Students

Profile of Khan ’12 Founder of Brighter Dawns

In a recent story in The Chicago Tribune profiles Tasmiha Khan ’12 a psychology and neuroscience and behavior major, who has founded the nonprofit organization Brighter Dawns, which brings clean water to impoverished residents in Bangladesh. Khan, whose organization has been awarded grants from The Dell Innovation program, the DoSomething foundation, and the Davis Projects for Peace foundation, learned first hand about the difficulty to get fresh water in the dirt floor homes of Bangledesh after a family trip to the country. She has since provided thousands of water sanitation kits, as well as diabetes kits, nutritional screening, and other preventative health care methods. Khan’s work has also been featured in The Wesleyan Connection here, and here.

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.

Abrams ’12 on “A Gift that Came too Soon”

In the weekend Fashion and Style section of The New York Times, Lindsay Abrams ’12 has written a rumination on finding that great college romance, but perhaps timing it wrong. The piece discusses a relationship that might be as close to perfect as she could’ve hoped in everything but the time in her life when she and her partner entered into it.

Social Media Changes First Day of College Experience

Writing for ‘The Choice’ blog in The New York Times, Caren Osten Gerszberg contrasts her experience of meeting her college roommate and the first day of college 25 years ago with her daughter Nicole’s ’15 current path toward Wesleyan. Where Osten Gerszberg had a single phone conversation with her roommate to-be, Nicole has met dozens of her future classmates through Facebook groups and corresponded through texting and other methods. She’s also met other new friends from the Class of 2015 at WesFest.

Wesleyan Celebrates 179th Commencement

Wesleyan’s 179th Commencement Ceremonies were held on Andrus Field on Sunday, May 22. The full story with comments by commencement speaker Dr. Paul E. Farmer is here.

The text of President Michael S. Roth’s address to the Class of 2011 graduates can be found here.

The text of the senior class welcome by Margo Boyer-Dry ’11 can be found here.

A gallery of photos from Commencement will be refreshed all week and can be found here.

A speech by Mary Jane Rubenstein, assistant professor of religion, assistant professor of feminist, gender and sexuality studies at the “Senior Voices” baccalaureate event on May 21 can be found here.

Uprisings Spread to China? Don’t Count on It

In an OpEd for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune, Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, professor of government, professor of Russian and Eastern European studies, and Orion Lewis, research associate in the government department, discuss how an uprising, like those spreading across the Middle East, has little chance of taking hold in China despite recent attempts by some Chinese protesters.

Gamelan Ensemble Featured in Lou Harrison Tribute

An article in The Washington Post of a music review featuring the works of composer Lou Harrison includes the gamelan ensemble, which played a vital role in some of the performances. The three-day “min-festival” was in Washington, D.C., the ensemble was led by Sumarsam, adjunct professor of music. The gamelan ensemble also performed at the Indonesian Embassy during the trip.