three years, effective July 1, 2016. 

In July, Sonya Stephens will succeed Mount Holyoke's 18th president Lynn Pasquerella '80, who announced yesterday that she will be stepping down from her role June 30 to lead the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Stephens, currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Mount Holyoke, will serve as acting president for three years.

On the relevance of women's colleges in the 21st century, Stephens replies:

A women's college and a liberal education invite students to find meaning and a voice, to see themselves and the world anew, to find strength in who they are and a resolve to be who they want to be... An education for women is synonymous with opportunities, advocacy, and rights for all women, because what a Mount Holyoke education represents at its most powerful is self-determination, and we stand for that for every one of our students, and for every woman."

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Transition in MHC leadership: Lynn Pasquerella '80 named the next president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities

By Mount Holyoke College on January 4, 2016 at 2:04 PM

MHC President Lynn Pasquerella '80 announced today that she will be stepping down from her role, effective June 30, after six years of leading transformative growth at the College. Pasquerella has been named the next president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. She will succeed Carol Geary Schneider '67.

"It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege for me to serve as Mount Holyoke College's 18th president, and I will be forever grateful for the many ways in which the members of this community have shaped both my life and my career," said Pasquerella in a letter to the MHC community.

The Board of Trustees appointed Sonya Stephens, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, to acting president of the College for a period of three years, beginning July 1.

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20 ways MHC delivered change in 2015

By MHC Development on December 31, 2015 at 10:00 AM

From the class of 1965's reunion record to 10,000 alumnae for Mount Holyoke, from social justice superstars to championship title winners, MHC's changemakers delivered in so many ways!

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Women who changed science in 2015

By MHC Development on December 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM

From self-teaching robots to gene editing technology, 2015 has seen women leading the way in ground-breaking scientific and technological innovation around the world.

Wired.co.uk featured a few of these innovators, including Melissa Little, head of the Kidney Research Laboratory in Melbourne. Little was responsible for the growth of mini-kidneys from stem cells which were able to form all the cell types found in human kidneys.

"The mini-kidney is very complex and more like the real organ than ever before," said Little. "It's important for drug testing, and also opens the door for cell therapy and bioengineering of replacement kidneys. One day this may mean new treatments for patients with kidney failure."

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Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: TIME names "the most powerful woman in the world" their Person of the Year for 2015

By MHC Development on December 22, 2015 at 3:53 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was recently named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Merkel is only the fourth woman to receive the distinction in the 88 years that the award has been issued, and the first since 1986.

Merkel, who was elected the first female Chancellor of Germany in 2005, is a renowned political figure not just in her own country, but throughout the rest of Europe and the world.

A scientist first, Merkel earned a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry before entering politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. As Chancellor of Germany, Merkel has helped her country rise to the position of Europe's leading economic powerhouse through a series of domestic policies and international economic trade agreements.

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6 Lessons for success from Julia Labaton '93, president and founder of RED PR

By MHC Development on December 17, 2015 at 2:52 PM

The Huffington Post's featured "Fempreneur" Julia Labaton '93 credits her time at Mount Holyoke and good mentorship as keys to her success. Labaton is the president and founder of RED PR, a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle PR firm based in New York City.

"My time at Mount Holyoke, an all-women's college, fostered the confidence to do what I'm doing. It was a powerful and eye-opening experience—being in an environment that focused on women's accomplishments and having role models constantly tell you that 'of course you can.' It conditions you to know your worth and value in different ways."

Labaton shares the important lessons that helped her succeed, including creating a mentor network, never stop learning, and paying it forward.  "Find out more in "6 Lessons Learned After 15 Years as a #GirlBoss."

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