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NewsWesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

Forbes ranks Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John ’99 as the world’s most influential CMO. Saint John, who also is a member of Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees, took the helm of Netflix’s marketing department last year following her leadership roles at powerhouse brands including Endeavor, Apple and Uber. More than half of the honorees on this year’s list are women and around 20 percent of the list are CMOs who come from diverse backgrounds. (Sept. 29)

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews New York Times best-selling author Maggie Nelson ’94 about her books The Argonauts and On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint. “My books tend to be very different from each other, so each requires new skills. That keeps me at the edge of what I feel able to do, as a writer,” she said. (Sept. 20)

Also, The New York Times reviews Nelson‘s new book On Freedom. “It’s fitting that On Freedom is dedicated to her son, Iggy, whose presence reminds us, as it has before in her writing (including, memorably, in the candid account of his birth in The Argonauts), that care both enables and constrains our freedom.” (Sept. 5)

In Lit Hub, Poet John Murillo, assistant professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Wesleyan, is mentioned for being nominated for the $10,000 Maya Angelou Book Award. “Throughout my writing life, I write from and about and to the lives of primarily people in urban situations, so there’s always an aspect of social justice in that sense,” Murillo said. (Sept. 29)

Robyn Autry, associate professor of sociology, speaks to The 19th News about the history of abduction in the United States. “The discrepancy between how women are treated is not surprising and doesn’t feel isolated or random,” Autry said. “It suggests something structural and systemic, and this racism is harder for the mainstream to wrap its mind around. You can get caught up in how these longer histories implicate our criminal justice system — more complicated and harder truths to face.” (Sept. 29)

The dedication of the Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies is featured in The Hartford Courant. The center has been in development since 2000. It was completed in three phases, one finished in 2004, one in 2007, and the final phase in 2020. “She is that rare scholar who speaks to diverse audiences through a combination of meticulous research, clear thinking, and elegant writing,” said Wesleyan President Michael Roth. “Jeanine has inspired loyalty and love from her students, and she has remained a mentor to many.” (Sept. 27)

On a new podcast hosted by PlayerFM, Ying Jia Tan, assistant professor of history, discusses his new book, In Recharging China in War and Revolution, 1882–1955 (Cornell University Press, 2021). Tan explores the fascinating politics of Chinese power consumption as electrical industries developed during seven decades of revolution and warfare. (Oct. 1)

Photographer Alana Perino ’11 is mentioned in V Magazine for being one of 20 finalists for the Creator Labs Photo Fund—a visual art platform which financially help artists who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “From New York City and after having studied European Intellectual History and Photography at Wesleyan University, Alana Perino worked as a photojournalist in the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts territories. Returning to the United States, Alana continually have been completing several road trips across the country to photograph American landscapes as she seeks for land identity.” (Sept. 30)

In Times Reporter, Amy Swartelé ’93 is mentioned for showcasing her latest works in an exhibit titled “Supernormal” at the Massillon Museum in Ohio. “Supernormal” is a selection from Swartelé s “Carnival-Sideshow” series, where she envisions a group of characters as carnival sideshow performers. The characters combine species, genders, the animate and inanimate, and the paintings are mixed media, including graphite, charcoal, inks, acrylics and oils, on various surfaces. The works range in size from 15- to 64-inches. (Sept. 29)

News 8 WTNH reports that Martha Gilmore, George I. Seney Professor of Geology, is a finalist for the 17th annual Women of Innovation awards presented by the Connecticut Technology Council and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. (Sept. 28)

Wesleyan’s 16th annual Eat Local Challenge is featured in The Middletown Press. Themed “limited miles, unlimited flavors,” Wesleyan’s food service provider Bon Appétit was charged with crafting a meal from products and ingredients harvested within a 150-mile radius of the campus — without sacrificing flavor. (Sept. 27)

In The New York Post, Chris Erikson ’87 shares his memories of Willie Garson ’86. Erikson recalls meeting Garson “39 years ago this month, on our first night of Wesleyan University, when I was paired up with an 18-year-old sparkplug from New Jersey on a freshman-hall ice-breaking exercise.” (Sept. 25)

Garson also is featured in The Connecticut Post and The Middletown Press. John Carr, professor emeritus of theater at Wesleyan, recalls going bowling with Garson and now-director Jon Turtletaub. And members of the Theater Department communicated with Garson in 2020 for the college’s first digital alumni reunion. “He showed so much fondness for his Wesleyan background. It was a joy to hear him talk about his work in the TV/film industry. He is a bright star for us that will be missed,” said Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras. (Sept. 22)

In Hartford Business Journal and the CT Mirror, Balazs Zelity, assistant professor of economics, discusses why higher-income communities are doing better now because their residents recovered faster from the recession and resumed spending, “A large fraction of the money a person spends ends up in the local economy,” Zelity said. “If a number of local residents re-start their spending, a virtuous cycle of spending will ensue, triggering a recovery. The more residents are in a position to participate in this process, the stronger and quicker the recovery will be.”

The Connecticut Post reports that a team of researchers led by Huffington Foundation Professor in the College of the Environment Fred Cohan and PhD candidate Fatai Olabemiwo has discovered new strains of bacteria located on campus that may have the ability to break down microplastics, and aid in the world’s ongoing plastic waste crisis. (Oct. 3)

 

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

Kari Weil, University Professor of Letters, authors a commentary titled “How to read your dog’s mind” in Salon. “For the early 20th-century biologist/ethologist Jacob von Uexküll, the fact that all animals (humans included) have the capacity to be affected by things in their particular environment or world and to respond to them, is evidence that they (like humans) are subjects of their worlds and not merely objects in them. In other words, they are not simply machines reacting to stimuli in the way that Descartes suggested in the 17th century.” (Sept. 4)

Dr. Scott Gottlieb ’94, Hon. ’21 is mentioned in The Washington Post for leading a Washington Post Live talk on Sept. 23. Gottlieb served as the 23rd FDA Commissioner from 2017-2019. In his new book, Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic, Gottlieb shares why the United States was so vulnerable against the coronavirus and how we can stop it from happening again. (Sept. 17)

In The Nation, Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, associate professor in the College of Social Studies, leads a conversation with Samuel Moyn about his new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War. “Humane warfare is a paradoxical idea with a long history. Essentially, the notion speaks of the attempt to make war less lethal and more ethical for the purpose of minimizing the suffering of soldiers and civilians, a concern that, by the 19th century, had grown on account of the carnage of industrialized and mechanized warfare,” he writes. (Sept. 16)

Theater major Willie Garson ’86, the actor best known for his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s best male friend, Stanford Blatch, in “Sex and the City,” has died at 57. He’s remembered in The New York Times.

Peter Rutland, Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, co-authored an op-ed in The Hartford Courant titled “As the years since 9/11 have passed, we have forgotten why the attacks took place.” To form a fuller picture of 9/11, Rutland writes, “students must understand at least something about the conditions in the Middle East prior to the attack—frustrated Arab expectations, and a long history of U.S. backing oppressive regimes in the region.” (Sept. 11)

Justin Lacob ’02 shares his memory of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on MSN.com. “I was in my senior year at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and was just about to get ready for class when my housemates burst into my room to tell me that a plane just hit the World Trade Center. As a New Yorker, it was surreal, a punch to the gut moment of heartbreak, grief, outrage, anxiety, and sheer terror. This was a moment before widespread cell phones, before social media, and with telephone networks down across the world, our inability to get in touch with each other provided a whole other level of fear. At that moment, in those hours, before we knew what happened, my friends and housemates and I just had each other.” (Sept. 10)

In American Towns, Kaneza Schaal ’06 is mentioned for “exorcis[ing] the ghost of King Leopold II through a mytho-biographical performance” during the Crossing the Line arts festival in New York City Nov. 4-6. Building off Mark Twain’s King Leopold’s Soliloquy published in 1905, a fictional monologue written after Twain’s visit to Congo Free State, and Patrice Lumumba’s 1960 independence speech in Congo, Schaal “considers the residue of colonialism in our everyday lives.” (Sept. 15)

Yahoo! Finance explores the net worth of Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15. “By far, Miranda’s largest paycheck has come from ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ As one of the original cast members, not to mention the writer, composer and lyricist for the show, Miranda earned $6.4 million annually while starring as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway.” (Sept. 14)

In an op-ed published in Portside, Julia Boland ’20 discusses gerrymandering which carves up communities based only on the partisan inclinations of each household. “The public has an important role to play in pushing back against the practice, but it’s important to understand that recognizing unfair maps means considering more than just the shapes of their districts,” she writes.  (Sept. 19)

Wesleyan University is mentioned in The Hartford Courant for being ranked No. 17 for Best National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report. Wesleyan also was cited for being No. 14 for Best Value Schools; No. 1 for Best Colleges for Veterans; No. 48 Best Undergraduate Teaching; and No. 122 Top Performers on Social Mobility. (Sept. 13)

Wesleyan’s Creative Writing Specialization offered on Coursera is featured in The Herald as one of the “10 Best Writing Help Online Resources Every Student Must Know.” “If you aim to polish your creative writing and want to apply your skills professionally, Coursera has gathered a series of free courses from Wesleyan University. It is aimed at beginners with no prior experience, takes about 6 months to complete, and offers subtitles in 10 languages for overseas learners.” (Sept. 15)

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Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 participated in a Newsweek podcast debate titled “Is Higher Education Broken?” “I think the idea that only rich people should be able to experience the benefits of learning—whether that’s about math and science, or whether it’s about literature and philosophy—that’s a huge mistake. (Aug. 31)

President Roth also wrote a book review of Allan V. Horowitz’s A History of Psychiatry’s Bible for The Washington Post. “In this history … Horwitz emphasizes the social construction of scientific concepts. This account underscores the economic incentives in play as psychiatrists tried to reach consensus on how to describe specific disorders so that they could treat them—and be paid well to do so.” (Sept. 3)

In The Washington Post, Kyungmi Kim, a cognitive psychologist and assistant professor of psychology, explains why people tend to hold onto material possessions. “Mostly, when people think about the self, the self is residing within the physical boundary of our body,” she said. “However, we also have an ‘extended self’ which includes important people in our lives, plus certain objects that help us ‘define ourselves because they belong to our personal history.'” (Sept. 2)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the much anticipated directorial debut tick, tick…BOOM! by Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 is timed to detonate Nov. 10 as the Netflix film opens the 35th edition of AFI Fest at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre. Bradley Whitford ’81, Hon. 20, will play the role of Stephen Sondheim. The Emmy-winning actor tells The Hollywood Reporter that he found the obligation of playing a legend like Sondheim “scary” but he found a soft place to land on Miranda’s set. “We had the same wonderful, crazy acting teacher in college,” Whitford said of the late William “Bill” Francisco, professor of theater, emeritus. “Whitford says while there’s a relatively small percentage of the audience that has ever seen Sondheim, those who do know him love and adore him. ‘It’s scary to have that obligation but Lin was there to pull the blood out of me.'” (Sept. 9)

In Wicked Local, Jasmine Fridman ’25 shares her thoughts about working for the Mystic Mural project this summer. Fridman wants to major in environmental science as a result of working on the mural. “We learned a lot about the current effects of climate change on a global level, but also on a local level and on our home,” she said. “Not only did we paint nature, but we also took field trips to learn about the environment — it was very enriching.” (Sept. 2)

Peter Gottschalk, professor of religion, was mentioned in The Conversation for writing an article about an eighth-century female Sufi saint, known popularly as Rabia al-Adawiyya. “[She] is said to have walked through her hometown of Basra, in modern-day Iraq, with a lit torch in one hand and a bucket of water in another. When asked why, she replied that she hoped to burn down heaven and douse hell’s fire so people would—without concern for reward or punishment—love God.” (Aug. 30)

In The Connecticut Patch, William Wasch, Sr., ’52, is remembered for his long career with Wesleyan. “In 1964, Bill returned to Wesleyan and began a long career with the university, initially running the annual fund and then becoming Director of Development and Alumni Relations in 1967. While at Wesleyan, he oversaw several large capital campaigns and successfully kept more traditional alumni connected to the university during the very difficult years of campus unrest in the late 60s and early 70s. He retired from Wesleyan in 1985.” (Sept. 1)

 

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

The Wall Street Journal features Fidelity Investments’ Joel Tillinghast ’80 regarding the meme-stock craze. “Mr. Tillinghast’s tastes in stocks are eclectic. His main mutual fund holds more than 900 names, and some 34% of his assets are in international stocks. His largest concentration is in retailers and consumer-goods stocks beaten down by expectations that e-commerce would crush bricks-and-mortar stores.” (Aug. 4)

On CNBC, former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb ’94, Hon. ’21 said health officials will try to administer COVID-19 boosters to head off a winter surge in cases. “The first two [doses] were administered so close together, they really qualify as two primes,” Gottlieb said. “And this is the booster that’s hopefully going to induce a longer-term immunity, more durable immunity.” (Aug. 19)

Also on CNBC, Gottlieb suggests that the coronavirus will become an endemic virus in the U.S. and other Western countries after the recent surge in delta variant infections calms down. “We’re transitioning from this being a pandemic to being more of an endemic virus, at least here in the United States and probably other Western markets,” Gottlieb said. “An endemic virus is one that remains in the American population at a relatively low frequency, like the seasonal flu, for example.” (Aug. 13)

On NBC News, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, professor of American studies, suggests that “there’s a huge split between those who literally want to have a Native governing entity with limited autonomy that’s subordinate to the U.S. nation-state and those who want the U.S. out of Hawaii.” (Aug. 30)

Robert Allbritton ’92 is profiled in Archyde for his work with Politico and Allbritton Communications. “Growing up and well-wired in Washington, he set up Politico in 2007, which soon made a name for itself in the power metropolis of Washington with excellent journalists and many insider stories. The New Republic magazine wrote of Allbritton that he had ‘reshaped the way we conduct politics.’ According to Allbritton, the portal has always been profitable.” (Aug. 29)

In an op-ed published by CNN, David Perry ’95 discusses Jeopardy! and Wesleyan’s former reference librarian Erhard Konerding. Konerding, now retired, “was renowned for his handlebar mustache, encyclopedic knowledge, and support for students as we pursued our own educational aspirations.” (Aug. 20)

Christina Leone, email marketing coordinator for the Office of Advancement, was a contestant on Jeopardy! Leone ended up winning $19,200 on the show. (Aug. 3)

An op-ed titled “How I put Down the Gun” by William “Juneboy” Outlaw as told to Charles Barber, writer in residence, is published in The New Haven Independent. “I tell the kids: ‘Don’t do what I did; the only consequences are death and prison.’ I have negotiated truces between gangs. I have gotten them to turn in guns to the police. To gang members, I have the ultimate street credibility based on my lived experience.” (Aug. 27)

Serena Chow ’21 is featured in an NBCU Academy story about creating the Argus Voices Fund, an initiative that raises money to support low-income journalists of color at the campus newspaper. “When we compensate people fairly, when we take into account the barriers for people, we become better as a newsroom and so does the news judgment that we’re all sharpening.”

Wesleyan’s new science center is showcased in The Hartford Business Journal. “The private, liberal-arts college located in the heart of Middletown, is planning to build a new $255 million, 193,000-square-foot science center that would replace its aging Hall-Atwater Laboratory building.” (Aug. 23)

In The Connecticut Mirror, Brian Stewart, professor of physics, discusses what climate “code red” means for the State of Connecticut. “Our future energy needs must be supported by the three pillars of renewable energy, energy storage, and demand management/reduction. The cheapest energy is the energy not used. Connecticut has barely scratched the surface of this resource.” (Aug. 18)

Voices News announces that William “Bill” Ollayos, area coordinator, is a Democratic candidate for the Southbury, Conn. Region 15 Board of Education municipal election. “Mr. Ollayos now works for the Office of Residential Life at Wesleyan University with responsibility for hundreds of students.” (Aug. 18)

Martha Gilmore, George I. Seney Professor of Geology, is quoted in Daily World Live for her involvement with NASA’s new interplanetary missions: DAVINCI+ and VERITAS. “There’s no reason, according to what we know about the planets, that Venus was not habitable at its onset,” she said. (Aug. 17)

Erika Franklin Fowler, professor of government, is mentioned in The Cornell Chronicle for co-authoring a new study titled “Evidence-Based Message Strategies to Increase Public Support for State Investment in Early Childhood Education,” which was published in Milbank Quarterly. Fowler and her colleagues determined a narrative, storytelling approach – “showing rather than telling” is the best way to appeal to folks who might initially be resistant to increased spending on early childhood education. (Aug. 17)

In an article about Coursera, Tech Radar mentions “There are a smattering of offerings under the Arts and Humanities department. This includes a course in “Creative Writing” from Wesleyan University. (Aug. 25)

In The Register Citizen, Ishita Mukerji, Wesleyan Fisk Professor of Natural Science; Kyle McGregor ’24; Schuyler Sloman ’22; Rachel Hsu ’23; and others are mentioned for sharing their summerlong research at a recent virtual poster session. (Aug. 24)

Wesleyan’s Upward Bound Math-Science program is featured in the Connecticut Post. In 2021, 30 of the 32 students who graduated from the program are moving on to higher education. Twenty-six of those students are bachelor-degree bound. (Aug. 24)

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

In The Washington Post, William Griffin Professor of Philosophy Lori Gruen is quoted in a story about neutering. In her early career, Gruen, who specializes in animal ethics, worked in shelters where she witnessed “perfectly healthy dogs destroyed” and the toll it took on employees. “The overpopulation issue sounds abstract,” she said. “But these are dogs whose lives end and the people who have to bring those dogs’ lives to an end often can’t get certain dogs out of their minds.” (Aug. 5)

In The Hartford Courant, Jhanelle Oneika Thomas ’18, MA ’19 and Royette Dubar, assistant professor of psychology, are featured for their investigation of the motivation and psychological impact of ghosting in the age of social media and hypervisibility. “From the ghoster’s perspective, choosing to ghost was a little bit nicer than a more blatant rejection approach,” Dubar said. ”Individuals may choose to ghost out of concern for the ghostee—that is, to shield them from hurt feelings.” (Aug. 8)

Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 reviews Charles King’s Gods of the Upper Air in Los Angeles Review of Books. Gods of the Upper Air explores the career of Frank Boas, “the father of 20th-century anthropology” in America. “Gods of the Upper Air is gracefully written, and it succeeds beautifully both as intellectual history and group biography,” Roth writes in the review. (Aug. 13)

Wesleyan University’s Center for Film Studies is mentioned in The Hollywood Reporter for being one of 2021’s top 25 American film schools. The article states “in keeping with this institution’s liberal arts identity, its film curriculum is focused on formal analysis and theory. And what it doesn’t provide in production experience, it makes up for in strong industry connections, with a network that includes 2006 grad and Nomadland producer Dan Janvey [’06].” (Aug. 13)

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

In The New Yorker, screenwriter, director, and actor Mike White ’92 discusses his latest work, money and status, and his time on Survivor. “Instead of just focusing on one couple’s honeymoon, I constellated [the new show The White Lotus] with many people grappling with ideas about money,” he says. “Who has the money can really create the dynamic of a relationship, the relationship itself, the sense of self. Money can really inform and pervert our most intimate relationships, beyond just the employee-guest relationship at the hotel.” (July 18)

On NPR’s Ted Radio Hour, Wikipedian Jake Orlowitz ’05 describes how volunteers update the world’s largest encyclopedia. “Writing a new article—it’s a lot of fun, because you get to shape what comes next,” he says. “Wikipedians build in layers. And if you put down that first layer, put down that scaffolding, someone else will come by and put up a wall there or window there.” (July 23)

In El País, Robert Conn, professor of romance literature and languages, discusses the legacy of Simón Bolívar. “In each national tradition in the Americas, including the United States, the way in which Bolívar is remembered is different and depends on the figures to which he is compared,” Conn says. The article also sites Conn’s book, Bolívar’s Afterlife in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). (July 24)

Alex Kurtzman ’95 is featured in The New York Times for renegotiating his deal at CBS Studios. Under a new five-and-a-half-year agreement, he will continue to shepherd the growing “Star Trek” television universe for ViacomCBS’s Paramount+ streaming platform.

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An obituary describing the work of Dr. J. Allan Hobson ’55, who studied the dreaming brain, is in The New York Times. Hobson, who died at the age of 88, disputed the Freudian view that dreams held encrypted codes of meaning, believing instead that they resulted from random firings of neurons in the brain. (July 28)

In EOS, Girish Duvvuri ’17 is credited for coining the term “necroplanetology”—the newest branch of exoplanet studies that involves intrinsically rare targets. “We’re proud of the name,” said Seth Redfield, professor of astronomy. “It’s a great way to describe the systems we’re studying. It has a small number of practitioners, but the larger community is just starting to look into this topic.” (July 26)

Greg Voth, professor of physics, is featured in Live Science for testing a 150-year-old theory proposed by Lord Kelvin. (July 28)

Hannah Bolotin ’19, director of development and policy for the Post-Prison Education Program, shares an op-ed in South Seattle Emerald regarding Washington’s Department of Corrections “trapping” incarcerated men in solitary confinement. “There should no longer be debate over the ethics of solitary confinement: It is both proven to be ineffective, and periods of longer than 15 days are considered unacceptable from a global human rights perspective as a form of torture,” she writes. “Until the DOC finds a viable solution, over 200 incarcerated men remain on an ever-growing waitlist, surviving in conditions known to inflict them with more trauma, intensified mental health issues, and increased behavioral issues, all of which they will carry with them as they return to the main prison setting—and eventually, return to society.” (July 28)

On tucson.com, former Wesleyan provost Shelia Tobias, who died at the age of 86, is remembered for advocating for women’s equality. (July 21)

In Gold Derby, Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 admits that he was homesick when he started writing In the Heights. “I was a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut,” he noted. “I was, for the first time, living in a Latino Program house with other kids my age. We all had to write an essay to get into the house of how we were going to be Latino leaders on campus.” (July 27)

Leela Narang-Benaderet ’92, MA’93 is mentioned on Golf Content Network for making her U.S. Senior Women’s Open debut. Narang-Benaderet is a partner in a sports marketing and athlete management company and has served as tournament director for a number of Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) events. (July 29)

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

June 24
Marketing Technology Insights — ADEC Innovations Appoints New Executive To Lead Company In Their Next Phase Of Growth And Development. Features Sondra Scott ’88, chief executive officer for ADEC Innovations U.S. and Europe.

The Middletown Press — Connecticut State Colleges and Universities to require the COVID-19 vaccine for students this fall. Mentions that Wesleyan University “was among the first in the state to require the vaccine.”

Connecticut Post — Wilton High School graduate recipient of Wheeler scholarship. Features Melissa Arenas ’25, who will “begin her studies this fall at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and plans to major in biology.”

June 25
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — Media accountability in a world of disinformation. Mentions Alan Miller ’76, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project, a national nonpartisan education nonprofit.

General Council News — Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Safety Veteran Hemanshu Nigam Joins Venable’s Los Angeles Office. Mentions Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam ’87.

DNYUZ — Opposites, and ‘One and the Same.’ Mentions Eli Bronner ’10.

June 26
AnimationXPress — Shang-Chi’s relation with his parents explored in the new trailer of Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings.’ Mentions that Shang-Chi was first created in the 1970s by writer Steve Englehart ’69.

Telegraph Herald — Illinois high school graduates awarded Galena Cultural Arts Alliance scholarships. Mentions Hannah Birkholz ’25, “who will attend Wesleyan University, with majors in honors humanities and visual communication design.”

June 28
Politico — Opinion | Why Colleges Should Ditch the SAT—Permanently. Mentions that before the pandemic, numerous colleges, including Wesleyan, had made standardized test scores optional.

Wicked Local — Un-Common Theatre Company announces 2021 scholarship winners. Mentions Jessica Zenack ’25, who “will be attending Wesleyan University and plans on studying political science and theater.”

WFMZ — Monroe County Bar Association awards scholarships to high school students. Mentions that students will be attending Wesleyan.

Yahoo! via The Hartford Courant — ‘Essential Western New England Songbook’ project a who’s who of Connecticut music. Mentions that the band MGMT formed at Wesleyan.

The Middletown Press — Cooper Robertson to lead ambitious Middletown riverfront master plan. Mentions that the riverfront development area “is less than a mile from Wesleyan University.”

June 29
Inside Higher Ed — A Crowded Campus Once More. Mentions that Wesleyan “is also dealing with high demand for housing, in part due to changes in study abroad.”

Associated Press — Progress Expands Women in STEM Scholarship and Announces Recipient of 2nd Annual Mary Székely Scholarship. Mentions Gavriela Tejedor Meyers ’25.

Yahoo! via The Hartford Courant — Parents threaten to sue UConn over COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Mentions Wesleyan.

Arizona Central — NASA-funded study uses International Space Station to predict wildfire effects. Features Helen Poulos, adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies.

June 30
The White House — President Biden Names Fifth Round of Judicial Nominees. Mentions Judge Michael Nachmanoff ’91.

Daily Messenger — Victor-Farmington Rotary presents student awards. Mentions Wesleyan University.

Medium — Seven Profound Things Annie Dillard Taught Alexander Chee About Writing. Mentions Alexander Chee ’89 and Annie Dillard. Dillard taught writing at Wesleyan for more than 20 years.

July 1
MSU Texas news — 1966 MSU graduate donates $55,000 for science scholarships. Mentions organic chemist Max Tishler Hon. ’81.

Patch — NYAW Awards Two Wantagh High School Students Scholarships. Features Michael Minars ’25, who “will study environmental studies and sustainable agriculture at Wesleyan University.”

The Visualist — Reclaiming our Future: The Kedzie Center’s 2021 Annual Summer Event. Features Ruth Behar ’77,  who “has a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University.”

The Middletown Press — UNH welcomes new COVID-19 coordinator, hopeful for some normalcy. Mentions that the University of New Haven is collaborating with Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges institutions, including Wesleyan, in developing effective protocols and responses to the pandemic on campus.

Deadline — Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’: Lionsgate Wraps Production On Feature Adaptation. Features Kate MacCluggage ’04.

July 2
New Hampshire Public Radio — David Biello: A Journey Into Uncharted Territory. Features an interview with TED Science Curator David Biello ’95.

Newsweek — These 20 Colleges Have the Most Famous Alumni. Mentions Wesleyan, Josh Whedon ’87, Hon. ’13; Bradley Whitford ’81; Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15; Beanie Feldstein ’15; and Amanda Palmer ’98.

ABL Advisor — Edelschick Rejoins BDO’s Business Restructuring & Turnaround Services Practice. Features Michael Edelschick ’96.

The Tower — In The Heights: A Lovesong to Dreams and Community. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and Wesleyan.

July 6
Psychology Today — Has Feminism Changed Campus Greek Life? Mentions that “Wesleyan University recently announced that fraternities would have to go coeducational.”

Tek Deeps — Concise Introduction to Python Programming. Mentions that “Wesleyan offers a free course about the popular Python programming language, through the educational platform Coursera.”

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

May 19
The New York Times — Drama Book Shop, Backed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, to Open in June. Mentions that the new owners are Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and Thomas Kail ’99.

May 20
New Fairfield Hamlet Hub — Great Hollows announces the addition of Visiting Scientists. Features Robert Clark PhD ’17.

We-ha — Hartford, Connecticut-based Covenant Prep School Will Celebrate Extraordinary Successes at June 5th Reunion. Mentions that “virtually all school alumni have graduated or are now enrolled in college programs, including at Colby College, Connecticut College, Providence College, University of Connecticut, and Wesleyan University.”

May 21
The Middletown Press — Haircuts and Botox: The post-pandemic beauty boom has reached CT. Pictures a Wesleyan student who cut off a ponytail full of hair.

USA Today — Review: Infectious movie musical ‘In the Heights’ joyfully salsas past its shortcomings. Features Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15.

Real Estate Weekly — WHO’S NEWS: Latest appointments, promotions. Mentions that Zach Steinberg ’08 has been promoted to senior vice president of policy for the Real Estate Board of New York and holds a BA in history from Wesleyan.

May 24
NBC News — UNC’s rejection of Nikole Hannah-Jones and the opacity of academic tenure in America. Features an op-ed by Robyn Autry, associate professor of sociology.

The Atlantic — An Unorthodox Strategy to Stop Cars From Hitting Deer: Try wolves. Features Jennifer Raynor, assistant professor of economics.

WRDE — Gunderson Dettmer Announces the 2021 1L Diversity Fellowship Cohort. Mentions Wolfgang Jorde ’16.

Yahoo! — The LatAm funding boom continues as Kaszek raises $1B across a duo of funds. Mentions Wesleyan and Chief Investment Officer Anne Martin.

The Hartford Courant — Middletown riverfront redevelopment to create a ‘vibrant and accessible district’ moves ahead. Mentions City of Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim ’14.

Newsday — Long Island schools announce prom plans, with some moving outside. Mentions that Michael Minars ’25 “will head to Wesleyan University in the fall, majoring in environmental studies.”

The Observer-Dispatch — Teen All-Stars: Jr. Frontiers. Features Kerry Campbell ’25, who will be “attending Wesleyan University on a football commitment.”

May 25
NPR — Wolves scare deer and reduce auto collisions 24%, study says. Quotes Jennifer Raynor, a natural resources economist at Wesleyan University and a co-author of the new study.

DNYUZ — The Native Scholar Who Wasn’t. Features J. Kehaulani Kauanui, professor of American studies.

ARRL — CQ Announces 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees. Mentions Archibald Doty ’42, who “co-founded what is now WESU at Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1939, the second-oldest college radio station in the U.S.”

Boston Globe — Sip These Rhode Island Blends on National Wine Day. Mentions the family of Nancy Parker Wilson ’81.

Yale University — Yale School of Nursing Welcoming More Than a Dozen New Faculty. Mentions film studies major Sarah Lipkin ’06, who will be a part-time lecturer in the women’s health and midwifery programs.

May 26

Register Citizen — Wesleyan graduates class of 2021 in hybrid ceremony. Features Wesleyan’s 189th Commencement.

The Hour — Trumbull High swimmer Lauren Walsh to compete in U.S. Olympic team trials in Omaha. Mentions Wesleyan.

The Unz Review — Flight from White: Yet Another Leftist PoC Lady Grievance Study Professor Is Exposed as White. Features J. Kehaulani Kauanui, professor of American studies.

May 27
The Chronicle for Higher Education — Academic Freedom Is on the Ropes: The attacks are coming from both the right and the left. Quotes Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78.

WTNH Channel 8 — Danbury HS quarterback, star student doesn’t let his speech impediment slow him down in achieving high marks. Features Patrick Rosetti ’25, who is “committed to Wesleyan University with his eyes on being a general surgeon.”

Outside — Running’s Cultural Reckoning Is Long Overdue. Mentions Wesleyan and several alumni.

WORT FM 89.9 — Madison In The Sixties – Bob Dylan. Mentions Fritz DeBoer, who “would spend 34 years as a professor of theater at Wesleyan University, focusing on Asian performance and Balinese dance.”

The American Spectator — Remembering a Stolen Valor Fraudster–Historian This Memorial Day. Features William Manchester Hon. ’02, P’72.

May 28
The Wall Street Journal — ‘Prisoners of History’ Review: The Use and Abuse of the Past. Book review by President Michael Roth ’78.

Yahoo! Life — Yes, ‘In the Heights’ Filmed in New York City—and the Locations Are Authentic to the Story. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 who “dreamed up the concept during his days at Wesleyan University.”

Undark — Abstracts. Mentions study by Assistant Professor of Economics Jennifer Raynor.

The Hamlet Hub — Acclaimed Folk Singer Dar Williams returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on June 25. Features Dar Williams ’89.

May 29
The Bedford Citizen — The 56th Annual CSF of Bedford Dollars for Scholars Awards. Mentions that Katherine Fhu ’25 “will attend Wesleyan University to major in engineering.”

The Courier-Journal — Why Louisville’s Breonna Taylor protests made white people listen. Quotes Steven Moore, an assistant professor of government.

May 31
The Middletown Press — On the Move: Time to honor the true meaning of Memorial Day in Middletown. Mentions Mayor Ben Florsheim ’14, and Wesleyan University, led by President Michael Roth ’78.

June 1
Sweetwater Report — Event Rap, Custom Rap Agency, Smashes Crowdfunding Goal on Kickstarter. Mentions that Baba Brinkman recently released the music video for his latest single “Counterfactual,” commissioned by Wesleyan University Climate Economist Gary Yohe, which highlights the dangers of misinformation about COVID vaccinations, climate science, news, and politics.

June 3
Scientific American — NASA Picks Two Missions to Explore Venus, the First in Decades. Quotes George I. Seney Professor of Geology Martha Gilmore, “a planetary geologist at Wesleyan University, who is part of both mission teams.”

AP News via Business Wire — Brad Frank Joins Korn Ferry as Senior Client Partner. Features Brad Frank ’89.

Marketwire News — Industry Veterans Join Innovation Leader Powering OneStop Customer Apps. Features Tim Harvey ’85 “who has a bachelor’s degree in government from Wesleyan University.”

Lifestyle/ Country Legends 105.9 — Integral Welcomes Theodore Tomasi and Miranda Henning to Company Leadership; Establishes New Economics Practice. Features Miranda Henning ’87 who holds a “BA in environmental science from Wesleyan University.”

June 4
Yale University — Obit of Worth David: Dean of Admissions at Yale for 2 Decades. Features Worth David MALS ’66.

June 5
Art Daily — Hamilton creator celebrates immigrant roots with In the Heights. Features Lin Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 “who is of Puerto Rican descent, and has long advocated for his community in the entertainment world and beyond–wrote the first version of ‘In The Heights’ as a young student at Wesleyan University.”

June 6
The Hartford Courant — NASA selects two Venus missions, co-developed by Wesleyan University professor, to explore Earth’s ‘hellish’ neighbor. Features George I. Seney Professor of Geology Martha Gilmore.

June 7
AI Thority — Moxtra Announces Addition of Head of Global Sales and Chief Financial Officer. Mentions Tim Harvey ’85, chief financial officer, who has a “bachelor’s degree in government from Wesleyan University.”

Mercy College — Mercy College Appoints Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Features Peter West ’94 who has “a bachelor’s degree with honors in English from Wesleyan University.”

Chattanoogan — McCallie Names New Dean Of Enrollment Management. Features Andy Hirt MALS ’19.

June 8
Business Insider — Meet 7 Federal Judges Helping to Decide the Fate of the Capitol Rioters. Mentions John Bates ’68.

View more Wesleyan in the News online here.

Wesleyan in the News

Wesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

NewsMay 5
The Middletown Press – Wesleyan University alum, Nomadland producer, shares Best Picture award. Mentions Dan Janvey ’06.

Dartmouth College – Victoria Holt, Former State Department Deputy, to Lead Dickey. Features Victoria Holt ’84, who “received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, majoring in the College of Social Studies [and] has served on Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education – At Some Colleges, Remote Work Could Be Here to Stay. Quotes Wesleyan’s Lisa Brommer, associate vice president for human resources.

Courthouse News – Setting Stage for Court Battle, Texas City Votes to Ban Abortion. Quotes John Finn, professor of government, emeritus.

The Daily Kos – Daily Open Thread – The May Fourth Movement. Quotes Vera Schwarcz, Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, Emerita.

May 6
San Diego Family Magazine – Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year. Features Megan Levin ’25 who “plans to pursue international relations at Wesleyan University next year.”

Yale News – ‘Self-confident yet selfless’: Yale’s David Swensen dies at 67. Mentions Wesleyan.

May 7
The Los Angeles Times – Opinion: The hypersexualization of girls and women. Mentions a 2008 study by researchers at Wesleyan.

The Daily Nous – Three of Wesleyan’s Graduating Philosophy Majors Earned Their Degrees While In Prison. Mentions Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education program.

Hartford Courant – Thousands of college students in Connecticut are graduating in person this year after COVID-19 shut down campuses a year ago. Mentions Wesleyan’s Class of 2021.

May 9
The Wellesley NewsIn the Heights is the Musical Block-Party to Look Forward to this Summer. Mentions that Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon ’15, wrote the first version of In the Heights during his sophomore year at Wesleyan.

Orange County Breeze – Five named to California’s new task force on reparations to African-Americans. Mentions that Lisa Holder ’94 was appointed to the Reparations Task Force.

May 10
Physics Today – Black women’s experiences in STEM inspire an annual workshop. Features LaNell Williams ’15.

New York Daily News – The words we use and the policies we get. Mentions Clyde Meikle ’21, an inmate who received a degree through Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Anxiety And Fear: What’s The Difference? Features op-ed by By Hilary Hendel ’85, P’18, LCSW, who received her BA in biochemistry from Wesleyan.

The Hechinger Report – Test-optional policies didn’t do much to diversify college student populations. Mentions that Wesleyan “was one of 99 colleges that adopted test-optional admissions between 2005-6 and 2015-16.”

May 11
The Epoch Times – 2.4 Million US College Students Face Vaccine Mandate, Immune or Not. Mentions Wesleyan.

CNBC – Hundreds of colleges say COVID vaccines will be mandatory for fall 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

The New York Times – A Piece of Music Will Speak Once More. For 26 Hours. Features Alvin Lucier, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, emeritus.

May 12
Sag Harbor Express – Five Candidates In Race For Three Seats On Bridgehampton School Board. Mentions Angela Chmielewski ’00, who “graduated with honors from Wesleyan University with a degree in English literature.”

Pennsylvania Resources Council – PRC has announced the appointment of Darren Spielman ’94 as executive director of the commonwealth’s oldest grassroots environmental organization.

North American Report – New Novel Set in Kenya Evokes Graham Greene and John le Carré. Mentions Gerald Everett Jones ’70, “who holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where he studied under novelists Peter Boynton, F.D. Reeve, and Jerzy Kosinski.”

Her Campus – Movie Musicals I Can’t Wait to See. Mentions In the Heights, “the very first musical of Lin-Manuel Miranda [’02, Hon. ’15], while a sophomore at Wesleyan University in 1999.”

Your News – COVID-1984: 2.4 Million US College Students Face Vaccine Mandate, Immune or Not. Mentions that “Wesleyan University will require all students, even those who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have had positive COVID-19 antibodies, to be vaccinated in order to enroll in fall semester classes.”

May 13
PR Newswire via Intelligent.com — Intelligent.com analyzed 156 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 26 making it to the final list for Online Masters in Liberal Arts Degree Programs. Wesleyan is on the list.

The Hour – Wesleyan University to begin $311M campus renovations. Features Wesleyan.

Art Daily – A piece of music will speak once more. For 26 hours. Features Alvin Lucier, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, Emeritus, whose “classic work of sound art, will be performed by 90 artists in honor of his 90th birthday.”

Art Daily – Philippe Labaune Gallery presents Narrative Images, an exhibition of paintings and original comic strips by French American artist Miles Hyman. Features Miles Hyman ’85, “who studied drawing and printmaking with David Schorr at Wesleyan University.”

Stacker via Huron Daily Tribune – Best Private Colleges in America. Wesleyan is among the ranking and is cited for “mak[ing] tuition affordable for students of all income levels through need-based scholarships and a Three Year Option, which allows students to take one less year to finish their degree.”

May 14
The Press – ‘We’re Un-personed’: Wesleyan Cracks Down on Single-Sex Greek Life. Features Wesleyan.

Press of Atlantic City – Herb Stern Longport Scholarship Fund – 2021 Awards. Mentions Kai Tripician ’24 and Nalu Tripician ’24.

McCall – Moravian College eliminated from NCAA Div. III women’s tennis tourney with second-round loss. Mentions that the Greyhounds dropped their first match of the season “to the No. 2-ranked team in the country, Wesleyan University out of Middletown, Connecticut, 5-0.”

The Wall Street Transcript – Mining Stock Picks Finally Paying Off for Patient Investors: 160% One Year Returns. Features Jonathan Brandt ’01.

Spoke – Apria Appoints Healthcare Industry Veterans Susannah Gray and Terri Kline to Board of Directors. Features Susannah Gray ’82.

May 15
MSN – How Lin-Manuel Miranda Adapted ‘In The Heights’ For Cinema — And a New Era. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and Wesleyan.

May 17
CT Mirror – The ‘gas bridge:’ Why Connecticut’s green future remains largely out of reach. Op-ed by Sarah Backer ’22.

WBUR (NPR) – Journalist Sebastian Junger Unpacks Tension Between ‘Freedom’ And Community In New Book. Features interview with Sebastian Junger ’84.

All Events In – Korea Policy Forum, Multilateral Cooperation in Northeast Asia in the Biden. Mentions that Mary Alice Haddad, John E. Andrus Professor of Government, will be a panelist.

CT Post – Pandemic stories: Six New Yorkers on why they moved to Connecticut. Features Bill Carbone ‘MA ’07.

PR Log – Mary’s Center Appoints Two New Board Members. Mentions Scott Pearson ’84.

May 18
Chicago Crusader – Paradise Square, A New Musical to play Pre-Broadway engagement at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre. Mentions Christina Anderson, “who taught playwriting at Wesleyan University.”

Ridgefield’s Hamlet Hub – Organ Recital at St. Stephen’s. Features Alcee Chriss, university organist and artist-in-residence.

iBerkshires – Mill Town Appoint COO and President of Bousquet. Features Dennis Robinson ’79, P’13.

View more recent media hits here.

May 19
The Day – Small Business Success: Healthful food feeds the local economy. Features Rosemary Ostfeld ’10, MA ’12, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies.

Wesleyan in the News

Wesleyan’s intellectually dynamic faculty, students, alumni, staff, and parents frequently serve as expert sources for national media. Others are noted for recent achievements and accolades. A sampling of recent media hits is below:

NewsApril 21
Celebrity Net Worth – Meet The Under-The-Radar Immigrant Black Doctor Who Has Made A Half-Billion Dollar Fortune While Revolutionizing Alzheimer’s Treatment. Features Dr. Herriot Tabuteau ’89.

Street Insider – Oaktree Real Estate News. Mentions Cary Kleinman ’97, chief legal officer at Oaktree.

Seven Days (Vermont) – Obituary: Karen Oelschlaeger, 1984-2021: Woman who died of cancer was grateful for Vermont’s Death With Dignity law. Features Karen Oelschlaeger ’07, who “double majored in psychology and Spanish literature, receiving high honors for her psychology thesis titled ‘Feminist Rants.'”

April 22
Fat Pitch Financials – Operation HOPE Adds Will Lansing, CEO of FICO, To Global Board of Advisors. Features Will Lansing ’80, P’16, chief executive officer of Fair Isaac Corporation.

April 23
The White House – President Biden Announces Key Administration Nominations in National Security. Mentions Sarah Margon ’98 is a nominee for assistant secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Department of State.

Mitu – Cast Of ‘In The Heights’ Want You To Know The Importance Of Going To College. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon.’15.

Street Insider – Axsome Therapeutics news. Mentions Dr. Herriot Tabuteau ’89 and Dr. Mark Coleman ’90, who are nominated for the role of director.

Street Insider – Denali Therapeutics Inc. news. Mentions David Schenkein ’79, P’08, general partner in Google Ventures and executive chairman of the board of directors of Agios Pharmaceuticals.

All Events In – Storytelling with Saris Earth Day Presentation. Features Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist Monica Bose ’86.

NBC Miami – More Than 30 Colleges Now Say Covid Vaccines Will Be Mandatory for Fall 2021. Mentions Wesleyan University.

April 24
Marist Circle – From Ulster County to Tokyo: 17-Year-Old Takes Her Art International. Mentions Natalie Horberg ’25, who is “preparing to attend Wesleyan University in the fall.”

April 25
WSFB-TV Channel 3 – Wesleyan University Students Roll Up Their Sleeves at On-Campus Vaccine Clinic. Features interviews with Ricky Finkel ’23 and Donatto Navas ’22.

Yahoo Sports – Patriots’ Bill Belichick ’75, P’07, Hon. ’05 receives special honor at Army-Navy lacrosse game.

April 26
Biospace – Fountain Therapeutics appoints Dr. William Greene ’86, P’20 to chief executive officer.

Associated Press – Comcast Advertising appoints Rick Mandler ’83 as vice president of growth strategy.

Street Insider – Ebay news. Mentions Trustee Emeritus Diana Farrell ’87, retired founding president and chief executive officer of the JPMorgan Chase Institute.

The Middletown Press – Annual Business & Education Partnership and Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentor Program Recognition Luncheon to feature Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 as the keynote speaker.

The Scientist Magazine – Molecular Geneticist Kedes Dies at 83. Features Laurence “Larry” Kedes ’59, Hon ’09.

Yahoo! Finance – Xin Li-Cohen, Deputy Chairman Of Christie’s International, Launches An NFT Platform For Fine Art. Features GeGe “Mia” Deng ’19.

Yahoo! Life – We Just Got a First Glance at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights,’ and WOW It Looks Good. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and his “hit Broadway musical, which he casually composed during his days at Wesleyan University.”

PR Newswire – Lafayette Square Appoints Industry Veteran Usher as Head of Distribution. Features Stephen Usher ’89 “who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, where he is a member of the President’s Council.”

Money – With College Waitlists Overcrowded, What to Know About Accepting Your Spot at School. Quotes Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid.

April 27
Associated Press – Gamma Aerospace Expands Leadership Team. Mentions that Daniel Drew, former visiting assistant professor of public policy at Wesleyan and the former City of Middletown mayor, was named as director of facilities, procurement, and administration.

Street Insider – Molecular Templates news. Mentions Jason Kim ’94, who “received his BA in neuroscience and behavior from Wesleyan University.”

April 29
360 Magazine – Narrative Images. Features Miles Hyman ’85, who “studied drawing and printmaking with David Schorr at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.”

April 30
Boulder Daily Camera – How Colorado’s senior senator Michael Bennet helped create a major anti-poverty program. Features Michael Bennet ’87, Hon. ’12.

Eureka – Historian of science Gerald Holton wins the Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Humanities. Features Gerald Holton ’41, MA ’42, Hon. ’81, P’77.

AARP – AARP Highlights American Stories for AAPI Heritage Month: Two families, two histories, one shared nationality. Features Daphne Kwok ’84.

MIT News – Five from MIT elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2021: Faculty members Dan Freedman, Robert Griffin, Larry Guth, Stephen Morris, and Gigliola Staffilani elected by peers for outstanding contributions to research. Features Daniel Freedman ’60.

Journal for Blacks in Higher Education – A Quartet of Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education. Mentions that Tracey Osbourne ’91 was appointed director of the Center for Climate Justice.

May 1
Yahoo! Life – Where Your Favorite Celebrities Went to College. Mentions that actress Beanie Feldstein ’15 graduated from Wesleyan with a degree in sociology.

New Haven Register – COVID hit just at the start of CT seniors’ college deliberations. For many, it was over this week. Mentions Wesleyan.

May 2
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Wrestling with the ghosts of COVID past. Commentary written by Johnny Hayes ’20.

May 3
Shoot – Director Parasco Joins Loveboat For Representation In The U.S., France. Features Elena Parasco.

Doctor’s Lounge – Herd Immunity for Americans May Be an Elusive Goal, Experts Say. Mentions that Wesleyan is requiring all students to be vaccinated.

UMass Medical News – UMass Medical School to award four honorary degrees at 48th Commencement. Features Michael Angelini ’64, P’99.

May 4
PR Newswire – Gas South, the largest retail natural gas provider in the Southeast, celebrates the selection of President and CEO Kevin Greiner as Georgia Trend’s “Most Respected Business Leader” of 2021. Mentions Kevin Greiner ’91 and Wesleyan.

National Geographic – Was Napoleon Bonaparte an enlightened leader or tyrant? Quotes Andy Curran, William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities.

Wesleyan in the News

Several Wesleyan faculty, students, alumni, parents, and staff have recently been featured in the news:

NewsMarch 23
The Island Now – Earth Matters – A Brief History of Long Island Sound. Mentions that in 1892, 23 students at Wesleyan came down with typhoid, with four deaths, from eating contaminated oysters.

Morning Star via PR Newswire – College Consensus Publishes Aggregate Ranking of the 100 Best Colleges & Universities for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

Sugarcane Magazine – Incarcerated Poets Laureate: Recognizing Unseen Creators in Florida. Mentions that through his nonprofit, O, Miami, P. Scott Cunningham ’00 builds community through literature.

March 24
Market Screener – Lyndsey Layton ’86, a longtime editor and reporter at The Washington Post, will be the new deputy editor for policy for The New York Times Climate desk.

Patch – Reads Together: All Black Kids’ Author. Mentions that president emerita of Spelman College Beverly Daniel Tatum ’75, Hon’15, P’04 led a conversation on “Race and Racism.”

Associated Press – Fulcrum Therapeutics Appoints Dunn as President of Research and Development. Features Judith A. Dunn PhD ’98.

Hamlet Hub – Conversations: “Truth, Myth and Democracy” at Ridgefield (CT) Library. Mentions that Western Connecticut State University psychology professor Daniel Barrett ’86 will moderate the discussion.

PR Web – The Top 100 Stanford MBA Alumni In Finance & Investing. Mentions Wesleyan’s Chief Investment Officer Anne Martin.

The Middletown Press – Wesleyan student named Middletown Newman Civic Fellow. Features Emily McEvoy ’22.

March 25
90.5 WCBE via NPR – The Chauvin Trial Isn’t Technically About Race – But Jury Selection For It Has Been. Quotes Sonali Chakravarti, associate professor of government, “who has studied the role of race in jury selection.”

Profit Quotes – Lacuna Technologies Adds New Board of Directors. Mentions Rashida Richardson ’08, who “brings over a decade of experience as a lawyer, researcher, and advocate specializing in race, emerging technologies and the law to the Lacuna Board of Directors.”

Street Insider – Gran Tierra news. Mentions Sondra Scott ’88, COO of Verisk Financial, who “has more than 25 years of experience as an energy and risk analytics business leader.”

Street Insider – Vertiv Holdings Co. news. Mentions Jacob Kotzubei ’91, who was selected to serve on the Vertiv Holdings Board “due to his experience in executive management oversight, private equity, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional matters.”

DNYUZ – Poem: Note to Black Women in America. Features a poem by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers whose latest collection, “The Age of Phillis,” was published by Wesleyan University Press.

Market Screener – IMV Inc. Appoints Kuvalanka to Board of Directors. Mentions that Kyle Kuvalanka ’90 serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Goldfinch Bio, a kidney precision medicines company.

March 26
The Middletown Press – Middlesex United Way: Workplace campaigns create a lasting impact on communities. Mentions that Wesleyan “increased its overall campaign by $4,000 compared to last year.”

March 27
Washington Post – What Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd means for America. Quotes Sonali Chakravarti, associate professor of government.

Variety – NAACP Image Awards 2021: The Complete Televised Winners List. Mentions “The Age of Phillis” by Honorée Jeffers (Wesleyan University Press) is the winner of the Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry category.

March 28
Cornell Sun – S.A. Debates Ethics of University Partnership With Chinese Universities and ICE. Mentions that Wesleyan has established itself as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Reality Times – Can’t Sleep? Why Your House Might Be To Blame And What You Can Do About It. Mentions a study at Wesleyan “found that subjects who sniffed lavender oil for two minutes at three, 10-minute intervals before bedtime increased their amount of deep sleep and felt more vigorous in the morning.”

CPTV – Diana Martinez ’07, assistant director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships, was featured on the CUTLINE series as a facilitator for “Democracy and Community with UConn Democracy & Dialogues Initiative.” (Martinez begins speaking at 24:14.)

March 29
Associated Press – McDonald’s Names Desiree Ralls-Morrison as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Features Desiree Ralls-Morrison ’88, P’21, who earned a “bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Wesleyan.”

News Times – Middletown’s two first – and only – female mayors broke much ground. Quotes Former Middletown Mayor Domenique Thornton: “We have a wonderful, vibrant downtown community, especially with [Wesleyan University] and the (Connecticut) river. You have cultural diversity in theater, the hearts, and a central location. This is a hidden gem.”

Independent Mail – Catherine Coleman Flowers is always in ‘good trouble.’ It’s a blessing for rural America. Features Catherine Coleman Flowers, who will receive an honorary degree from Wesleyan during the 2021 Commencement.

Shoot – Director Haymon Joins O Positive For Commercials. Features Miranda Haymon ’16, visiting instructor of theater.

Business Insider – One of America’s Richest Black People is Hiding in Plain Sight. Features Herriot Tabuteau ’89 (subscription needed).

March 30
Celebrity Mirror – 5 Facts About Producer Grillo, She Was David O. Russell’s Wife And Baby Mama. Features Janet Grillo ’80 who “graduated with a magna cum laude and special honors in theater from Wesleyan.”

Street Insider – Western New England Bancorp news. Mentions executive director John Bonini ’90, “who assumed the position of General Counsel on January 1, 2021.”

Street Insider – INX Limited news. Mentions David Weild ’78, the founder, chairman and CEO of Weild & Co., Inc.

View other recent Wesleyan in the News stories here.

Stamford Advocate – Middletown’s Community Health Center to receive $16.2 million in COVID relief. Mentions the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Wesleyan.

Talking Biz News – Politico reporter Maldonado set to depart. Features Samantha Maldonado ’13, energy and environment reporter at Politico, who Maldonado has a “BA in sociology and creative writing from Wesleyan University.”

March 31
The Day – History Matters: The day the music died. Mentions Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, “who is an American music scholar and one of the founders of the New England Sacred Harp Convention.”

Journal Now – Wake Forest football notebook: Mentions Ben Thaw ’20, who was promoted to graduate assistant after spending the fall of 2020 as a recruiting intern for the Deacons.

Street Insider – Helix Acquisition Corp news. Mentions John Schmid ’85, who “currently serves as a member of the board of directors of AnaptysBio, Inc., Neos Therapeutics, Inc., Poseida Therapeutics, Inc., Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Forge Therapeutics, Inc., all pharmaceutical companies, and as the chairman of the board of directors of Speak, Inc., a speakers bureau, which he helped found in 1989.”

Insider – 56 celebrities you probably forgot guest-starred on ‘How I Met Your Mother.’ Mentions Wesleyan.

Rochester Business Journal – Clark Patterson Lee news. Mentions that Susannah Betts ’15 has been hired as a marketing coordinator and has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Wesleyan.

Street Insider – Oaktree Acquisition Corp. Mentions John Frank ’78, P’12, who “holds a BA degree with honors in history from Wesleyan” and “is a Trustee of Wesleyan University.”

Tumblehome – Upcoming Tumbleocity Programs. Mentions that Ellen Prager ’84 will speak to children on April 7 about adventures in Ilulissat, Greenland.

April 1
Artforum – A History of Violence. Mentions “Little Poems in Prose” translated by Keith Waldrop and published by Wesleyan University Press.

Eyewitness News 3 WFSB New Britain – Colleges preparing to offer vaccines to students. Mentions that the Community Health Center Inc. will be hosting a two-day walk-up clinic for Wesleyan University students later this month.

Fox 61 – Wesleyan University planning to offer COVID-19 vaccines on all-campus students. Mentions the Wesleyan Argus and Dean Rick Culliton.

Darien Times – Wesleyan University students enjoy spring break safely on Middletown campus. Mentions that Wesleyan University students welcomed a two-day study hiatus during spring break, March 23-24. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students remained in Middletown during the recess.

PR Newsire – College Consensus Publishes Aggregate Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

April 2
Stamford Advocate – Wesleyan University Professor Talks Ocean Exploration in Vox Podcast. Features Suzanne OConnell, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Patch – Fishers in Connecticut: A Zoom Talk at Canton Library. Features Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn ’79, who will lead a discussion on April 28.

Street Insider – Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. news. Mentions Michael Kishbauch ’71, P’07 who has a “BA in biology from Wesleyan University.”

April 3
The San Diego Union-Tribune – Arthur Kopit, three-time Tony-nominated playwright, dies. Features Arthur Kopit P’05, who taught at Wesleyan.

San Mateo Daily Journal – San Mateo announces new city attorney. Features Prasanna Rasiah ’94, who “graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Wesleyan University.”

April 5
The Middletown Press – Chamber On the Move. Mentions that Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78 will deliver the keynote address for the Annual Business & Education Partnership and Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentor Program Recognition Luncheon on April 27.

The Nation – Among the Rank and File: Nikolai Gogol in the twilight of empire. Mentions that “in a new collection of Gogol’s short stories, translated by Susanne Fusso, a professor of Russian studies at Wesleyan University, readers are reintroduced to the familiar cast of characters-identified by their rank, of course-that populate many of the Ukrainian author’s most celebrated works, including The Nose and The Overcoat.”

MSN – See What Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Sons Look Like All Grown Up. Features Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hall P’14 and Henry Hall ’14, whose band, “Grand Cousin, got their start when Henry was still a student at Wesleyan University.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer – New film office prize goes to a screenwriter who rediscovered herself in Philly. Mentions Matthew Frishkoff ’21, “a Wesleyan University senior,” who won a $500 prize for best student script.

Raw Story – How the media got hoodwinked by Republican talking points. Features an op-ed by John Stoehr, a former visiting assistant professor of public policy.

The Middletown Press – Danbury vaccination clinic reaches 1,000 shots per day as area COVID cases continue to climb. Mentions that Middletown’s Community Health Center plans to hold clinics with Wesleyan University before students return home at the end of the semester.

April 6
Street Insider – Invitation Homes Inc. news. Mentions John Rhea ’87.

Street Insider – CSG Systems International news. Mentions Frank V. Sica ’73.

Herald Chronicle – Chegg hires Sony Executive Lauren Glotzer as new Chief Strategy Officer. Features Lauren Glotzer ’94.

Hartford Courant – Hartford coffee shop Story and Soil expanding into Middletown. Story and Soil is expanding to a second location inside Wesleyan RJ Julia Booksellers in Middletown.

Press Telegram – Ontario-raised poet John Murillo receives Claremont’s $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award. Features John Murillo, assistant professor of English, who was named the 2021 winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award for his recent collection Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry.

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Wesleyan in the News

Several Wesleyan faculty, students, alumni, parents, and staff have recently been featured in the news:

NewsMarch 10
EIN Presswire – AcademicInfluence.com Announces the Top-Ranked Private Graduate Schools in the U.S. for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

March 11
The Middletown Press – Wesleyan University: COVID tests essential for return to in-person learning. Focuses on Wesleyan employees’ efforts in creating the COVID-19 testing site.

Market Screener – Safari Energy Reaches 500th Commercial Solar Project. Mentions that Safari Energy’s first project was a small, three-kilowatt (kW) solar system installed at Wesleyan and how “that project was quickly expanded with the addition of a 92 kW rooftop solar system and a 111 kW solar parking canopy system at the university.”

Market Screener – Langham Hospitality Investments: Re-election of Retiring Directors. Mentions that economics major Ceajer Keung Chan ’79 has been an independent non-executive director of the company since August 2018.

The New London Day, via Yahoo News – Students adapt as pandemic continues to affect higher learning. Mentions Yalissa Rodriguez ’23, “a 19-year-old sophomore at Wesleyan University studying neuroscience.”

March 12
American Theatre – Old Globe Names 2021 Classical Directing Fellows. Mentions Edward Torres, assistant professor of the practice in theater.

American Theatre – Where the Year Went: A Look Back, and Forward. Features Katie Pearl, assistant professor of theater.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education – Three Black Scholars Appointed to Endowed Chairs at Yale University. Mentions Tavia Nyong’o ’95.

Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo – Watching the incarnations go by: “Being Ram Dass.” Mentions James Lytton ’69 (Rameshwar Das) and Wesleyan.

AZ Central/USA Today – 30 years of designing award-winning images, this former Creative Director launches her 2nd career as a fine art painter. Features artist, art director, and graphic designer Amy Feil Phillips ’81.

Stamford Advocate – Intelligent.com Announces Best Colleges In Connecticut for 2021. Mentions Wesleyan.

March 13
The New York Times – Enjoy a Book Tour in Your Living Room. Mentions author Kaitlyn Greenidge ’04.

Middletown Press – Acclaimed Poet and Memoirist Chosen as Wesleyan’s Graduation Speaker. Features Wesleyan.

CT Post – Vaccinated students still need to be tested. Mentions that Wesleyan reported three new cases of COVID-19 this past week.

All Events In – Art History from Home: Stories from the Collection. Mentions Josh Lubin-Levy ’06, visiting instructor in curatorial practice in performance.

March 14
The List – Net Worth: The Hamilton Star Makes More Than You Think. Features Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15.

Daily Republic – Mystery author virtual guest of Solano County Library. Features Edwin Hill ’93.

March 15
Newsfeeds Media – In the Heights Drops Two Trailers Plus New Photos. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15, and Wesleyan.

Worcester Business Journal – Movers & Shakers. Mentions retired investment professional Cynthia Strauss ’76 and Wesleyan.

March 16
Boston Review – Derek Chauvin and the Myth of the Impartial Juror. Op-ed by Associate Professor of Government Sonali Chakravarti.

PressFrom – Bill Belichick opened up the wallet, but will it work? Mentions Bill Belichick ’75, P’07, Hon.’15 and Wesleyan.

Middletown Police Department via Facebook – Thanks Wesleyan’s Office of Public Safety for raising over $430 for a local family displaced by a fire.

March 17
Middletown Press – Middletown Pride fest to kick off Pride Month with a virtual parade. Wesleyan is a sponsor.

Market Screener – Flywire Launches eStore. Wesleyan uses Flywire to improve process efficiencies and reduce financial risk. Quotes Controller Valerie Nye.

Vox – How an ill-fated undersea adventure in the 1960s changed the way scientists see the Earth. Features geologist Suzanne OConnell, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

Digital Music News – Audiomack Hires “Heems” Suri To Oversee South Asian Expansion. Mentions that Audiomack appointed Himanshu Suri ’07 to the newly created position of director of marketing and South Asian music strategy.

Roswell Park — Subspecialists Take On New Leadership Roles with Roswell Park Pathology Team. Mentions Dr. Gregory Freund ’83 and Wesleyan.

PBS NewsHour – In ‘Grief and Grievance,’ Black artists explore aspects of loss in contemporary life. Quotes Glenn Ligon ’82.

Vanity Fair – The Angelification of Girls: Winx Club as a neo-liberal-catholic project. Mentions Ellen Nerenberg, Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, professor of Italian (article appears in Italian)

March 18
Inside Higher Ed – A Focus on Critical Feeling. Op-ed by Michael Roth ’78.

Street Insider – Form 10-K SQZ Biotechnologies. Features bio on Amy Schulman ’82, P’11.

Connecticut Patch — Obituary for Ann M. Wightman, 70, of Middletown. Mentions the Ann Wightman Scholarship Fund, Wesleyan University. Whitman was a professor of history, emerita.

Screen Rant – How I Met Your Mother: 5 Times The Show Was Sex Positive (& 5 It Wasn’t). Mentions the characters attended Wesleyan.

Smithsonian Magazine – How Film Helps Preserve the World’s Diversity. Mentions filmmaker Ákos Östör, professor of anthropology, emeritus.

The Good Men Project – We Can’t Fight Climate Change Without Valuing Nature: Healthy Ecosystems Essential to Meeting Paris Agreement. Mentions Wesleyan University economist Gary Yohe, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies, Emeritus.

Street Insider – Form 424B4 Olo Inc. Mentions Warren Smith Jr. ’78, who “is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University and is a former member of Wesleyan’s Investment Committee.”

March 19
Baltimore Sun – Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley to present Patriots coach Bill Belichick ’75, P’07, Hon.’15 with keys to the city next month.

The New York Times – Excellence Runs in the Family. Her Novel’s Heroine Wants Something Else. Features Kaitlyn Greenidge ’04 and Kirsten Greenidge ’96.

March 21
Yahoo! news via The Los Angeles Times – Op-Ed: Forgiveness in an Age of Cancel Culture by Michael Roth ’78.

The New York Times – Greg Steltenpohl, Pioneer in Plant-Based Drinks, Dies at 66. Quotes Chris “Kiff” Gallagher ’91, a longtime friend who also worked with Mr. Steltenpohl.

Street Insider – Design Therapeutics news. Mentions John Schmid ’85.

Street Insider – Oaktree Acquisition Corp. news. Mentions Trustee John Frank ’78, P’12.

March 22
The List – What You Don’t Know about Lin-Manuel Miranda [’02, Hon.’15].

The Hollywood Reporter – NAACP Image Awards. Mentions the winner of  Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry The Age of Phillis – Honorée Jeffers published by Wesleyan University Press.

March 23
Street Insider – Frontier Group Holdings news. Mentions Howard Diamond ’89.