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Doucette ’11 Receives Undergraduate Research Award

Christopher Doucette ’11, a molecular biology and biochemistry major, received an undergraduate research award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Undergraduate Affiliate Network is a national organization comprised of university-based chapters dedicated to the advancement of undergraduate research, research-based undergraduate education, and K-12 outreach in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Doucette will receive a research award in the amount of $1,000. The award is to be used for the purchase of research supplies and reagents. He is expected to present his findings and results at the next ASBMB annual meeting.

Doucette works with Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, in her lab.

Barth, Students Present Child Development Research

Keera Bhandari ’08/MA ’09 presented her research at the 2009 Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), held in Denver, Colo. from April 2-4. The poster presentation, co-authored with Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, assistant professor of neuroscience and behavior, was titled “Acquiring Knowledge from Others: Preschoolers’ Use of Testimony.”

Jessica Sullivan ’08 presented a poster co-authored by Kyle MacDonald ’10, Annie Paladino ’09 and Barth at the 2009 Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), titled “Children’s Mappings of Number Words to Large Numerosities.”

Wesleyan Celebrates Alumni and Parent Donations

University Relations held a "Tuition Transition" celebration March 27 in Usdan University Center to thank alumni and parent donors for their financial support. Pictured, from left, Sarah Bell '09, Pam Vasiliou, director of the Wesleyan Fund, and Katie Borfshever '09 look over a poster on display.

University Relations held a "Tuition Transition" celebration March 27 in Usdan University Center to thank alumni and parent donors for their financial support. Pictured, from left, Sarah Bell '09, Pam Vasiliou, director of the Wesleyan Fund, and Katie Borfshever '09 looking over a poster on display.

Yearbook Staff Creating A More Professional Publication

The yearbook committee is following the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's guidelines.

The yearbook committee is following the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's guidelines.

The 2009 Olla Podrida yearbook staff is making award-winning memories this year.

The book, which focuses on the theme, “Expressions of Memory,” is adhering to the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s award guidelines. Since 1935, the CSPA has sponsored annual contests to honor best practices in student writing, editing and yearbook publishing.

“In the past, our yearbooks have been more like scrapbooks of students’ senior year, but this year, we’re more structured and we’re creating a more professional book,” says the yearbook’s editor-in-chief Luz Burgos ’09. “We’re building a new foundation so yearbooks after this one will constantly improve.”

The 2009 yearbook editors.

The 2009 yearbook editors.

The Olla Podrida has 13 paid staff members who oversee an additional 20 writers and photographers. Together, they’ve upped the number of pages from 144 to 176, gone from 32-color pages to full-color, changed their publishing company and added numerous articles, new headings, and a reference section. They’ve also developed a strong marketing team that’s enthusiastically selling advertisement space to parents, alumni, vendors and local merchants. The team is currently advertising the yearbook sale in postcards, a banner in Usdan University Center, a website and on a newly-created Facebook group.

“The staff this year is covering more topics, from history to theater, to get good story lines and show how diverse our student body is,” says Lisa Hendrix, Wesleyan Student Assembly coordinator and yearbook co-advisor. “We’ll have photos of thesis presentations and expressive candids. Our old yearbooks were generic, and we want to step it up. This yearbook is really going to have some substance.”

Social Justice Leadership Conference March 28

Wesleyan’s Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC) will provide participants an opportunity to learn more about social justice and how to apply it in their lives. The free, all-day March 28 event is open to all members of the Wesleyan community and to anyone who may be interested.

The SJLC, which is co-sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SALD), grew out of the previously held WSA-sponsored Social Justice Day and SALD’s WesLead emerging leaders conference events.

“I think what we saw was that both events could be more successful if they were combined. The development of leadership skills and successfully creating change and social movements are closely related,” Tim Shiner, Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development, says.

According to Shiner, social justice concerns any issue that affects human rights, cultural differences or global or environmental sustainability.

The SJLC is a collaborative effort which provides a space for students, student groups, community members, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss social justice and to learn and refine leadership skills. The SJLC seeks to empower its participants to create change by applying the skills and knowledge acquired during the conference.

Students, student groups, alumni, community members, faculty and staff will facilitate sessions in their area of interest or expertise. Sessions will focus on leadership skills that may be applied to any social movement and will provide information on the many manifestations of injustice and how participants can be involved in creating change. The SJLC provides participants with resources and opportunities for engagement on campus, in Middletown, in Connecticut and across the globe.

Sessions will be held on topics such as student lobbying, online organizing, food justice, alternative fuel and exploitation in the media. Ithaca-based consultant Alan Berkowitz will be leading a session on “Overcoming Difficulties & Fear of Political Incorrectness in Discussing Issues of Identity.”

The dynamic “Ableism Dance Workshop” will feature dance “that includes and accepts a wide range of disabilities (ranging from limitations in movement to limitations in the senses) as a platform to discuss and imagine a less ableist world.” A networking session called “Get Connected: Justice and Leadership Networking” will be held late in the day on Saturday. Members of social justice organizations, leadership organizations, and student justice groups will be represented at the networking session.

The Vermont-based art and theater company Bread & Puppet Theater will perform at the SJLC during lunch. The performers, who focus on political activism in their work, will also hold a workshop for Wesleyan students on March 27 and then work with these students to plan and execute the March 28 performance.

To see the day’s schedule, go here. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Daniel Family Commons, 3rd Floor, Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Ave. Middletown, CT 06459. The event goes until 5 p.m. Attendees are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as they would like.

To register to attend, go here. There is no cost to attend the Social Justice Leadership Conference. Pre-registration is advised.

For more information, email the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development.

Wesleyan Choir Joins Middletown Chorale for Performance

Keith Lee '09, a member of the Wesleyan Concert Choir, sings amongst Greater Middletown Chorale members during a rehearsal March 10 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Keith Lee '09, a member of the Wesleyan Concert Choir, sings with Greater Middletown Chorale members during a rehearsal March 10 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Middletown. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)

Twenty-four Wesleyan students will hit a high note in their singing careers April 19, when they perform with one of the preeminent choral groups in Connecticut.

The Wesleyan Concert Choir is teaming up with Greater Middletown Chorale, the region’s 32 year-old community chorus, and a 22-piece string orchestra of professional instrumentalists drawn from the New Haven Symphony and Yale Symphony Orchestras for a concert to be held at Crowell Concert Hall.

“On measure eight, energize it, not with volume but with energy,” says director Joseph D’Eugenio, during a March 10 group practice. “And be very anticipatory of the diminuendo

Wesleyan Participates in Mural Project with Local Youth

Green Street Arts Center students are working on designs for the community mural. (Photo courtesy of Marela Zacarias)

Green Street Arts Center students are working on designs for the community mural. (Photo courtesy of Marela Zacarias)

The Green Street Arts Center is launching the Green Street Community Mural Project, an 18 month-long art program that will culminate in a large public mural, to be installed in the spring of 2009 on the corner of Main and Green Streets in the North End of Middletown.

Led by mural artist Marela Zacarias, the project’s participants are a diverse group of Middletown children, their families, professional artists, Wesleyan students, and other community members. A core group of students in Green Street’s Afterschool Program will work with the artists on the project regularly.

The primary goal of the Green Street Community Mural Project will be obvious to every driver and pedestrian who passes Green Street.

“This mural will brighten Main Street with the colorful art of our students,” says Zacarias. “It will also help to raise awareness of the wonderful activities that the Green Arts Center offers for the Middletown community.”

The Green Street Community Mural Project is funded by a $10,000 grant

Wesleyan Athletes Discuss ‘Game of Life’ with Underprivileged Girls

Four Wesleyan student-athletes visited the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation during Spring Break. (Photo courtesy of ESYHF)

Four Wesleyan student-athletes visited the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation during Spring Break. (Photo courtesy of ESYHF)

Four Wesleyan athletes traveled to Philadelphia in early March to spend the first weekend of their spring break speaking to underprivileged girls about the importance of staying in school and pursuing higher education.

The event was organized through the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF), a non-profit organization founded by Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, to use the sport of hockey to educate young people on how to succeed in the game of life.

ESYHF provides after-school hockey, life skills, and educational programming at no cost to the most disadvantaged communities in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Faculty, Students Attend Biophysical Society Meeting

A group of Wesleyan faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, along with three post-docs from the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Chemistry departments, attended the 53rd Annual Biophysical Society Meeting in Boston.

Several labs contributed posters including those run by David Beveridge, the University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, professor of chemistry; Irina Russu, professor of chemistry; Manju Hingorani, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry; Don Oliver, the Daniel Ayres Professor of Biology, chair and professor of molecular biology and biochemistry; and Ishita Mukerji, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Noah Biro ’09 was a co-author on a poster contributed by Hingorani lab. David Snydacker ’09 and Maiko Kondo ’07 were co-authors on posters contributed by Mukerji lab.

Mukerji was a speaker on a panel titled “Transition from Postdoc to Faculty.”

Mateus’s Music, Awards Featured in Middletown Press

Jorge Arevalo Mateus.

Jorge Arevalo Mateus.

Jorge Arevalo Mateus, a Ph.D candidate in ethnomusicology, was featured in the March 5 edition of The Middletown Press in an article titled “Global music, culture student in residence at Wesleyan.”

Mateus, a music archivist, ethnomusicologist, scholar, musician, composer and audio installation artist, is a Grammy-winning producer for Best Historical Recording.

In 2008, Mateus won an award for writing from the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, CD Liner Notes, and he has published many essays, articles and reviews in academic and popular journals, edited volumes, and other publications such as New York Archives Magazine, Ethnomusicology, Journal of Popular Music Studies; and Centro, The Journal of Puerto Rican Studies.

In the article, Mateus says Wesleyan has one of the best ethnomusicology programs in the nation.

Applications to Wesleyan Up 22%

Stewart M. Reid House: Admission Center

In November, 2008, when all the first round early decision applications were in, the Wesleyan admissions’ staff knew the initial numbers were not a fluke. Applications from high school students seeking admission during the first early decision period at Wesleyan were up 34 percent from the previous year, 2007. Still, the admissions staff maintained cautious enthusiasm.

“We were elated, but we also remained a bit guarded because, quite frankly, we didn’t know if the early decision increase would be followed by a decrease in overall applications, especially with the economy taking such a dramatic downturn,” says Nancy Hargrave Meislahn, dean of admission and financial aid. “So we were holding our breath a bit and continuing to contact students and