The Wesleyan Connection's Achievements 2005

Posted 12.19.05
President Bennet Invited to Prestigious Education Summit
President Doug Bennet has been invited to participate in a national summit on the future of international higher education. The summit, to take place Jan. 5 and 6 in Washington, DC, will be hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Approximately 100 college and university presidents are expected to attend. Among the topics will be how the United States can build the capacity of its citizens to engage in a global environment and ways to address immediate concerns affecting the flow of international talent to the United States.
Posted 11.16.05
Williams Featured in Astronomical Society Calendar
Eric Williams, systems and facilities manager for the Astronomy Department was featured in the 2006 American Astronomical Society calendar. The page is a tribute to Project ASTRO, a national organization of which Williams is a member. Project ASTRO matches teachers in grades K-9 with volunteer astronomers, who go into the classrooms to do hands-on activities with students. Wesleyan hosts the Connecticut branch of Project ASTRO.

Professor Emeritus Honored by Ethnomusicology Society
Wesleyan Professor of Music Emeritus David McAllester will be spotlighted as the sole surviving founder of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) during SEM's 50th anniversary meeting in Atlanta Georgia Nov. 16-20. McAllester taught at Wesleyan from 1947 to 1986 and created the World Music Archives.
Posted 11.03.05
Professor's Film Earns Culture, Archaeology Prize
"Singing Pictures," a film co-directed by Akos Ostor, professor of anthropology and professor of film studies, received the Material Culture and Archaeology Prize during the Ninth Biennial International Ethnographic Film Festival of the Royal Anthropological Institute on Sept. 19. The prize is one of three major awards in different categories, with one prize awarded in each. In addition, the film was selected as the only one to be screened at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Anthropological Institute, held Sept. 30 in the British Museum in London.

Virtual Tour Receives Multimedia Award
Wesleyan's Virtual Wesleyan Web site received the CampusTours.com October 2005 Four Star Tour Award. CampusTours is the worldwide leader in virtual college tours and academic multimedia, which works with hundreds of colleges and universities.The CampusTours Awards Committee called the Wesleyan site "a superb online presentation."

Posted 10.18.05
Wesleyan Affiliates Raise $14,000 for Cancer Research and Treatment
"Team Bennet" raised more than $14,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. at the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, Aug. 6-7. Cyclists included Marianne Calnen, director of board relations; Alan Dachs '70, chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees; Moira James '78, trustee and vice chair of the Board of Trustees; Eileen Carr, breast cancer survivor and a colleague of Connie McCann, '76 a recently retired member of the board; and Scott James, '09. All have lost friends or family to cancer. Calnen says they rode in support of President Doug Bennet's recovery.
Bennet was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer at Dana-Farber this year. Subsequent tests have shown Bennet is cancer free.
Posted 10.01.05
McIntosh Fellowships Awarded to 2 Faculty
Ellen Nerenberg, associate professor of romance languages and literatures and Women's Studies, and Stephen Angle, associate professor of philosophy; director of the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies and chair of the East Asian Studies Program received Millicent C. McIntosh Fellowships. The fellowship is awarded annually to five, recently-tenured humanities faculty at liberal arts colleges who demonstrate a deep commitment to teaching and scholarship, and who are exceptional citizens of their academic community.

Thomas to Speak at National Science Meeting
Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been invited to speak at the Advancing Science, Serving Society (AAAS) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Mich. Feb.16-20, 2006, in Session No.895: Geosystems: Ancient Greenhouse Emissions and Hothouse Climates. Thomas will present “Deep-sea biota: consequences of massive greenhouse gas emissions.”  Thomas has also been invited to function as expert reviewer for the Working Group I contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report titled “Climate Change 2007: The physical science basis.”
Posted 09.09.05
Chronicle Names Wesleyan Top Connecticut Fund-Raiser
Wesleyan University was named a top fund-raiser in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Almanac Issue on Aug. 26. Wesleyan was compared with all public and private institutions in the state and was ranked third, under Yale University and the University of Connecticut Foundation. It measured performance between June 30, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

Professor Elected as Psychology Fellow
Scott Plous, professor of psychology, was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Society in recognition of his distinguished contributions to psychological science.

Student's Fishing Research Honored by Education Forum
Heather Craig '05 was honored by the Forum on Education Abroad for a research project completed in Africa. Craig investigated the impact of industrialization and commercialization of fishing in Lake Victoria, Kenya; especially its socioeconomic impacts on the local community, including the exploitation of women fisherfolk, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates of infection in the world.
Posted 08.17.05
Wesleyan Magazine Receives Award, Recognition
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awarded Wesleyan Magazine with a silver medal for the Best Articles of the Year category on June 16. In addition, Wesleyan Magazine has been honored with an "excellence" rating from the University & College Designers Association (UCDA).

Cynthia Rockwell's article, "Murder Will Out," appeared in the Spring 2004 issue of Wesleyan and was the piece that drew the silver medal from CASE. It was one of 249 articles submitted for the competition. The UCDA excellence rating cited the design by Art Director Steven Jacaruso, photography by University Photographer Bill Burkhart and editing by Director of Publications Bill Holder.

Zebarth Elected to Public Broadcasting Board
Mike Zebarth, director of the project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Sciences (PIMMS) was elected to the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc. (CPBI) Board of Trustees. CPBI is the parent company to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNRP-Connecticut Public Radio.

Langhout Honored for Scholarship, Service
Regina Langhout, assistant professor of psychology, is the recipient of the 2005 Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service. This award was created to recognize scholars who combine outstanding scholarship with excellence in service.

ITS Awarded Center of Excellence Award
Information Technology Services received a 2005 Center of Excellence Award from the New Media Consortium for work on their work on Learning Objects, LoLa Exchange and Academic Commons. Michael Roy, director of Academic Computing Services and Digital Projects, spearheaded these projects.

Students Participate in Global Leaders Summit at Yale
Eleven Wesleyan students were selected by competitive admissions to attend the July 23 Global Leaders Summit at Yale University. The conference, titled "Bringing the World Home," was sponsored by Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan educational organization working to raise global awareness on American college campuses.

The summit united 400 top students and scholars from across the country. The Wesleyan students who attended were Corinne Chong '08, Carl Lowenberg '06, Daniel Rubin '06, Robert MacKenna '06, Amy Rosen '07, Kevin Lohela '06, Matthew Burke '07, Rohini Singh '06, Acacia Stevens '07, Selina Tirtajana '08 and Tian Ai '06.

Posted 07.13.05
Professor's Study Says Adolescent Girls Skip Breakfast
A study conducted in part by Professor pf Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department Ruth Striegel-Moore says adolescent girls in the U.S skip breakfast more frequently as they grow older, with African-American girls more likely to skip their morning meal than white girls. The report, titled "Breakfast Consumption by African-American and White Adolescent Girls Correlates Positively with Calcium and Fiber Intake and Negatively with Body Mass Index" was published in the June 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. V.105 No.6.
Posted 06.15.05
Gil-Ordonez Directs Post-Classical Ensemble
Angel Gil-Ordonez, adjunct associate professor of music, the Wesleyan Orchestra music director and director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles, directed the 40-piece Post-Classical Ensemble June 11 and 12 in Silver Spring, M.D.

Grimmer-Solem Earns Teaching, Research Award
Erik Grimmer-Solem, assistant professor of history, received the Carol A. Baker '81 Memorial Prize for excellence in teaching and research in April. The Baker Prize is awarded to a junior faculty member to encourage and recognize excellence in teaching and research. Grimmer-Solem's current research is on the role of economists and other social scientists in German imperialism before 1918.

Professor Featured on CPTV
Psychology Professor Ruth Striegel-Moore was a guest on the CPTV show "Front & Center" in June. Striegel-Moore was interviewed one-on-one by the host to discuss the prevalence of eating disorders in our culture and the many risk and protective factors people face. The show is hosted by WNPRms Morning Edition host Ray Hardman.

Researcher's Global Warming Papers Featured in Two Journals
Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and environmental sciences, had two research papers published within one week. Thomas was a co-author of "Astronomical modulation of late Palaeocene to early Eocene global warming events," which was published in the Advanced Online Publication for the Journal, "Nature" on June 8. It will be in print June 23. Thomas also co-authored "Extreme Acidification of the Atlantic Ocean at the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary," which appeared in "Science" on June 10.

Incoming Student Receives Doc Hurley Legacy Scholarship
Luz Burgos, an incoming Wesleyan frosh, received $10,000 Legacy scholarship from the The Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation. Burgos graduated from Bulkeley High School in Hartford and plans to study biology at Wesleyan. Doc Hurley, a Hartford sports legend, established the scholarships in 1975 and provides scholarships based on academic performance and financial need.

Posted 05.23.05
Verdeja Earns Political Theory, Dissertation Awards
Ernesto Verdeja, assistant professor of government, recently received two awards: "Derrida and the Impossibility of Forgiveness" (published in Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 3, 2004) was given the prize for best article; and The Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research gave Verdeja the Hannah Arendt Award in Politics for the best dissertation in political science. Professor Verdeja's dissertation is titled "On Reconciliation After Extreme Political Violence and Atrocity."

Striegel-Moore Receives Award from Eating Disorder Academy
Professor Ruth Striegel-Moore, professor of psychology and chair of the Psychology Department, received a Leadership Award for Research by the Academy for Eating Disorders. The award, given "in recognition of an internationally respected body of research yielding new knowledge about eating disorders and measurably advancing the field" was presented during the academy's annual international conference on April 30. Accepting the award, Striegel-Moore thanked her Wesleyan students for their contributions to her research program.

Students Study Plant Adaptation at Botanical Garden
Associate Biology Professor Sonia Sultan's Plant Form and Diversity class (Biology 290) visited the renowned Smith Botanical Garden and conservatory to examine first-hand many of the specialized strategies for plant adaptation to diverse ecological demands that the course addresses. They studied aquatic plants, carnivorous plants, tropical rainforest epiphytes, and desert succulents. Along with the field trip, the class participated in a botanical pot-luck in which students brought dishes containing species from the plant families described in their term papers. Students pictured are Colin Scibetta '05 (the course assistant), Elizabeth Cukor '05, Kevi Mace '07, Eliza Jones '07, Eric Altneu '07, Max Piana '05, Asa Sourdiffe '06, Samantha Marshall '06, Risa Dubin '06, Alex Chau '06, Associate Prof. Sonia Sultan, Charlotte Riggs '08, and Nicole Gentile '07.

Seven Students Receive Fulbright Opportunities
Seven Wesleyan students received Fulbright grants to study abroad. The students are:
Sasha Freudenberg '05 will go to Peru to study the role of the press; Gwyneth Harrison-Shermoen'05 will go to France to study mathematical logic; Catesby Holmes '05 will go to Uruguay to teach English as a foreign language; Gloria Lee '05 will go to Korea to teach English as a foreign language; Troy Reinhalter '05 will go to France to teach English as a foreign language; Julie Ren '05 will go to Germany to study the integration of second and third generation immigrant youth. Both Ingram Weber '05 will go to Japan to study norms of political participation in the past and present and Alexander Fischer'05 is going to Syria to study water resources in an arid country as an alternate if other students chose not to take their Fulbright award.

Posted 05.02.05
Two Office of Admission Administrative Assistants Retire
Karen Hill and Annette LeBoeuf, administrative assistants in the Office of Admission, retired from Wesleyan in April after 27 years each. The women started working on the third floor of North College. Hill says she'll miss working with the Admission's support staff, who "all get along great," and LeBoeuf says she miss working with the "wonderful Wesleyan students."

Animal Facilities Supervisor Earns Medallion Award
Ron Gordon, supervisor of Animal Facilities and chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, received the Charles River Medallion Award for significant contributions to the field of laboratory animal management in April. Gordon received this honor during the annual meeting of the Laboratory Animal Management Association in Nashville, Tenn., where he was elected to a two-year term on the association's Board of Directors. Gordon, MALS '02, is a certified and registered Laboratory Animal Technologist with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, which he has presented papers and posters sessions at national meetings throughout the country.

Three Wesleyan Athletes to Compete in Maccabiah Games
Three Jewish athletes from Wesleyan will compete against other athletes from around the globe in the 17th World Maccabiah Games in July. The Maccabiah is an Olympic-style competition in the State of Israel, taking place every four years. Those selected to compete from Wesleyan are Madeline Rottman '08 and Leora Rodenstein '05 in field hockey and Danielle Crystal '07 in soccer.

Professor's Novel Selected for Book Award
"Thinner Than Thou," by Kit Reed, adjunct professor of English, has been selected for an Alex Award in April. This was one of 10 adult books that appeal to teen readers to receive the award. Alex Awards are chosen by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Reed's novel was also selected an ALA Booklist Book of the Year. It is published by Tom Doherty Associates.
Posted 04.15.05
Grossman wins German Marshall Fund Research Fellowship
Professor of Economics Richard Grossman has been awarded a Research Fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the United States for the 2005-06 academic year. Grossman will spend the period of the fellowship investigating the evolution of banking laws and regulation in the industrialized world during the past century and a half.

Maynard Award Honors Top Athletes
Adam Jonas, a graduate student at Wesleyan, and Courtney Quirin, '05 were named the recipients of Wesleyan's Roger Maynard Memorial Award which is presented annually to the outstanding male and female scholar-athlete in their final year of study at the college.

Fung Selected for Wesleyan University Press Summer Internship
Ada Fung '06, an English major, was named the summer 2005 intern by the Wesleyan University Press. The Wesleyan University Press started the summer internship program eight years ago to promote diversity in scholarly publishing.

Crenshaw is Guggenheim Fellow
Martha Crenshaw, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor of Global Issues and Democratic Thought and professor of government, is a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship winner. Crenshaw earned the fellowship for her work on "The United States as a target of terrorism" during the 81st annual United States and Canadian competition. She is one of 186 artists, scholars, and scientists selected from over 3,000 applicants for awards totaling $7,112,000.
Posted 03.31.05
Student Wins Scholarship for African American Elders Study
Wesleyan University student Anna Steed '05 of Denver has won a $2,000 national scholarship from the National Visionary Leadership Project for her work in preserving the oral history of African American elders. Steed interviewed Margaret Washington Clifford of Atlanta, granddaughter of Booker T. Washington.

Carlisle Earns Watson Fellowship
Stephanie Carlisle '05 of Alpine, N.J. has been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a program of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. Carlisle will receive a $22,000 stipend in June to fund her independent study on "The Practice of Movement: Nomadic Domestic Architecture" in Mongolia, India, Mauritania and Ireland. This is a 12-month fellowship.

Orchestra Director, Chinese Music Ensemble Perform in Washington D.C.

Angel Gil-Ordonez, adjunct associate professor of music, Wesleyan Orchestra director and director of private lessons, chamber music and ensembles, directed Gustav Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde," or "The Song of the Earth" during a March 16 concert in Washington, D.C. The concert featured Music from China, Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble.

Wesleyan Earns Award from Middletown Commission on the Arts
Wesleyan received an Arts Advocacy Organizational Award March 15 by The City of Middletown Commission on the Arts (MCA). The award was given during the 2005 Arts Advocacy Day Award Ceremony at the Russell House.
Posted 03.15.05
Gates Named Dean for the Class of 2007
Lisa Gates has been named associate dean and dean for the Class of 2007. She has served as class dean in an interim role since July 2004. Gates served as the associate dean and director of New Student Programs where she led efforts to improve new student orientation and programming for first-year students during the academic year.
'05 Students Present Poster Sessions at Astronomy Meeting
Samuel Leitner, Brian Yench and Clara Moskowitz, all Class of 2005, presented poster sessions at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in San Diego, Calif. during January. Leitner's poster session was titled "Mapping the Accretion History of the Galaxy;" Moskowitz's was titled "Searching For Extra-Tidal Stars Around Globular Clusters;" and Yencho's was titled "Are Mass Estimates of Galaxies Using Tracer Populations Biased by Tidal Streams?" All three poster sessions were specifically cited during a talk for the main invited session of more than 1,000 researchers.
CFA Earns Connecticut Dance Alliance's Distinguished Achievement Award
During DanceMasters Weekend March 4-5, Connecticut Dance Alliance President Brett Raphael awarded the Center for the Arts (CFA) and CFA Director Pamela Tatge with the Alliance's Distinguished Achievement Award during a ceremony in the Davison Arts Center. DanceMasters Weekend allowed dance students to experience a wide range of contemporary dance techniques by taking classes with master teachers from premiere dance companies over an intensive two-day period.
Student Receives Public Service Program Scholarship
Tu Chi Nguyen, '06 has received a scholarship to the Woodrow Wilson School's Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. The seven-week program is designed for students who are interested in public service careers. It provides training and instruction in a variety of areas, including economics, statistics, policy-analysis and public speaking. The scholarship is all-inclusive and includes a stipend.
Posted 02.23.05
Keane Knighted by Queen of The Netherlands
A knighthood was conferred upon Michael Keane, professor of mathematics, by the Queen of the Netherlands. The award is conferred on those who have rendered outstanding service to the community, often through achievements or efforts springing from exceptional talent.
Keane, who took up a full professorship at Wesleyan in 2002, works for the University of Amsterdam and Philips Laboratories in The Netherlands during the summer. Keane's honors include his election to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science in 1991 and to the Chilean Academy of Science in 2000. He also is a member of the Center of Excellence of Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.
Striegel-Moore becomes Member of National Institutes of Health
Ruth Striegel-Moore, professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department, has been appointed a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review in the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section. According to the NIH, "members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific journals, and other significant activities, achievements and honors." The appointment begins immediately and will run until June 30, 2008.
Lemert Receives Honorary Degree
The University of the West of England awarded Charles Lemert, the Andrus professor of sociology, an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters during a ceremony November 1, 2004 in the English city of Bristol. Lemert is considered one of the most pre-eminent social theorists in the world. He is author of numerous publications, including a world-wide best selling text, "Social Theory," published by Westview Press in 2004. His newest book, "Seeing Sociologically: The Routine Grounds of Social Action" is due out in March 2005 by Paradigm Publishers.
Magazine Gets the Gold
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education honored Wesleyan's alumni magazine, "Wesleyan," with a 2004 District I Publications Gold Award. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications and development. The award is just the latest accolade bestowed on Wesleyan Magazine by Case. It also won a Gold Award in 2003 and a Bronze Award in 2002.
Posted 01.31.05
Student is 2005 Rhodes Scholar
Cheryl Lim, a senior sociology and psychology major from Malaysia, was recently awarded a 2005 Rhodes Scholarship. Lim was the only student chosen from 58 Malaysian applications to earn the prestigious award. With the scholarship, Lim hopes to attend Oxford University for graduate school and pursue a master's degree in comparative social policy. If accepted by Oxford, her two-year scholarship would cover all college fees and monthly living allowances.

Outstanding Career Gains National Attention
Philippa Mathieu-Coughlan, Ph.D., director of the Office of Behavioral Health for Students at Wesleyan University, is a recipient of the Alfred M. Wellner Award in 2003 presented by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. This award recognizes her long-term participation in the planning and evaluation of mental health services in Connecticut and specifically, her invaluable contributions to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Professor Emeritus Buel Earns Mellon Fellowship

Richard Buel, professor emeritus of history, received a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship as part of the foundation's Emeritus Fellowship program. The award is one of only 14 such fellowships presented. These fellowships are awarded in a highly competitive process, to a small number of outstanding faculty members in the humanities and social sciences who are retired but continue to be active and productive in their fields.Professor Buel will use the fellowship to further his research on Connecticut author Joel Barlow (1754-1812).

Former Coach Inducted into Soccer Hall of Fame
Terry Jackson, who served as Wesleyan's head soccer coach from 1968 to 1998, was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame during the 7th Annual Induction ceremony Jan. 29, 2005. Jackson had a 209-39-163 (W-T-L) record in 31 seasons as a Wesleyan head coach. In 1991 he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England Division III Coach of the Year for leading the team to three Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Division III titles and being ranked first in New England and seventh nationally.