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Stowell ’13 Writes, Edits, Translates 2 New Books of Poetry

Glenn Stowell '13

Glenn Stowell ’13

Glenn Stowell ’13, an economics major, is the editor and translator of, and an author of, two poetry books published in 2012.

Stowell recently edited, translated and wrote the introduction to Yan Jun’s You Jump to Another Dream, published by Vagabond Press.

Last spring, Stowell worked with Ao Wang, assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, assistant professor of East Asian studies, on an independent study on translation of contemporary Chinese poetry. You Jump to Another Dream was the result of the independent study. Additionally, the Olin Fellowship provided Stowell with funds needed to travel to China this summer and to work with Yan Jun on their book.

Also last spring, Stowell’s first collection of poetry, Until We Leave, was published by Stethoscope Press, a Wesleyan-funded press.

Stowell began studying Chinese at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. and is completing his language studies at Wesleyan. He is the recipient of DKE international short story contest in 2010, was named a Wesleyan Student Poet for 2011-2012 and has been published in The Tulane Review.

In addition to being an author and full-time student, Stowell is currently a goaltender on the men’s hockey team, and is a former pitcher on the baseball team.

After Wesleyan, Stowell will work at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where he has signed a two-year contract.


28 Juniors Awarded Davenport Study Grants

The John E. Andrus Center for Public Affairs recently announced its 2012 Davenport Study Grant recipients. Twenty-eight juniors will receive funding to support research and scholarly projects in public affairs, beginning this summer. Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000.

The funds are made available to current sophomores and juniors thanks to a gift from the Surdna Foundation in honor of Frederick Morgan Davenport, Class of 1889, and Edith Jefferson Andrus Davenport, Class of 1897. Recipients are chosen based on “demonstrated intellectual and moral excellence and a concern for public affairs.” They must show promise for leadership in public service through their personal qualities and scholarly and vocational intentions.

This year’s recipients represent majors in the College of Social Studies, History, Sociology, Government, Latin American Studies, Science in Society, American Studies and Anthropology, Religion, Dance, French Studies and Neuroscience & Behavior.

The grant recipients and their project titles are:

Zain Alam ’13, Dreams and Disappointment: India’s Muslims, the Muhajir, and the Making of Pakistan

Dahlia Azran ’13, Memorials of the Holocaust: A Comparative Study of the planning process of Holocaust Memorials in the United States, Israel, Germany and China

Corey Guilmette ’13 Honored for Investor Responsibility Committee Efforts

Corey Guilmette '13, who is studying abroad in Spain this semester, is interested in socially responsible investments. He is double-majoring in government and psychology.

Q&As with outstanding students is an occasional feature of The Wesleyan Connection. This issue we speak with Corey Guilmette from the Class of 2013.

Q: Corey, you’re the 2012 recipient of the Peter Morgenstern-Clarren Social Justice Award for being chair of the Wesleyan Committee for Investor Responsibility. Tell us about that committee.

A: It has become increasingly evident in the wake of the financial crisis that the current investment system favors blind short-term gains and not long-term results that more often help people and the planet. The Committee for Investor Responsibility seeks to encourage investments that benefit society as opposed to investments that are harmful to people and the environment. For example, last semester we developed a proposal to have Wesleyan move some of its money from larger, national banks into local banks that help empower low-income communities.

Q:  What got you interested in investments?

A: During my freshman year of college I heard about socially responsible investment and was very excited about the great amount of good responsible investment could do. Wesleyan’s endowment is approximately $600 million, which means that its investment decisions can have a big impact, whether it is as a shareholder advocating for greater environmental responsibility or choosing investments that help disadvantaged communities.

Q:  What classes (or professors) at Wesleyan have been most instrumental to you, so far?

A: It’s tough to pick just one class or professor, but last semester I had the opportunity to take Environmental Politics and Democratization

Chin ’13 Attends Clinton Global Initiative, Seeks to Make Wesleyan Greener

Shamar Chin ’13

From March 30-April 1, Shamar Chin ’13 joined nearly 1,200 other students at a meeting in Washington, D.C. of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U).

According to the Clinton Global Initiative’s website, CGI U, launched by former President Bill Clinton in 2007, “challenges students and universities to tackle global problems with practical, innovative solutions.” CGI U hosts an annual meeting for students, national youth organizations and university officials to discuss solutions to pressing global issues.

Prior to attending the meeting, each student must develop and submit a Commitment to Action: a specific plan to address an important challenge on his or her campus or in the global community.

For her commitment, Chin is seeking to convert Wesleyan’s lawn mowers to produce fewer environmentally harmful emissions.

“At the meeting, I had the chance to network with many students from across the globe and learn about their commitments,” says Chin. “I had the opportunity to attend working sessions in my area of interest—environment and climate change—where we discussed the importance of campus sustainability and environmental entrepreneurship. The plenary sessions were inspiring and made me realize that failure comes with innovation, but we should embrace it rather than give up.”

Chin is majoring in Earth & Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. “I have always wanted to start a green initiative in my community,” she says. Over winter break this year, her thesis advisor, Suzanne O’Connell, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, associate professor of environmental studies, director of the Service Learning Center, urged her to apply to the Clinton Global Initiative.

O’Connell calls Chin a “self-starter.” She was impressed that Chin, after working with middle school girls at the Green Street Arts Center last summer, had taken the initiative to start her own environmental afterschool program for girls.

Chin is still gathering the necessary approvals for her CGI U commitment, which she has called “Go Green-Go Wes.” She aims to meet her goals before she graduates next spring.

“I firmly believe that global warming is linked to the emission of greenhouse gases, and this was the foundation for my Commitment to Action,” Chin explains. “Wesleyan University has signed the New England Governors/ Eastern Canadian Premiers Climate Change Action Plan, which requires greenhouse gases associated with energy production to be reduced to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. I proposed raising funds to purchase two electric lawn tractors. However, Wesleyan does not own their own lawn equipment, so I have reworked my commitment to raise funds to purchase catalytic converters for our lawn tractors.”

“Participating in this program has been such a blessing and one of the best experiences of my life. I met incredible people, heard amazing ideas and I left feeling very inspired. I am positive that we as students can enact change,” Chin says. She encourages her fellow students to apply to the Clinton Global Initiative in the future.

Student-Athlete Jeff Legunn ’13 Says Men’s Tennis is Hungry for Success

Jeff Legunn '13 maintains a leadership role on the men's tennis team.

Q&As with outstanding students is an occasional feature of The Wesleyan Connection. This issue we speak with tennis star Jeff Legunn from the Class of 2013.

Q: You have been playing No. 1 singles for Wesleyan since your arrival and you currently have a career record of 33-11.  How do you see your role on the team as a top player and team captain?

A: I believe myself, and the other upperclassmen, all maintain leadership roles.  As the top player, I think I have the ability to set the bar high and hold the other players accountable. We have a talented team this year, but we will need everyone to perform at their best for us to have a successful season in the NESCAC.

Q: There are 11 players on the team this year and seven of them are freshmen. How has such a young team gotten off to a 12-1 start, the best in program history?

A: Our team is young, but hungry for success. The freshmen on our team got the taste of winning college matches early on in the fall, and they all have high goals for the upcoming portion of the season. Having a young team will never be an excuse for us not meeting our goals this spring.

Sanislow, Marcus ’13, Reagan ’13 Publish Paper on Borderline Psychopathology

Charles Sanislow, assistant professor of psychology, and two members of his lab, Katie Marcus ’13 and Liz Reagan ’13 published an article on challenging old assumptions about about the outcome of borderline psychopathology in the February 2012 issue of Current Psychiatry Reports. The paper details current findings from major longitudinal psychiatry studies including the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Study, which Sanislow has been as an investigator on for the past 16 years, and suggests new directions for clinical research. The article is online here.

Also published in February is a work that Sanislow co-authored from the Collaborative Personality Study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. The study results identified interpersonal styles that place people at risk for depression and chronic functional impairments. Findings have implications for psychotherapy treatments for chronic depression. The article, titled “Interpersonal Pathoplasticity in the Course of Major Depression,” appears in issue 80, pages 78-86. The study is online here.

Doernberg ’13 Marshals Occupy Coverage Through Social Media

Ben Doernberg '13 used the social media sites Twitter and Storify to report on a recent Occupy Movement event. He combined a series of live updates, photos and videos from fellow "citizen journalists" to create a timeline. His post received more than 22,525 reads.

At 1 a.m. on Nov. 15, the New York Police Department began clearing Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park of all Occupy Movement protestors. About 70 protesters and eight credentialed journalists were arrested that morning.

From his dorm room in Lo-Rise Residence Hall, sociology major Ben Doernberg ’13, followed the police raid through Twitter and various news sites. For eight hours, he tracked the story online.

Although he was 100 miles away from Zucotti Park, Doernberg, an active supporter of the Occupy Movement, served as a “citizen journalist” from his laptop at Wesleyan. He used the new social media site Storify to re-post incoming updates, photos and videos created by people on the scene.

His post, titled “Press Suppression at Occupy Wall Street Raid” tallied more than 22,525 reads within the week.

“Because I believe in the righteousness of the cause,

Anthropology Major William Tyner ’13 Creates Arts, Culture Blog

William Tyner '13 enjoys writing, photography, digital media and social entrepreneurship. (Photo by Olivia Drake)

Q&As with outstanding students is an occasional feature of The Wesleyan Connection. This issue we speak with Bill Tyner from the Class of 2013.

Q: Bill, what is your major and what are your favorite classes this year?

A: I have the pleasure of majoring in Cultural Anthropology with a certificate in Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory. This semester my favorite classes are Anthropology Theory 1 and Digital Media.

Q: Tell us about your new blog, Freshleyan. Why did you start it, and what is your involvement?

A: Driven by our fascination with writing, fashion and design, my friend Khari Slaughter and I decided to found Freshleyan. Fresh (innovative, creative)+Wesleyan= Freshleyan offers an aesthetic porthole, including culture, food, architecture, arts etc. to the Wesleyan community through photographic and videographic mediums. Freshleyan’s philosophy lies in the universality of fashion and design, and their ability to allow individuals to look and feel their best my means of personal expression. At Freshleyan, I am co-founder,

Video Feature on Arya Alizadeh ’13

Arya Alizadeh ’13 comes to Wesleyan from Boston. He studies history, economics, and is in the engineering combined plan program with Columbia University. He is an avid rower on the Wesleyan Men’s Crew Team, serves as coordinator for the Wesleyan Student Assembly, shoots photographs for the Argus newspaper, and is a Wesleyan Tour Guide.

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Daniels ’13 Introduces Costa Rican Youth to Lacrosse

Emma Daniels ’13, in center, spent six weeks this summer teaching kids about the sport of lacrosse.

Most Wesleyan student-athletes spend their summers training for the upcoming season, but this past July, women’s lacrosse standout Emma Daniels ’13 took it a step further. Daniels, a College of Letters major, was one of 28 students selected for Beyond Study Abroad, a program that “aims to connect the world through sports,” according to its mission statement. She spent six weeks in Costa Rica taking courses, training and introducing local youths to the sport of lacrosse.

Daniel, pictured in back, was one of 28 students selected for Beyond Study Abroad, a program that “aims to connect the world through sports."

“I went down because I had to go abroad for COL, and summer was the only option because I wanted it to be a service trip,” Daniels explains. “I’ve always loved to coach. I think the values that lacrosse instills—its discipline, its teamwork, being able to communicate with your teammates—those values transcend the field. Coaching is not so much about teaching a new sport

Vallo ’13 Studies Seizure Suppression, Teaches Local Students about Science

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This summer, Mary Vallo '13 developed a needs assessment for the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut. She also volunteers in the Wesleyan Science Outreach club and plays intramural soccer. (Photo by Bill Tyner '13)

Q: Mary, what is your class year, and what are you majoring in?

A: I’m a junior, and I’m double-majoring in neuroscience and behavior and English.

Q: You’re currently working in the lab of Jan Naegele, professor of neuroscience and behavior, professor of biology. Can you tell us a bit about your research in the Naegele Lab?

A: The Naegele Lab studies temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), which involves instances of elevated electrical activity in the brain called seizures. In cases where medication does not alleviate seizures, TLE patients experience cell death and damage in the dentate gyrus, part of the hippocampal region of the brain. Using a mouse model of TLE, our goal is to replenish the damaged neurons via stem cell injections. And since seizure-related cell death especially affects a type of interneuron that normally inhibits electrical impulses, we hope that restoring those interneurons will help to suppress seizure activity.

Q: This summer, you participated in the Wesleyan University Hughes Program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. What was your summer-long research project?

A: The project that I began over the summer analyzes brain sections from epileptic mice that have received stem cell transplants. I stain for a protein that marks transplanted cell axons and another protein called gephyrin that is found at inhibitory synapses. So far, I have found several instances where transplant axons overlap with gephyrin. These findings suggest that the stem cells form inhibitory connections that may contribute to seizure suppression.

WILD Wes Featured in Permaculture Newsletter

Katie McConnell '13 and the student group WILD Wes received a $50,000 grant from the University’s Green Fund to transform a 2/3 acre plot on campus into a sustainable landscape. Planting will begin this fall.

An article by Katie McConnell ’13 and Emma Leonard ’13 was featured in a recent Permaculture Institute of the Northeast newsletter. McConnell and Leonard are members of the new student group WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design). They’ve been vying for permacultural principles to be adopted into the University’s landscaping practices.

In the past year, the group hosted its first annual Sustainable Landscaping Design Charrette, where Wesleyan faculty, administrative members, permaculturists, landscaping experts, and students from Wesleyan and nearby Northeastern colleges converged.

In the newsletter, McConnell and Leonard explain how at the conference, groups collaborated to develop permacultural and sustainable landscape designs for over a half dozen sites on the Wesleyan campus.