College streams Ravencam live from the Science Center
The College has set up a video online that live streams the activity of two ravens who have built a nest in the Science Center. The video, called Ravencam, captures the activities of these two birds, who have a nest in an open fire escape of the Science Center 24 hours a day. Ravens usually nest in rural areas. The appearance of two ravens on campus so close to humans gives the College a rare opportunity to observe how they behave, especially as professors expect the two eggs in the nest to hatch mid-April. Observers have given the two ravens the first names of Henry and Pauline Durant, the founders of Wellesley College. The founders did not want any buildings named after them, but did not mention anything about birds. Ravens have nested in remote areas until the 1970s when they began to appear in the local suburban area. Students and professors hope to observe and learn how ravens interact in urban environments. Members of the community can watch the ravens at www.wellesley.edu/ravencam.
Women for Caribbean Development to host exposition on Saturday
Women for Caribbean Development (WCD) will host their annual expo on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Tishman Commons. The theme this year is “Music of the Isles.” Andrew G., a Jamaican-born gospel reggae artist who currently resides in Boston, will perform along with Yanvalou, a folkloric drum and dance ensemble, and Cielito Lindo, the only dance organization on campus that performs traditional Latin American dances. The expo will have activities such as face painting, hair braiding and henna. There will also be a photo booth and a booth run by a business vendor, Essential Body Herbs. WCD will also provide traditional Caribbean food. The expo is free for Wellesley students and $5 for off-campus guests.
College seeks 2014 Pinanski Prize nominations
The College is seeking faculty nominations for the 2014 Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize. The prize recognizes a faculty member for excellent teaching. Faculty members are eligible for the award if they have taught at least one class since the 2011-2012 academic year. The College will announce the Pinanski Prize recipients at commencement and will highlight strengths of each individual faculty member. In the past, the nominations committee required that the prizes needed to be awarded to the academic areas of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Members of the College community can find a list of faculty who have already received the award under the College Announcements blog. Students, faculty and staff can submit nominations through the MyWellesley page. The nominations period closes Apr. 16 at 4:30 p.m.