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The Wesleyan Connection’s Campus News 2008

09.04.08
Faculty, Student Study Emerging Language

09.04.08
Class of 2012 Welcomed to Wesleyan

09.04.08
Professor Scott Plous Honored for Teaching Efforts

09.04.08
Student Writes, Produces NPR Stories

09.04.08
Students Help Humanity with Open Source Software

09.04.08
Center for Humanities Fall Lecture Series Unveiled

09.04.08
U.S. Laureate Poet Kicks-Off Russell House Series

08.06.08
PIMMS Takes Math and Science Teachers Back to School

08.06.08
Researchers Get to the Core of Block Island

08.06.08
2008-09 Arts Season Kicks Off At CFA

08.06.08
Wesleyan Rideboard Links Campus Commuters

08.06.08
Students Learn about Financial Issues at Workshop

08.06.08
First Lady of Wesleyan Kay Butterfield Dies at 101

06.25.08
Professor Fred Cohan Refines Microbe Classifications Speeches at 2008 Commencement

06.25.08
Board of Trustees Awards 3 Faculty Tenure Speeches at 2008 Commencement

06.25.08
Gim Seng Ng ’08 Honored for Original Research Speeches at 2008 Commencement

06.25.08
Ingrid Bergman Featured in Summer Film Series

06.03.08
Senator Obama, President Roth Deliver Historic Speeches at 2008 Commencement

06.03.08
Graduate Student Studies Lampreys Abroad

06.03.08
Award-Winning Writers at Annual Conference

06.03.08
Kauanui Co-Founds Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

06.03.08
Wesleyan Recording Accepted Into National Registry

06.03.08
Fulbright Scholarships Announced

05.15.08
20 Years: Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

05.15.08
Environmental Justice Explored at Workshop

05.15.08
Students Awarded Academic Honors

05.15.08
Magda Teter’s Workshop Explores Jewish Culture Through Early Literature

05.15.08
Exhibit on May 1968 Poses Questions about the Present

05.15.08
PIMMS Founder Receives Service Award for Math, Science Contributions

05.15.08
Wesleyan’s Ultimate Team Ends Successful Season

05.15.08
Softball Team Makes Championship Game of the NESCAC Tournament

05.15.08
Robert Whitman Dies at 78

05.01.08
Vicky Ambro Finds 1893 Wesleyan University Bulletin at Flea Market

05.01.08
New York Times Editor Keynote Speaker at Roosevelt Conference

05.01.08
Eco-Festival “Feet to the Fire” Highlights Climate Change

05.01.08
Wesleyan Awarded $1.4M Hughes Grant for Science Education

05.01.08
Hartford Economists Award Iwan Djanali ’09 for Economics Research

05.01.08
64 Students Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

05.01.08
Chinese Philosophy, Ethics Discussed at NEH Seminar

05.01.08
CHEFA Grant Supports Art Center’s After School Program

05.01.08
Reunion & Commencement Weekend Going Green

05.01.08
Art, Antiques Up for Bid at Davison Art Center Auction, Picnic

05.01.08
Professor of History Emeritus Jeffrey Butler Dies at 85

04.21.08
2 Students Earn Goldwater Scholarships

04.21.08
Professor Jeffrey Schiff Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

04.21.08
Students Will Build Biogas Digester as a “Project for Peace”

04.21.08
Visiting Librarian Observes Research Methods at Wesleyan

04.21.08
Inaugural Class of Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

04.21.08
WESU 88.1 Hosts 25th Live Broadcast of Youth Radio Project

04.21.08
Green Street’s Director Featured in Marriage Equality Film

04.21.08
Long Lane Farm Honored for Community-Supported Agriculture Efforts

04.04.08
2 Seniors Receive Watson Fellowships

04.04.08
Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

04.04.08
Gina Ulysse Explores Cultural Implications of Informal Commercial Importers in New Book

04.04.08
Career Retreat Features Alumni, Industry and Academic Speakers

04.04.08
Faculty Awarded New Appointments

04.04.08
Tuition to Increase by 5 Percent, Grant Aid by 7.5 Percent

04.04.08
Wesleyan NESCAC All-Conference Winners Announced

04.04.08
Wesleyan NESCAC All-Academic Student-Athletes Announced

04.04.08
Commissioner McCarthy Keynote Speaker at Earth Day Address

04.04.08
“Music and Modernism in the Graphic Arts” on Display in Davison Gallery

04.04.08
Wesleyan Raises $136,098 for United Way

03.17.08
Senior EES Capstone Course Goes to Puerto Rico

03.17.08
William Herbst and Team Observe Earth-Like Planet Formation

03.17.08
Student Travels the World for Oral Histories for “The People Could Fly Project

03.17.08
Faculty, Staff Guest Speakers at Sunday Salon Series

03.17.08
“Food: Power and Identity” Topic of Shasha Seminar

03.17.08
Wesleyan Competes in RecycleMania

02.27.08
Nobel Prize Winner Craig Mello Speaker at First Year Matters Program

02.27.08
Online Biographic Site of Wriston ’11 Debuts

02.27.08
Films, Guest Speakers Bring Israeli Culture to Wesleyan

02.27.08
Student-Produced Radio Program Highlights Wesleyan Faculty

02.27.08
Psychology Class Creates Book Drive to Benefit Local Elementary School

02.27.08
Archivist to Survey Islamic Manuscripts in Nigeria

02.27.08
DanceMasters Weekend Showcases International Artists

02.27.08
Music Department to Host Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology

02.27.08
Whaley Becomes VP for Student Affairs

02.01.08
Senator Kennedy to Address Class of 2008

02.01.08
Psychology Department Showcases New Laboratories

02.01.08
Wesleyan Advances Green Computing Methods

02.01.08
Wesleyan Meets Mellon Foundation Challenge

02.01.08
New Vice President Sonia BasSheva Manjon Will Focus on Diversity, Community

02.01.08
Multimedia Installation Reinvents 18th-Century Utopian Society

01.15.08
Kresge Challenge Grant Supports New Science Equipment

01.15.08
“Athma” Promotes Hindu Awareness, Culture, Fellowship

01.15.08
Dierker Awarded $1M from National Institutes of Health

01.15.08
Institute to Teach Foreign Language in 4 Weeks

01.15.08
Wesleyan Athletics to Create Hall of Fame

01.15.08
Professor Emeritus Norman Rudich Dies at 85

Trustees Match Annual Fund Gifts Through Dec. 31

Every gift up to $10,000 donated to Wesleyan between now and Dec. 31 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Wesleyan Board of Trustees. Please join us today with your annual gift to Wesleyan.

Roth on “Annie Leibovitz at Work”

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth reviews Annie Leibovitz’s new book “Annie Leibovitz at Work” in the Los Angeles Times.

Yohe’s Climate Change Work Cited in NY Times

A piece by Andrew C. Rivken in The New York Times discusses the risk-management approach toward climate change that has been done by Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics. Rivken wonders if this approach is something politicians will rally behind.

NASA Grant to Fund Study on Venus’s Landscape

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Holding a globe model of the planet Venus, Martha Gilmore, associate professor of earth and environmental science, and Phil Resor, assistant professor of earth and environmental science, will study an area on Venus that contains the oldest rocks on the planet’s surface. (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)

Thanks to NASA, two Earth and Environmental Science faculty are going to spend the better part of their next three summers on Venus looking at volcanoes and mountain ranges.

Specifically, Martha Gilmore, associate professor of earth and environment science, and Phillip Resor, assistant professor of earth and environmental science, will be using a three-year NASA grant to examine an area of Venus called the Tellus Regio, which is contains some of the oldest rocks on the planet’s surface.

“It’s an area of interest for two reasons, primarily,” says Gilmore, who has done work on Mars and Venus missions, among others for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). “First, it’s an area that is high on NASA’s list of

Alden, Imai, Starr Awarded Tenure

The Wesleyan University Board of Trustees affirmed the promotion with tenure, effective July 1, 2009, of the following members of the faculty:

Jane Alden.

Jane Alden.

Jane Alden, associate professor of music, was appointed assistant professor of music at Wesleyan in 2001. Prior, she was an acting assistant professor at Stanford University, and an instructor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Alden was awarded a Wesleyan Center for the Humanities Fellowship and was a visiting research associate at Harvard University. She has been the recipient of a Mellon Center Mini-Grant, a Wesleyan University seed grant, and Wesleyan University Snowdon funding for a symposium.

Her research and teaching interest include manuscript production and music books in the 15th century; historiography of chanson in the late 19th and 20th centuries; The “New York School” of American experimental

Thomas on “Top 100″ Earth Science List

Ellen Thomas.

Ellen Thomas.

A paper by Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and environmental sciences, is listed as one of the 100 most influential papers in the earth sciences by MantlePlumes.org.

Thomas’s article, “Trends, rhythms, and aberrations in global climate 65 Ma to present,” was originally published in Science, 292, in 2001. Also included in the top 100 are Charles Darwin’s The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, published in 1842, and British geologist Sir Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology, from 1830-33.

The same paper was also identified by Thomson Reuters Scientific’s Essential Science Indicators as one of the most highly cited papers in field of geosciences, and has been designated as a “Current Classic” in October 2008.

In addition, Thomas was recently a co-author of another paper published in Science magazine Dec. 15 on the “long record of the Ca-isotope composition of seawater.”

Under-the-Desk Waste Baskets Replaced with Recycle Containers

Jonathan Curry, TITLE, and Alex Cabal, area coordinator, have replaced their plastic trash cans with recyclable containers in Residential Life.

Area coodinators Jonathan Connary and Alex Cabal have replaced their plastic trash cans with recyclable containers in Residential Life. (Photo by Intisar Abioto '09)

Trash bins may find themselves down in the dumps, at least around Wesleyan’s campus.

The university is replacing them – one by one – with recyclable containers in attempt to make Wesleyan a “greener” campus community.

“Most everything we throw away at our desks – paper, plastic water bottles and soda cans and cardboard packaging material – is recyclable,” says Jeff Miller, associate director for facilities management. “So why keep a trash can under your desk?”

Miller and other members of Wesleyan’s Recycling and Waste Committee, a subcommittee of Wesleyan’s Sustainable Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES), are spearheading efforts to remove the trash bins from all individual administrative and academic offices.

Tamminen Honored for Dance Research

Suzanna Tamminen

Suzanna Tamminen

Suzanna Tamminen, director of Wesleyan University Press, received a “2008 Outstanding Service to Dance Research” award from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD).

The CORD Awards were established in 1995 to recognize excellence in the field, contribute to motivating further research, and signal to the scholarly world at large that the works and individuals recognized are highly valued by those involved in dance research.

Plous Book Cited in Washington Post

Scott Plous

Scott Plous

Scott Plous, professor of psychology, was quoted in a Dec. 14 issue of The Washington Post in a story titled “Choosing Not To Choose: Ever feel lost in a maze of too many options?”

The article, which focused on the overwhelming abundance of life-changing decisions such as finances, health care and career moves, mentions Plous’s book, The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making.

“There’s no question that we have more choices than ever before,” Plous agreed. “And decisions are generally harder and more time-consuming when there are lots of alternatives.”

Thomas Published in Science Magazine

Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and environmental sciences, is a co-author of an article on the “long record of the Ca-isotope composition of seawater,” published in Science Magazine Dec. 15.