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Monthly Archive for October, 2008

Wesleyan hosted Homecoming/Family Weekend Oct. 17-19.

Wesleyan hosted Homecoming/Family Weekend Oct. 17-19. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Come Home!” was the theme of Wesleyan’s Homecoming/Family Weekend (HCFW) Oct. 17-19.

“I chose Come Home! as the theme for this event because I believe that Wesleyan is a family that grows stronger by engagement at regular gatherings such as Homecoming/Family Weekend,” says Wesleyan President Michael Roth. “Many things in our lives change year to year, but we can always come back to Wesleyan and feel we belong.”

The event featured 21 WESeminars, several athletic events, campus tours, an all-college dinner, (more…)

At left, Tresne Hernandez '12 and Ross Firestone '12 demonstrate how to blow up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar by producing carbon dioxide. The students are part of the Chemistry Department's Free Radicals group, which participated in the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut’s Carnival to commemorate the end of Ramadan in October.

At left, Tresne Hernandez '12 and Ross Firestone '12 demonstrate how to blow up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar by producing carbon dioxide. The students are part of the Chemistry Department's Free Radicals group, which participated in the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut’s Eid ul-Fitr Carnival to commemorate the end of Ramadan in October. Eid ul-Fitr is one of two major lunar festivals in the Islamic calendar.

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Dr. Davis Smith

Dr. Davis Smith

Dr. Davis Smith, medical director at Health Services, received the 2008 President’s Award from the New England College Health Association. The award recognizes the contributions to college health by an individual working in the field from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont.

According to the award requirements, Smith was selected because he has made significant contributions to the students he serves, as well as his institution, community and the field of college health. Smith was also recognized as being a creative, innovative, dedicated leader and mentor known for his sharing and caring.

Frank Kuan is the director of

Frank Kuan is the director of community relations.

Frank Kuan, director of community relations, received the Community Service Award from the Middlesex County NAACP on Sept. 26.

The award was presented during the 23rd Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Dinner at Cross Street AME Zion Church in Middletown. The organization also awarded a business award and education award.

Steve Stemler

Steven Stemler, assistant professor of psychology.

Failure to adapt in certain military maneuvers or assignments can lead to fatal errors. To help prevent grievous mistakes, the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense has asked psychologists to study adaptability. Assistant Professor of Psychology Steven Stemler was awarded a $60,000 subcontract via the University of Central Florida to study the concept and develop tools to measure adaptability. (more…)

Dog-lover Laurenellen McCann '09 was an associate producer for a new TV series, Dogs 101, that debuted Oct. 11.

Dog-lover Laurenellen McCann '09 was an associate producer for a new TV series, Dogs 101, that debuted Oct. 11.

It’s a dog-gone good month for Laurenellen McCann ’09.

After spending her entire summer working for an independent television production company, the government major’s work was finally broadcast Oct. 11 on the network, Animal Planet.

As one of three associate producers for the new series Dogs 101, McCann was at the front line of creative thought for each episode. She was responsible for researching the information to be disseminated in every episode, including details about the dog breeds featured and the best stories to make them stand out. (more…)

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships, is a distinguished presenter at a cultural identity conference Oct. 23.

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships, is a distinguished presenter at a cultural identity conference Oct. 23.

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, vice president for diversity and strategic partnerships, will investigate two partnerships between higher education institutions and urban communities during a conference at Trinity College Oct. 23.

The day-long event, titled “Cultural Identity through the Arts in Urban Communities,” will pursue how academic institutions can develop new and innovative collaborative projects with diverse communities in urban settings. (more…)

Michael Ondaatje will read prose Nov. 5 in Memorial Chapel. Ondaatje is the author of <i>The English Patient</i>.

Michael Ondaatje will read prose Nov. 5 in Memorial Chapel. Ondaatje is the author of The English Patient.

Celebrated fiction writer and poet Michael Ondaatje, winner of the British Commonwealth’s highest literary award, the Booker Prize, is this year’s Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer.

Ondaatje will read from his prose at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 in Memorial Chapel. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

“Michael Ondaatje’s works are haunting, seductive stories and his prose is stunning,” says Anne Greene, director of writing programs. “This is a rare chance to hear Ondaatje’s own voice.”

Born in Sri Lanka of Indian/Dutch ancestry, Ondaatje went to school in England and then moved to Canada. Among his best-known works are the novel The English Patient, (more…)

Nina Felshin explains a recent exhibition of Eric Gottesman and Sudden Flowers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Curator Nina Felshin explains a recent exhibition of Eric Gottesman and Sudden Flowers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

By Intisar Abioto ’09

The current Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery exhibition Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography, challenges the traditional space between the artist, the subject and the viewer.

The exhibition of two-dimensional photographs, photo installations, video and web-based works features art by Ann Messner, Perry Bard, Matthew Buckingham, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, An-My Lê, Emily Jacir, Alfredo Jaar, Eric Gottesman and Kota Ezawa.

Curator Nina Felshin planned this exhibition after meeting with Jennifer Tucker, chair and associate professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies, associate professor of history, associate professor of science in society, several years ago. Tucker organized a university-wide, photography project, Eye of History: The Camera as Witness, a semester long series of exhibitions, films and talks exploring how photographs shape the ways in which people remember historical events. (more…)

"Where God Left His Shoes" will be shown at the Center for Film Studies Oct. 25 to raise funds for Middlesex County Homelessness Prevention Fund.

When Frank, Angela, and their two children are evicted from their New York City apartment, they have no choice but to move into a homeless shelter. After a few difficult months, an apartment becomes available in a nearby housing project. There’s only one catch: Frank needs a job in order to qualify or the apartment will get rented to someone else. While the rest of the city prepares for Christmas, Frank and his 10-year-old stepson, Justin, roam the cold streets of New York trying to find a job by day’s end.

While this is the story line for the feature film, “Where God Left His Shoes,” the same scenario resonates in the local community. (more…)

Graduate student Weiwei Pan spoke on "Categorified Bundles and Classifying Spaces" at the 2008 Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society held Oct. 11-12 at Wesleyan. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Graduate student Weiwei Pan spoke on "Categorified Bundles and Classifying Spaces" at the 2008 Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society held Oct. 11-12 at Wesleyan. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

During a session on algebraic topology, graduate student Weiwei Pan spoke to dozens of mathematical scholars from around the world on “Categorified Bundles and Classifying Spaces.”

Pan was one of 220 speakers who presented math-related talks during the 2008 Eastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society held Oct. 11-12 at Wesleyan. More than 300 participants registered.

“One of the best things about being a mathematician is that there are people all over the world who share your interests, and that mathematics (more…)

Wesleyan's Complex Quantum Dynamics and Mesoscopic Phenomena Group is hosting the annual New England Mesoscopic Systems Symposium Oct. 26. Group members include front, from left, James Aisenberg, Rangga Budoyo, Gim Seng Ng, Mei Zheng, Katrina Smith-Mannschott and Carl West, and back, from left, Joshua Bodyfelt and Tsampikos Kottos.

Wesleyan's Complex Quantum Dynamics and Mesoscopic Phenomena Group is hosting the annual New England Mesoscopic Systems Symposium Oct. 26. Group members include front, from left, James Aisenberg '09, Rangga Budoyo (now at the University of Maryland), Gim Seng Ng '08 (now at Harvard University), Mei Zheng '10, graduate student Katrina Smith-Mannschott and Carl West '11, and back, from left, graduate student Joshua Bodyfelt and Tsampikos Kottos, assistant professor of physics.

Physicists, predominately from New England and Europe, will convene Oct. 26 at Wesleyan to discuss topics related to mesoscopic systems. The one-day event, coordinated by the Physics Department’s Complex Quantum Dynamics and Mesoscopic Phenomena Group, will be the first-ever New England Mesoscopic Systems Symposium.

The mesoscopic scale lies between microscopic and macroscopic, which is visible to the human eye.

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