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The Wesleyan Connection's Achievements 2006

Posted 12.19.06
Sociology Professor Speaks at 6 Beijing Conferences
Charles Lemert, the Andrus Professor of Sociology, was sponsored by the Chinese Government to present six lectures in Beijing Dec. 3-7.
During this time, he spoke to members of the Institute of Minority Development Studies of the Development Research Center of the State Council, People's Republic of China, on "What is a Religion? The Role of Minorities in Religion Formation" and "Minorities in the USA: Contributions to Economic Development." He spoke to members of the Chinese Academy of Social Science on "Is Social Science Possible? The Case of Social Theory in the West, and to the Institute of Sociology, Beijing Administrative College, Lemert presenteda seminar on "Administration of Rapid Social Change and Its Negative Outcomes."

Also, he spoke to the Neighborhood Council of the "100 Lucks Hutong," local party leaders representing the people of an old village which is under threat of destruction before city redevelopment, on "The Importance of Community Participation: A history of Community Action in the American City from a Personal Perspective." His final talk was at Beijing University's Department of Sociology, where he spoke on "The Crisis of Social Theory in the West: Can East Asia do Better?"

Dean of Diversity Invited to Join Greater Expectations Institute
Daniel Hiroyuki Teraguchi, dean for Diversity and Academic Advancement, was invited to be a faculty member at the Association of American Colleges and Universities 7th Annual Greater Expectations Institute: Campus Leadership for Student Engagement, Inclusion and Achievement. Teraguchi will join a leadership team at the event held June 20-24, 2007 in Burlington, Vt.
Posted 12.04.06
Psychology Professor Delivers Distinguished Lecture
Jill Morawski, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Humanities, received the honor of giving the "Distinguished Lecture in the History of the Human Sciences" at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society in November. Her lecture was titled, "Experimenter, Heal Thyself: Relational Problems in the Psychology Laboratory." It was presented at the annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

CURE Fellowships Awarded to 3 Wesleyan Undergraduates
Molecular biology and biochemistry major Dan Austin '08; neuroscience and behavior major Jenna Gopilan '07; and biology major Matthew Donne '07 each received a research fellowship from the Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE) and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA). The 2006-07 CURE-CBIA Research Fellowship program is made possible through a U.S. Department of Labor H-1B grant. The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of highly prepared/qualified scientists interested in pursuing careers in the biosciences.
Posted 11.17.06
Wesleyan's Adult B'nai Mitzvah Project Lauded in Magazine
New Voices, a magazine that focuses on Jewish life, ran a feature in their latest issue highlighting Wesleyan's B'nai Mitzvah program. According to the publication, the program, which they cite for its comprehensive purview and community involvement. The full article can be seen at http://newvoices.org/cgi-bin/articlepage.cgi?id=631.

Alumnus Dedicates Book to Former Wesleyan Professor
Robert Figueira '73 is the author and editor of the hardcover book, Plenitude of Power: The Doctrines And Exercise of Authority in the Middle Ages : Essays in Memory of Robert Louis Benson (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West), published by Ashgate Publishing, May 2006. Figueira, a professor of history at Lander University in South Carolina, dedicated the book to Benson, who was professor of history at Wesleyan between the years of 1959 and 1975.

Successful Schumann Symposium Addresses Global Warming
The third-annual Robert Schumann Environmental Studies Symposium, held in Exley Science Center Nov. 11, had more than 200 attendees this year. Experts discussed the changing climatic conditions worldwide and possible impacts of climate changes.
Posted 11.01.06
Professor of Government Delivers Presentation on Russia's Role in Asia
Peter Rutland, chair of the College of Social Studies and professor of government, gave a presentation on Russia as an Asian power at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC on Oct. 19. The event was the launching of the yearbook Strategic Asia 2006: Trade, Interdependence, and Security, edited by Ashley Tellis and Michael Wills and published by the National Bureau of Asian Research, for which Rutland wrote a chapter on "Russia's economic role in Asia."

Student's Thesis Project to be Presented at Child Development Meeting
A thesis project by Ariel Ballinger '07 was accepted for presentation at the 2007 meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Ballinger's project, titled "Counting, Estimation, and Approximate Nonverbal Arithmetic in Young Children" also was the topic of her Hughes Program summer research project. Ballinger will present a poster at the meeting, which is co-authored by her faculty advisor, Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology. In addition, Ballinger, Barth, AnjaLi Carrasco '07, Rachel Jacobson ?08 and Jessica Tsai '07 will make another presentation at the meeting titled "Children's Assessments of Volume and Number in 3D Object Arrays." The meeting will be held March 29-April 1, 2007 in Boston.
Posted 10.17.06
Earth Sciences Professor Keynote Speaker at Beijing Symposium
Johan "Joop" Varekamp, the Harold T. Stearns Professor in Earth Sciences and chair of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, was invited to give the keynote address at the 7th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry in Beijing, China Sept. 23-25. While there, he spoke on "naturally occurring hyper acid fluids," which he studied with Wesleyan students in South America. In addition, he gave a talk titled "Mercury from the historic Connecticut hat-making industries in Long Island Sound sediment" and presented a poster on "Phytoremediation of Hg in soils using genetically modified plants." Martha Gilmore, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, co-authored the poster.
Posted 10.05.06
Wesleyan Web Site Honored with "Outstanding WebAward"
The Virtual Wesleyan Web site recently was honored by the Web Marketing Association with a 2006 Outstanding Website WebAward. The association judged the site on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use. Wesleyan's site received a score of 65 points; the industry average was 51.6 points. It is online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/virtualtour/.

Research Professor Plenary Speaker at International Meeting
Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and environmental sciences, was invited to present a plenary keynote address during the International Symposium on Foraminifera Sept. 10-15 in Natal, Brazil. The meeting, which is organized every four years, is attended by experts who study biology, environmental records and paleontology of foraminifera, or unicellular, eukaryotic organisms. Thomas's address was titled "Deep-sea benthic foraminifera and the oceanic carbon cycle during the Cenozoic." Wesleyan funded her travels. In addition, she gave two talks titled "How fast was food delivery to the seafloor restored after the Cretaceous/Paleogene plankton extinction," and "Benthic foraminifera in a human-dominated environment: Long Island Sound," which was co-authored by Johan Varekamp, chair of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department and the Harold T. Sterns Professor of Earth Science. She also was the co-author of three posters presented at the meeting titled "Deep-Sea environments across the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary in the SE Atlantic Ocean," "Enigmatic early Miocene biserial foraminifera" and "Molecular and morphological studies of Streptochilus from the Arabian Sea."

Assistant Professor Organizes, Speaks at American Studies Conference
J. Kehaulani Kauanui, assistant professor of anthropology and American studies, organized a panel as part of New England American Studies Association Conference Sept. 15. She was one of 100 people who attended the meeting on federal recognition and tribal sovereignty at the meeting titled "Homeland In/Security: Race and Citizenship in the United States," held in Portland, Maine.

Classical Guitarist Featured in Connecticut Post
Cem Duruoz, private lessons teacher for guitar, was featured in a recent Connecticut Post article titled "Let's Tango." Duruoz, who moved from California to Connecticut in 2003 to teach at Wesleyan, said he was spurred on in his love for the guitar in his native country Turkey by a cousin. In the past few years, Duruoz has performed in festivals, orchestral concerts, recitals and on radio and television programs in Greece, France, Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Poland, Mexico, Turkey and throughout the United States.

Graduate Student's Work Featured in Art, Science Competition
Digital artwork by Frank Stellabotte, a Ph.D candidate in the Biology Department, is featured in this year's Art & Science Collaborations Inc. Bio/Med SciART Competition. The purpose of ASCI is to raise public awareness about artists and scientists using science and technology to explore new forms of creative expression and to increase communication and collaboration between these fields. Stellabotte's art, titled "Cellular Distinction," features the individual cells of the zebrafish embryo.

Frosh Installed as Organist at Local Church
Ann-Marie Illsley '10 was installed as a church organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Middletown on Oct. 1. A native of Bridgewater, Mass., she has studied the pipe organ for seven years, and spent the past two years as the organist at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Bridgewater.
Posted 09.15.06
Graduate Student Honored at Molecular Biology Meeting
Graduate student Hannah Stubbs '06 won an award for a poster she presented at the Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, sponsored by the Genetics Society of America and held at Princeton University from July 25-30. Ten posters were recognized out of about 500presented. The name of the poster is "Suppressors of Sir2-induced lethality in yeast," a topic which fell under the "Gene Expression: Chromatin" category.

University Staff Attend Prestigious Institutes
Pat Tully, associate university librarian, attended the Frye Institute at Emory University in Atlanta. The institute is designed for future library leaders. Only 15 percent of applicants are accepted. Barbara Jones, Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian, Daniel Schnaidt, academic computing Manager for Arts and Humanities, and Billy Weitzer, senior associate provost and dean of Continuing Studies, were selected for the First Institute on Scholarly Communication at UCLA in July.

Tennis Coach Honored as "Effective Educator"
Ken Alrutz, head men's and women's tennis coach, was honored by the Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) Alumni Association with an Effective Educator Award. The award was established to recognize special individuals at Miami who educate and inspire students.
Posted 08.24.06
Wesleyan Plays Soccer in Brazil
The Wesleyan men's soccer team played four exhibition games in Brazil Aug. 10-22. The Cardinals trained for two days before playing the first of the exhibition games against local and national teams.

Sociology Professor Featured on Australian Radio Program

Charles Lemert, the Andrus Professor of Sociology, presented a talk titled "The Heroic Individual Caught Between Two Cultures," which was broadcasted on Australian National Radio Aug. 2.

Student Shares Kenyan Experience in Newspaper Article
An article by John Chisholm '09 was featured in The Times Record of Brunswick, Maine Aug. 8. Chisholm, who is visiting Kakamega, Kenya on a grant through Wesleyan, is working at an orphanage this summer.

Magazines Cite Wesleyan's Excellence, Economic Diversity, Service
The annual college rankings posted by U.S. News and World Report puts Wesleyan 10th this year among national liberal arts institutions, up two spots from last year. The university was also ranked 7th for economic diversity, a testament to Wesleyan's need-blind admissions policy and the fact that more than 45 percent of Wesleyan's students receive aid of some sort.

Wesleyan was also ranked 3rd this year by The Washington Monthly, which ranks schools by "not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country... Are our colleges making good use of our tax dollars? Are they producing graduates who can keep our nation competitive in a changing world?"
Posted 07.28.06
Associate Professor Featured in Biophysical Society Newsletter
Ishita Mukerji, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, was featured in the Biophysical Society's printed newsletter in the May/June Issue. A PDF of the document can be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/newsletter/images/mukerji.pdf

Assistant Professor Presents Work at Cancer Institute
Manju Hingorani, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, presented a seminar at the 10th Annual Buffalo DNA Replication and Repair Symposium as the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. on the "Mechanisms of DNA Mismatch Repair" on June 23.

Associate Professor to Present at Ribosome Conference
Michael McAlear, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, was invited to present a poster at the Seventh International Conference on Ribosome Synthesis at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Va. Aug. 16-20.

Adjunct Professor Discusses Novel at Library Event
Kit Reed, adjunct professor of English, was the featured speaker at The Friends of Rathbun Memorial Library's "Fridays at 5:30" series July 21 in East Haddam, Conn. Reed spoke about her latest book, "The Baby Merchant," which has been described by The Hartford Courant as "a wicked, visionary tale, pregnant with thoughts about a corrupt, affluent society in which stolen designer newborns are the hottest high-end commodity and status symbol."

Student Invited to Make Presentation at the Roosevelt Policy Expo
Thomas Coen '07, has been selected to present at the Roosevelt Policy Expo, a summit of vision and ideas, taking place in Washington, DC on Aug. 2. The Roosevelt Institution is a national network of student think tanks providing the organizational infrastructure to get student ideas into the public discourse. Coen will be presenting his research on the economic development of a small neighborhood in Ngaoundere, Cameroon.

Student to Act in New York City Play
Halley Feiffer,'07, will be performing in a play by playwrite Eric Bogosian at the Second Stage Theater in New York, N.Y. The play, "SubUrbia" is opening Sept. 6. SubUrbia examines a day in the life of seven rootless young Americans who gather in the parking lot of a Pakistani family's convenience store.

Grad Student Wins Middletown Race
Wes Fuhrman, a graduate student in biology, was the first to finish Middletown's "Citizens Bank Not Your Typical 5K" race July 20. He completed the 3.1-mile race in 15 minutes 47 seconds. Fuhrman, who was one of 500 runners in the race, captained the Wesleyan track and cross country teams this year. This is the first time he competed in the annual event.
Posted 07.06.06
Professor of Government's Lectures on DVD
John Finn, professor of government, recently completed a 36-lecture course on Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights for The Teaching Company. The series is available on both CD and DVD.

Professor of Sociology Delivers Lectures on Black Britain
Lectures by Charles Lemert, the John C. Andrus Professor of Sociology, were featured in London's Black Britain, a provider of daily news and information to black and minority ethnic communities, on July 3.
Posted 06.15.06
Film Professor Honored by American Film Institute
Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, chair of Film Studies and curator of the Cinema Archives, was honored by the American Film Institute in recognition of her achievements as a film historian and her leadership of Wesleyan’s Film Studies Department June 7 in Hollywood, Calif. Basinger was given an honorary AFI Conservatory degree.

Professor of Letters Plenary Speaker at Psychoanalytic Association Meeting
Paul Schwaber, professor of letters, presented “Hamlet and Psychoanalytic Experience” during the Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association June 16 in Washington D.C. Schwaber was the meeting's plenary speaker and compared aesthetic and psychoanalytic experience, suggesting that humans revalue Freud’s unease that his case stories read like short stories.

Students Selected for Drug Abuse Research Program
Azeb Gebre '07, Michael Raymond '08 and Tashia Chin '07 have been selected for the Summer Research with National Institute on Drug Abuse Program. Sponsored by the NIDA, this program provides underrepresented high school and undergraduate students with an introduction to drug abuse research and encourages them to consider careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The students will be working with Lisa Dierker, associate professor of psychology, on research examining diverse risk factors for the development of substance abuse and dependence among adolescents and young adults.

Incoming Student First Cooke Foundation Scholar to Go to College
Katherine Feldman '10 of Middlesex, Vt. is one of 34 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars from across the United States who will be starting college this year. Feldman enrolled in the Young Scholar program in eighth grade. The Young Scholars Program was founded to give high achieving, financially needy eighth graders what they need to succeed, stick with them through high school and college, and their greatness will emerge.
Posted 05.28.06
Administrative Assistant Retires After 42 Years
Georgie Leone, administrative assistant for the Center for African American Studies, is retiring in June after 42-years at Wesleyan. She began her career here at age of 18 and has worked in four departments on campus.

Student Donates Artwork to Wesleyan
Artwork by Dennis King-Yeung Chan '06, a Freeman Scholar, will be on display in the University Health Center. Chan donated his pencil drawing of the University Health Center to Dr. Philippa Coughlan, director of the Office of Behavioral Health for Students. His drawing is a graphic representation, or analytique, of the health center. Coughlan had the drawing matted and framed with museum-quality materials. Chan, a physics major, made the drawing in ARST 433, Measured Drawing, during Fall Semester 2004.

Students, Alumni Admitted into Fulbright Scholar Program
The recipients and their fellowships include: Cara Chebuske '06: Teaching Assistantship for English in South Korea; Emily Garts '06: Teaching Assistantship for English in Germany; Amie Kim '04: Teaching Assistantship for English in South Korea; Elizabeth Langston '05: French Government Teaching Assistantship for English in Guadeloupe; Kate McCrery '06: Teaching Assistantship for English in Germany; Sascha Weiss '04: Garcia Robles/Fulbright bi-national business grant for Mexico-involves internship plus evening university studies; Rose Tisdall '06: Teaching Assistantship for English in Germany; Roger Yang, M.D. '99: alternate for Fulbright Grant in Medical Sciences, Australia.

Students Receive Assistantship to Teach in France
Laura Goldblatt '06 and Elizabeth Langston '06 each received a French Government Teaching Assistantship to teach English. Goldblatt will teach English in France and Langston will teach in Guadeloupe. The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy offer between 1,000 and 1,700 teaching assistant positions.

Students Receive Baden-Wurttemberg Exchange Grants
Andrew Eppich '06 and Jonathan Chen, graduate student in music, each received a Baden-Wurttemberg Exchange Grant. Eppich will be spending the 2006-07 academic year in Tubingen, Germany doing religious studies. Chen will be in Karlsruhe, Germany for the year studying experimental music at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Gestaltung (State Academy for Design) and at the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnik (Center for Art and Media).

Scholarship Will Take Senior to Japan to Study
Ingram Weber '06 received a Monbukagakusho Research Student Scholarship at Kyoto University in Japan. Monbukagakusho, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, offers five different scholarships for non-Japanese nationals wishing to study in Japan.

Rugby Team Members Selected to Join National Team
Molly Dengler '06, and Maggie Starr '06, both members of the Wesleyan Rugby Team, have been selected to join the Women's Under-23 Northeast Select Side rugby team at the 2006 Inter-Territorial Trials for the Under-23 USA National Rugby Team. This team represents the best players from all Division I, II, and III teams from New York to Maine who are under 23 years of age.

Adjunct Professor Featured in Vanity Fair
Kit Reed, adjunct professor of English, was featured in Vanity Fair's "Hot Type" section in the June 2006 issue.
Posted 05.16.06
Retiring Faculty Honored at Reception
Richard Boyd, professor of government and chair, Government Department; Sue Fisher, professor of sociology; Gertrude Reif Hughes, professor of English; Eugene Klaaren, associate professor of religion; Fred Linton, professor of mathematics; Richard Miller, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics; Yoshiko Yokochi Samuel, professor of Asian languages and literatures; and Harry Sinnamon, professor of psychology have retired in 2006.

Student and Friends Publish The Notebook Girls to Great Acclaim
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen '09 is co-author of The Notebook Girls by Warner Books. Since the book's debut April 13, Pollitt-Cohen and her co-author friends have been featured in several newspapers and on television shows. For more information go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/newsletter/campus/0506notebookgirls.html.
Posted 05.01.06
Assistant Professor's Book Receives History Prize
Ethan Kleinberg, associate professor of history and letters, received the Journal of the History of Ideas Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the Best Book in Intellectual History. Kleinberg's book, titled Generation Existential: Heidegger's Philosophy in France, 1927-1961, was published in 2005.

Film Studies Professor to Receive Doctorate of Humane Letters
Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film studies, chair of the Film Studies Department and co-curator of Cinema Archives, will receive the degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters in recognition of her "contribution of distinction to society" by the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute. The commencement services will be held on June 7 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Article Named 'Highly Accessed' by Publication's Editors
An article written by two professors and a former student, has been designated "Highly accessed relative to age" by the Genome Biology Editorial Team. Michael Weir, professor of biology, Michael Rice, professor of computer science, and Matthew Eaton, a former undergraduate who was dual-mentored as a Hughes Fellow and through the Integrative Genomic Sciences Initiative, are the co-authors of "Challenging the spliceosome machine," published in Genome Biology 7, January 2006. The article was published on Genome Biology's Web site, and has received more than 1,450 hits through April.

Gallery Supervisor Featured in American Artist
Oil paintings by William McCarthy, gallery supervisor for Davison Art Center, were featured in an eight-page spread in the May 2006 issue of American Artist magazine. Accompanying his artwork was an article by M. Stephen Doherty titled "Discovering Art in Memories."

Wesleyan Students, Staff, Faculty Make 150 Suggestions on Ways to Save
Project $AVE (Sustainable and Viable Efficiencies) has received more that 150 suggestions over the course of the spring semester. More than a third of the suggestions have related to Physical Plant and have been referred to that office.

Since many concerned the heating level in facilities around campus, Wesleyan have posted a university energy policy that was developed by Physical Plant in 2003. This policy will answer many of the questions and comments that were raised through the suggestions submitted on the Web site. To read the policy and view the responses to many of the suggestions go to www.wesleyan.edu/projectsave/.

17 Pallets of Electronic Waste Collected at Wesleyan
Wesleyan's Information Technology Services and Office of Environmental Health and Safety collected 17 pallets, consisting of 17 cubic yards, of electronic waste in April. The offices teamed up to promote a clean and safe environment by hosting the recycle-a-thon.
Posted 04.17.06
Learning Objects Site Presented in Portugal, Finland, India
Akos Ostor, professor of anthropology and film studies, presented a Wesleyan Learning Objects Web site "Cycles of Life in a Bengali Town" at a seminar in Lisbon, Portugal March 21-24. Ostor was a guest of the Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa. During this event, he met with anthropologists and information technology experts from around the world. He also screened and discussed his new film, Singing Pictures. The site was also presented at seminars in Helsinki, Finland and Calcutta and Vishnupur, India. "Cycles of Life in a Bengali Town" was joint project between ITS and Ostor. It can be found at http://learningobjects.wesleyan.edu/bishnapur/.

Professor contributes to German Photography Journal
Leo Lensing, professor of German Studies and Film Studies, was one of 27 photographers, scholars and writers chosen to contribute to the 25th-anniversary issue of Fotogeschichte, a leading German-language journal devoted to the history of photography. His illustrated essay has the title "Wie kommt das Autorenfoto in die Literaturgeschichte?" ("How Do We Get Author Fotos into Literary History?")

Health Education Director Leads Peer Education Organization
Lisa Currie, director of health education, was appointed as an area consultant for the BACCUS Network, an organization which supports peer education groups at colleges and universities around the world. The affiliates in the network address a wide variety of health and safety issues, including alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, sexual assault, eating disorders/body image, stress management and more. Prior to this appointment, she served as a state coordinator for BACCHUS for the past eight years, first in Pennsylvania and then in Connecticut when she came to Wesleyan in 2000.
Posted 04.01.06
Post Classical Ensemble Raved in Washington Post
Stephen Brookes, a commentator for the Washington Post, hailed that a March performance led by Wesleyan adjunct associate professor of music Angel Gil-Ordonez was "brilliant."

Angel Gil-Ordonez, who is Wesleyan's orchestra director and private lessons instructor, also is director of the Washington D.C.-based Post Classical Ensemble, which performed "Manuel de Falla and the Music of Faith" at the Virginia Theological Seminary March 14. The concert focused on a single movement of a single piece, the 1926 Concerto for Keyboard.

Professor's Book Wins Publisher Association Art, History Award
A book co-written by Andy Szegedy-Maszak, the Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, Chair of Classical Studies, received a 2005 Award for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing by the Association of American Publishers. The book, Antiquity and Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites, won the award in the Arts and Art History category. The book was published by Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum in 2005.

Medieval Studies Chair Invited to Speak at 2 Conferences
Jeff Rider, chair of the Medieval Studies Program, chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, was invited to speak at two upcoming conferences. He will speak on "Like Lambs to the Slaughter: Improvising Murder in the Twelfth Century," at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in Boston, March 30 to April 1.; and "Enigma in the Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes," at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England, July 10-13.

Associate Professor of French Delivers 2 Presentations
Catherine Poisson, associate professor of French, was invited to speak on two of her papers in March. She presented "Why French?" at the Dual Language Seminar organized by the Department of Education of New York City on March 28; and presented a paper on the relationship between autobiography and photography titled "Textes Hybrides : mot et image" at the annual 20th and 21st Century French Studies Colloquium at the University of Miami, Florida March 30.

Professor's Comedy Performed at Harvard
Norm Shapiro, professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, had two of his comedy translations, "The Well-Wooded Wench," and "Barbara of Seville," performed at Harvard Dec. 3-5, 2005. Two others, Feydeau's "Caught with His Trance Down" and "Fit to be Tired," will be performed at Harvard April 26-28.

Visiting Instructor to Speak at Conference in Italy
Tania Convertini, visiting instructor in Italian, was invited to speak at the American Association for Italian Studies conference in Genoa, Italy May 25-28. She will be participating in a Round Table titled "Writing Across the Italian Curriculum," and present her paper "Infusing task-based activities into a standard, intermediate, grammar-based Italian as a foreign language course" at the conference.

Senior named Watson Fellow
William Gould '06 received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year. His project, "This is Not Altogether Fool, My Lord: Comedy and Political Activism" will take him to Greece, England, Honduras, Chile and Brazil. Gould will trace the roots of comedic theater as a tool for political activism and social change.
The Watson Fellowship is a one year-grant for independent study and travel outside the U.S. awarded to graduating college seniors. Stipends are worth $25,000.

Student Gets Second All-America Honor of the Year
Ellen Davis '07 picked up her second All-America honor this year. Her first was for placing 15th in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship in November. She earned her second March 10 in the NCAA Division III when she claimed fourth-place in the meet held at St. Olaf College. Her time in the NCAAs was 17:11.03. She clocked the fastest time among Division III runners prior to the nationals during the 5k event at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships with a team record 16:46.61

Student Named All-American in 2 Breaststroke Events
Amanda Shapiro '08 placed fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a team-record time of 2:21.99 in the preliminaries and finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the University of Minnesota March 9-11 becoming an All-American in both events. Her best time in the 100-yard breaststroke at Nationals was 1:05.30, slightly over her team mark and qualifying time of 1:04.79. It is her first trip to Nationals. Shapiro had earned all-NESCAC honors in all three breaststroke events while setting team records at the time in all three during the NESCAC Championships at Bowdoin Feb. 17-19.
Posted 03.15.06
Biochemistry Faculty Panelist at Biophysical Forum
Ishita Mukerji, associate professor and chair of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department, was a recent panelist at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah. She spoke at a forum sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee of the Biophysical Society.

Letters Professor to be Plenary Speaker
Paul Schwaber, professor of letters, was invited to be the plenary speaker at the 95th Annual American Psychoanalytic Association meeting in Washington, D.C., June 9-18. Schwaber will speak on "'Hamlet' and Psychoanalytic Experience." .

Associate Professor Speaks on Nicotine Dependence
Lisa Dierker, associate professor of psychology, has been invited to speak on co-occurring psychiatric disorders and nicotine dependence at the Virginia Youth Tobacco Project Research Conference in Richmond, Va. March 29-30. The forum is on Youth Tobacco Use: Translating Research into Practice.

Upward Bound Director Named "Phenomenal Woman"
Donna Thompson, director of Wesleyan's Upward Bound program, been named as one of the 10 Phenomenal Women of Middlesex County by the Middlesex National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The award will be presented at The Middletown Inn at 2:30 p.m. March 26.

Students Hold Fund-Raiser to Benefit Nicarauga-Wesleyan Exchange
Wesleyan In Nicaragua (WIN), a new international service group on campus, raised $350 during a benefit dinner at Puerto Vallarta in Middletown, March 6. Twenty-five percent of all sales between 5 and 10 p.m. supported an international service project in Nagarote, Nicaragua March 14-24. While in Nicarauga, student WIN members worked on a preschool development project, a reforestation project, mural painting, and HIV/AIDS sociodramas with high school-age students.

Professor Emeritus Attends International Congress
Richard Vann, professor of history, professor of letters emeritus, attended the International Congress of Historical Sciences in Sydney in July 2005, where he selected the participants and chaired a panel on "History between Literature and Social Science" and delivered a paper on "Historians and their Audience: The American Case." His five-year term as President of the International Commission on the Theory and History of Historiography came to an end at this Congress.
Posted 03.01.06
Film Professor Receives Arts, Tourism Award
Jeanine Basinger, chair of the Film Studies Department, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies and professor of American studies received a 2005 Governor's Arts and Tourism Award from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. The award, given by Governor M. Jodi Rell, is designed to recognize significant achievements and outstanding contributions in the fields of the performing, visual and literary arts and film; tourism; and heritage preservation within Connecticut.

Music Professor Honored by Electro-Acoustic Society
Alvin Lucier, the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. The ceremony will take place at the University of Oregon on April 1. Two of his recent CDs, Wind Shadows (New World records) and Alvin Lucier (Antiopic) were chosen sixth and seventh on the Ten Best Recordings of 2005 in Time Out Magazine, Dec. 29, 2005 through Jan. 4.

Student's Thesis Honored by Social Science Academy
Zach Kagan-Guthrie '05 received an Undergraduate Research Award by the American Academy of Political and Social Science for a paper based on his senior thesis. Kagan-Guthrie, who majored in social studies, worked under Professor of History Richard Elphick on the topic "U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Southern Africa during the Reagan Administration." Kagan-Guthrie's paper was one of 10 selected to receive this award out of 39 that were submitted by 2006 Junior Fellows of the Academy.
Posted 02.16.06
Kannam Promoted to Vice President for Investments
Tom Kannam, formerly director of investments, was promoted to be Wesleyan's first vice president for investments in February. Kannam has been director of investments since 1998.Kannan will work closely with the vice president for finance and administration, as well as with other members of the university's senior staff and the trustees.

Assistant Professor to Study Economic Growth in Latin America
Francisco Rodriguez, assistant professor of economics and Latin American studies, recently received a year-long grant from the Corporacion Andina de Fomento and Harvard University (via the Center for International Development) to analyze economic growth in the Andean region of Latin America.

Posted 02.01.06
New Book by NY Times Reporter Features Professor's Work
The work of Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science Emeritus, is featured prominently in a new book by New York Times reporter William J. Broad titled "The Oracle." Published by The Penguin Press, the book balances a history of the famous Oracle at Delphi with recent discoveries regarding the Oracle's validity made by de Boer and fellow scientists.

Professor Awarded Jewish Cultural Achievement Award
Mark Slobin, professor of music, has been awarded the 2006 Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Social, Literary, and Cultural Studies. It is a lifetime achievement award described by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture as "the highest honor the American Jewish community has to offer its scholars for their contribution to the understanding of Jewish culture in the American context."

More than 2,000 People Visit Green Street in 2005
The Wesleyan-supported Green Street Arts Center has welcomed more than 2,000 people through its doors for classes, performances, programs and celebrations during the 2005 year. The center, housed at 51 Green Street, opened in January 2005.
Posted 01.17.06
Professor to Receive IEEE Award for Literary Contributions
C. Stewart Gillmor, professor of history and science, professor science in society, will receive the "Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession" from the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. in March. The award recognizes Gillmor's biography, Fred Terman at Stanford: Building a Discipline, a University and Silicon Valley published by Stanford University Press, 2004. The IEEE has more than 365,000 members world-wide.

PeopleSoft Manager Appointed to Selective Product Group
Dauné Oliveira, PeopleSoft Product manager, has been appointed to a three-year term beginning in March on the Higher Education User Group's Campus Community Product Advisory Group. The Product Advisory Groups (PAGs) are an important link between higher education users and Oracle. The Campus Community PAG, which comprises nine members, focuses on collecting, reviewing and recommending new or enhanced functionality as well as identifying bugs in Oracle/PeopleSoft relating to areas such as person data and comments, communications and checklists. Currently, there are 14 Product Advisory Groups world-wide representing all areas of the Oracle Enterprise software products.

Senator Honors Senior for Alternative Fuel Innovations
Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman named Laura Goldhamer '06 a "Youth Hero" for her innovation and successful conversion of a diesel bus to one which runs almost entirely on vegetable oil. Goldhamer, who is majoring in religion and music, converted a retired diesel short bus from West Hartford to run on used cooking oil. By adding a secondary fuel tank for the vegetable oil and altering the route of coolant and fuel lines, Goldhamer says any diesel vehicle can be converted to run on the economical and more environmentally-friendly fuel.
 
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