Monthly Archives: March 2010

Stemler Author of Tacit Knowledge Article

Steve Stemler, assistant professor of psychology, is the co-author of “The socially skilled teacher and the development of tacit knowledge,” published in the British Educational Research Journal, Feb. 24, 2010

Wind Screen Set-Up Signifies Baseball Season


The Athletics Department sets up a wind screen around the Andrus Field fence March 16. The brightly-colored screen allows the outfielders to easily see the fence line. The fence remains on Andrus Field throughout the baseball season.

The baseball season began March 6. The first home game is at noon, March 27 against Amherst College.

The baseball season began March 6. The first home game is at noon, March 27 against Amherst College.

Wesleyan Press Book Wins National Critics Award

p_armantroutRae Armantrout’s Versed, published by Wesleyan University Press, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the poetry category.

“The poetry award went to Rae Armantrout’s Versed (Wesleyan University Press) for its demonstration of superb intellect and technique, its melding of experimental poetics but down-to-earth subject matter to create poems you are compelled to return to, that get richer with each reading.”

Kauanui Keynote Speaker at Hawai’i American Studies Symposium

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, associate professor of American studies, associate professor of anthropology, delivered the keynote address during the Hawai’i American Studies Association Symposium March 11 at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Her lecture was titled, “A Sorry State: Hawaiian Nationalism and the Politics of Imperialist Resentment.”

Kauanui’s talk was co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Shapiro Provides Libretto for Opera

Norman Shapiro, professor of romance languages and literatures, is working on an opera titled “La Castrata,” with David Francis Urrows, associate professor of music of Hong Kong Baptist University. Shapiro is providing the libretto, or text of the opera.

Raba to Join U.N.H Athletics Hall of Fame

John Raba, head men's lacrosse coach, will  join the U.N.H. Athletics Hall of Fame during its induction ceremony March 26.

John Raba, head men's lacrosse coach, will join the U.N.H. Athletics Hall of Fame during its induction ceremony March 26.

John Raba, head men’s lacrosse coach at Wesleyan since 1997, has been selected as one of seven inductees for the University of New Haven Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2010.  John is a 1993 graduate of U.N.H. and a former standout in both football and lacrosse there.

Coming aboard the full-time Wesleyan staff in 1996 and now an adjunct associate professor in the physical education department, Raba enters his 14th season as head coach of men’s lacrosse during 2010. Raba has a 155-67 record at Wesleyan, including an 18-3 mark in 2007, the best season ever at the college, and a 16-4 record in 2006 as the team advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament semi-finals both years. For his accomplishment in both 2006 and 2001, when the team went 17-3, Raba was named NESCAC and NEILA Division III Coach of the Year.

Raba earned his fifth NEILA Coach of the Year award following a 15-4 season in 2009 as his Cardinals captured the NESCAC tournament title for the first time and qualified for the NCAAs for the fourth time in five years.  He was named co-Coach of the Year by the NEILA in 2005.

Raba serves on the USILA All-American Committee and is a regional representative on the NCAA men’s lacrosse advisory selection committee. In addition to coaching lacrosse, John assisted with the football team during the fall from 1996 through 2007, working on the defensive side of the ball each of those 12 seasons with eight seasons as defensive coordinator (1998-2005). He stepped down from that post in 2008, assuming the new position of recruiting coordinator for the athletics department.

A 1993 graduate of the University of New Haven, John was an All-American lacrosse player for the Chargers as a grad student in 1994 after leading Division II in scoring as a senior in 1993. Also outstanding on the gridiron, John was a team captain, a two-time all-New England pick as a fullback and earned team MVP honors as well. John was honored by U.N.H. as its male athlete of the year in both 1991-92 and 1992-93.

Raba will be part of the 27th class to join the U.N.H. Athletics Hall of Fame during its induction on March 26.

McCarthy Inducted into Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Assistant men's lacrosse team coach Rick McCarthy is a past-president of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

Assistant men's lacrosse team coach Rick McCarthy is a past-president of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

Rick McCarthy, who recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for Wesleyan’s highly successful men’s lacrosse team, was one of seven individuals inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame during a ceremony Jan. 10 at Yale University.

Serving as the head coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Western Connecticut State U. for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, McCarthy came back to join the Wesleyan staff in 2006 after serving in that capacity during the 2003 campaign. In December 2006, McCarthy was honored by the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) as the Division III assistant coach of the year.

McCarthy began his lacrosse coaching career at Babson College in 1975. He has been involved in coaching for 38 years since his graduation from Yale University in 1968, handling mostly lacrosse and ice hockey, but also basketball and football at various levels of activity throughout southern New England.

He is a past-president of the New England Intercollegiate lacrosse Association (2002-03) and has been a member of the Division III men’s lacrosse national poll committee, the weekly NEILA rating board, the ECAC Division III men’s lacrosse advisory board and the USILA All-America advisory board.

More information on McCarthy is online here.

Wesleyan Homepage Featured in Design, Development Blog

Wesleyan University's home page.

Wesleyan University's home page.

Smashing Magazine, a web design and development blog, ran an article March 19 on higher education web sites, focusing on homepage design.

In part the text noted: “College and university websites have a lot of roles to fill. They need to provide information for prospective students (both new and transfer), parents of students and prospective students, current students, and alumni. In many cases, they’re also the gateway to the school’s intranet and the public face for both academics and athletics. They often need to include reams of information in a way that makes everything easy to find. It’s a huge challenge.

And the truth is: most college and university websites are horribly designed. Either they look like they were designed fifteen years ago and then forgotten about, or they’re so overloaded with information that it’s almost impossible to find what you’re looking for.”

The post offers screenshots of many university homepages, and very brief comments about each one. About Wesleyan’s homepage, the blog said, “Wesleyan University uses a grid layout and sophisticated color scheme.”

Many of the sites that the we considered when we redesigned the Wesleyan homepage are featured here. (Among my personal favorites are Dickinson, Middlebury, Syracuse, Oxford and Washtenaw.) Notably absent: MIT—one of the most influential university homepage designs. Here is the list of web sites that the Wesleyan web team consulted during our design process.

Check out the Web Updates Blog for more on the redesign of the Wesleyan homepage.

(Contributed by Adrian Cooke)

Scott Holmes Awarded NSF Grant

Scott Holmes, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) on March 2. The three year grant, worth $599,832, will support his studies on “Epigenetic Silencing of Gene Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.”

Read more on Holmes’s study here.

Sheehan-Connor Awarded NSF Grant for Bone Marrow Donor Study

Damien Sheehan-Connor, assistant professor of economics, received an $88,747 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his study titled “Bone Marrow Registries and Donor Motives.” This grant, subcontracted with the University of California, Santa Barbara, will be applied over three years.