The Wesleyan Connection's Achievements 2008

Posted 09.04.08
Rutland Guest Speaker on WNPR
Peter Rutland, title, spoke about “The New, Resurgent Russia” on the WNPR- Connecticut Public Radio program “Where We Live” on Aug. 18. The show offered reactions to the new Russia with Rutland and two other Connecticut scholars. The recording is online here.

Schiff’s Sculpture Permanent Fixture at Courthouse
A sculpture by Jeffrey Schiff, professor of art, is being permanently installed outside the Superior Court building in New Britain, Conn. The artwork, titled “Rail of Justice” is the final artwork commissioned for the courthouse, which opened in 1998 and had 1 percent of its budget set aside for public art.

Charry Interviewed on Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Eric Charry, associate professor of music, was extensively interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for a one-hour documentary on Grammy-award-winning African virtuoso musician Toumani Diabate. Diabate will be performing at Wesleyan in the spring. Charry, author of Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Madinka of Western Africa, paint(s) a vivid picture of the artist and his rich and complex cultural world,” for the documentary. The streamed audio recording is online here.

Lim Speaks on Presidential Idiocy for <i>Washington Post</i>
Elvin Lim, assistant professor of government, spoke on idiocy in America's elected and electorate in the Aug. 8 edition of the <i>Washington Post</i>. He is a two-time winner of the Sara Norton thesis prize at the University of Oxford, and also has been honored by the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association. A transcript of Lim's talk is online here.

Bonin Presents Paper for International Economics Association
John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, presented his paper titled, "Employment in an ESOP Firm: Deferred Compensation with an Informational Twist," at the 14th conference of the International Association for the Economics of Participation in Clinton, N.Y. on July 15.

Yohe Joins NYC Task Force on Climate Change
Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, has been appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg New York City’ s Task Force on Climate Change</a>. In addition, Yohe organized and conducted a session on New Perspectives on Uncertainty in Climate Change at Energy Modeling Forum's Climate Change Integrated Impacts Assessment meeting at Snowmass, Colo. on Aug. 6-7, as well as giving a remote talk on Iterative Climate Policy to an International Workshop on Adaptive Decision Making for Climate Change convened in Victoria, British Columbia.

Ph.D Candidate Speaks on Woody Guthrie in Colombia
Jorge Arévalo Mateus, Ph.D candidate in ethnomusicology, spoke during a conference at the National Library in Bogota, Colombia on Aug. 12. He was interviewed by the library’s Center for Musical Documentation about his efforts in creating “The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949,” which won the 2008 Grammy for Best Historical Album. Arévalo Mateus compared the lyrics of American folk-icon Guthrie to words of politician Jorge Eliecer Gaitán, chief of the Colombian Liberal Party in 1947-48.

<b>Composting Efforts in New Haven Register
Wesleyan’s composting efforts were mentioned in an Aug. 10 edition of the New Haven Register. Wesleyan was cited for using compost in its organic gardens. Wesleyan collects waste food from dining halls and hauls it to the student-run Long Lane Farm.
Posted 08.06.08
Duruoz Featured in Classical Guitar Magazine
Cem Duruoz, private guitar lessons teacher, is featured on the cover of the June 2008 issue of the United Kingdom-based Classical Guitar magazine. An extensive interview with Duruoz is inside the magazine. The article mentions Duruoz' three solo CD's, as well as his recent concerts including "Guitar in Turkey" at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the recent premiere of the "Concerto Anatolia" by David Hahn at the Round Top Guitar Festival in Texas.

Herbst Speaks on Eclipsing Star at Ukrainian Conference
Bill Herbst, the John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy, presented a talk to the First International Workshop on UX Orionis Stars and Related Objects held in Yalta, Ukraine, in May. The subject was KH 15D, the unusual eclipsing star discovered at Wesleyan in 1995 that is revealing much about the early formation of solar systems. The meeting was jointly sponsored by the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory of the Ukraine and the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory of Russia.

Lim Featured in Political Op-Ed
The work of Elvin Lim, assistant professor of government, was featured in an op-ed titled "'Dumbing down' of speeches a simple fact: Scholar shows that politicians have taken the rhetorical path of least resistance," published in the Washington Post June 30. Lim was noted for "offering a theory that sheds fascinating and disturbing light on the torrent of communications that are unleashed by the "communicator in chief." In a slim book titled The Anti-Intellectual Presidency, he argues that the real problem is not the increased quantity of words coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "but the sharp decline in content -- especially of logical argument."

Yohe Speaks on Climate Change at Princeton
Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, spoke on the future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change at Princeton University in May.

Jacobsen Speaks to Economic Association on Publishing
Joyce Jacobsen, the Andrews Professor of Economics, and tutor in the College of Social Studies, was an invited guest to the Canadian Economic Association meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 6-8, where she presented "Publishing: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them" as part of a panel on publishing, and was a discussant for a session on Employment Patterns of Older Workers. Jacobsen is co-editor of the Eastern Economic Journal.

Bonin Guest Speaker at U.N. Conference
John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, was a discussant at a United Nations Conference on the "Poverty-Growth?Inequality Triangle in China" on June 5 at the U.N. headquarters in New York. In addition, he gave the keynote address titled "Financial Globalization and Bank Privatization: Riding the Wave" at the 2008 Annual Conference of the Taiwan Finance Association at National Donghwa University in Hualien City, Taiwan on June 20.

Imai Chairs Session at Hawaiian Conference
Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies, chaired a session on savings, demography, and liquidity at the Western Economics Association Meetings 83rd annual conference in Hawaii, June 29-July 3, to which he presented a paper titled "Real Effects of Finance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Japan." He also presented a paper (co-authored with Richard Grossman) titled, "Japan's Return to the Gold Standard: Turning Points in the Value of the Yen during the 1920s."

Rose Publishes Work on Former Wesleyan Faculty
Phyllis Rose, professor of English, emerita, published a piece titled "Citizen Poet" on former Wesleyan faculty member and former National Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur. Among Wilbur's extensive accolades received two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award.

Scott '09 to Help Translate at Olympics
Jade Scott '09, a lacrosse player who studied abroad in China, will serve as a translator and tour guide for NBC, which is broadcasting the Olympic Games. She also plans to write her senior project on the economic implications of the Olympics. Scott, who lives in Denver, learned Chinese in high school. She was featured in the Aug. 6 The Hartford Courant.

Rodriguez Speaks on Venezuelan Foreign Policy, Political Oppression
Francisco Rodriguez, assistant professor of Latin American studies, assistant professor of economics, delivered several presentations recently. They include:

A presentation on "The Price of Political Opposition: Evidence from Venezuela's Maisanta" at the Center for Global Development, Washington DC on June 25

A paper presentation on "When is Growth Shared? On the Political Economy of Inclusive Development" at the 2008 World Bank Annual Conference on Development Economics, Cape Town, South Africa on June 25.

A talk on Venezuelan foreign policy in the Chavez era in the Conference on Ten Years of Venezuelan Foreign Policy sponsored by the Summit of the Americas center at Florida International University on June 11.

A talk on "Social and Redistributive Policies in Venezuela," at Dartmouth College on May 14.

A panel discussion on Latin American economic perspectives at the Third Annual Latin America Conference, held at the University of Miami on May 8.

A paper presentation on "The Price of Political Opposition: Evidence from Venezuela's Maisanta," at the World Bank in Washington on April 4; Brookings Institution, Washington on May 2; Public Choice Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas on March 9.

A talk on social and redistributive policies in Venezuela at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University on April 28.

A presentation of the paper "Are Capital Shares Higher in Poor Countries," at the Pacific Development Conference, University of California at San Diego on March 15.

A talk on social and redistributive policies in Venezuela at the Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico on March 11.

A panel discussion on the "Resource Curse and its implications for developing countries," at the 23rd Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium at Tufts University on Feb. 22.
Posted 06.25.08
Juhasz Keynote Speaker at Eye Movement Conference
Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, was an invited keynote speaker at the 3rd China International Conference on Eye Movement Studies held at Sun Yat-Sen University in Zhuhai, China from June 5-9. She is pictured above with several Chinese graduate students at the conference. In addition to the invited international speakers, the conference was attended by over 100 faculty and graduate students from China. Talks and posters focused on eye movements in reading, language processing, face recognition, and scene perception.

"It was an excellent opportunity to meet individuals with similar research interests who do not usually attend the American and European conferences," Juhasz says. "I was able to offer advice on experimental design and research methods to several Chinese graduate students. I also learned much about the differences and similarities in eye movements for readers of English and Chinese, which represent two very different writing systems."

Yohe Speaks at Climate Change Panel, Consensus
Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, appeared on a panel hosted at the New York Public Library by Scientific American on May 13 on "Adapting to a Warmer World." He also participated in the 2008 Copenhagen Consensus May 30, where he presented the Climate Change "Problem Paper" for consideration against other of the world's most pressing problems.

Szegedy-Maszak Discusses Oresteia at Getty Museum
Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, the Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, professor of classical studies, presented highlights from Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy June 7 at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Calif. He and a company of local actors collaborated on a staged reading, with scholarly commentary, to capture the key themes and events of this great tragedy.
Posted 06.03.08
DuCille Receives Honorary Degree
Ann duCille, chair and professor of English, professor of African American studies, received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Bridgewater State College on May 17. DuCille, a Bridgewater alumna from the class of 1971, was honored in recognition of her academic leadership and lifelong commitments to teaching, learning and scholarship. She was noted for being an internationally recognized scholar of African-American literature, race and popular culture. Her scholarly work includes The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women's Fiction, published by Oxford University Press, and Skin Trade, published by Harvard University Press and honored with the 1997 Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights. Professor duCille also is the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters and is a past recipient of the highly prestigious Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Jacobsen Presents Seminar on Customs
Joyce Jacobsen, Andrews Professor of Economics, tutor, College of Social Studies, presented a seminar, "Rules vs. Discretion: An Investment-Based Approach to Explaining Custom," for the Economics Department at Binghamton University on May 9.

Skillman Presents Economics Paper in London
Gil Skillman, professor of economics, tutor, College of Social Studies, presented a paper, "Coordination Failures, Norms, and the Evolution of Strategic Confidence" at the Conference on Analytical Political Economy held at Queen Mary, University of London on May 15-16, 2008.

Seniors Complete 10-Year TEAK Program
Malwina Andruczyk '08 and Julia Cheng '08 are members of the first class of college graduates from the TEAK Fellowship, a program for academically talented, low-income students. Established in 1998 by Justine Stamen Arrillaga in memory of Teak Dyer (1970-1988) and DeWitt White (1980-1997). The TEAK Fellowship aims to help talented students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges. Along with academic support, TEAK provides leadership training, exposure to the arts and outdoors, mentoring, career experience, and assistance with the high school and college application processes. Andruczyk, who won the Cole Prize for Fiction, is now looking for her first post-grad position in the education field and wants to also pursue writing. Cheng, who founded the Anime Club at Wesleyan, is now searching for her first post-graduation job in the field of education.

Ultimate Team Wins Sectionals
Wesleyan's all-women Ultimate team, Vicious Circles, won three of the five tournaments they played in 2008, including sectionals. Team members include Olga Buzovetsky '10; Katie Colasacco '11; Ginna Curry '09; Lisa Drennan '09; Tess Eisenhart '10; Marianna Foos '08; Sara Hirsch '09; Hannah Marqusee '10; Laura Masulis '09; Mollie McFee '10; Cait McHugh '10; Christine Middleton '08; Lauren Nichols GRAD; Evelina Pierce '10; Emily Pontecorvo '11; Sara Quinn '11; Erica Rome '10; Allie Rowan '11; Ashley Un '09; Anna Williams '09; Bennet Wilson '10; and Liana Woskie '10.

International Student Featured in Hartford Courant
Mufaro Dube '08 was featured in a May 25 Hartford Courant article titled "Out of Zimbabwe: Bet on Ambition Pays." Dube, who left his family in Zimbabwe four years ago, graduated from Wesleyan May 25 with degrees in math and economics. According to the article, he is headed for a job as an investment banker on Wall Street.
Posted 05.15.08
Striegel-Moore Selected to Revise Mental Disorder Manual
Ruth Striegel-Moore, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor and chair of psychology, was named to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) group. The work group members are composed of more than 120 world-renowned scientific researchers and clinicians with expertise in neuroscience, biology, genetics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, nursing, pediatrics and social work. As a member, Striegel-Moore will help revise a manual for diagnosis of mental disorders.

Yohe Delivers Keynote Earth Day Address
Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse Sysco Professor of Economics, gave the keynote Earth Day address titled "Lessons and Stories from the Climate Wars" at Carleton College on April 21. He also gave a talk on climate wars at Princeton University during a lecture series on "The Future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" on May 7.

Hogendorn Speaks on Commuting on Public Broadcasting Station
Christiaan Hogendorn, assistant professor of economics, was a featured speaker on Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network's "Where We Live" program on May 5. He and two other guests spoke on the impact of clogged highways have on business in the state and the future of public transportation in Connecticut in a show titled "The Long Commute." Hogendorn's research focuses on market structure and competition in deregulated infrastructure industries and the effect of infrastructure on the economy.

Bonin Participates in Economics Roundtable
John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, participated in "ESOP Social and Economic Performance: the Recent Past and the Immediate Future: A Round Table Conversation among Scholars and ESOP Leaders" sponsored by the Organizational Dynamics Graduate Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, May 2-3.

Alonzo Featured for His "Passion for Technology"
Allen Alonzo, Cardinal Technologies manager, was featured in the March/April 2008 issue of College Store Executive in an article titled "Passion for Technology." The article features his history at Wesleyan and his new role as council chair of the Campus Computer Resellers Alliance.

Pernick '10 Elected New WSA President
Mike Pernick '10 was voted the next president of the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA). Saul Carlin '09, who ran in conjunction with Pernick, won the vice presidency. In the senior class elections, Ravid Chowdhury '09 was elected senior class president. Kenton Atta-Krah '09, who ran unopposed, was awarded the vice presidency. Derek Silverman '09 was voted senior class treasurer and Jodie Rubenstein '09 was elected class secretary.

Martello '08 Honored for Fundraising, Promoting Wesleyan
Toni Martello '08, won a Cardinal Connection Award by University Relations for her efforts on Reunion & Commencement and Homecoming/Family Weekends. She was honored for contributing in efforts to promote Wesleyan, which includes fundraising as well as acting as an ambassador beyond the campus community.

Blas '11 Elected Wesleyan's Student Employee of the Year
Arion Blas '11 was named Wesleyan's Student Employee of the Year by the Office of Student Employment and the Northeast Association of Student Employee Administrators. Each spring employers are asked to nominate a student employee who has gone above and beyond the regularly assigned tasks. The nominees are rated on reliability, quality of work, initiative, disposition and contribution to the employer. Blas works as an office assistant in University Relations' Development Communications office.
Posted 05.01.08
Psychology Students Present Symposium
Steve Stemler, assistant professor of psychology, and his advanced research students, Max Wu '08, Kirsten Sharpes '08, Lauren Sonnabend '08, Emily Compton '09 and Shuwei Koh '08 attended the annual meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) in Hyannis, Mass. from April 9-11. Collectively, they gave a symposium titled, "The Development of New Measures of Higher Education Outcomes." The symposium consisted of four presentations:
"The Development of New Measures of Intercultural Literacy, " "The Development of New Measures of Social Intelligence," "The Development of New Measures of Ethical Reasoning" and "The Development of New Measures of Citizenship."

Jacobsen Presents Paper, Seminar in South Korea
Joyce Jacobsen, the Andrews Professor of Economics, tutor in the College of Social Studies, presented a paper titled, "Affirmative Action in America: Procedures and Outcomes" at the International Conference for Promoting Equal Employment Opportunity for Women on April 23 in Seoul, Korea. She also presented a seminar, "Rules vs. Discretion: An Investment-Based Approach to Explaining Custom," at Seoul National University's Department of Economics on April 22.

Posner Directs Play Premiere at Wesleyan
Jessica Posner '09 directed the world premiere staging of Robert Lewis Vaughan's "The Good Red Road" at Wesleyan April 26. Playwright Vaughan has written Curious' "The Rest of the Night" and contributed to its "The War Anthology." He asked Posner to direct his story of a small-town high-school football hazing incident that destroys two families. Patrick Senat '08 assistant-directed the play, which featured a cast of seven Wesleyan students. They performed the play four times and offered a workshop with playwrights and a panel to discuss the stigmas that can be attached to being a student-athlete.

Rutland Speaks on Russia's Economy, Liberal Democracy
Peter Rutland, the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government and tutor in the College of Social Studies, delivered a paper on Putin's economic record to a workshop on "Russia's political economy" at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC on April 24. He also made a presentation on Russia at a conference on "Emerging alternatives to liberal democracy" at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC on April 29.

Green Street Honored for Adaptive Reuse
Wesleyan's Green Street Arts Center won a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) in April.

Mellon Mays Fellows Honored at Banquet
Five seniors will be honored at the Wesleyan University Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program banquet May 2 at the Russell House. The students are Michael Bolds, Melanie Jung, Mark Leonida, Stephen Padilla, and Rachapreuk "RJ" Schmidt. As participants in the program, they have been identified as students of great promise.
Posted 04.21.08
Miller Speaks on Political Fiction, Book Project
Cecilia Miller, associate professor of history and co-chair/tutor in the College of Social Studies, spoke at the Harvard Humanities Seminar in 18th Century Studies at the Barker Humanities Center at Harvard University on April 4. Her talk was on "Matriarchy and Meritocracy in Gulliver's Travels: Plato's Republic as Swiftian Ur-Text." This talk is part of her current book project, which she plans to finish this summer, on Enlightenment and Political Fiction.

Swinehart Speaks about Book-in-Progress
Kirk Swinehart, assistant professor of history, spoke about his book-in-progress and participated in "A Roundtable on New Research in Early American Indian History" at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. on April 5. In addition, Swinehart presented "The Question of Genocide in Native American History: George Washington against the Iroquois" at the distinguished Yale Genocide Studies Seminar on April 10.

Telfair Shows New Landscape Paintings at Forum Gallery
Tula Telfair, professor of art, opened an exhibition of her work at the Forum Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif. The show, titled, "Located at the Edge of a Momentary Convergence: New Landscape Paintings," runs through May 30.

Grossman Addresses International Bankers in Switzerland
Richard Grossman, professor of economics, chair of the Economics Department, made a presentation on the history of European monetary integration to representatives of the European Central Bank and the Bank for International Settlements at the organization located in Basel, Switzerland on April 10.

Lovell Presents Paper on Social Security
Mike Lovell, the Chester Hubbard Professor of Economics, emeritus, presented a paper titled "Social Security's OASI (Old Age and Survivors Insurance) Indexing Problems," at the Eastern Economic Association Meetings on March 8.
Posted 04.04.08
Basinger Named Mentor of the Year
Jeanine Basinger, the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, chair of Film Studies, has received one of the greatest accolades by the Hollywood film and entertainment industry being named "Mentor of the Year" by Daily Variety, the film industry's premier publication. An article on Basinger's career and legacy is online here.

Plous Honored for Distinguished Teaching
Scott Plous, professor of psychology, won the American Psychological Foundation (APF) 2008 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. This award recognizes a significant career of contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology. At the APA convention in Boston in August, Plous will be presented the award at the APF/APA awards ceremony. For more information go here.

McAlister Speaks on Caribbean Religions, Beliefs at Brooklyn Museum
Elizabeth "Liza" McAlister, chair of the Religion Department, associate professor of religion, associate professor of American studies, and associate professor of religion, was featured in a Brooklyn Museum podcast discussing "Symposium: Considering Syncretic Practices, Beliefs, and Religions in the Caribbean." McAlister and two other scholars discussed the ways belief functions in the daily life of Caribbean peoples within the islands and in New York. The moderated panel discussion took place at the museum. The podcast is online here.

Wesleyan Honored for Clean Energy Efforts
Wesleyan University was honored with the 2008 Connecticut Clean Energy Community Award from the Office of the Mayor for the City of Middletown March 24. Wesleyan has committed to purchase 1-gigawatt hour of clean energy from the Connecticut Clean Energy Options program. One gigawatt of energy is equal to powering 10 million 100-watt light bulbs for one hour.

Rutland Participates in Social Science Conference in Egypt
Peter Rutland, professor of government and tutor in the College of Social Studies, took part in a conference on social science curriculum reform in Cairo, Egypt from March 14-17. The meeting was organized by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute, and involved university teachers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Potter Receives the 2008 Audre Lorde Prize
Claire Potter, chair and professor of American studies, professor of history, has been awarded the 2008 Audre Lorde Prize by the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History for her article "Queer Hoover: Sex, Lies and Political History," which was published in the Journal of the History of Sexuality issue 15:3 in 2006. The award is presented for "an outstanding article on lesbian, gay bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and/or queer history published in English in 2006 or 2007."
Posted 03.17.08
Gallarotti Speaks about Politics of Globalization on Radio Program
Giulio Gallarotti, associate professor of government and tutor in the College of Social Studies, was featured on the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Feb. 25 in a Where We Live episode titled "Politics of Globalization." He and two other panel members discussed the impact of the global trade on the 2008 election and what the rest of the world is looking for from the next American President.

Coughlan Appointed to Mental Health Association Board
Dr. Philippa Coughlan, director of the Office of Behavioral Health for Students, recently was appointed to the Mental Health Association of Connecticut, Inc.'s Board of Directors. Previously, Dr. Coughlan served on the State Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut from 1990 and as Chair of the board from 1998-2005.

Imai Awarded Mellon Stipend for Finance Project
Masami Imai, assistant professor of East Asian studies, assistant professor economics, has been awarded a summer stipend from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Faculty Career Enhancement Program to fund his project, "Real Effects of Finance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Japan." To complete the project, Imai plans to assemble microeconomic data on small businesses and establishments, match this data with his prefecture-level data, and analyze how financial shocks transmit real economy through different types of borrowers. Imai will receive $4,000 for this research.

Yohe Delivers Three Presentations
Gary Yohe, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, delivered the keynote talk, "Climate Change in Connecticut - Local Vulnerabilities and Global Context," at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources in Storrs, Conn. March 10. He also presented two lectures at Duke University titled, "A Reconstruction of the Deconstruction of the Stern Review" and the Johnson Distinguished Lecture for 2008 titled, "Lessons and Stories from the Climate Wars." He presented these talks on March 3 and 4.

Wesleyan Tennis Honored with Educational Award
Ken Alrutz, Wesleyan tennis coach (pictured), and his daughter Rikki, an assistant coach, received the Educational Association of the Year Award presented by the USTA's New England section. The Wesleyan Cardinals were recognized for their exceptional support for tennis in New England through tennis programs, player development, community involvement and partnership with USTA New England. The involvement of the men's and women's teams with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation since the fall of 2006 was a major factor in Wesleyan's honor.

Bonin Speaks at Williams College on Bank Privatization
John Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, presented a talk titled, "Lesson from Bank Privatization in Transition Countries: Just Do It!" at Williams College on March 4.

Chao's Weight Study Research in Reuters Health
Y. May Chao '06, MA '07 is featured in Reuters Health in an article titled "Weight worries rise in boyes, especially minorities." Chao conducted the research for her study at Wesleyan. Using national survey data collected between 1995 and 2005, a team of researchers, led by Chao, found that white high school girls were more likely than their African-American peers to diet, exercise vigorously, use diet pills or purge in an attempt to lose weight. In contrast, the study found, black and Hispanic boys were more likely to take weight-control measures than white boys were.
Posted 02.27.08
WESU 88.1FM Honored for “Best Public Affairs Programming”
Wesleyan’s radio station, WESU Middletown 88.1 FM, was recognized with an award for Best Public Affairs Programming from the Hartford Independent Media Center. The honor was awarded for WESU’s efforts programming locally produced public affairs shows. In related news, WESU raised $29,000 in community support during its recent pledge drive, and recently kicked off its Spring Season 2008 Schedule. WESU students successfully created and have been facilitating a student forum on the history of Community Radio, where in WESU students receive credit for the completing course.

Radio Show Featured on Oldest Public Radio Network
A radio show created and hosted by J. Kehaulani Kauanui, associate professor of American studies, anthropology, was the featured program on the oldest public radio network, Pacifica’s, website during the holiday season. Her weekly program, Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond is now in its third season and features interviews with regional and National experts in the field. This is one of the only weekly radio shows in the country covering this subject.

Ethnomusicology Student Receives Grammy Award
A project co-produced by Ph.D ethnomusicology candidate Jorge Arévalo Mateus received a Grammy Award for Category 91: Best Historical Recording Album on Feb. 8. The project, titled "The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949," is an 18-track recording that features more than 74 minutes of restored songs, stories and conversation. The recording is from a concert, which took place in Newark, N.J. in December 1949. It was initially recorded onto two spools of delicate wire, and transferred to digital audio by Arévalo Mateus, Nora Gutherie and other compilation producers and mastering engineers.

Lensing’s Book reviewed in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Karl Kraus als Vorleser
(Karl Kraus as Recitationist), by Leo Lensing, professor of film studies and German studies, was reviewed in the Feb. 4 issue of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Paul Jandl, the Vienna correspondent for the Swiss newspaper, noted Lensing’s discovery of an important, unknown autobiographical work by Karl Kraus, the great Austrian satirical writer (1874-1936), and praised the “excellent commentary” that accompanies the previously unpublished text. Isaac’s

Book Honored by Association for Asian American Studies
A book by Allan Isaac, assistant professor of English, was honored with the 2006 Cultural Studies Book Award by the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS). Isaac’s book, American Tropics: Articulating Filipino-America, “exemplifies the best of recent works in the broad field of American hemispheric studies. This book holds significance for multiple fields – American studies, Asian American studies, and postcolonial theory among them – and models the kind of thoroughly grounded and well-conceived comparative work that will become progressively more important to studies of U.S. literatures and other cultural forms.” The AAAS Cultural Studies Book Prize Committee awarded Isaac for his “incisiveness, deep intellectual engagement and expansive theoretical and conceptual reach.” Isaac will receive the award in April at a reception in Chicago.

McGuire Speaks on Politics, Policy at Several Conferences
James McGuire, chair and professor of Latin American studies, and professor of government, presented "Politics, Policy, and Mortality Decline in East Asia and Latin America" at the Weill Medical College of the Cornell University School of Medicine on Feb. 7; "Politics, Policy, and Mortality Decline in Costa Rica" at the American Political Science Association meeting in Chicago on Sept. 1, 2007; "Politics, Policy, and Mortality Decline in Argentina" at the Latin American Studies Association meeting in Montreal on Sept. 8, 2007; "Politics, Policy, and Mortality Decline in East Asia and Latin America" and "Democracy and Public Health in Thailand" at Northern Illinois University on Sept. 27 and 28, 2007.

Rodriguez Speaks on Growth Empirics
Francisco Rodriguez, assistant professor of economics and Latin American studies, presented his paper “Cleaning Up the Kitchen Sink: Growth Empirics When the World Is Not Simple” at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, New School for Social Research Feb. 6. In addition, Rodriguez will become an associate editor of Economía, the Journal of the Latin American Economics Association, starting in June.

Wesleyan Observatory Used to View Lunar Eclipse

Roy Kilgard, assistant astronomer, and Arthur Sugden '08 hosted a public viewing of the lunar eclipse Feb. 20 at the Astronomy Department's observatory. Kilgard and Sudgen welcomed Wesleyan students and local residents to view the eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes through the shadow of the earth, cast by the sun. The moon appears red during an eclipse.

Posted 02.01.08
Jones to be Guest Speaker at Freedom of Information Day Observance
Barbara Jones, the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian, was selected to be the guest speaker at the Freedom of Information Day observance at the Science, Industry and Business Library of The New York Public Library on March 14. She will deliver a presentation and discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Conference Room 18. The title of her presentation is "Freedom of Information: an International Perspective." Established by a Congressional Joint Resolution in 1989, Freedom of Information Day is held on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, fourth President of the United States and primary architect of the Bill of Rights. Jones is the author of Libraries, Access and Intellectual Freedom: Developing Policies for Public and Academic Libraries. Another book, Intellectual Freedom: Academic libraries and Intellectual Freedom, will be published by the American Library Association in 2008.

Rodríguez Speaks on Venezuelan Social Policies, Poverty Traps
Francisco Rodríguez, assistant professor of economics and Latin American Studies, discussed his research on Venezuelan social policies at a panel on “Social Factors in the Bolivarian Republic” held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on Dec. 12, 2007. He presented the paper “The Price of Political Opposition: Evidence from Venezuela’s Maisanta” at the World Bank Microeconomics of Growth Conference held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Dec. 14, 2007. Rodríguez also gave a talk on “Testing for Poverty Traps” at the UNDP International Poverty Center in Brasilia, Brazil on Jan. 15, 2008.

Skillman, Bonin Speak, Chair Sessions at Social Science Meeting
Two economics professors participated in the Allied Social Science Association meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 6. Gil Skillman, professor of economics, presented, "The Evolutionary Robustness of Strategic Cooperation," co-authored with Matt Burke ‘07 at the event. Bonin, the Chester D. Hubbard Professor of Economics and Social Science, chaired two sessions at the meeting: "Economic Reform of Large Countries: China and India's Recent Experiences" and "Energy Issues and Challenges in Emerging Markets." Bonin is president-elect of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies for 2008 and will serve as President in 2009.

Students Compete at Debating Championship
The Woodrow Wilson Debate Society competed in the World Universities Debating Championship in Bangkok, Thailand Dec. 27-Jan. 5. The Wesleyan delegates included Abigail Hinchcliff '08, Laura Silver '08, Mark Sun '09, Chris Sarma '09 and Jeff Stein '10.

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Ph.D Candidate's Guthrie Project Nominated for Grammy
A project co-produced by Ph.D ethnomusicology candidate Jorge Arévalo Mateus received a Grammy nomination for Category 91: Best Historical Recording Album this year. The project, titled "The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949," is an 18-track recording that features more than 74 minutes of restored songs, stories and conversation. The recording is from a concert, which took place in Newark, N.J. in December 1949. It was initially recorded onto two spools of delicate wire, and transferred to digital audio by Arévalo Mateus, Nora Gutherie and other compilation producers and mastering engineers.

Rodriguez Presents Talk, Paper on Venezuela Economics, Policies
Francisco Rodriguez, assistant professor of Latin American Studies, economics, participated in the Conference "Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution at Home and Abroad: A New Geometry of Power" held at Yale Law School Nov. 30. The talk was sponsored by the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies of Yale University. In his presentation, Rodríguez discussed his research on Venezuela's economic and social policies as well as Venezuela's upcoming constitutional referendum. In addition, Rodríguez presented the paper "Sharing the Oil Wealth: An Appraisal of Venezuela's Social and Redistributive Policies" at the Conference on "Globalization and the Rise of the Left in Latin America" Dec. 8 held at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Thomas Honored as "Exceptional Reviewer"
Ellen Thomas, research professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was honored as an 'exceptional reviewer' by the Geological Society of America in the December volume of The Geological Society of America Today publication. Thomas is a co-reviewer for the publication Geology.

Tololyan Speaks on Homeland Nationalisms
Khachig Tololyan, professor of letters, professor of English, spoke at a conference sponsored by the London School for Economics and Political Science and the Institute for Jewish Studies in June 2007. Tololyan's talk, "Beyond the Homeland" focused on how homeland nationalisms are changed when they emerge in diasporas and transnationally.

Wesleyan Book Lauded as Most "Notable" for 2007
A Wesleyan University Press publication was chosen as one of the 100 "notable" books of 2007 by the New York Times. The book of poetry, published Dec. 2, is titled Next Life, by Rae Armantrout. Armantrout will speak at Russell House March 26.