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Adelstein Author of The Rise of Planning in Industrial America

Richard Adelstein, the Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, is the author of The Rise of Planning in Industrial America, 1865-1914, published by Routledge in March 2012.

In the book, Adelstein explores the remarkable transformation undergone by business in the U.S. over the half-century following the Civil War—from small sole proprietorships and proprietorships to massive corporations possessing many of the same constitutional rights as living men and women. Approaching this story through historical, philosophical, legal and economic lenses, Adelstein presents an original, three-pronged theory of the rise of business firms.

He traces the big business boom to three historic developments: a major managerial achievement within the firms themselves; a ill-conceived and ill-timed attempt by legislators to rein in rapidly expanding firms; and the Supreme Court’s understated—but immensely consequential—decision granting constitutional rights to corporations separate from those of their owners. Read more about the book in this March 26, 2012 Wesleyan Connection story.

Ocean Acidification Paper by Royer, Thomas Published in Science

Ellen Thomas examines a core of sediment from some 56 million years ago, when the oceans underwent acidification that could be an analog to ocean changes today. (Photo by Steve Schellenberg)

Dana Royer and Ellen Thomas are among the 21 authors of a review paper, “The Geological Record of Ocean Acidification,” published in Science, March 2012: Vol. 335, no. 6072, pages 1058-1063.

In the paper, the authors review events exhibiting evidence for elevated atmospheric CO2, global warming, and ocean acidification over the past 300 million years of Earth’s history, some with contemporaneous extinction or evolutionary turnover among marine calcifiers.

Ocean acidification may have severe consequences for marine ecosystems; however, assessing its future impact is difficult because laboratory experiments and field observations are limited by their reduced ecologic complexity and sample period, respectively.

Royer is an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Thomas is a research professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Science News and The Earth Institute at Columbia University published press releases on the study.

In addition, Thomas’s study titled, “Ocean Acidification – How will ongoing ocean acidification affect marine life?” appeared in a 2011 edition of PAGES, in a special volume with the title Paired Perspectives on Global Change.

The ocean acidification study was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Hingorani Group Publishes 8 Papers on DNA Mismatch Repair

A research group led by Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, has published eight papers in 2011-2012 on the mechanisms of DNA replication and repair proteins, independently and in collaboration with research groups at Wesleyan and other national and international universities.

The papers are:

“Large conformational changes in MutS during DNA scanning, mismatch recognition and repair signaling,” published in The EMBO Journal, 2012 (in press).

The Variable Sub-domain of Escherichia coli SecA functions to regulate in the SecA ATPase Activity and ADP release,” published in the Journal of Bacteriology, 2012 (March 2 Epub). Don Oliver, the Daniel Ayres Professor of Biology, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, was the lead investigator and Fred Cohan, professor of biology, professor of environmental studies, was a co-author on this paper.

Single-molecule multiparameter fluorescence spectroscopy reveals directional MutS binding to mismatched bases in DNA,” published in Nucleic Acids Research, 2012 (Feb, 24 Epub).

Biochemical analysis of the human mismatch repair proteins hMutSαMSH2G674A-MSH6 and MSH2-MSH6T1219D,” published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2012 (Jan. 25 Epub).

ATP Binding and Hydrolysis-Driven Rate-Determining Events in the RFC-Catalyzed PCNA Clamp Loading Reaction,” published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, Feb. 17, 2012; 416(2), pages 176-91.

A Central Swivel Point in the RFC Clamp Loader Controls PCNA Opening and Loading on DNA,” published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, Feb. 17, 2012; 416(2), pages 163-75.

Human MSH2 (hMSH2) protein controls ATP processing by hMSH2-hMSH6,” published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nov. 18, 2011; 286(46), pages 40287-95.

Dynamical allosterism in the mechanism of action of DNA mismatch repair protein MutS,” published in the Biophysical Journal, Oct. 5, 2011;101(7), pages 1730-9. David Beveridge, the Joshua Boger Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, was the lead investigator on this paper.

Dierker, Rose, Postdocs Author 2 Papers on Teens’ Nicotine Dependence

Lisa Dierker, chair and professor of psychology, Jennifer Rose, research associate professor of psychology and two postdoctoral fellows, together with researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, are the co-authors of two new papers examining nicotine dependence in teen smokers.

“The Natural Course of Nicotine Dependence Symptoms Among Adolescent Smokers,” was published March 15 in the peer-reviewed journal, Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Wesleyan Postdoctoral Fellows Weihai Zhan and Arielle Selya contributed to the paper. The researchers followed novice adolescent smokers, as well as those who had never smoked before, for four years. They found that, before smoking 100 cigarettes, 20 percent reported “smoking to relieve restlessness and irritability,” and “smoking a lot more now to be satisfied compared to when first smoked,” both considered symptoms of nicotine dependence. This is the first study to describe the natural course of nicotine dependence specifically among adolescent smokers who had not yet reached the 100-cigarette milestone.

The paper is available to read online here.

According to Dierker, “These findings add to a growing body of research showing that for some adolescents, nicotine dependence symptoms develop soon after smoking begins and at low levels of cigarette use. Because these early emerging symptoms represent a substantial risk for developing chronic smoking behavior, it is important that new adolescent smokers are not neglected in smoking prevention and cessation programs.”

A second study, “Risk Factors for Adolescent Smoking: Parental Smoking and the Mediating Role of Nicotine,” was published Feb. 24 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. It is available online here.

While it is well documented that having a parent who smokes increases a teen’s risk of smoking, this study sought to explain the pathways controlling this relationship. The researchers found that maternal smoking significantly increased the likelihood that teens would experience greater sensitivity to nicotine dependence symptoms at low levels of smoking. “This may be the result of shared genes between parent and child that promote sensitivity to the effects of nicotine or due to substantial second-hand smoke in the home that may prime children to develop dependence symptoms relatively quickly after they begin smoking, but in either case suggests that children with parents who smoke are an important group with whom to intervene.” To inform the design of effective interventions, research focusing on both potential genetic markers and environmental risk is ongoing with this high-risk sample.





Herbst, Kilgard Published in Astrophysical Journal

Bill Herbst, the John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy, chair of the Astronomy Department, is the author of “Infrared Variability of Evolved Protoplanetary Disks: Evidence for Scale Height Variations in the Inner Disk,” published in The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 748, Issue 1, article id. 71, 2012.
Roy Kilgard, research assistant professor of astronomy, is the author of “Chandra Observations of the Collisional Ring Galaxy NGC 922,” published in The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 747, Issue 2, article id. 150, 2012.

Nerenberg Authors Translation of Baliani’s Corpo di Stato

Book by Ellen Nerenberg

Professor Ellen Nerenberg, chairperson of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, recently published a new book, Body of State: The Moro Affair, A Nation DividedIt offers a translation of Marco Baliani’s acclaimed dramatic monologue, Corpo di Stato, concerning the 1978 kidnapping and assassination of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro by the terrorist Red Brigades.

Nerenberg authored the translation along with Nicoletta Marini-Maio and Thomas Simpson. She also co-wrote a critical introduction to the book, with Marini-Maio.

Corpo di Stato was commissioned by Italian state television in 1998 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the “Moro Affair.” Through over 100 performances of Baliani’s monologue since its debut, the piece has evolved in response to the forceful reactions of Italian audiences. The first draft of this English translation offered the supertitles for performances of Baliani’s 2009 U.S. tour, and was subsequently expanded to reflect the most recent version of the text. Body of State features a translation of the dramatic monologue; a preface by translator and Professor of Theater Ron Jenkins; a critical introduction; Baliani’s thoughts about the 1998 production for Italian television; an interview with Baliani and his artistic collaborator, Maria Maglietta; and the afterword they wrote in light of the 2009 tour. It also provides reviews, contributed by scholars, students and spectators, of Baliani’s 2009 North American tour.

Also contributing to the book were William Stowe, the Benjamin Waite Professor of the English Language; Nadja Aksamija, assistant professor of art history; Antonio Gonzalez, professor of romance languages and literatures; and Pamela Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts.

Striegel Co-Authors Book on Eating Disorders

Book by Ruth Striegel.

Ruth Striegel, the Walter A. Crowell University Professor of the Social Sciences, professor of psychology, is the co-author of  Developing an Evidence-Based Classification of Eating Disorders: Scientific Findings for DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association Press in 2011.

The culmination of several years of collaborative effort among eating disorders investigators from around the world, this volume provides summaries of the research presentations and discussions of the conceptual and methodological issues involved in diagnosing and classifying eating disorders. The mission of the DSM-5 Eating Disorder Work Group was to improve the clinical utility of eating disorder diagnoses by recommending revisions based on sound empirical evidence. Although the objective was to provide empirical information to the DSM-5 Eating Disorders Work Group, the research presented in this book should be invaluable to the eating disorders research and clinical community at large and, by extension, to their patients.



Aksamija Co-Authors La Sala Bologna

Book by Nadja Aksamija

Nadja Aksamija, assistant professor of art history, is the co-author of the book, La Sala Bologna nei Palazzi Vaticani: Architettura, cartografia e potere nell’età di Gregorio XIIIpublished by Marsilio Editori, 2011.

The Sala Bologna is one of the most inaccessible and fascinating spaces in the Vatican Palace, located between the Pope’s private apartments and the Secretariat of the Vatican State. Originally used for ceremonial purposes, it was built and decorated for the Jubilee of 1575 for the Bolognese pope Gregory XIII, Ugo Boncompagni, and precedes by five years the more famous Gallery of Maps in the Vatican Belvedere.

It was conceived as part of an ambitious visual program that sought to celebrate the scientific and religious accomplishments of Gregory XIII’s court. The Sala Bologna’s majestic interior was frescoed by Lorenzo Sabatini and artists in his workshop with monumental terrestrial and celestial maps, among which the map of the city of Bologna – the largest “portrait” of a city painted during the Renaissance. This book presents for the first time the architecture and pictorial decoration of this magnificent space, which is studied from a variety of angles by a group of internationally renowned scholars. The extraordinary images published in the book are a result of an exhaustive photographic campaign by the Madrid studio Factum Arte that were also used for the production of a facsimile of the map of the city of Bologna for the new Museo della Storia di Bologna.

Reeve’s Novel Celebrates Timelessness of the Natural World

Book by F.D. Reeve

F.D. Reeve, professor of letters, emeritus, is the author of Nathaniel Purple, published by Voyage in 2012.

A feud, a fire, an affair. Cows in the pasture, men at the lunch counter, violets in an old cream bottle. This is Vermont—passionate, pastoral, pungent, which forms a rich, vivid canvas for an intimate portrayal of village life. But human nature is a bit out of joint.

Years of living on the “bony” land has led the village people to jealousies and forbidden couplings. Reeve draws us into his world through the sharp eyes of Nathaniel Purple, who, as the town’s librarian, is the link to the world of books and rational thinking. He is also an everyman, a native Vermonter, able to embrace the town’s practical justice. The novel celebrates the strength and timelessness of the natural world above the daily struggle and quotidian quarrels of everyday existence. People live out their destinies while the seasons turn.

Östör’s “Living with Pictures” Article in Museum Catalog

The exhibition catalog has 160 pages.

A chapter written by Ákos Östör, professor of anthropology, emeritus, is featured in the Flavours of the Arts: 
From Mughal India to Bollywood exhibition catalog for Geneva’s Musée d’ethnographie. This pertinently illustrated book focuses on the close relationship between music, painting and film in northern India.

His chapter is titled, “Living with Pictures. Study, Film and Life in Naya (West Bengal).”

Cohan Published in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases Journals

Papers, articles and book chapters by Fred Cohan, professor of biology, are published in several publications including:

“Community ecology of hot spring cyanobacterial mats: predominant populations and their functional potential,” published in ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology, 2011;

“Influence of molecular resolution on sequence-based discovery of ecological diversity among Synechococcus populations in an alkaline siliceous hot spring microbial mat,” published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77:1359-1367, 2011;

“Are species cohesive?—A view from bacteriology,” published in Bacterial Population Genetics: A Tribute to Thomas S. Whittam, American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, pages 43-65, 2011;

“Species,” a chapter published in Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of Genetics. Oxford: Elsevier, in press;
“Metagenomic approaches for the identification of microbial species,” a book chapter published in the Handbook of Molecular Microbial Ecology, Volume I, pages 105-109, 2011;

Cohan and Jane Wiedenbeck ’10 are the co-authors of the invited article, “Origins of bacterial diversity through horizontal gene transfer and adaptation to new ecological niches,” published in FEMS Microbiology Reviews 35:957–976, in print.

Cohan and Ph.D. candidate Sarah Kopac are the co-authors of “A theory-based pragmatism for discovering and classifying newly divergent bacterial species,” published in Genetics and Evolution of Infectious Diseases,  pp. 21-41, 2011.

Mukerji’s Study on Protein Binding Published in Biochemistry

Ishita Mukerji, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, director of graduate studies, is the co-author of ““HU Binding to a DNA Four-Way Junction Probed by Förster Resonance Energy Transfer,” published in Biochemistry, issue 50, pages 1432–1441, 2011. This work specifically examines the Escherichia coli protein HU’s four-way junction interaction using fluorescence spectroscopic methods.

This work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation.