The Wesleyan Connection's Achievements 2005
President Bennet Invited to Prestigious
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.
Williams Featured in Astronomical Society
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.
Professor's Film Earns Culture, Archaeology
"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."
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
Bennet was undergoing treatment for
prostate cancer at Dana-Farber this year.
Subsequent tests have shown Bennet is cancer free.
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
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.”
Chronicle Names Wesleyan Top Connecticut
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
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.
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
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.
Professor's Study Says Adolescent Girls Skip
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.
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
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.
Verdeja Earns Political Theory, Dissertation
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
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
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
Seven Wesleyan students received Fulbright grants to study abroad. The
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
Two Office of Admission Administrative
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
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.
Grossman wins German Marshall Fund Research
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
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.
Student Wins Scholarship for African American
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
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.
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
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
Student Receives Public Service Program
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.
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.
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.
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
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