The Bridge brings science back

When most people think of Sarah Lawrence a few buzzwords come to mind: ‘artsy,’ ‘creative’ ‘liberal.’  Jackie Assar (’14) and Garin Kessler (’14) are currently trying to highlight a different, (dare I say more underground) side of the college with their upcoming print publication, The SLC Bridge, and its online counterpart.  A goal of the publication is, in words of Assar and Kessler, to “bring the Sarah Lawrence maths and sciences out of obscurity.”

Of the science faculty, Assar says that there is “no way they couldn’t do it right,” but feels that the Department is under-publicized and perhaps even under-appreciated outside of those enrolled in its curriculum.  She and Kessler are hoping to change that with The SLC Bridge.  Assar pointed to the lack of opportunities for students in science and math to share and publish their work.  In contrast, creative writers have outlets such as The SLC Review, artists have gallery space in Heimbold, and musicians have performance spaces.

The online portion of The SLC Bridge will have a few unique features that aim to create a broader and more established science community, both on campus and in a broader context.  A student-written blog portion will keep readers updated about science-related events both on and off campus.  For those intrigued by the broader context and keeping an eye on the future, “The Journal” section, containing new and exciting scientific academic research papers coupled with interviews of students enrolled in graduate schools hoping to pursue careers in math or science, will certainly be appealing.  Assar and Kessler are also adamant about publishing the conference work of current students at Sarah Lawrence, an opportunity not readily available to students in the sciences.  A third and final “The Community” section will highlight the “amazing science faculty and department” with bios on students, faculty, and the work they are doing.  The hope is that the “Sarah Lawrence Bridge will facilitate partnerships, positive discourse, and community shaped by a passion for the advancement of the maths and sciences at Sarah Lawrence.”  The pair are also aiming to underline the inherently interdisciplinary nature of a Sarah Lawrence education, but decidedly want science and math to be more a equal player in the dialogue.

The launch is slated for sometime April, so keep an eye out for news and links…

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Nina Sparling (Editor, “What’s Up”) is a bi-coastal aspiring bread baker frustrated with the current food system. Originally from Berkeley, she moved to New York, complaining most of the way, until she found the Met and figured out the subway (but still has serious envy for Bay Area vegetables). Currently a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence, Nina studies languages, political ecology, and geography and tries to figure out how they all relate.

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