Alumni news.

Hoyer ’96 Named San Diego Padres G.M.

Jed Hoyer ’96 has been named general manager of the San Diego Padres. According to a piece in The San Diego Union Tribune, Hoyer, who had been the assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox, impressed the ownership of the MLB team immediately during his initial interview. In a separate story in the Union Tribune, Mark Woodworth ’94, Wesleyan’s baseball coach and former teammate of Hoyer, is quoted at length about what Hoyer brings to the Padres. At the ceremony, the Padres owner gave Hoyer a Padres shirt with 11, the number Hoyer wore for Wesleyan, on the back. More background on Hoyer is available on the Athletics Website and in a feature about Hoyer in a 2006 issue of the Wesleyan Magazine.

Ginsburg ’78 Develops Genetic Test for Flu

Geoffrey Ginsburg ’78 is part of a team that has developed a genetic test for influenza that identifies infection before symptoms can even arise. The advance, reported in USA Today, could offer tremendous opportunities for early treatment of flu and the potential  reduce the number of people who come down with the illness as save lives.

Basinger Talks About ‘Julie and Julia’

Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Cowrin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, Curator, Cinema Archives, discusses the new film Julie and Julia, which is about the life of famed Chef Julia Child and a writer Julie Powell, who decides to try to cook every recipe in Child’s best-selling cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and then blog about her experiences. Among the movie’s producers is Lawrence Mark ’71.