| Wesleyan celebrated the 10th anniversary of Constitution Day.
According to Federal law, Wesleyan and other federally-funded institutions are required to offer programs commemorating the Constitution.
We want to take something that is required by law, and turn it into something meaningful for the Wesleyan community, says the Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian Barbara Jones.
Jones, whose primary professional interests include intellectual freedom, presented a talk titled Libraries and the Constitution After 9/11 in recognition of Constitution Day 2006 Sept. 19 in the Smith Reading Room in Olin Library. R
Jones has served one term as chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and two terms as a member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. She was the first chair of the American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Intellectual Freedom Committee. Jones has spoken to library, general academic, legislative and community groups about the First Amendment in libraries of all types, and has just returned from a lecture tour in Japan.
Olin Library will celebrate its centennial as a depository library with an event during Homecoming, including an exhibit in the library on the Constitution.
Constitution Day, Inc., a non-partisan non-profit organization, coordinates an annual national simultaneous recitation of the Preamble across all of America. All 50 states participate in a roll call in the order they ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union.
This year, General Colin Powell led a nationwide annual recitation of the preamble. The recitation was dedicated to and honored the United States military.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
Campus News & Events
by Olivia Drake •
|Ron Jenkins, professor of theater, reads a Sanskrit prayer during a Sept. 11 Memorial Service in the Memorial Chapel while Jason Harris ’09, left, listens.|
| On Sept. 11, 2001, Marc Arena 07 was in class when his high school principal announced over the P.A. that the World Trade Center towers were struck by two planes. He and his classmates at Pelham Memorial High School in Pelham, N.Y. gathered around a radio, listening in awe.
With an ear on the broadcast, and a pencil at hand, Arena wrote a poem.
Bodies leaping from 61 floors. Like roaches in the light. The people flee from the dark cloud. The shrapnel rain. Suffocating smog and fumes. Complete darkness even in daylight, Arena wrote.
Five years later, Arena presented this poem during a 9-11 Memorial Sept. 11, 2006 in the Memorial Chapel. He was one of six speakers who offered a reflection or poem during the 45-minute service, attended by Wesleyan students, faculty and staff.
Jewish Rabbi David Leipziger Teva organized the service, noting that 1,825 days have passed since the terrorist attacks; 3,500 Wesleyan undergraduates have received degrees; and a baby born on Sept. 11, 2001 could be attending kindergarten this year.
Leipziger Teva read off 24 names of Wesleyan alumni and friends who perished in the attacks, starting with Maile Hale 97 and Andy Kates 85.
Let us reflect on all those who were killed five years ago today, he said. They were our fathers, our wives and our children. They were alumni students who walked the halls we walk today. They were friends and loved ones of our beloved Wesleyan community.
Like Arena, Ethan Kleinberg, associate professor of history, associate professor of letters, shared his memories of Sept. 11, 2001 with the audience, mentioning that his first day teaching classes at Wesleyan was at 10:30 a.m. that morning. Not knowing what to do, he asked the students to speak. Several wanted to explore the reasons of what led to the attacks.
Kleinberg followed his story with summarized points adapted from French philosopher Georges Sorels Reflections on Violence.
By reading a Sanskrit prayer excerpt, Ron Jenkins, professor of theater, mimicked how victims of terrorist bombings in Bali prayed during a ceremony at Ground Zero.
I chose to read and discuss this ceremony because I believe it is important to understand 9/11 in an international perspective, and to reflect on cultures like Balinese Hindus, Jenkins said. They live in the worlds largest Muslim country and chose to respond to terror with art instead of war.
Elizabeth Willis, assistant professor of English, said as a poet, she was struck by how poetry was being circulated on the internet post Sept. 11. She read 1969 Pulitzer Prize poet George Oppens Power of the Enchanted World and an excerpt from Walt Whitmans poem, Leaves of Grass.
Other speakers included Karl Scheibe, professor of psychology, emeritus, who read Robert Frosts Choose Something Like a Star, and Jason Harris ’09 who shared a reflection titled Is it Just a Myth?”
In addition to the memorial, panelists spoke on the topic, “9/11 in Retrospect: in what ways, if any, has the world changed?” in the Public Affairs Center. Donald Moon, dean of the social sciences and John. E. Andrus Professor of Government served as moderator.
Panelists included Peter Gottschalk, associate professor of religion; Bruce Masters, professor of history; Joel Pfister, professor of English and Len Burman,75, director of the Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute and Brookings Institution.
Bells rang at 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m., the times when planes struck the World Trade Center.
By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor
The following poem was written by Marc Arena ’07 (pictured above) while listening to the radio during live broadcast coverage of Sept. 11, 2001.
The day shattered by the pierce of the P.A.
The World Trade Center fell
Bush in the air
Reporters choking back fear
War seems only footsteps away
Car bomb explosion
It is the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history
Children stranded at schools
New York City is on full terrorist alert.
Family on Chambers St.
THE SECOND TOWER COLLAPSED!
Bodies leaping from 61 floors
The shrapnel rain
NYC is in shambles
Reports from the air suspended
The globe paralyzed
There might as well be war
Giant flame-throwers erupt from the towers
Half hour between collapses
The word here is Oh My God.
People trapped inside
Smoke tidal wave.
The skyline altered forever
Read another Sept. 11 poem, spoken during the recent Memorial Service, here.
by Olivia Drake •
| The Center for African American Studies is hosting a fall lecture series titled “Revisiting Slavery.” The schedule includes:
Slavery and the United States Constitution
Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery
“Cultivating Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and Enterprise in Colonial New England
American Slavery: A Most Complete Story
Other fall events include:
The Need to Question
A Discussion with Immortal Technique
A Reading by Author Nathaniel Mackey
Democracy and Captivity: Race and the Penal Landscape” by Joyce James
The War in Iraq presented by Jonathan Cutler, associate professor of sociology and associate professor of American Studies
A Discussion of Stem Cell Research
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| Each year, the Office of University Communications collects objective and comparative measures of Wesleyan’s strengths from data compiled by outside sources. Following is a brief list of recent findings:
No. 1 in National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding among Liberal Arts Peers
No. 1 in Science and Math Publications Among Liberal Arts Peers
No. 10 in the 2006 U. S. News & World Report Rankings of Liberal Arts Institutions
Wesleyan also ranked within U.S. News:
No. 7 in Economic Diversity
No. 3 among All National Universities & Colleges by Washington Monthly
No. 8 Wesleyan Athletics Power Ranking among Div. III Schools by NCSA
No. 10 of Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for African Americans as Ranked by Black Enterprise magazine.
Wesleyan is a Top 30 Private School according to Reform Judaism magazines “Insider’s Guide to Jewish Campus Life
|List compiled by David Pesci, director of Media Relations and the Office of University Communications staff|
by Olivia Drake •
|Science teachers in Connecticut teachers take classes at Wesleyan through the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science Program (PIMMS). PIMMS is teaming up with the Connecticut Science Center to provide science and math education techniques to K-12 teachers.|
| A new partnership between Wesleyan University and The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford will be designed to engage more students across the state to the sciences than ever before.
Specifically, The Connecticut Science Center will be partnering with Wesleyan’s Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Sciences (PIMMS). Together they will train Connecticut middle school science teachers how best to teach the sciences to students in grades K-12.
“We are very excited about the new Science Center,” says Joseph Bruno, vice president for academic affairs and provost at Wesleyan.
“Coming at a time when we are actively promoting the excellence of Wesleyan science, we view the partnership as an opportunity to contribute to this exciting project and to inform others about our science programs. The contributions of our faculty and students at the Center would also be entirely consistent with Wesleyan’s strong commitment to service in the community,” he says.
Both PIMMS and The Connecticut Science Center have a mission to foster public interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The new partnership will offer teachers graduate level credit through Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program (GLSP) for those who enroll in the Science Center’s Institute for Inquiry. The Science Center’s Institute for Inquiry is a professional development program for Connecticut teachers of science. It’s available to all teachers in grades K-12 who have an interest in teaching the sciences. Teachers must enroll, and be accepted to the program where they research and develop a unit of study pertaining to science.
This summer, the Institute accepted 150 Connecticut area teachers-an enrollment spike from 125 teachers last year. The program runs for six weeks starting each July and each week-long session trains approximately 30-40 teachers.
Christine Moses, director of Program Outreach for the Connecticut Science Center, says that the Center has always thought of Wesleyan’s PIMMS as a leader in the state for the development of teachers in the sciences.
“This mutually beneficial partnership will teach teachers how to take their students through the inquiry process,” she says. “When you engage students first in the sciences, instead of lecturing, they retain the information better.”
Moses anticipates that next summer, even more teachers will apply to the Institute for Inquiry for credit through Wesleyan University, to prepare for the new state science cumulative testing requirements for grades 5 and 8 beginning in 2008.
The new partnership between PIMMS and The Connecticut Science Center also involves Wesleyan University faculty, who will help the Center write curricula for their science labs.
“Wesleyan’s science and mathematics faculty have always shown a keen interest in working with teachers and students in Connecticut’s schools,” says Mike Zebarth, director of Wesleyan’s PIMMS.
“This partnership will provide additional opportunities for the Wesleyan faculty to be involved with one of the State’s key educational resources in science and math. Faculty members may serve in advisory capacities, present public seminars and work with PIMMS on the Center’s Inquiry Institute. There will also be opportunities for Wesleyan’s graduate and undergraduate students to be involved directly with the Center in the role of exhibit tour guides,” he says.
Robert Rosenbaum, University Mathematics Professor at Wesleyan University, established the Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science at Wesleyan in 1979. Annually, 1500 teachers attend one or more of PIMMS 50 high-quality professional development programs. For more information, contact Mike Zebarth at 860-685-6456 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/pimms/ or www.ctsciencecenter.org.
|By Laura Perillo, associate director of Media Relations|
by Olivia Drake •
| On May 4, 2006, Doug Bennet ’59, P’87, P’94, Wesleyan’s 15th president, announced his decision that the 2006-07 academic year will be the 12th and final year of his presidency. The Wesleyan Board of Trustees is in the process of convening an 18-person search committee composed of alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and students to undertake a comprehensive search to identify and successfully recruit Bennet’s successor.
The alumni and trustee members of the search committee are Kofi Appenteng ’81 and chair, Stephen Daniel ’82, Jim Dresser ’63, Joe Fins ’82, Ellen Jewett ’81, Michael McPherson P’98, Megan Norris ’83, Ted Shaw ’76, Shonni Silverberg ’76, and John Usdan ’80. Peter Patton, vice president and secretary, will also serve as a member of the search committee.
In keeping with the process used in the search that resulted in Doug Bennet’s selection by the Board in 1995, the faculty will select five members and the student body will select two members to join the search committee.
Several other leading colleges and universities will be conducting presidential searches this year, so to ensure that Wesleyan has its first choice among search consultants, several trustees, staff, faculty and students initiated a competitive process to select a search firm in July.
Consultants Jennifer Bol and Michele Haertel from Spencer Stuart will work as search consultants to Wesleyan. They bring a combination of extensive experience in higher education plus world-wide experience in other markets.
Many thanks to the faculty, student and trustee leadership for enabling the search consultant selection process to proceed so smoothly, Appenteng says. We look forward to working with as many of you as possible as we take this important next step in Wesleyan’s future.
Appenteng says it is critical to have staff on campus to support the search process. Peter Patton, vice president and secretary of the university, professor of earth and environmental sciences, has agreed to serve as executive secretary to the search committee. Patton will be joined by Joan Adams, formerly the assistant to the dean of admission and financial aid, who will serve as special assistant to the Presidential Search Committee.
Current committee members have established a Web site to collect confidential nominations and feedback from the community at http://www.wesleyan.edu/presidentialsearch.
Anyone may make suggestions, comments or nominations to the search committee.
Once the search committee membership is complete, the full search committee will begin a more formal outreach process with the Wesleyan Community and review the submissions.
by Olivia Drake •
A team of staff members is updating Wesleyan’s emergency response plan, which describes protocols for maintaining personal safety and the continuity of operations in the event of a crisis.
Led by Director of Physical Plant Cliff Ashton, the Business Continuity Planning Committee is updating a plan that was implemented in 2002. The plan covers hurricanes and other natural disasters, as well as such manmade crises as power outages and chemical spills. The committee is exploring responses to more recent threatssuch as the possibility of a pandemic contagion. It also is reviewing the plan for consistency with protocols established in the National Incident Management System created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The committee, which began its work last spring, will recommend a revised plan to the senior administration in the fall.
Questions and comments may be directed to Cliff Ashton at email@example.com.
|By Justin Harmon, vice president for Public Affairs and director of University Communications|
by Olivia Drake •
| Wesleyans Music Department will sponsor a memorial service for David McAllester, professor of music and anthropology, emeritus, at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel Sept. 24.
McAllester, a founder of the Society for Ethnomusicology, died April 29, 2006, after suffering a stroke. He was 89.
David had a huge impact on generations of Wesleyan students, many of them not music majors or grad students, says Mark Slobin, professor of music, who worked with McAllester for 15 years. When I was hired at Wesleyan in 1971 and looked at a college guide, the only course singled out was McAllesters exciting course on American Indian Music, complete with a pow-wow on Foss Hill.
A graduate of Harvard University, McAllester studied at the Juilliard School of Music and earned his doctorate in anthropology at Columbia. He began his career at Wesleyan in the Psychology Department, and soon established the Anthropology Department, where he was an instructor of anthropology. In 1957, he was promoted to a full professor and in 1971, he moved to the Music Department, where he co-founded the program in World Music. He remained in the Music Department until his retirement in 1986.
“The twin career in anthropology and music is the work of a man who, faced with the choice between art and science, embraced them both,” wrote Richard Winslow, professor of music, emeritus, in the summer 1986 issue of Wesleyan magazine.
One of the founders of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 1952, McAllester served the organization in a number of positions, first as its secretary, and later as the president and editor of the society’s journal. His particular field of interest was Native American ceremonial music, especially that of the Navajos of the American Southwest.
Known internationally for his scholarly works and publications, he was a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research in new Native American music and of a Fulbright grant that provided him with a senior lectureship in Australia. He was a member of the board of trustees for the American Indian Archaeological Institute in Washington, D.C., and did extensive fieldwork with several native American groups, with books that include Peyote Music (1949), Enemyway Music (1954) and Navajo Blessingway Singer (1978).
With a longstanding commitment to nonviolence, he served in conscientious objector work camps during World War II. He was a founding member of the Middletown Quaker Meeting, as well as the South Berkshire Friends meeting, where he set up a tipi on the grounds, as well as helping to construct a swamp trail around a beaver pond.
Predeceased by his first wife, Susan McAllester, in 1994, he is survived by his wife, Beryl Irene Courtenay, a daughter, a son, two granddaughters, and a son-in-law.
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|Grigori Enikolopov 08 was one of more than 50 students to present their research at the Hughes Program in the Life Sciences Poster Session in the Exley Science Center.|
When Grigori Enikolopov 08 studied the leaf economics in river, swamp and upland areas, he found that the wetter the area, the more ridges or teeth the leaves of woody tree species possessed.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|
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| The Kresge Foundation of Troy, Mich., has awarded a challenge grant in the amount of $500,000 to Wesleyan University. This grant will be applied toward the purchase of equipment for several Wesleyan science departments, including biology, chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry, earth and environmental sciences and physics.
To apply to the Science Equipment Program, Wesleyan had to raise $500,000 and now must raise an additional $1 million to meet the terms of Kresge challenge grant and establish an endowment for repair and replacement of science equipment. According to the tenets of the grant, Wesleyan must raise $1.5 million to meet the challenge and establish an endowment for the repair and replacement of science equipment. To date the university has already raised $500,000 toward this goal.
Wesleyan’s planned purchases of advanced scientific equipment with the grant and additional money raised include:
– LC-Mass Spectrometer for Biology ($158,000)
– Gel Permeation Chromatograph for Chemistry ($148,000)
– Telescope Control System for the Astronomy departments telescopes ($60,000)
– ICO-Mass Spectrometer for Earth and Environmental Sciences ($203,000)
– YAG/Dye Laser for Physics and Chemistry ($89,000)
– Microplate Reader for Biology ($61,000)
– Photosynthesis System for Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences ($31,000).
In the next few years, Wesleyan will construct a state-of-the-art facility for teaching and research in the life sciences. The new facility will add roughly 80,000 square feet of departmental and community space that will enable Wesleyan to continue its academic leadership in the sciences.
The Kresge Foundation is a national foundation with $3 billion in assets that seeks to strengthen nonprofit organizations by catalyzing their growth, connecting them to their stakeholders, and challenging greater support through grants.
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|Tom Morgan, the Foss Professor of Physics, developed a laser lab in the basement of Exley Science Center. He uses a control panel to fire atoms and study quantum mechanics. His atom research is supported by a recent National Science Foundation award of $200,000.|
| In outer space, some protons and electrons can travel millions of years alone before colliding, forming super-excited exaggerated atoms. Tom Morgan, the Foss Professor of Physics, wants these atoms to come back down to earth.
For the past 20 years, Morgan, an atomic and molecular physicist, has experimented with these excited atoms known as Rydberg atoms.
With the help of Wesleyans Scientific Support Services, hes designed and created two accelerator collision systems in the basement of Exley Science Center. By shooting a laser beam at a series of regular atoms, he can create Rydberg atoms, which escalate the electrons orbit 10,000 times further than in a regular atom. These giant atoms, with elusive properties, are ideal to study to gain insight into the connection between quantum mechanics and classical physics.
What Ive always been interested in is what I learn about an atom or molecule on a fundamental level, Morgan says from his second floor office in the Exley Science Center. I want to learn about their structure, their dynamics, and how the size of an atom affects its behavior.
Over the years the Research Corporation, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation have supported his research. On Aug. 15, the NSF awarded a grant of $200,000 for laser research equipment.
Morgan began his career at Wesleyan 33 years ago by studying properties of fast protons colliding with alkaline atoms magnesium, calcium, strontium and barium. In the mid-80s, he began investigating Rydberg atoms in hydrogen and helium. Recently, his research interests include molecular spectroscopy and dynamics of highly excited Rydberg states in strong electric fields and plasma environments. His most recent contributions include studying Rydberg argon dynamics and the first measurement of a scaled-energy recurrence spectrum for molecules.
Morgan says he is among about a hand-full of researchers in the world studying scaled-energy laser-excited atoms in strong electric fields and the first to apply the technique to hydrogen molecules.
When youre doing cutting-edge research, its not going to be easy, he says overlooking his self-designed laser-accelerator control panel. Everything has to be perfect to get the right conditions and results. Doing this type of work requires not only brains, but a lot of patience and good hands.
Lutz Huwel, chair of the Physics Department and professor of physics, says Morgan’s positive and constructive attitude in the classroom stands out just as much as his love for physics.
“Tom loves physics of all kind above all the Rydberg atoms and molecules he and his dedicated group of students are investigating in his lab,” Huwel says. “He is always on the lookout for interesting things to do and to talk about. He has a knack for getting students excited about physics.”
In October, one of Morgan’s undergraduate students, Jack DiSciacca ’07, will be presenting his research results at a national laser science conference in Rochester, N.Y. DiSciacca is a Goldwater Scholar for the academic year 06-07 and is writing his senior honors thesis on Rydberg hydrogen molecules.
Morgan, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., says his interest in physics came about in high school, when his algebra teacher said he had quite the ability in math.
I perked up at this, because this person thought I was actually good at something. That was my defining moment. It gave me the confidence to pursue math, and later physics, he says.
He studied math and the sciences at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. and Montana State University, Bozeman and received his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. His thesis covered the collisional formation and destruction properties of excited hydrogen molecules.
In 1973, after two years at Queens University of Belfast, N. Ireland, Morgan came to Wesleyan, and began teaching general physics classes, more advanced classes for majors and graduate level courses. Morgan has published more than 85 articles in leading physics journals. Hes overseen dozens of students pursuing Ph.D degrees and senior honors theses, who often report their findings at national conferences and publish in scientific journals.
Morgan, who also is Wesleyans Academic Secretary, served as the Chairman of the Physics Department for five years, and the Dean of the Sciences and Mathematics for three years. He has held several visiting research appointments at other universities, including the University of Paris, France, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Mexico, Mexico City and at Dublin City University, Ireland, where as a Fulbright Senior Scholar he established a physics undergraduate student exchange program with Wesleyan.
Wesleyan was great when I arrived here, and its great now, Morgan says. The teaching and research environment is wonderful and my colleagues are superb, but what I really love about Wesleyan is the students. It is the bright students in the classroom and in my lab that have kept me here all these years.
He is presently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he is collaborating on research programs devoted to plasma physics. Hes also a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Hes also a four-time marathon runner, a big New York Yankees fan, and a singer/musician for an Irish Celtic band.
Morgan is one of three in his family to work at Wesleyan. His wife, Janet, retired in 2003 from Information Technology Services, and his son, Brent Morgan, is an instructional media specialist for ITS and the Center for the Arts. But after more than three decades here, Tom has no plans to leave Wesleyan just yet.
No, I cant even think about (retirement), he says, turning the knobs on his laser lab control panel. I am having too much fun.”
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|