Cutler: Connecticut Union Members Resist Austerity

In an opinion piece for The Hartford Courant, Jonathan Cutler, chair and associate professor of sociology, explains how a austerity budget deal brokered by Connecticut’s governor with a coalition of public employee union leaders was then torpedoed by rank-and-file union members. The Connecticut deal was initially applauded nationally because Democratic Governor Malloy, unlike Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker, seemed better positioned to win painful union concessions without sparking street protests by labor and liberals.  Those applause came too early, however, as state employee union members rejected the cuts agreed by an anti-democratic union structure created by the the state and foisted on the unions years ago.

Roth: U.S. Budget Woes Furthering Income Disparity

Writing for The Huffington Post, Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 sees the findings of Pew study that shows record income disparity between whites and non-whites in the U.S. being exacerbated by the ideology framing ongoing budget battles in Washington D.C.  Roth says in part that, “The defense of racial and economic privilege under the rhetoric of “taking back our country,” or of “living within our means” further undermines our political culture today as it starves future generations of cultural and economic opportunity.”

Hughes Poster Session Friday, July 29

Hughes Fellow Patrick Sarver '14 is spending his summer working with Michael Calter, associate professor of chemistry. He studies “The Catalytic, Asymmetric ‘Interrupted’ Feist-Benary Reaction."

Hughes Summer Research Program culminates with a poster session in which Hughes Fellows and other summer research undergraduates present their research.  The 2011 poster session is free and open to the public. It will take place between 1 and 3 p.m., Friday, July 29 in the lobby of Exley Science Center.

This summer, Wesleyan is hosting 43 Hughes Fellows and approximately 65 Hughes Associates. Hughes Associates are not funded by Hughes, but they participate in Hughes activities.

Wesleyan faculty members serve as mentors in the summer program. For more information on the 2011 summer fellows, click here.

Juhasz on Better Understanding How We Read

A piece in The Boston Globe examines how technology is helping scientists better understand how we read, in part to understand ways to make the process more effective and efficient in coming years. In the piece, Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, discussed her research on how much information we can process from words during reading.

Striegel-Moore on “New Normal” in Eating Disorders

Most people believe that eating disorders affect only white women from middle-class and affluent backgrounds. They’re wrong, says renowned eating disorder researcher Ruth Striegel-Moore on a recent episode on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” Striegel-Moore, the Walter A. Crowell Professor of University Social Science and a professor of psychology, discussed her research, which indicates that minority populations and men also engage in this self-destructive behavior.

Grossman’s Blog Example of Fact-Based Arguing

In a piece in The New York Times blog, “The Stone,” which examines philosophical issues, the author cited the blog of Economics Professor Richard Grossman (along with Paul Krugman’s blog) as one of only a few that marshaled facts to make a valid counter- argument. The argument at hand was a refutation to a piece written by Stanford Economist John Taylor who disputed the Obama Administration’s current budget proposal, also based on Taylor’s use of facts.

Basinger on the Rise and Success of Michael Bay ’86

In the latest issue of GQ, Jeanine Basinger, Chair and Corwin Fuller Professor of Film Studies, discusses the success of director-producer Michael Bay ’86 whose raft of popular films have grossed billions of dollars worldwide and turned him in into an action-film icon, as well as one of Hollywood’s most powerful and influential directors.

Striegel-Moore Leads Way in Eating Disorder Research

A recent Hartford Courant piece profiles the ground-breaking work in researching eating disorders of all kinds and in a variety of populations by Ruth Striegel-Moore, Walter A. Crowell Professor of the Social Sciences, Professor of Psychology. Striegel-Moore has been a leader not just in identifying and defining different types of eating disorders, but also in exposing their presence among demographic groups that many scientists and health care professionals had ignored.