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CLIMATE CHANGES: Jon Dickinson, the New York City Office of Environmental Coordination deputy director, delivers the keynote address for Focus the Nation, a nation-wide day of education, discussion and activism to address climate change, in Memorial Chapel Jan. 31. Wesleyan was one of 1,550 universities, schools, businesses, and places of worship that took part in Focus the Nation. Dickinson focused on proposed climate change, air and water quality, transportation and clean energy initiatives in the New York City area.

To a full chapel audience, Dickinson said New York City’s goal is “to have the cleanest air quality of every city in America.” New York City currently has four times more air pollution than the average U.S. city, he explained. By 2030, the city plans to plant 1 million trees and eliminate 3,000 tons of soot in the air each year. The city has plans to implement cleaner, more reliable power, upgrade the transportation system and have 99 percent of all city residents living within a 10 minute walk to an open land or recreation area. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

In addition to the keynote address, Wesleyan faculty included topics of climate change in their course material for the day; Long Lane Farm and Bon Appetit served a sustainable dinner at the Usdan University Center; Jeffrey Wolfe of GroSolar presented An Inconvenient Truth Slideshow; the Environmental Organizer’s Network (EON) co-sponsored a film, Circus for a Fragile Planet; EON led three panels on policy response, corporate and intuitional response and climate and social justice. On Jan. 30, Wesleyan took part in “The 2% Solution,” a live and interactive webcast featuring Stephan Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins, green jobs pioneer Van Jones, and renowned actor Edward Norton.

The Wesleyan Connection: Campus Snapshot

OVER WINTER BREAK: Area children sled down Foss Hill after a gentle snow Jan. 14.

Frosty trees near Exley Science Center.
Ice-topping on the South College belfry.
A winter walk near the front steps Olin Library and West College.
A glistening-morning scene near Hall-Atwater and Shanklin laboratories. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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FROZEN IN TIME: A wintry mix created an icy glaze over Wesleyan’s campus Dec. 3 following the first winter storm of the season. Freezing rain slowed commuters and resulted in power outages throughout much of Connecticut.

A fall-bearing fruit glistens with Hall-Atwater Laboratory in the background.
Ice-covered, heavy branches hang low on College Row. Pictured in back is the Center for American Studies. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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SOUNDS OF EAST ASIA: The group IIIZ+ (Three Zee Plus) performed for an audience inside the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Oct. 11. From left to right are Ryuko Mizutani playing a Japanese koto; Yi-Chieh Lai, playing a Chinese zheng; Il-Ryun Chung playing Korean percussion; and Jocelyn Collette Clark ’92 playing a Korean kayagum. Combining these instruments is not traditional in East Asia.

Clark, who majored in East Asian studies, says the ensemble relies on collaborations with contemporary composers in order to build its repertoire.
At left, Vera Schwarz, director of the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, chair of the East Asian Studies Program, professor of East Asian studies and professor of history applauds the musicians in between songs.
Il-Ryun Chung and Clark performed a duet. The event was co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Music Department. More information about the ensemble is online at (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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FIRST DAY FOR FROSH: Members of the Class of 2011 arrived on campus Aug. 28 during New Student Arrival Day. President Michael Roth welcomed new students to campus.

 nformation packets were distributed in front of Exley Science Center. A week-long New Student Orientation program followed Arrival Day, which is designed to introduce the incoming class to the Wesleyan community and assist with the transition to university life. New students were immersed in information sessions, meeting with faculty and peer advisors, campus tours, arts events, field trips, dances and a barbecue.

Jack Stewart, right, helps his daughter, Lia Stewart ’11, unpack and organize her dorm room in Clark Hall. Lia’s mother, Terri, and sister, Carly, also helped Lia get situated. The family flew in  from Gig Harbor, Wa with five suitcases loaded with Lia’s college items.
Charley Drake ’11 of Great Falls, Va. was all unpacked and settled into his new dorm in West College by midday. “I started unpacking very early,” he said.
Resident assistants greet new students outside Fauver Field Resident Complex. RAs and Wesleyan staff members helped families move items from their vehicles into the dorm rooms.
Cynthia Rockwell, associate editor of Wesleyan Magazine, helped her son, Christian Morehouse ’11 move into his new dorm room Aug. 28 during New Student Arrival Day. “It probably took about 20 minutes to move everything up to my room, and then about 3 hours to get everything unpacked and put away and looking nice, including my fish tank,” Morehouse said. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

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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)

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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)

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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: .

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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)