Look back at the highlights from the 2021-2022 academic year, when the College celebrated all things STEM.
Year of Science Stories
Catherine Cardelús ’96, Leslie Cooperband ’82, and Rhea Suh ’92 each work to create a healthier planet.
Biology lecturer and alumna Chisa Hidaka ’86 guides students through the intersection of STEM and movement by exploring the anatomy in action.
The Dobbs v. Jackson ruling ends federal protection of abortion rights.
Carol D. Berkowitz ’65, M.D., Sareh Parangi ’86, M.D., and Roberta Levy Schwartz ’91 have devoted their lives to health and wellness.
The anthropology major (above, second from left) reflects on her nearly decade-long journey as a climate activist — from first recognizing the importance of reversing climate change in middle school to becoming a sustainability leader at Barnard College.
Talya Bock ’06 and Susan Pozo ’76 share their career paths in economics and advice on dealing with the economy.
Studying economics at Barnard led Terri Liftin ’90 to a career in the financial world.
Angier believes that when it comes to science, 'it belongs to all of us' and should be part of our daily discourse.
Alumnae in the health sciences pay it forward through the Dean Esther Rowland Scholarship Fund, in honor of a trailblazing adviser.
The author of Hair Story shares how she turned a Barnard senior research project into her first book, now celebrating its 21st anniversary.
The chemistry professor and department chair inspired a generation of alumnae to pursue careers in STEM.
The alumna works at the nexus of art, oncology, and deep empathy.
The longtime history professor — and newly elected American Academy of Arts & Sciences member — on her quest to illuminate unexplored truths.
Hundreds of excited graduating seniors, family, and friends commemorated the big day at Radio City Music Hall, alongside leaders who have shaped fields in STEM, the arts, and athletics.
The New York City Council Member not only embraced her Korean American identity while at Barnard, she also learned how to become a political advocate for her community. #CelebrateAAPIHeritageMonth
Watch the astrophysics major — who will graduate in nine days — discuss her desire to see more young women working in hard sciences.
The Barnard junior explores infinity and beyond at a major scientific conference. #CelebrateAAPIHeritageMonth
The graduating senior explores how she uses pole dance for mental health awareness and to celebrate her Asian roots. #CelebrateAAPIHeritageMonth
This cell biologist made groundbreaking discoveries that paved the way for diabetes research. #BarnardYearOfScience
The Barnard community came together at the American Museum of Natural History to celebrate all alumnae and current faculty who are members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
This year, Barnard women are the recipients of some of the most prestigious grants and fellowships for scientific research.
“Barnard was one of the only schools where I was able to focus on biology and dance,” said the physical therapist.
Rebecca Capua ’03 contributes her expertise in art and science to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s conservation efforts.
At Barnard, this environmental scientist learned the interdisciplinary nature of her field — and now, as Miami’s first chief heat officer, she applies those lessons every day.
An alumna takes a seagoing adventure into the heart of climate change.
A peer-to-peer writing program prepares students to become strong communicators of science.
A student-athlete double-majoring in cellular and molecular biology and English shares how she balances training, competition, and courses at Barnard.
The research technician delves into her work on antibiotics for Epstein-Barr virus regulation, her work in wastewater analysis, plus her passion for dance. #BarnardYearofScience
After a research career fueled by mentorship, the professor emerita turns her sights on educating the public.
The celebrated biochemist, known for her work on how cells communicate and interpret signals, set the standard for balancing rigorous scientific research and mentorship. #BarnardCelebratesWomensHistoryMonth
Shetterly, who wrote Hidden Figures, will deliver the keynote address to the Class of 2022 at the College’s 130th Commencement on May 18, 2022.
The Barnard Year of Science’s spring signature event marked World Water Day on March 22, 2022.
Sarah Barlow-Ochshorn ’20, the Archives Processing and Pedagogy Fellow, shares the significance of Poindexter’s newly donated papers.
Sixteen students from the Art History Department create a STEM-centered exhibit through 23 different pieces.
A Barnard neuroscience and behavior graduate, Ladner shares what a day is like for her as a first-year medical student and the importance of having Barnard alumnae as mentors. #BarnardCelebratesWomensHistoryMonth
As part of a team of staff and faculty, Melissa E. Flores ’16 helped Barnard’s Biology Department redesign its curriculum to ensure inclusivity for students from all backgrounds. #BarnardCelebratesWomensHistoryMonth
President Beilock writes on renovations to the new Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Center.
Diana T. Vagelos ’55 and Dr. P. Roy Vagelos provided the generous gift, which is more than double the size of the previous single largest donation in the College’s history.
In celebration of 2022’s Women’s History Month (March), read about the work of 22 Barnard community members who champion feminist and gender issues.
The 2021 Gilliam fellow offers insight into her studies in pathobiology and shares how Barnard helped shape her career in lab-based scientific research. #BarnardYearOfScience
At Barnard, she discovered a deep interest in racism in health — and today the aspiring doctor is using that knowledge to save lives.
Computer science majors Whitney Deng ’24 and Theodore Nelson CC’24 are collaborating on a novel NASA project to help reduce bacterial infections in space.
In the Marbella Lab at Columbia, Munich researches how to improve lithium-ion batteries for a more sustainable future.
Economist and Brookings Institution Rubenstein Fellow Belinda Archibong breaks down her research on how negative news reports on vaccines can lead to a public decline in vaccine confidence.
In recognition of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11), the College highlights alumnae and students who are helping diversify a field that traditionally left women behind.
The Barnard alumna changed everything from the very way women are treated at the doctor’s office to life in medical school for female students.
The 2020 Beckman Scholar shares how her experiences as a student researcher at Barnard helped inform her current studies, plus insights from her “Walking NYC” project.
The Barnard alumna shares how the community she found on campus informs her psychology research into Latina mental health.
The Olympic hopeful and computer science major shares how fencing became her passion.
The chief health equity officer and deputy chief health officer at IBM Watson Health discusses AI in healthcare with President Beilock.
The panel ‘Grey Matter’ brought together experts on teen brain development to empower parents to support their kids during these stressful times.
Through faculty mentorship and Barnard’s Summer Research Institute (SRI), the two are continuing to collaborate to better understand global student perceptions around gender and science.
The lacrosse defender and English and biology major shares her experiences as a student athlete and how lacrosse got her to Barnard. #BarnardYearOfScience
As undergraduate research assistants at Barnard, Kaiser helped to break ground on research into adult separation anxiety disorder, and Ward studied COVID-19’s effects on people living with OCD. #BarnardYearofScience
Participating in Barnard’s Summer Research Institute taught the sustainability and environmental economist how chemistry can be used to produce efficient biofuels.
The physician was a pioneering scientific figure of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, setting the standard for patient advocacy and AIDS treatment. #BarnardYearOfScience
The chemistry major breaks down how she balances her classes with research at both Barnard and Columbia.
New York Times food reporter Melissa Clark ’90 shares her environmentally friendly tips for going meatless at Thanksgiving and beyond.
President Sian Leah Beilock spoke with bioethicist Amy Scharf and New York Times reporter Katie Hafner about their new podcast and celebrating the accomplishments of women in STEM for a #BarnardYearOfScience special event.
Renowned for her discoveries about DNA, the award-winning scientist and professor discovered her love for chemistry in Barnard’s labs.
The Vagelos Professor in Energy Research at the University of Pennsylvania will celebrate chemistry with a two-day lecture series at Barnard on energy sustainability.
On campus, an exhibition examines the history of racist housing policies that led to widespread segregation in New York City and across the U.S.
Research chemist Alison Scorese ’16 and entrepreneur Rhitu (Rhi) Risal ’14 discuss their shared love for Barnard and beauty.
Meet Barnard’s student-athlete Hayler Willner ’22, Women’s Crew.
The biology major discusses her work in headache medicine — and how to bring comfort to migraine sufferers.
The neuroscience and behavior major discusses her research on the body’s circadian rhythms and returning to Morningside Heights to collaborate with Professor Rae Silver.
The esteemed physician and scientist’s contributions to medicine set the foundation for the fields of hematology and clinician care. #BarnardYearOfScience
The vice president and head of worldwide sustainability at Amazon spoke with President Beilock about how Barnard gave her the tools to make an impact at one of the world’s largest companies.
BJ Casey, an expert on the adolescent brain, will join the Barnard faculty in July 2022. #BarnardYearOfScience
The neuroscience and behavior major shares how working at Columbia’s Kellendonk Lab gave her invaluable knowledge and skills to pursue a career in STEM.
Grey Matters Columbia University (CU), a joint Barnard and Columbia literary journal that premiered in spring 2021, seeks to make neuroscience more accessible to the public. #BarnardYearOfScience
By Prof. María de la Paz Fernández and Prof. Rae Silver
The neuroscientist discusses her Fulbright, her Oxford master’s thesis, and more in a new Q&A. #BarnardYearOfScience
The aspiring computer science major shares her busy College life, from studying Swahili at Columbia to prepping for her campaign run for Barnard’s Student Government Association. #BarnardYearOfScience
During Climate Week NYC, campus experts came together to discuss Barnard’s path to net-zero emissions. #BarnardYearOfScience
For National Women’s Health and Fitness Day (September 29), hear from the Women's Crew member about balancing academics and athletics.
In Mark Santolucito’s computer science course Creative Embedded Systems, students problem-solved to produce sculptures that spin, roll, or give the illusion of flight. #BarnardYearOfScience
The distinguished alumna’s work in science and wellness continues to inspire practitioners across the country and around the world.
An outline for Barnard’s climate action priorities for the coming year.
Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch, senior lecturer in environmental science, discusses NYC trees and forests for Climate Week NYC 2021. #BarnardYearOfScience
In celebration of National Latinx Heritage Month, Barnard asks, “How do you self-identify?” and members of the community share their complex, powerful answers.
Across the 2021-2022 academic year, the College is celebrating all things STEM on campus.
President Beilock writes to announce Barnard's Year of Science.
A yearlong partnership with local teachers began last July with a week of workshops focused on STEAM curricula.
Psychologist and keynote speaker Nim Tottenham ’96 returned to Barnard to open a new year on campus at Riverside Church.
Renowned climate scientist and environmental science professor Martin Stute discusses his game-changing new paper in Nature and what scientists have been getting wrong about the Earth’s changing climate.
Launched in 2014, the ever-growing annual program is a testament to Barnard’s commitment to the sciences.
Artist Henry Richardson’s glass sculpture was inspired by his thesis advisor, Bryn Mawr professor Maria Luisa “Weecha” Crawford, a world-renowned metamorphic petrologist.
The newly elected National Academy of Sciences member recalls her journey from Barnard student to world-renowned mathematician.
The initiative, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), will enable the College to train local pre-K through 8th grade teachers on how to turn outdoor spaces into living laboratories.