News and Notes from the College of Integrative Sciences


Senior major Jocelyn Wang received High Honors for her thesis Origins of Ecological Diversity in Bacillus: A Computational Approach to Genomic Analysis of Ecotypes.

  • Nakial Cross '25 awarded the Dr. Neil Clendeninn Prize
  • Adin Dowling '25 awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Adin Dowling '25 awarded the Karl Van Dyke prize
  • Jamar Kittling '24 awarded the Littell Prize
  • Jessica Luu '24 awarded the Bradley Prize
  • Jessica Luu '24 awarded the Wallace C. Pringle Prize for Research in Chemistry
  • Ava Purdue MA '24 awarded the Wesleyan Animal Studies Prize
  • Joecelyn Wang '24 awarded the Michael Rice Prize in Computer Science
  • Mingyu Wang '24 awarded the Scott Biomedical Prize


Congratulations to CIS Majors Jamar Kittling and Jocelyn Wangelected to Wesleyan University’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2024.


The climate change Earth is experiencing today is similar to that during a period of rapid and intense global warming it experienced some 56 million years ago. Understanding the similarities can help scientists evaluate what is happening in today’s warming world, according to Ellen Thomas, Harold T. Stearns Professor of Integrative Sciences, Emerita.

Key to that understanding is figuring out how much oxygen was dissolved in large swaths of the oceans during that period of rapid warming, called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum or PETM, when average temperatures increased by 5-8o Celsius or 9-14o Fahrenheit in a few thousand years, compared to now, Thomas said.

“Most ocean life forms, including fish, need oxygen, so the loss of oxygen would mean loss of an important food source for many people, especially in tropics and subtropics,” she said. 

Read at the Wesleyan Connection