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Hsu ’10 Honored by American Physical Society

The Department of Physics hosted a reception Oct. 8 in the Walter Cady Lounge to honor Wade Hsu ’10 (pictured at left), who received the LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society. Hsu was the only student from a Ph.D-granting institution in the country to receive the award. (Photos by Brian Stewart)

The American Physical Society awarded Chia Wei “Wade” Hsu ’10 with its prestigious LeRoy Apker Award for his achievements while at Wesleyan.

The American Physical Society awards the Apker Award to only one student from a Ph.D-granting institution each year. Reinhold Blümel, the Charlotte Agusta Ayres Professor of Physics, calls it a “mini-Nobel Prize.”

The award provides encouragement to young physicists who have demonstrated great potential for future scientific accomplishment.

“This means that Wade out-competed students from MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and CalTech,” says Wade’s former advisor Francis Starr, associate professor of physics. “He’s the best of the best.”

On Oct. 8, the Physics Department hosted a reception in his honor.

“The celebration that people in physics department threw for me was a total surprise. I did not expect an event with such a scale, with so many professors, grads, undergrads and cheese and wine,” he says. “I felt like crying that so many people came, and that they seemed to be even happier than me. It was great. And certainly I had never felted as honored as on that day.”

The Apker award came with a $5,000 award,

Freeman Scholars Join Wesleyan from 11 Countries

The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program enables qualified young men and women from each of 11 countries or regions – The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to come to Wesleyan on full tuition scholarships.

This program is made possible by Wesleyan University and the Freeman Foundation, which aims to improve understanding and to strengthen ties between the United States and the countries of the Pacific Rim. Entry into the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program is highly competitive: only one student will be selected annually from each country.

Below are photos of the 2010-11 Freeman Scholars at Wesleyan on Oct. 8. This is the 16th class of scholars. (Photos by Bill Burkhart)

The Class of 2011.

Givner ’10 to Experience Chinese Culture First Hand

Matthew Givner ’10

On Sept. 1, Matthew Givner ’10 became one of 19 Princeton-in-Asia fellows from around the world who is teaching English in a Chinese province.

Givner moved to Dalain, a city of 6.5 million people located 288 miles east of Beijing.  There, he is teaching English, writing, reading and speaking to students at Dalian University of Technology with three other fellows. He teaches 14 class hours per week.

Givner learned of the program through a family friend and Wesleyan’s Career Resource Center. He attended two information sessions on the program at the Career Resource Center and decided to apply.  

Honors Thesis by Tolman ’10 Published in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Arielle Tolman ’10 presents her honors thesis to Wesleyan President Michael Roth. Her findings were recently accepted for publication in Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Quality-of-life for patients with Schizophrenia has been recognized as a crucial domain of outcome in schizophrenia treatment, and yet its determinants are not well understood.

Arielle Tolman ’10, who studied “Neurocognitive Predictors of Objective and Subjective Quality-of-Life in Individuals with Schizophrenia: A Meta-Analytic Investigation” as her senior honors thesis, will have the opportunity to share her research with other scientists interested in schizophrenia. This month, the editors of  Schizophrenia Bulletin accepted Tolman’s paper for publication in an upcoming edition.

“This is a real achievement, particularly at the undergraduate level,” says the paper’s co-author and Tolman’s advisor Matthew Kurtz, assistant professor of psychology.

Although other researchers have demonstrated that “quality-of-life” is not a uniform construct, Tolman conducted the first meta-analytic study

Kurose ’10 Talks About College to Workforce Transition in WSJ

Charles Kurose ’10 who graduated in May with a degree in economics, discusses what it is like to go from the very top of one social system – being a college senior – to the very bottom of a new system: the job market and an entry level position, in a June 15 Wall Street Journal article.

“The transition from college to the workforce is a watershed in your life, where you leap from the peak of one totem pole to clutch at the bottom of a new one,” he writes. “You find yourself in a new setting with new people. You must show to these people that you have skills and talents that can contribute value to the joint work you will do together. In hiring you, a group of these people revealed a faith in your abilities strong enough to merit giving you the opportunity to do that, but even they are waiting to see if you will actually rise to the occasion.”

Colton ’12, Kenworthy ’10 Part of World Cup Kick-Off

Clare Colton '12

Beth Kenworthy '09

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited Wesleyan Soccer players Clare Colton ’12 and Beth Kenworthy ’10, both playing this summer for the New York Athletic Club, to a reception at the Mayor’s Gracie Mansion June 9 as part of the World Cup Kick-off.

Fulbright Scholars Heading to Belgium, Turkey, Indonesia

At left, Melina Aguilar ’10 will teach English in Indonesia as a 2010-11 Fulbright scholar. She taught children at a boarding school in China last summer (pictured). Aguilar is one of four recent Wesleyan graduates to receive a Fulbright Scholarship.

Recent graduate Anne Rosenthal’s years of taking French and environmental science classes will come in useful next year as she studies Belgium’s efforts to stimulate market demand for environmentally friendly products.

Rosenthal ’10 is one of four Wesleyan alumni selected to participate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in 2010-11. Fulbright scholars conduct research abroad or teach English in foreign countries.

Anne Rosenthal ’10

Rosenthal, who double majored in French studies and environmental science, will enroll in graduate-level environmental management courses at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), while examining Belgium’s role within the European Union framework for green product certification, and Belgium’s promotion of greener consumption. During a semester abroad in Paris, Rosenthal became interested in the ways Europeans thought about the environment, especially compared to attitudes in the U.S.

“I hope to leave Europe with an understanding of why EU programs might or might not represent promising models for the U.S. by getting a sense of Belgian people’s attitudes toward environmental issues,” she says. “My project will allow me to continue pursuing both my passions of environment and French.  I am incredibly grateful to my Wesleyan professors

Students Direct, Film, Produce Hip-Hop Video

Still from a Nappy Roots' video, created by Wesleyan seniors.

Four Wesleyan students helped create a new video for Grammy-nominated hip-hop artists Nappy Roots.

The video for the song “P.O.N.” was directed by Bill Kirstein ’10 and Ethan Berger ’10. Stefan Weinberger ’10 was the director of photography.

The video was produced by Ram Sivalingam ‘10, Adam Paulsen ’10 and Drae Jackson of Drae Jackson Films.

The video is online at http://vimeo.com/11508541.

Casale ’10 Marches Across Country to Support Peace

Holding the “March 4 Peace” banner, Ashley Casale ’10 and Michael Israel reached Washington DC Sept. 10 after walking 3,000 miles across the country supporting nonviolent resistance to war efforts.

After wearing through four pairs of shoes and speaking to hundreds of people in 12 states about war solutions, Wesleyan student Ashley Casale ’10 returned briefly to campus after a 3,000-mile cross-country trek to promote world peace.

Casale walked from San Francisco, Calif. to Washington D.C. this summer to raise peace awareness and discuss ways to take action nonviolently. Her March for Peace concluded Sept. 10 in front of the White House.

“Overall, this was a great, eye-opening experience,” Casale said to peers, deans and President Michael Roth during campus visit Sept. 21. “This walk was about peace, and (we learned that) peace isn’t political.””

Casale crossed the country with her walking partner Michael Israel, a recent high school graduate from California. Together, they trekked 25 miles a day, carrying a wide “March 4 Peace SF to DC” banner or donning pro-peace attire. They made several stops along the route to chat with area residents about their cause.

Their messages included supporting nonviolent resistance to war efforts, ceasing crimes against humanity, ending nuclear weapon holding and proliferation, and promoting sustainability and global citizenship. They particularly marched for peace in Iraq, and to raise awareness of the genocide, rape, and torture in the Darfur region of Sudan, Africa.

Casale and Israel began the walk on May 21, carrying only three outfits, two journals, a first aid kit, water bottle, sunscreen, sleeping bag and a small tent apiece. They relied on acquaintances they met along the way to donate food, additional clothing, shelter and shoes. They also asked for monetary donations via their Web site, http://marchforpeace.com. Casale said hundreds of peace-supporters joined their march, some for hours, others for days.

Together, they crossed America’s deserts, prairies and mountainous regions, in the sun, rain storms and whipping winds, all in an attempt to make a visible impact. Casale and Israel made several media appearances, from radio and television interviews to being featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune.

“We never wanted to draw attention to ourselves, just our cause,” Casale says.

President Michael Roth meets Ashley Casale ’10.

Roth, who was living in California during the time of their departure, says he remembered seeing Casale on the 10 p.m. news.

“When I saw that there was a student from Wesleyan walking across the country for peace, I thought that was a very admirable thing,” Roth said during a recent meeting with Casale and Israel. “It’s wonderful you were able to bring attention to peace activism, and that you were so determined to get your message out there.”

The walkers recorded their experiences along the way in a journal, but the memories are still very fresh in their minds. They recall meeting a woman in Griswold, Iowa who lost her fiancé at the time to the Vietnam War, and a military mom in Peoria, Ill. whose son joined the Army and was deported to Iraq.

“It was always emotional for us to talk to military moms, because most of them have sons in Iraq who are our same age,” Casale said. “She said she told her son in Iraq about us, and he was awed that we had walked so far to end this war.”

Casale and Israel plan to write a book together this year based on their March for Peace. Class deans Marina Melendez and Michael Whaley invited them to speak at a dean’s colloquium, and Roth said he will encourage other students to express their views and be proactive.

Casale and Israel made dozens of stops in each state they passed through. Their route included California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and finally Washington D.C. Their journey is documented in an online photo gallery at http://www.marchforpeace.info/reportbacks.html.

Casale, an undeclared environmental studies and music major, will resume her studies at Wesleyan in Spring 2008.