VOLUME 7, NUMBER 3
Did Mars ever have the kind of oxygen-rich
atmosphere needed to support life? Did oceans and rivers once flow on its now-dry
surface? If so, what happened to the water? Darby Dyar, associate professor of
astronomy and geology, has received a three-year, $150,000 grant from NASA to
help seek answers to these questions by conducting research for NASA's Mars Exploration
Mount Holyoke's field hockey team
claimed the ECAC Division III New England Championship November 19 with a 1-0
win over number one seed Clark University.
Representatives from Mount Holyoke,
the United States Golf Association (USGA), and local government gathered in
January at the College's Orchards Golf Club, site of the 2004 U.S. Women's Open,
to unveil a sign bearing USGA, Mount Holyoke, and 2004 Open logos. The unveiling
served as an informal kickoff for the event, set for June 28 to July 4, 2004.
The Orchards golf course, located on Mount Holyoke's campus, spans more than
In November, Discover magazine
named archaeologist Margaret W. Conkey '65, Class of 1960 Professor of Anthropology
and director of the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California
at Berkeley, to its list of "Fifty Most Important Women in Science."
Following its renovation, Carr
Laboratory reopened in February. Carr is a crossroads of the sciences, a place
where adjacent labs and offices and shared equipment encourage interactions
among faculty and students with overlapping research interests. The renovation
represents the second phase of the College's $34.5-million science center project,
following the fall 2002 opening of Kendade Hall. The renovation and reconstruction
of Shattuck Hall, will be completed by September. Cleveland Hall's renovation
will also be completed then. The science center is a funding initiative of the
Campaign for Mount Hoyoke College.
Questions about cloning and embryonic
stem-cell research are the focus of The Political Embryo: Reconceiving Human
Reproduction, presented by the College's Weissman Center for Leadership this
spring. The series examines ethical and legal issues surrounding new and developing
human reproductive technologies and how visual representations and the media
influence our views of human reproduction as it intersects with technology.