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The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

FIELD TRIPS: Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Emeritus, took students enrolled in his Graduate Liberal Studies Program SCIE 641 Earth Resources course to the Old New Gate prison and copper mine in East Granby, Conn. July 12. Here, he points out copper sulfate in the mine ground’s walls.

Students walk near a malachite mineral-rich rock, inside the former copper mine, which opened in the early 1700s and later became Connecticut’s first prison in 1773.
De Boer uses a particle detecting instrument to locate uranium in the copper mine. His summer class studied the occurrences, origins, and usages of Earth’s principal mineral and energy resources.
De Boer, left, leads students over limestone rock formations, more than 430 million years old, located on the edge of the Housatonic River in Kent, Conn. on July 31.
De Boer, left, leads students to the top of a brick kiln, which once served as an iron smelting furnace. Built in 1826, the furnace produced Scotch “pig iron,” and was shipped down the Housatonic River.
Student Kelly Falvey looks at an illustration of an iron mine furnace, similar to the one sighted during the field trip.
Students Randy Smith and Carol Morris-Scata look over two copper-rich slag rocks, found on site near the iron mine. Slag is a glassy-like waste product of the iron smelting operation. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

SNEAK PEEK: Rick Culliton, university center director and dean of campus programs, and Tim Shiner, director of student activities and leadership development, lead a private tour of the new Suzanne Lemberg Usdan University Center June 22. Pictured is one of the new dining areas.

The newly-carpeted dining area on the third floor also has a lounge with a fireplace and a plasma television.
Wesleyan Station’s new student mail box center.
Staircase between the ground and second floor.
New student dining services.
Main student lounge area. A student help-desk will be placed in the center of this room.
A view from the second floor looking at Fayerweather. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

BIO BLITZING: Scientific specialists teamed up with area students and teachers for BioBlitz 2007, held in Middletown June 8-9. The idea was get a snapshot of the biodiversity of a specific area in a 24-hour period. Wesleyan was a major sponsor of the event.

BioBlitz participant Brian Stewart, associate professor of physics, collects beetles during the BioBlitz. He and Michael Oliver, co-author of The Ground Beetles of Connecticut, found several beetles in the bark of a downed tree.
Wilbert Snow School in Middletown served as the BioBlitz laboratory, where species were identified and recorded.
Crabs, snakes, toads and turtles were all discovered during BioBlitz. This year, participants collected or sighted 2,231 species including 27 reptiles and amphibians, 93 birds, 20 fish, 237 beetles, 408 moths, 25 mammals and 468 vascular plants.
Barry Chernoff, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Sciences, professor of biology, works with students in the laboratory. Chernoff helped identify and catalogue aquatic fish and invertebrates.
BioBlitz coordinator David Wagner, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut, leads BioBlitz participants in a night bio hunt. The Middletown BioBlitz is one of only two Connecticut events since 1999 to find more than 2,000 species. (Photos by Richard Marinelli)

For more information on the event go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/newsletter/campus/2007/0607bioblitz.html .

The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

ADVERTISING ALUMNUS: Darren Kapelus, Class of ’87, and Senior Partner and Executive Group Director of the advertising agency, Ogilvy and Mather, Worldwide, addressed the issue “Is Advertising Dead?” April 25 on campus.

Carol Crosby, associate director of the Career Resouce Center, speaks with Kapelus, whose world renowned agency has addressed issues of self esteem and beauty stereotypes with the Dove “Campaign for Real Beauty.” Kapelus discussed how the advertising industry is shifting from talking at to listening to consumers.
“Is Advertising Dead?” was ideal for students interested in careers in marketing, branding and advertising, as well as students who have an interest in how the “traditional” advertising industry is being forced to re-invent itself. The event was sponsored by the Career Resource Center. (Photos by Ben Rowland)

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BIOPHYSICS IN BALTIMORE: Thirteen Wesleyan students, faculty and alumni attended 2007 Biophysical Society 51st Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. March 3-7. Pictured from left, are Ishita Mukerji, associate professor and chair of the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department; Maiko Kondo ’07; and Wendy Barber-Armstrong, graduate student.

Kondo stands by her poster titled “Mechanism of Fiber Formation: Amyloid Beta Peptide (10-35)” The poster was co-authored by Barber-Armstrong and Mukerji. Kondo says she was able to speak to many scientists at the meeting who study similar topics.
Carlo Balane ’06 and Jason Wolfe, professor of biology, check out the exhibitions at the annual conference. Balane was presenting work he completed with Wolfe for his senior thesis as an undergrad.
Graduate student Siying Chen and Mukerji gather during a dinner, attended by all Wesleyan students, faculty and alumni during the conference.
In addition to the meeting, the Wesleyan group attended a national lecture, reception and dance party. All 13 Wesleyan attendees gather for dinner. Pictured on the left, front to back are: Sharyin Naomi Huang BA ’00, MA ’02; Mihaela-Rita Mihaelescu Ph.D ’01; Anne Baranger, former professor of chemistry; Wendy Barber-Armstrong; Maiko Kondo, Alicia Every, chemistry graduate student; and Jason Wolfe. Pictured on the right, from front to back are: Alina Britchi, chemistry graduate student; Bethany Kormos, chemistry post-doc; Mukerji Siying Chen; Yuegao Huang, chemistry graduate student and Carlo Balane. Not pictured is Congju Chen, a chemistry graduate student.

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ETCHED IN TIME: Annalisa Kelly ’08 and Evan Barton ’08 discuss artist Jim Dine’s The Pine in a Storm of Aquatint (1978) displayed at Davison Art Center’s gallery March 8. The piece was part of the DAC’s exhibit “Etching Since 1950.”

Kelly looks over a seven-plate etching from artist Mimmo Paladino titled Among the Olive Trees (1984). The print was acquired by the Friends of Davison Art Center in 1985.

A print titled Incubus (1998) by David Schorr, professor of art, was on display in a glass case inside the gallery. This sequence of proof states record Schorr’s process as he developed a single image, created on a copper plate. Schorr’s art was among more than 30 etchings on display. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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DAY FOR GRADUATES: Yonatan Malin, assistant professor of music; Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology; and Eric Aaron, assistant professor of computer science and mathematics, speak to Ph.D candidates at a workshop titled Tenure Track Tango during Graduate Career Day Jan. 23 in Exley Science Center. The day-long program offered advice to graduate students on how to prepare for a career after Wesleyan.
Michael Sciola, director of the Career Resource Center, speaks on job searching and networking.
From left, graduate students Hiram Navarrete Ramirez, music; Daniel Bravo Vivallo, mathematics; and Elikem Nyamuame, music, gather during the Graduate Career Day reception.
Chemistry graduate students Ericka Barnes, left, and Andrea Minei mingle with Frank Stellabotte, a graduate student in biology. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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ON DEADLINE: From left, Laura Schick ’08, Sophia Kim ’08 and Jason Harris ’09 work on filing prospective student applications and transfer student applications in the Office of Admission Jan. 12. Jan. 1 was the Wesleyan Class of 2011 application deadline.

Reyson Punzalan ’07, in foreground, and Ellen Davis ’07 alphabetize frosh applications. Punzalan worked more than 35 hours filing applications during the week.

Jenna Juwono ’09, in foreground, works on filing Freeman Scholar applications, while Dmitri Lieders ’07 works on applicant data entry. The Office of Admission received more than 7,000 applications this year. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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THE PRESIDENT’S VOICE: Hunter King ’08 uses an audio-recording device to record the voice of President Doug Bennet Dec. 13. King will use Bennet’s voice clips during his surf-music radio program, Storm Surge Of Reverb, which airs from midnight to 1 a.m. Friday mornings on WESU 88.1 FM. King invited Bennet to record after hearing him speak at the High Rise residences. “I noticed that he was speaking in a very cool, very low voice,” King says. “I thought it would be fun if I could have him record a few voice breaks for my show.” (Photo by Olivia Bartlett)
Below are two audio-video clips of the recording:

  

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A MAP QUEST: Lena Bui ’07 and Gil Hasty ’10 find their academic building locations on a newly-installed campus map near South College. Physical Plant’s Facilities Department installed five new maps at key locations on campus.

Additional campus maps are located near Clark Hall, pictured, and the Center for the Arts, near Parking Lot “T” and on the sidewalk along Wyllys Avenue. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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A SPECIAL COLLECTION: Kendall Hobbs, reference librarian, and Suzy Taraba, university archivist and head of Special Collections, flip through the pages of Secret City of Broken Scams. This book, written by Fred Rinne and illustrated by Scott Williams, was one of 30 artists books on display during the Artists’ Books Open House hosted by Special Collections and Archives Oct. 12.

The open house display featured a pop-out three-dimensional book titled The Veil, written by Julie Chen and published by Flying Fish Press of Berkley, Calif. Books owned by Special Collections & Archives cannot be checked out, but they are all available for viewing by the Wesleyan community and public.
Robin Price and Terri Tibbatts examine a book by Shireen Modak Holman and Tom Galt. Pictured in the foreground is Tibbatts’ book, Water for Tea
Anne Thompson reads one of the books on display. Pictured in the foreground is a one-of-a-kind book titled New Chapter by Laura Davidson. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

PLANT IN MEMORY: Wesleyan students, staff and faculty were invited to plant a daffodil in honor of those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.

The daffodil garden will bloom next spring in front of North College.