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Makri Delivers Graduate Student Talk on Reflective Photonic Limiters

Eleana Makri, a PhD candidate in physics, spoke on “Reflective Photonic Limiters: a Novel Scheme for Sensor Protection” during the Graduate Student Speaker Series Feb. 10 in Exley Science Center. Photonic limiters are devices designed to transmit low-level radiation, while blocking electromagnetic pulses of power or total energy exceeding a certain threshold.

Eleana Makri, a PhD candidate in physics, spoke on “Reflective Photonic Limiters: a Novel Scheme for Sensor Protection” during the Graduate Student Speaker Series Feb. 10 in Exley Science Center. Photonic limiters are devices designed to transmit low-level radiation, while blocking electromagnetic pulses of power or total energy exceeding a certain threshold.

Chabad at Wesleyan Group Teaches Challah Braiding

Chabad at Wesleyan, an organization dedicated to allowing students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of their Jewish heritage, hosted a Challah braiding event on Feb. 6 in Usdan University Center. Students from all religious and spiritual beliefs were welcome.

While there are a few explanations to the importance of braiding Challah, the three braids are thought to be in accordance with the commands that appear in the Ten Commandments: one for “Zachor,” remember; another for “Shamor,” guard; and the third, “b’Dibbur Echad,” which represents the words “guard” and “remember” together as one unit.

Rabbi Levi Schectman coordinated the event and leads Chabad at Wesleyan. Chabad opened its doors in the fall of 2011 with social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty.

Photos of the Challah braiding are below: (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)

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Wesleyan Receives Record Number of Applications for Class of 2020

The Office of Admission received more than 12,000 applications for the Class of 2020. 

The Office of Admission received more than 12,000 applications for the Class of 2020.

At a time when many are decrying the demise of liberal arts colleges, Wesleyan has received its largest application pool ever for the Class of 2020. As of Feb. 1, 12,026 students had applied, marking a 22 percent increase over the previous year and a 10 percent increase over the previous all-time high three years ago for the Class of 2017.

“We’re very pleased by not only the sheer number of students who can see themselves at Wesleyan—amongst the highest of any liberal arts college—but also by the highly talented and diverse nature of the applicant pool,” said President Michael Roth. “I’d like to believe this is evidence that we’re about to see a resurgence of pragmatic liberal arts education in this country.”

Men’s Basketball Davis ’16 Reaches 1,000-Point Milestone

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B.J. Davis ’16

B.J. Davis ’16, a guard on the men’s basketball team, scored his 1,000th career point as the 25th-ranked Wesleyan Cardinals used a second half rally to defeat the Connecticut College Camels in NESCAC play Jan. 30, 87-79.

Wesleyan trailed the entire first half but outscored the Camels, 53-37 in the final 20 minutes of regulation to earn its fourth-consecutive win.

With 13 points, four fouls and just :43 remaining on the clock, Davis went to the foul line. He missed his first shot but hit the second to etch his name in the Wesleyan record books as he finished with 14 points on the day.

More Cardinal Athletics news can be found on this website.

(Information provided by Mike O’Brien, sports information director)

Herman Receives Dropkin Postdoctoral Fellowship to Study Evolution of Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Jacob Herman

Jacob Herman

PhD candidate in biology Jacob Herman received a V. Dropkin Postdoctoral Fellowship to research the epigenetics of plant response to pathogen infection at the University of Chicago’s Department of Ecology and Evolution.

The V. Dropkin fellowship funds a postdoctoral researcher for up to four years to study the ecology and evolution of plant-pathogen interactions.

Herman will begin the post-doctoral position after completing his dissertation defense this April. His advisor at Wesleyan is Sonia Sultan, professor of biology, professor of environmental studies.

Wesleyan Hosts Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

More than 200 women undergraduates from the North East who are majoring in physics attended the American Physical Society Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

Attendees from the American Physical Society Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics gathered for a group photo. Wesleyan is the first liberal arts college to host a CUWiP.  Pictured in red at far left, assistant professor Chris Othon, and pictured at far right, assistant professor Meredith Hughes co-organized the conference at Wesleyan.

More than 200 women undergraduates from the Northeast attended the American Physical Society Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) Jan. 15-17 at Wesleyan. Wesleyan was one of nine institutions from around the country to host a conference.

The APS CUWiP provides female physics majors with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics with whom they can share experiences, advice and ideas.

The program included panel discussions about graduate school and careers in physics, presentations and discussions about women in physics, laboratory tours, student research talks, a student poster session, banquet and career fair.

Winter on Wyllys Provides Students with Career Development

Between Jan. 4-20, the Career Center hosted Winter on Wyllys, a series of programs that assistant students with their own career development. Students had the opportunity to shadow an employer during Winter Break; identify what factors may be influencing their choice of major or career path; explore internship and career opportunities online; meet with alumni; explore a career in teaching through the Teacher Generation program; and particiiate in an intensive two-day Wall Street Prep's financial training seminar.

Between Jan. 4-20, the Career Center hosted Winter on Wyllys, a series of programs that assistant students with their own career development. Students had the opportunity to shadow an employer during Winter Break; identify what factors may be influencing their choice of major or career path; explore internship and career opportunities online; meet with alumni; learn about a career in teaching through the Teacher Generation Program; and participate in an intensive two-day Wall Street Prep’s Financial Training Seminar.

From Jan. 11-15, students participated in CareerLab, a bootcamp style introduction to searching for internships and jobs. Students ended the week with an understanding of how to research fields and organizations, make full use of LinkedIn to engage with alumni and trade groups, interview effectively, and launch ​themselves​ as a professional in ​their​ field of interest.

From Jan. 11-15, students participated in CareerLab, a bootcamp style introduction to searching for internships and jobs. Students ended the week with an understanding of how to research fields and organizations, use LinkedIn and social media to engage with alumni and trade groups, interview effectively, and launch ​themselves​ as a professional in ​their​ field of interest.

In collaboration with Alumni and Parent Relations, the Career Center invited several alumni to campus to speak on career-related topics during Winter on Wyllys. On Jan. 14, New York City Realtor/Broker Ann Biester Deane ’79, P’14, P'18, discussed the ins-and-outs of navigating the housing market as a first time renter or buyer.

In collaboration with Alumni and Parent Relations, the Career Center invited several alumni to campus to speak on career-related topics during Winter on Wyllys. On Jan. 14, New York City Realtor/Broker Ann Biester Deane ’79, P’14, P’18, discussed the ins-and-outs of navigating the housing market as a first-time renter or buyer. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

To learn more about Winter on Wyllys, see this webpage.

Painting I Students Display Artwork in Usdan

Artwork by Painting I students is on display in Usdan University Center’s gallery this month.

Artwork by ARST 439 Painting I students is on display in Usdan University Center’s gallery this month. ARST 439, taught by Tula Telfair, professor of art, is an introductory oil painting class that stresses the fundamentals of formal structure: color, paint manipulation, composition and scale.

Artwork by Painting I students is on display in Usdan University Center’s gallery this month. Painting I was taught by Tula Telfair, professor of art.   Students include Ashlyn Drake ’18, Molly Fisher ’16, Sara Wallace-Lee ’18, Anna Sanford ’18, Ray Miao ’18, Phuong Le ’18, Celina Bernstein ’18, Tara Stone ’18, Arianna Tamaddon ’18, Ariel Ciccone ’16, Lizzie Zelter ’18.

The student artists include Ashlyn Drake ’18, Molly Fisher ’16, Sara Wallace-Lee ’18, Anna Sanford ’18, Ray Miao ’18, Phuong Le ’18, Celina Bernstein ’18, Tara Stone ’18, Arianna Tamaddon ’18, Ariel Ciccone ’16 and Lizzie Zelter ’18.

Students Study Digital Arts, Personal History, Foreign Policy during Winter Session 2016

Wesleyan’s Winter Session, held Jan. 6-19, provides students with an opportunity to take a full-semester course in only two weeks. Students completed reading and writing assignments before classes started.

Classes meet five hours per day.

Indira Karamcheti, associate professor of American studies, is teaching ENGL246: Personalizing History. Students participate in daily memoir reading and writing, and question how they are shaped by their historical times and places. Students construct narratives about our times and selves in a series of writing workshops. They discuss memory itself, childhood, place and displacement, language, loss/trauma/melancholia/nostalgia, self-invention or transformation, family and generational differences. The class engages with these topics in the analysis of the readings and also in the writing of memoirs.

Photos of the Personalizing History class are below:

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Sculpture, Digital Fabrication Students Display Art on Campus

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Several students are displaying their artwork around – and on – Wesleyan’s public spaces this month.

Students enrolled in Sculpture I and Studies in Computer-Based Modeling and Digital Fabrication displayed their art around the Center for the Art’s public spaces Dec. 12-16.

Sculpture I, taught by Professor of Art Jeffrey Schiff, is an introduction to seeing, thinking and working in three dimensions. Throughout the semester, the class examined three-dimensional space, form, materials and the associations they elicit. Through the sculptural processes of casting, carving and construction in a variety of media, students developed and communicated a personal vision in response to class assignments. Projects included janitorial supplies hanging in suspension, plastic color shapes making a stain-glass window, electronic components and wires in a complex network, hanging funereal urns with flowers, large sewn mice, mirrored boxes covered with artificial turf, lint filling the air holes in the cement, and more.

Students Share Statistical Research at QAC Poster Session

During the Quantitative Analysis Center's Student Poster Session Dec. 11, Stacy Uchendu '17 shared her research titled "The Power of the People: The Relationship between the Support of Social Activist Movements and the Perceived Political Influence in Government." She discovered that those who have positive sentiments towards the government have higher approval ratings of activists movements.

During the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Student Research Poster Session Dec. 11, Stacy Uchendu ’17 shared her research titled “The Power of the People: The Relationship between the Support of Social Activist Movements and the Perceived Political Influence in Government.” She discovered that those who have positive sentiments towards the government have higher approval ratings of activists movements. Several Wesleyan faculty, alumni and community members evaluated the students’ poster presentations.

Alcohol use, traffic fines and race, and the impact of caffeine on sleep were among the topics presented at a poster session in which students enrolled in a project-based course at the Quantitative Analysis Center demonstrated the power of statistical analysis to illuminate social problems.

The QAC Student Research Poster Session, held Dec. 11 in Beckham Hall, served as a final exam for students taking QAC 201: Applied Data Analysis. Several Wesleyan faculty and alumni evaluated the students’ poster presentations.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the QAC 201 class allows students to spend a semester studying a topic they are passionate about. They learn to generate hypotheses based on existing data; conduct a literature review and evaluate the content of empirical research; prepare data for analysis; select and conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses; and present research findings to expert and novice audiences at the poster session.