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Grad Student Herman, Sultan Published in Evolution, Faculty 1000

Biology Ph.D. candidate Jacob Herman and Sonia Sultan, chair and professor of biology, professor of environmental studies, are the co-authors of an article titled “How stable ‘should’ epigenetic modifications be? Insights from adaptive plasticity and bet hedging,” published in Evolution, Issue 68(3), pages 632-43. Herman was the Private Investigator on the paper.

The article also was selected by Faculty 1000, a platform for life scientists that helps scientists to discover, discuss and publish research.

Epigenetics is the study of ways chemical reactions change the way an organism grows and develops, and the factors that influence them. Epigenetic modifications can be stable across the individual’s lifespan and in some species even persist across generations, or they can be reversible, but it is currently unclear how the persistence of epigenetic modifications may evolve. In this paper, Herman and Sultan provide insights from the theoretical advances in adaptive phenotypic plasticity to predict the conditions that would favor the evolution of stable versus reversible epigenetic modification as an adaptive environmental response both within and across generations.

Student A Capella Groups Perform during Family Weekend

The 4th Annual Stone A Cappella Concert at Memorial Chapel Sept. 28 featured the vocal talent of Wesleyan’s many student a capella groups. The event was part of Wesleyan’s Family Weekend. (Photos by Dat Vu ’15)

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Meet Wesleyan Tour Guide Greg Tavarez ’16

Greg Tavarez '16

Greg Tavarez ’16 is a Wesleyan tour guide and admission intern.

As part of an ongoing series on student employment, we speak to a campus tour guide. All Wesleyan tours are given by students, and the Office of Admission employs up to 50 student tour guides at a time.

According to Ashleigh Corvi ’13, assistant dean of admission and coordinator of the tour guide program, “The goal of our tours is to highlight the unique characteristics of Wesleyan, and interweave these ideas into a personal narrative. We want our tours to be a mix of facts and personal anecdotes and experiences. The stories our students recall are what resonate with visitors, especially the prospective students. This tour model, which we believe is effective, would not be possible without this student perspective.”

Tour guides are selected from a group interview setting in order to ensure they are comfortable presenting and answering questions in front of a group. According to Corvi, the Office of Admission

WESeminars, Concerts, Alumni Talks During Family Weekend Sept. 26-28

Diane LaPointe '79, P'17 of Bedford, N.Y. is attending Family Weekend with her daughter, Megan Dolan '17.

Diane LaPointe ’79, P’17 of Bedford, N.Y. is attending Family Weekend with her daughter, Megan Dolan ’17. “I loved coming back for my reunion, but this weekend, I get to be here as a parent, seeing campus through Megan’s eyes,” LaPointe said.

During Family Weekend, held Sept. 26-28, Wesleyan families are invited to attend classes and WESeminars, take in concerts and sporting events, enjoy meals, tour campus and learn about student programs and services.

Breaking from tradition, this year Family Weekend is be separate from Homecoming Weekend, because Homecoming occurs during Fall break.

On Sept. 25, Lisa and Scott Josephs of Chapel Hill, N.C. flew to Connecticut to attend Family Weekend with their son, Aaron '18. This is their fourth visit to campus.

On Sept. 25, Lisa and Scott Josephs of Chapel Hill, N.C. flew to Connecticut to attend Family Weekend with their son, Aaron ’18. This is their fourth visit to campus.

Diane LaPointe ’79, P’17, celebrated her 35th Wesleyan Reunion in May, and is elated to return to campus four months later to visit with her daughter, Megan Dolan ’17. Megan took her mother to a French class and Modern Dance III class, and the two plan on spending time mingling with Megan’s friends and fellow visiting parents.

Lisa and Scott Josephs of Chapel Hill, N.C. are attending Family Weekend with their son, Aaron ’18. “I’m taking them to my Hebrew class, and then I’m excited to introduce them to my friends, professors and advisor,” Aaron said.

Richard Lanet P’18 and Joan Williamson P’18 of Venice, Calif. are visiting their daughter, Ruby Lanet ’18. “This is my first time visiting Wesleyan, so I’m looking forward to taking a tour of this beautiful campus, going to a class and the comedy show tonight,” Richard Lanet said.

Catherine Lewis ’18 is enjoying the event with her mother, Christian Roberts P’18 and aunt Elsa Aminlewis, both from Bronx, N.Y. The trio is looking forward to walking around campus and enjoying a few meals together.

Catherine Lewis '18 is spending Family Weekend with her mother, Christian Roberts P'18 and aunt Elsa Aminlewis.

Catherine Lewis ’18 is spending Family Weekend with her mother, Christian Roberts P’18 and aunt Elsa Aminlewis.

“Mostly we’re just glad to be spending time together,” Catherine said.

Guests may register onsite during the weekend at Usdan University Center.

Check in hours are:
Friday, Sept. 26: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

The schedule is open to all members of the Wesleyan family. Highlights include a South Indian vocal performance as part of the Navaratri Festival at the Center for the Arts; the 22nd annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium, featuring a movie screening and talkback with Bobbito “Kool Bob Love” Garcia ’88; student a capella concert; Friends of the Wesleyan Library book sale; tailgating; and WESeminars on a variety of topics including animal dignity and ethics of sight, writing at Wesleyan, and ending back pain.

On Sept. 27, Craig Thomas ’97 and Carter Bays ’97, creators and writer-producers of the popular television series How I Met Your Mother, will speak about their experiences at Wesleyan, their work in TV, and HIMYM.

The Family Weekend photo gallery on Flickr will be updated throughout the weekend. More family photos are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Farm-to-Fork Program Celebrated at Eat Local Challenge

On Sept. 23, Wesleyan celebrated the 15th anniversary of Bon Appétit’s Farm to Fork program during the annual Eat Local Challenge.

Bon Appétit, Wesleyan’s campus dining provider, served a menu with all local ingredients. All food — including produce and meat — came from farms or suppliers within a 150 radius of campus.

The menu included New England clam chowder, fried haddock and chips, clam bake, roasted pork, BBQ seitan with rosemary potatoes and mushrooms, wood-fired pizza, steamed potatoes and corn, farmhouse salad and strawberry and blueberry crisp for dessert.

Students also voted for their favorite farm. The winner, announced next week, will receive a $5,000 grant from Bon Appétit Management Company.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)
Watch a FOX CT newscast of the event here.

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Ishiguro to Study Female Saman Dance as Fulbright DDRA Fellow

Maho Ishiguro

Maho Ishiguro

Maho Ishiguro, an ethnomusicology doctoral student, received a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship to study the female Saman dance in Indonesia. The award came with a $29,508 stipend.

Ishiguro’s proposed research title is “Saman Dance in Diaspora Presence of Female Saman Dance as Expressions of Piety Cultural Identity and Popular Culture.” Her DDRA project will examine the contemporary life of female Saman dance in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and Banda Aceh.

Saman dance, or the dance of a “thousand hands” is typically performed in Gayo Lues, a mountainous region of Aceh, by eight to 20 male performers who kneel in a row and make different kinds of torso movements accompanied by songs, clapping hands, slapping chests or slapping the floor. The dance traditionally is performed to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and has been used recently to promote Acehnese as well as Indonesia’s national culture.

“Indonesia’s deepening Islamization today impacts the nations’ performing arts and the conduct of Muslim women’s lives,” Ishiguro said. “In Aceh, despite its Islamic origin, female adults were prohibited from performing Saman dance at public events.

Grant Supports Partnership between Cognitive Development Lab, CT Science Center

Cognitive Development Lab students Ziyue Li '16 and Portia Lundie '14 spoke with children and parents at the Connecticut Science Center last spring.

Cognitive Development Lab students Ziyue Li ’16 and Portia Lundie ’14 spoke with children and parents at the Connecticut Science Center last spring.

Faculty and student researchers from Wesleyan’s Cognitive Development Lab recently received a $3,000 stipend from the National Living Laboratory® Initiative, which receives support from the National Science Foundation. The award will support an ongoing collaboration between Wesleyan and the the Connecticut Science Center.

Hilary Barth, associate professor of psychology, associate professor of neuroscience and behavior, oversees a Living Laboratory® site at the science center’s museum. For the past year and a half, Wesleyan researchers have visited the museum on Saturdays to collect data for current studies, talk with children and their families about child developmental research, and guide visitors in hands-on activities that demonstrate important findings in developmental psychology.

The stipend will support staff at the museum, student coordination and museum visit time for the students, travel costs, signage and materials for the lab’s child development demonstrations. In 2013, the Living Laboratory Initiative awarded Wesleyan with a $300 grant for signage.

According to its website, The Living Laboratory® initiative aims to educate the public about child development by immersing museum visitors in the process of scientific discovery. In the Living Laboratory®’s educational model, scientists (in disciplines including developmental psychology, cognitive science, educational psychology, cognitive neuroscience, social psychology and related fields) recruit participants and conduct their studies within dynamic exhibits at a local museum. Families visiting the museum are invited to participate in on-going research projects and to engage in one-on-one conversations with the scientists.

Read past articles about the Cognitive Development Lab here.

HIV Discoverer Levy ’60 Delivers Biophysics Retreat Keynote Address

Wesleyan’s Molecular Biophysics Program Hosted its 15th Annual Retreat Sept. 18 at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. Wesleyan faculty and alumni delivered talks at the day-long event. (Photos by Jennifer Langdon)

Jay Levy '60 M.D., professor of medicine and research associate at the Cancer Research Institute at the University of California, School of Medicine at San Francisco (UCSF), delivered the keynote address titled "HIV Discovery to Research Achievements and Future Challenges."

Jay Levy ’60 M.D., professor of medicine and research associate at the Cancer Research Institute at the University of California, School of Medicine at San Francisco (UCSF), delivered the keynote address titled “HIV Discovery to Research Achievements and Future Challenges.”

Jewish Community Celebrates Rosh Hashanah with Shofar Factory

In honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Chabad at Wesleyan hosted a Shofar Factory Sept. 19 in Usdan's Huss Courtyard. The shofar, a musical instrument traditionally made from a ram's horn, is blown during synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Chabad at Wesleyan offers social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty.

In honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Chabad at Wesleyan hosted a Shofar Factory Sept. 19 in Usdan’s Huss Courtyard. The shofar, a musical instrument traditionally made from a ram’s horn, is blown during synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Chabad at Wesleyan offers social, educational, recreational and religious programming for students and faculty.

Chong ’18 to Represent Hong Kong in Tennis at Asian Games

Eudice Chong '18

Eudice Chong ’18

Eudice Chong ’18, a native of Sai Kung, Hong Kong, will be representing her nation in the 17th Asian Games, to be held in Incheon, South Korea from Sept. 19-Oct. 4.

Forty-Five nations will be represented at the Games with 439 events in 36 disciplines being contested. Chong is Wesleyan’s number-one player in women’s tennis and went 4-0 during the team’s opening activity, a double tournament hosted by Sacred Heart University Sept. 6.

She will be competing in both doubles and mixed doubles during the Asian Games. Chong is currently ranked 323rd in the most recent International Tennis Federation World Junior Rankings.

CareerDrive Will Put Student Job Searches in Gear

Wesleyan's Career Center offers a new recruiting platform called CareerDrive. Students can access the tools through their e-portfolio and search and apply for jobs and internships, view the employer directory, manage career advising appointments and browse a calendar listing of upcoming workshops, employer information sessions and on-campus interviews. The platform also offers integration with LinkedIn and Facebook to shows students their connections with specific organizations.

Wesleyan’s Career Center offers a new recruiting platform called CareerDrive. Students can access the tools through their e-portfolio and search and apply for jobs and internships, view the employer directory, manage career advising appointments and browse a calendar listing of upcoming workshops, employer information sessions and on-campus interviews. The platform also offers integration with LinkedIn and Facebook to shows students their connections with specific organizations. CareerDrive is one of many professional development initiatives offered by the Wesleyan Career Center this fall.

Students getting ready for life beyond campus can take advantage of several comprehensive professional development initiatives offered by the Wesleyan Career Center.

CareerDrive fuels students’ efforts to learn career management skills, search for jobs and internships, sign up for events, and track progress toward their goals. Powered by CSO Research, CareerDrive will allow students to search and apply for jobs and internships, store their documents, register for events and gain access to subscription-only online resources. It replaces Wesleyan’s previous recruiting system. One feature will allow job-seekers to see social media connections in target organizations.

“It’s a great tool,” said Sharon Belden Castonguay, director of the Career Center. “Say you type in Widgets, Inc. – Drive will let you see whether your LinkedIn or Facebook connections work there, people who may be able to provide insight into the organization.”

While the new recruiting platform is open to all students, seniors can participate in Accelerate, a “job search boot camp” running concurrently with the fall recruiting season, providing job hunters with real-time guidance.

WSA Hosts 21st Annual Student Groups Fair

The Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) hosted the 21st Annual Student Groups Fair Sept. 12 behind Usdan University Center.

The campus-wide event allowed both new and returning students to learn about new and established student groups, network with different academic departments and interact with several vendors from the local Middletown community. About 70 student groups were represented at the event.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Harry Jiang ’18)

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