Monthly Archives: June 2009

Swinehart Says Hooper’s ‘Tall Man’ is “Mesmerizing”

Assistant Professor of History Kirk Swinehart reviews Chloe Hooper’s gripping new book Tall Man which recounts a true crime incident that brought Palm Island back into the public consciousness of Australians and made news throughout the world.

Red Sox Signing Dominguez ’09 ‘Dream Come True’

Drew Dominguez ’09 is featured in an article in The Boston Globe that details how the government major and two sport star is fulfilling a childhood dream by being signed by The Boston Red Sox. He has reported to the short season low A-level minor league Lowell Spinners.

Bruce Conducts Brant Premiere at Guggenheim

Neely Bruce, professor of music, conducted the East Coast premiere of “Orbits” a piece written in 1979 by renowned composer Henry Brant. The orchestra conducted by Bruce included 89 trombones, a soprano and an organ.

Potter on Stonewall to Now and Beyond

In a recent Inside Higher Education article, Claire Potter, chair and professor of American studies, professor of history, director of the Center for the Americas, comments at length about academic inquiry into LGBT struggles going back before Stonewall and into the near future.

Grossman on Stimulus ‘Exit Strategy’

Richard Grossman, professor and chair of economics, made an appearance on public radio’s “MarketPlace” to comment on how the federal government gauges when to ease up on the stimulus spending program.

Newest Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Emilio Daddario ‘39, Winthrop “Wink” Davenport ‘64, Sally Zimmer Knight ‘81, Kofi Appenteng ‘81 and the 1994 Baseball Team will all be inducted into the Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

Burke Receives $395,000 from NSF, $100,000 from NIH

Ann Burke, associate professor of biology, recently received a three-year, $395,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the development and evolution of the shoulder girdle using transgenic mice, frog and salamander. The mice will be generated in collaboration with a lab at the University of Michigan and will allow Burke and her associates to turn off Hox genes, which are specific patterning genes, in specific sub populations of the embryonic mesoderm that make the musculoskeletal tissues. Comparing the dynamics of gene expression and cell interactions during the formation of the pectoral region in a variety of embryos will help Burke and other scientists understand the evolution of these musculoskeletal structures and the dramatic variations among vertebrate lineages associated with adaptations for different locomotor strategies, like swimming, scurrying, crawling and flying.

Burke also received a two-year $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use the same amphibian systems (salamander and frog) to develop a model system for understanding body wall defects in humans.

Roth on Nunberg’s ‘The Years of Talking Dangerously’

The San Francisco Chronicle has published Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth’s review of Geoffrey Nunberg’s The Years of Talking Dangerously. The book is a “new collection of essays and commentaries explores how we have attempted to combine, divide or dismiss parts of the world simply by talking about them.”

Red Sox Sign Drew Dominguez ’09

The Boston Red Sox have signed Drew Dominguez ’09.Dominguez is the first Wesleyan baseball player signed by a major league team in 44 years. Dominguez was an All NESCAC Player this year and broke the Wesleyan single season hits record this year – a record Dominguez set last year. He will report to the A-level minor league Lowell Spinners after signing.

Rutland: BRIC’s Influence May Be Growing

Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, has an interesting piece in The Moscow Times regarding a strengthening relationship between Brazil, Russia, India and China, or “BRIC.” The four countries represent powerful economies and may be reacting to opportunities presented by the recent decline of U.S. and European economic influence.

Kurtz Uses Virtual Reality to Help Schizophrenics

The unique use of virtual reality by Matthew Kurtz, assistant professor of psychology and assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, was part of a feature by The Hartford Courant. Kurtz is employing virtual reality systems to help schizophrenics.

Prison Education Program Gains Approval

Inside Higher Education has a report on the recently-approved Wesleyan Center for Prison Education program, which will begin this fall and has grant funding for the next two years. The program will feature Wesleyan faculty and students teaching inmates at the Cheshire Correctional Institute, which is a maximum security prison here in Connecticut. Cathy Lechowicz, director of community service and volunteerism and one of the program’s advisers, is quoted in the article