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Monthly Archive for December, 2010

Wesleyan's Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR) is a unique research effort that examines violent and non-violent uprisings. This past summer seven undergraduates participated in an intensive 10-week summer internship held by PTIR.

Hosting a symposium to discuss new research findings is a rather common event for universities today. However, the symposium “Rethinking Insurgency” held at Wesleyan this fall was unique in one important way: the vast bulk of research was done by undergraduates.

Their research was the final product of an intensive 10-week summer internship held under the auspices of Wesleyan’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research (PTIR), which is directed by Assistant Professor of Government Erica Chenoweth. Chenoweth says that undergraduates are often overlooked in many research institutions, but that Wesleyan’s tradition of embracing undergraduates as participants in active research helped create the internship. (more…)

Stephen Devoto, associate professor of biology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, is featured in a video created by a student enrolled in the course, Making the Science Documentary.

Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and Jacob Bricca, adjunct assistant professor of film studies, explained their experimental cross-disciplinary course on science documentary filmmaking at Wesleyan in a December 2010 article published in American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Today.

In the article, Hingorani and Bricca wrote about their course, “Making the Science Documentary,” which they co-taught together, starting in 2007. The course was designed to introduce undergraduate students to the life sciences and to documentary filmmaking (more…)

The Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Kappa welcomed 15 seniors into the honor society Dec. 8 at the Office of Admission. The honorees are pictured above (two were absent).

Fifteen graduating seniors were elected into the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during a ceremony Dec. 8. PBK is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Students elected to the society must have completed Stage I and II of the General Education Expectations by the end of the junior year and have a grade point average of 93 or above. (more…)

Will Dubbs ’14 arrived at Wesleyan from Manhattan in September as part of the frosh class. Next month he’ll return to New York as an off-Broadway playwright.

Manhattan Repertory Theater has selected Dubbs’ first and only play, “Dead Sharks,” for production as part of its Winterfest 2011 festival of original theatrical works. The first of three scheduled “Dead Sharks” performances at the Rep’s 42nd Street theater is Jan. 29.

Dubbs, who is a minute older than his twin sister, Katie, a student at Princeton, wrote the one-act “Dead Sharks” for an all-freshman (more…)

The Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns will take place April 8-10, 2011.

“Histories of Race” is the topic of the 9th annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns to be held April 8-10, 2011.

During this weekend retreat, participants will examine the many histories of race, both past and present, with a group of internationally renowned scholars.

The Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, endowed by the generosity of James J. Shasha ’50, P’82, GP’14, is an annual forum for alumni, parents, students and friends that provides an opportunity to explore issues of human concern (more…)

Assistant Professor of Art Elijah Huge is teaching architecture design studios, which are part of the Studio Arts Program curriculum.

This issue, we ask “5 Questions” of Elijah Huge, assistant professor of art. Huge returned to Wesleyan this fall after a sabbatical spent at the University of California-Berkeley. He teaches architecture.

Q: What’s your favorite building, or group of buildings, at Wesleyan, and why?

A: There are a number of outstanding buildings on campus, but my favorite group of buildings is the Center for the Arts, without question. The CFA is invested with a highly refined and clearly articulated architectural identity and reflects an amazing level of cultural ambition on the part of the university.  On the one hand, the buildings are of their moment within American 20th architectural history, but their unusual, even primitive use of solid, monolithic limestone blocks – a decidedly un-modern building material – is simply amazing.   (more…)

Laura Stark

Laura Stark, assistant professor of sociology, received the Burnham Early Career Award from the History of Science Society for her paper, “The Science of Ethics: Deception, The Resilient Self, And the APA Code of Ethics, 1966-1973.” The paper was published in the fall 2010 issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

The History of Science Society’s Forum calls the paper “original and compelling.”

“Stark’s paper offers a fascinating recreation of the process by which the American Psychological Association (APA) arrived at ethical guidelines for human research,” the citation reads. “Expertly taking advantage of little-known archival resources, [she] examines how a special committee was created, how it collected survey responses (more…)

At right, Oxford University Chancellor Lord Patten of Barnes, congratulates Robert G. McKelvey ’59 for being named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University.

Robert G. McKelvey ’59, of Sea Girt, N.J., was named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University by the university’s chancellor, Lord Patten of Barnes, during a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York as part of the university’s recent North American reunion.

Founded in 1998, the Distinguished Friend citation has been awarded to 42 Oxonians of approximately 180,000 Oxford alumni.

The citation noted McKelvey as the “driving force” behind the Merton College Charitable Corporation, the alumni organization of Mertonians in the Americas since its formation in 1994. Merton College, one of the Oxford’s 45 colleges and halls, was founded in 1264 and is one of Oxford’s oldest colleges. The citation noted that “Merton’s donations from the U.S. are among the highest of all Oxford Colleges.” McKelvey studied at Merton from 1959–1961 as a Rhodes Scholar receiving a B.A. and an M.A. degree in history.

McKelvey also serves on the board of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and as an officer since 1998. All Rhodes Scholars attend Oxford University.

McKelvey has served as a trustee of Wesleyan University, several national educational foundations, and, locally, the Sea Girt Citizens Lighthouse Committee and The (Animal) Shelter.

McKelvey is president of George McKelvey Company, investment advisers in Sea Girt.

Giulio Gallarotti (Photo by Chion Wolf)

The biography of Giulio Gallarotti, professor of government, tutor in the College of Social Studies, is published by the Marquis editors’ Who’s Who in America 2011.

The 2011 edition contains more than 96,000 biographies of the nation’s most noteworthy people in a single, comprehensive resource. The book is a biographical reference tool for networking, prospecting, fact-checking, and numerous other research purposes.

He also appeared in the 2010 Who’s Who.

During the Fall 2010 semester, Ethan Kleinberg delivered two lectures in France.

Ethan Kleinberg, associate professor of history, associate professor of letters is spending the year as director of the Vassar-Wesleyan Paris Program and an invited scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. During the Fall 2010 semester, Kleinberg delivered two lectures based on his current book project, The Myth of Emmanuel Levinas. Levinas is a French Jewish philosopher who turned to the use of Jewish (more…)

Christiaan Hogendorn, associate professor of economics, has been named a co-editor of Information Economics and Policy, an international academic journal focused on mass media and communications technology industries. He assumes his duties as one of the quarterly journal’s three co-editors in January.

Hogendorn’s current research focuses on the economics of the Internet, including the infrastructure and regulation needed to keep it innovative.

IEP is published by Elsevier of Amsterdam. The journal publishes peer-reviewed, policy-oriented research about the production, distribution and use of information.

Separately, Hogendorn, who joined the Wesleyan faculty in 2001, expects to publish a chapter in a book forthcoming from Edward Elgar Publishing.  “Spillovers and Network Neutrality” will appear in “Regulation and the Performance of Communication and Information Networks,” edited by Gerry Faulhaber, Gary Madden and Jeffrey Petchey.

Dierker Awarded Grant from NIH

Lisa Dierker, chair and professor of psychology, received a grant worth $347,241 for “Center for Prevention and Treatment Methodology.” The grant, awarded Nov. 24, is subcontracted with Penn State.

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