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STEM Zone 42 Learning Hub Opens in Science Library

A new teaching and learning space can be found on campus: STEM Zone 42.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Zone 42, located in the Science Library, is a collaborative project by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the WesMaSS program and Academic Affairs.

Operating as a pilot program this semester, STEM Zone 42 is a space where students currently taking introductory biology and chemistry courses can receive academic support. Students can get help from course teaching assistants, course instructors, peer mentors and fellow students.

“We are hoping to reduce barriers students experience in seeking academic help and create and foster a STEM community at Wesleyan, in which we work together towards academic success,” explained Teshia Levy-Grant, interim dean for equity and inclusion. “By providing this academic resource to all students, we aim to improve student performance and increase overall retention in the sciences and math.”

Levy-Grant and her team hope to see STEM Zone 42 become a central location for student services, and double as a place where they can work, study and learn together. “This will be more of a one-stop model,” said Levy-Grant. “We now have the Career Center doing drop in hours in the space where students can learn about opportunities for summer internships and programs, but also get help with their resumes.”

And where does the number 42 come from? Levy-Grant explained, “The reference to 42 is inspired by Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s the ‘Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything,’ calculated by a supercomputer, Deep Thought, over a period of 7.5 million years.”

STEM Zone 42 operates on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., Saturdays at 3-5 p.m., and Sundays from 7-9 p.m.

Photos of STEM Zone’s opening are below:

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ITS, Library Offer Wesleyan Community Demonstrations, Lessons

Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS), Olin Library and the Science Library hosted a poster session and demonstration on Nov. 17 and Nov. 19.

ITS staff taught students, faculty and staff about EduRoam (accessing free wireless worldwide at participating institutions using a Wesleyan login); Lynda.com (online training for hundreds of software titles); WFS upgrade (Wesleyan Financial System); WesStation’s green ban on junk mail; cyber security and passwords; and the Master Calendar.

Library staff provided information on Browzine (a way to get alerts and scan through the latest issues of journals on a tablet or laptop using a Wesleyan login); “Not Just Text” (the wide variety of images, streaming videos, sound recordings, CDs, DVDs, maps and open access materials available at the library); customizing resources (class instruction, individual appointments and course-specific online guides or video demos; writing better papers; and ways to preserve the record of scholarly activity on a long-term basis.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

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Alumni Donate, Install 2 EnergyPods in Wesleyan Libraries

Emma Gross '15 tries out one of Wesleyan's new EnergyPods in the Science Library Oct. 18.

Emma Gross ’15 tries out one of Wesleyan’s new EnergyPods in the Science Library Oct. 18.

Need a nap?

Newly installed in both Olin and the Science Library are what appear to be lounge chairs enclosed by white spheres of plastic. These sleek, futuristic-looking machines are built for the sole purpose of squeezing in that midday, mid-study power nap—a recharging center for the mind. The EnergyPod, as it’s called, is the brainchild of a company called MetroNaps and the very first of its kind. Donated by co-founders and Wesleyan alumni Christopher Lindholst ’97 and Arshad Chowdury ’98, these pods are designed to create the ideal energy enhancing environment.

The EnergyPod has a 20-minute timer.

The EnergyPod has a 20-minute timer.

“There is a tremendous amount of research that supports the notion that a 20-minute midday nap can rejuvenate people. It improves memory, learning and mood and can boost productivity by up to 30 percent,” Chowdury said in a BBC article prior to the EnergyPod’s release.

Features include a reclined seat to take pressure off the lower back and legs, an adjustable visor that creates a shield of privacy from the outside, and soothing sounds and rhythms acting as relaxing white noise. A built-in 20 minute timer allows for nap goers to wake up with ease to a combination of slight vibrations and ambient lighting.

The workloads and busy schedules of college life can be just as exhaustion-inducing as those of MetroNaps’ usual corporate customers. For Yekaterina Sapozhnina ’16, who has spent a large portion of her past few days finishing up midterms, a few minutes of sheer relaxation after lunch on Oct. 18 was all she needed to make it through her afternoon classes.

The EnergyPods were donated by Christopher Lindholst ’97 and Arshad Chowdury ’98.

The EnergyPods were donated by Christopher Lindholst ’97 and Arshad Chowdury ’98.

“After sitting in the chair and closing the pod, I fell asleep almost instantly. I really didn’t even realize how badly I needed to rest until I sat up and felt much better,” she said. “Everybody should at least try it out.”

According to Nancy Collop in a 2010 U.S. News & World Report article, “Most people don’t get enough sleep. And for those people, a nap will clearly help. The most important factor is duration, and it’s well-accepted that short naps are good.”

In the corporate world, this concept is catching on. MetroNaps’ clientele includes household names such as Google, AOL/ Huffington Post and Zappos.

3 Staff Members Retire from Olin, Science Libraries

Pat Tully, third from left, hosted a reception March 4 in the Smith Reading Room to honor three long-time library staff members who are retiring from Wesleyan this year. The librarians are, from left, Roberta Raczka, Science Library assistant in circulation; Linda Marquis, Science Library assistant in access services and at far right, Ann Marino, Olin Library administrative assistant and facilities coordinator.

Pat Tully, third from left, hosted a reception March 4 in the Smith Reading Room to honor three long-time library staff members who are retiring from Wesleyan this year. The librarians are, from left, Roberta Raczka, Science Library assistant in circulation; Linda Marquis, Science Library assistant in access services and at far right, Ann Marino, Olin Library administrative assistant and facilities coordinator.

Ann Marino worked in Olin Library 41 years. Marino recalls chats with author William Manchester and playwright, Elia Kazan. "Elia and my Dad had a love for growing vegetables in the garden. They were both proud of what they grew and would quietly compete with each other over who had the better zucchini or tomato. When Elia would find out that my dad didn’t grow a certain vegetable, he would send over one of his to my parent’s and say 'try this.' with a smile on his face. This would go on over the growing season to see who could top each other. It was a barrel of laughs," she says. Marino also was touched when Wesleyan flew a flag at half-staff in honor of her mother, Helen Marino, who was a long-time employee at Wesleyan.

Ann Marino worked in Olin Library 41 years. Marino recalls chats with author William Manchester and playwright, Elia Kazan. "Elia and my Dad had a love for growing vegetables in the garden. They were both proud of what they grew and would quietly compete with each other over who had the better zucchini or tomato. When Elia would find out that my dad didn’t grow a certain vegetable, he would send over one of his to my parent’s and say 'try this.' with a smile on his face. This would go on over the growing season to see who could top each other. It was a barrel of laughs," she says. Marino also was touched when Wesleyan flew a flag at half-staff in honor of her mother, Helen Marino, who was a long-time employee at Wesleyan.

Roberta Raczka worked in the Psychology Library and the Science Library for 21 years.

Roberta Raczka worked in the Psychology Library and the Science Library for 21 years. Pictured, she is speaking to Scott Plous, professor of psychology.

Linda Marquis has worked in the Science Library for 22 years. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Linda Marquis has worked in the Science Library for 22 years. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)