Faculty

A photo portrait of Elena Gascón-Vera
Fall 2021
Elena Gascón-Vera, professor emerita of Spanish, passed away on Aug. 12 in Madrid after a two-year bout with lung cancer. She was 77. Rarely has a colleague made such a difference in terms of our intellectual life and our calling to educate women.More
A photo portrait of Adrian Castro, assistant professor of geosciences
Fall 2021
When most of us come across a rock, we register little more than a gray hunk of stone that blends easily into the background. But Adrian Castro considers the rocks the main attraction. Every rock has a story to tell, he explains, and his job as a geologist is to use scientific techniques to unravel them. “Good geologists are like storytellers for the planet,” he says.More
A photo shows a student creating an enormous, iridescent bubble.
Fall 2021
On the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 17, students celebrated being back on campus at the annual surprise funfest that was Lake Day. It featured gigantic beach balls, free kettle corn, cult favorite Del’s Lemonade, craft tables, temporary tattoos, and giant bubble blowers. But the best part was being together again.More
An illusration depicts a stylized flower. A globe forms its center, and one of the petals in the face of a young woman.
Fall 2021
This spring, five faculty members—a marine ecologist, a poet-critic, a historian, and two political scientists—will team-teach a course called The Climate Change Crisis. Megan Núñez, dean of faculty affairs, points to it as a compelling example of the kind of curricular innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and focus on grand challenges that are called for in the College’s new strategic plan.More
Julie Walsh
Summer 2021
Julie Walsh’s popular Philosophy and Witchcraft course—featuring a trip to Salem, Mass.—is “a sneaky history of philosophy class,” she says.More
A photo of John Rhodes
Summer 2021
John Rhodes, senior lecturer emeritus of art history, died on March 21. For 28 years, from 1982 to 2010, John was a distinguished instructor in the art department and in the writing program. He was a co-author of an authoritative book on Wellesley’s landscape and architecture, published by the College in 2000.More
A photo of Dot Widmayer '52
Summer 2021
Dorothea “Dot” J. Widmayer ’52, professor emerita of biological sciences, passed away on March 6. Teaching introductory biology and genetics, and carrying out research on gene action and expression in the protozoan Paramecium aurelia, Dot had a great positive influence on many students throughout her long career.More
Four photos show, clockwise from top left, Brita Haugland Cantrell ’84, Angeles Garcia Cassin ’09, Erika Woods ’05, Jane Materazzo ’83.
Summer 2021
New members from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas have joined the WCAA Board of Directors.More
A photo portrait of Vanita Datta, French professor
Spring 2021
French Professor Venita Datta can’t visit Paris right now, but if she could, she would take you, and her students, on a tour of her Paris, starting in the 16th arrondissement, where she rented rooms as a graduate student.More
A photo portrait of Professor Philip Levine
Spring 2021
Professor of economics Levine and a colleague atthe University of Maryland delved into data to confirm their hunch that a pandemic baby bust, not boom, is ahead.More