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Chemistry Faculty, Students Attend Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

Pictured are Wesleyan faculty and students at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy.

Pictured are Wesleyan faculty and students at the International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy.

Several Wesleyan faculty and graduate students attended the 68th Ohio State University International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy held in Columbus, Ohio in 2013.

Stewart Novick, Herbert Pickett and Stephen Cooke, and graduate students Smitty Grubbs Ph.D ’10, Daniel Obenchain and Brittany Long made presentations.

Novick, chair and professor of chemistry, and Grubbs presented a talk on “Microwave Spectra and Structure of H2 – CuF: Overview of the Complexes of Hydrogen with Metal-Containing Diatomics.”

Novick, Grubbs and Obenchain presented “Observation of a Moderate Strength Interaction of Hydrogen with a Coinage Metal Halide: The Rotational Spectrum and Structure of the p-H2-CuCl and o-H2-CuCl Complexes.”

Novick, Grubbs, Obenchain and Herbert Pickett, research professor in chemistry, presented “FTMW Observation and Analysis of the p-H2-AgCl and o-H2-AgCl Complex” and “Hydrogen Interaction with Metal Halides: The Nuclear Quadrupole Coupling Constant of Gold in the p-H2-AuCl Complex and Trends in the other Hydrogen-Coinage Metal Halide Interactions.”

Novick, Grubbs, Obenchain and Stephen Cooke, visiting professor of chemistry, presented “Microwave Spectra of Fluorinated Propionic Acids and their Hydrates.”

Cooke and graduate student Brittany Long presented “Pure Rotational Spectra of the Reaction Products of Laser Ablated Thorium Metal and Oxygen Molecules Entrained within Supersonic Expansions of Noble Gases.”

Ishiguro Receives Grant from Society for Asian Music

Maho Ishiguro

Maho Ishiguro

Music Department doctoral student Maho Ishiguro received a $2,300 grant from the Society for Asian Music in October 2013. Ishiguro will use the grant for her research on the booming popularity of Achenese dance traditions among high school girls in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ishiguro, of Tokyo, Japan, moved to the U.S. when she was a junior in high school. This is her second year studying ethnomusicology at Wesleyan.

Grant Applicants must be full-time graduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions and may use these funds to supplement other grants.  Grants are to be used for research, including fieldwork, pre-dissertation research, travel, language study, and other related activities.

The Society of Asian Music aims to cultivate, promote, foster, sponsor, develop and disseminate among its members and to other interested persons an appreciation, understanding, interest, taste and love of the music, and arts ancillary to music, of Asia; to create a center for the advancement of such purposes and to maintain the same to secure the interest of patrons of these arts; to encourage the composition of such music so as to provide social and aesthetic activities, and provide entertainment and amusement and the exploitation of such talents.

Aaron Paige, also a doctoral student in music, received the grant in 2012.

3 International Fulbright Scholars Studying at Wesleyan

Janette Suherli

Janette Suherli

Fulbright Fellow Janette Suherli could attend graduate school anywhere in the world, but the Indonesian resident decided to persue her master’s degree in astronomy here at Wesleyan.

“I learned about Wesleyan when I was in high school, and now I’m here because the Astronomy Department offers a great research program with well-known faculty members. The research and learning environment encourages me to be better everyday,” she said.

Suherli, who came to Wesleyan this fall, is one of three international Fulbright recipients who chose to complete their graduate studies at Wesleyan. Christine May Yong of Malaysia, plans to be at Wesleyan four to six years working on a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. And Cristohper Ramos Flores of Mexico started his graduate studies in 2012. He’s pursuing a master’s degree in music composition.

A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities.

Mathematics Ph.D. Student Haensch Receives Mass Media Fellowship

Anna Haensch is one of two mathematicians selected for the prestigious Mass Media Fellowship this year.

Anna Haensch is one of two mathematicians selected for the prestigious Mass Media Fellowship this year.

When Anna Haensch tells new acquaintances that she’s a mathematician, many people immediately recoil.

“There’s this repellent nature to math,” she said. “There’s this big wall up around it—people find it terrifying or uninteresting.”

That’s exactly why Haensch, a Ph.D. student who just successfully defended her dissertation, wants to learn how to communicate better to the general public about math. She is the recipient of a Mass Media Fellowship, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Haensch’s fellowship is sponsored by the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The 10-week summer program, which starts June 3, places graduate and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations around the country, where they develop skills to translate their work to the public. Haensch will be stationed at the NPR Science Desk in Washington, D.C.

She was one of two mathematicians selected for the prestigious fellowship this year. Thirteen fellowship recipients in other scientific fields will be stationed at media outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, NOVA, Scientific American, and WIRED.

Haensch, who earned her undergraduate degree at the State University of New York at New Paltz, has been at Wesleyan for the past six years, working on number theory under Professor of Mathematics Wai Kui Chan.

“I plug integers into polynomials and see what integers I get out,” she explained. “This is a question that’s really easy to ask, but it’s very hard to get our hands on the solution. Over the last several hundred years, this has been a question people have been very interested in.”

After passing her qualifying exams at Wesleyan, Haensch began teaching courses in pre-calculus

Varekamp, Students Study Volcanic Products, Waters in Argentina

Ellen Alexander '14, Professor Joop Varekamp and graduate student Lauren Camfield in Argentina.

Ellen Alexander ’14, Professor Joop Varekamp and graduate student Lauren Camfield in Argentina.

Ellen Alexander ’14, Professor Joop Varekamp and graduate student Lauren Camfield recently returned from Argentina where they studied the eruptive products of the Copahue volcano March 7-March 19.

Varekamp, the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, professor of environmental studies, has studied the volcano since 1997. It erupted in 2000 and again in December 2012.

“Many Wesleyan students have done their senior theses and grad theses on Copahue. It’s exciting stuff for us volcanology types,” Varekamp said.

Camfield sampled the products of the most recent eruption of Copahue, which included ash, pumice and volcanic bombs. She will analyze her samples at Wesleyan for major and trace elements on a X-ray fluorescence machine and analyze any melt inclusions at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on an electron microprobe.

“This information can give us insight on what is happening in the magma chamber of the volcano as well as depth of crystallization of minerals,” Camfield said.

Grad Student Windemuth Honored for Astronomy Research

Diana Windemuth, a graduate student in the Astronomy Department, received Honorable Mention as a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award Recipient at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society held Jan. 6-10 in Long Beach, Calif.

The award is given to recognize exemplary research by graduate students who present a poster at the meeting. Diana’s poster was titled “Dramatic Evolution of the Disk-Shaped Secondary in the Orion Trapezium Star θ1 Ori B1 (BM Ori): MOST Satellite Observations.”

Windemuth’s advisor is William Herbst, the John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy. Her work included results from two former Astronomy graduate students, Evan Tingle and Rachel Fueschl. Additional co-authors on the poster were Roy Kilgard, research assistant professor of astronomy, and Matthew Templeton and Arne Henden of the American Association of Variable Star Observers.

Windemuth’s results are based on data obtained with a Canadian satellite known as MOST and a NASA satellite known as Chandra. The work was supported by a grant to Wesleyan from NASA’s Origins of Solar Systems program. Her work will soon be published in The Astrophysical Journal.

President Roth Speaks with Graduate Students on Job Market, Technology

Wesleyan President Michael Roth spoke with graduate students during a conversation and reception Jan. 22 in Daniel Family Commons.

Graduate Student Services hosted “Graduate Student Conversation with President Roth” on Jan. 22 in Daniel Family Commons. President Roth answered graduate student questions and talked about the value of a Wesleyan graduate education, especially in the challenging job market, how technology is changing the role of the professoriate, and how the graduate community can be involved in the Making Excellence Inclusive project.

Women in Science Group Hosts Graduate Admission Panel

Wesleyan’s Women in Science group hosted a Graduate School Admissions Panel Dec. 3 in the Allbritton Center. Students learned about the various opportunities in graduate studies from representatives in a wide range of disciplines.

Panelists included: Richard Zeff, assistant dean of admission at University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine; Mary Keefe, director of admission at the Yale School of Public Health;  Cheryl-Ann Hagner, director of Graduate Student Services at Wesleyan; Dannika Byrd, assistant director of student affairs in Yale’s School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program; Merideth Frey, Ph.D. candidate in Yale’s Department of Physics; and Sarah Moustafa BA ’11, MA ’12,  Ph.D. candidate in Yale’s Genetics Program.

WIS is a student group composed of undergraduates, post-docs, staff, and faculty dedicated to issues affecting women in science. The group is open to all majors and genders. Photos of the event are below (photos by Dat Vu ’15)