The Wesleyan Connection's Achievements 2008
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
A presentation on "The Price of Political Opposition: Evidence from
Venezuela's Maisanta" at the Center for Global Development, Washington DC on
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.
Juhasz Keynote Speaker at Eye Movement
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.
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
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.
Striegel-Moore Selected to Revise Mental
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
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.
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
"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
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
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.
Miller Speaks on Political Fiction, Book
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
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ph.D Candidate's Guthrie Project Nominated
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
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
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.