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

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.

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Wesleyan in the News

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

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.

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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

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

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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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.

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News

Feb. 23
Forbes – How To Become Rich Without Selling Your Soul. Quotes Alok Appadurai ’00, founder and CEO of UpliftMillions.com.

Feb. 24
E! News – Don’t Throw Away Your Shot to Learn More About Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Love Story. Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15.

The Middletown Press – Veterans Corner: Learn the history of the Greater Middletown Military Museum. Mentions agreement with Wesleyan University, which provides interns to help preserve and document the museum’s collection.

Closer – Barbara Stanwyck’s Triumph Over Tragedy: How She Survived a Lifetime of Pain to Become a Star. Quotes Jeanine Basinger.

Feb. 25
Yardbarker – Eric Mangini Talks NFL Career Start with Cleveland Browns. Mention’s Eric Mangini ’94, Bill Belichick ’75, Hon. ’05, and Wesleyan University.

Stamford Advocate – Middletown offering mobile COVID vaccination for homebound residents. Mentions Wesleyan’s mandatory COVID-19 testing.

The Daily News, Maine – Maine’s top federal prosecutor is resigning. Mentions Halsey Frank ’80 and Wesleyan.

Chicago Tribune – How did ‘Drivers License’ become the song of 2021? Quotes Jeanine Basinger.

Tribune Publishing – John Carroll swimmers enjoy season, despite its shortness. Mentions Delaney Hopkins ’25 who “is headed to Wesleyan University, a D-3 school in Middletown, Conn. Hopkins will swim and hopes to study neuroscience and biology.”

The Trentonian – Basketball rallies. Mentions Kennedy Jardine ’25, “who is headed to Wesleyan University.”

Feb. 26
Connecticut Magazine – For former industrial towns, building the future means rebuilding downtown. Mentions Mayor of Middletown Ben Florsheim ’14.

Connecticut Magazine –  What’s next for CT’s struggling downtowns? Middletown’s Main Street may show the path forward. Written by Dan Haar ’81, mentions Wesleyan.

ConnecticutPlus.com – HCC Archive Joins Top Colleges in Connecticut’s Archive Online. Mentions that “prestigious Connecticut colleges,” such as Wesleyan University, contributing material to Connecticut’s Archive Online (CAO).

Feb. 27
The List – Who Is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Attorney Wife, Vanessa Nadal? Mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ’15 and Wesleyan.

Feb. 28
The New York Times – In Quest for Herd Immunity, Giant Vaccination Sites Proliferate. Quotes Mark Masselli Hon. ’09, P’15, ’16, the president and chief executive of Community Health Center.

History News Network – George Shultz: The Last Progressive. Written by Professor of History Ron Schatz.

March 1
The Chronicle of Higher Education – The Review: The Nightmare of History. Mentions Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78.

MSN via NBC Connecticut – Lin-Manuel Miranda Continues to Inspire Creativity, Confidence at His Alma Mater Wesleyan University. Features Brianna Johnson ’24, Hamilton Prize recipient and mentions Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02. Hon. ’15, Tommy Kail ’99.

NBC Connecticut –  A Look Back at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Start Here in Conn. Mentions Brianna Johnson ’24; Jack Carr, professor of theater emeritus; and Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. 15.

Forbes – Many of the nation’s leading private colleges and universities originated as religious institutions affiliated with a specific denomination within the broad Christian tradition. Mentions Wesleyan.

The Washington Post – Why can’t a company unleash irrepressible undergraduates as campus guides? Mentions Elizabeth Irvin ’23, a 20-year-old student of anthropology and film at Wesleyan University.

March 2
Boston Globe – The Milton Public Library is hosting a virtual art exhibit featuring the paintings of artist and alumna Elizabeth Lazeren, a Cape Cod resident whose work focuses on images of the sea. The artist, who trained at Wesleyan University and Hartford Art School, draws on memory, experience, and imagination.

March 3
Bloomberg Law – Gibson Dunn Names First Woman Chair in 131st Year After Founding. Mentions Barbara Becker ’85

Also, Financialmarket.com – Gibson Dunn Elects New York M&A Lawyer Barbara Becker [’85] as Chair and Managing Partner.

March 4
Boston Globe – This doctor stepped up to bridge the gap as the pandemic ravaged this small city. Feature on Dr. Beata Nelken ’94.

March 5
Newsbrig – TickTok collector reunites families with old videos. Mentions Jono Marcus ’88.

Also, USA News Hub — TikTok Helps Return Long Lost VHS Tape Featuring a Man’s Vacation From 30 Years Ago. Mentions Jono Marcus ’88.

88.5 WYSU – Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series features a performance by composer Tyshawn Sorey, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellow, on April 14.

Street Insider – Michael Vorhaus ’79 agreed to serve as a member of Altimar Acquisition Corp.’s board of directors.

TMCnet News – State Street Elects Julio Portalatin and John Rhea to Its Board of Directors. Mentions that John Rhea ’87 is a trustee of Wesleyan.

March 6
Eurasia Review – Small Volcanic Lakes Tapping Giant Underground Reservoirs. Mentions that six Wesleyan undergraduate/graduate students and their advisor set out to measure CO2 fluxes.

March 7
The Berkshire Edge – The Wonder in the Wander: Work by emerging artists sought for new exhibition. Features Jake Levin ’06, who studied art and art history at Wesleyan.

March 8
East County Today – Contra Costa County’s Beth Hernandez Named Woman of the Year. Mentions Beth Hernandez P’17 and Wesleyan.

University of San Diego – USD Math Department Receives $4.5 Million Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. Mentions Daniel Licata and Wesleyan.

VT Digger – John Killacky: Art performs life on the 10th anniversary of Fukushima disaster. Mentions Eiko Otake, Bill Johnston, and Wesleyan.

Touchdown Wire via MSN – The future of offensive football. Mentions that if Wesleyan was “running [verticals] back in the late 90s, it works.”

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NewsSeveral Wesleyan faculty and alumni have been featured in national media outlets recently. They include:

The Conversation — “Trump’s acquittal is a sign of ‘constitutional rot’: partisanship overriding principles” by Professor Emeritus John Finn.

Democratic Underground — “I’ve Studied Terrorism for Over 40 Years. Let’s Talk About What Comes Next” by Professor Emerita Martha Crenshaw.

Thrive Global — “Being kind to yourself is one of the most important qualities you can develop for success.” Mentions Happier Inc. founder Nataly Kogan ’98.

All About Jazz — Guillermo E. Brown: Freedom Of Music, mentions Wesleyan University and Guillermo Brown ’98.

News 8 WTNH — Mass vaccinations kicking off in Middletown. Mentions Community Health Center opening up a vaccine clinic at Wesleyan University.

Knox.edu — Knox College welcomes its 20th President, C. Andrew McGadney ’92.

Stamford Advocate — Netflix Global CMO Bozoma Saint John ’99 is the headlining keynote speaker for Activate Live, an annual growth marketing conference, taking place virtually on April 7.

Business Insider via GlobeNewswire — Texas Capital Bank announced two additional executive leadership appointments. Mentions new Chief Risk Officer Tim Storms ’81, P’10.

The Hartford Courant — Kristina Wong: “Sweatshop Overlord” preview at the Center for the Arts.

The New York Amsterdam News — “I am 400” banners commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the first Africans arriving in America and the spirit of the Black American experience. Mentions Wesleyan University.

The Middletown Press — “If conditions are favorable, Middletown school board to reexamine sending older students back.” Quotes parent and Professor Sarah Wiliarty.

MSN — “Colleges that graduate the most celebrities.” Mentions (on slide 28 and 29) Michael Bay ’86, Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon ’15; and Amanda Palmer ’98.

Hartford Business Journal — 2021 Power 50. Mentions Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget director Melissa McCaw ’01.

EHS Daily Advisor — “Faces of EHS: Crystal Turner-Moffatt Leads from Center Stage as the Safety Diva.” Mentions Crystal Turner-Moffatt ’85.

The Hartford Courant — “As vaccination across Connecticut intensifies, health experts look to Black churches in a growing effort to control COVID-19.” Mentions retired Wesleyan custodian Ida Bruch.

Publishing Perspectives — PEN America Literary Awards have announced the 2021 Finalists. Mentions Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Rae Armantrout/Wesleyan University Press and Professor John Murillo.

San Francisco Classical Voice — How the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians Shaped Jazz in the Bay Area. Mentions Anthony Braxton.

New Haven Register — Rock On! Learn about the New Haven landscape. Mentions visiting scholar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan Peter LeTourneau.

Wesleyan in the News

Several Wesleyan faculty and alumni have been featured in national media outlets recently. They include:

NewsThe New York Times—Life on Venus? The Picture Gets Cloudier; quotes Martha Gilmore

The New York TimesRobert L. Herbert [’51], 91, Dies; Saw Impressionism With a Fresh Eye

Transport Topics News—Democrat Ron Bloom ’77, P’24 Named Postal Board Chair Amid Calls to Fire Louis DeJoy

Stamford Advocate—Democrats: Impeachment Trial an Obligation ‘Whatever the Verdict’; quotes Justin Peck

Hartford Courant—E.J. Dionne: Does Bipartisanship Matter More Than Helping Kids?; features Michael Bennet ’87

Wesleyan in the News

NewsSeveral Wesleyan faculty and alumni have been featured in national media outlets recently. They include:

The New York TimesChristina Crosby, 67, Dies; Feminist Scholar Wrote of Becoming Disabled

NBC News—Biden Picks Jessica Rosenworcel [’93] as Acting FCC Chief

NBC Think—Trump’s ‘1776 Commission’ Tried to Rewrite U.S. History. Biden Had Other Ideas.; by Robyn Autry

Inside Higher Ed—Everything Won’t Be Different; by Michael Roth ’78

NPR’s Short Wave—Let’s Go Back to Venus!; features Martha Gilmore

MyRecordJournal.com—WRESTLING: Paint It, Black! Wesleyan Coach Drew Black of Cheshire Tabbed for National Hall of Fame

The New York Times Magazine—Poem: Variation on a Theme by Elizabeth Bishop; poem by John Murillo (PDF attached)

Thrive Global—What We Learned From Teaching a “Living a Good Life” Course During the Pandemic; by Steven Horst, Stephen Angle, and Tushar Irani

The Washington Post—Germany Looks Ahead to Life Without Merkel. But the Leadership Race is Leaving Voters Cold.; quotes Sarah Wiliarty

Forbes—Meet Joe Biden’s Science Team; Narda Jones ’91 will serve as Biden’s Office of Science and Technology Policy legislative affairs director

EXBulletin—Starting From the First Take, She’s Leading New Developments for ESPN Podcasts in 2021; Kimberley Martin ’03

The Bitter SouthernerMarion Brown’s [MA ’76] Musical Portrait of Georgia

Patch—America’s Coach Declares Distance Running is About to Boom; features Jeff Galloway ’67

The Atlantic—What the Chaos in Hospitals is Doing to Doctors; features Joseph Fins ’82, MD

The Wall Street Journal—Covid is Reshaping Death. And Maybe Life.; by Katy Butler ’71

Washingtonian—Meet Our 2020 Washingtonians of the Year; includes Alan Miller ’76

The Middletown Press—Have You Heard ‘Little Dark Age’ on TikTok? Did You Know the Band Behind It Has Ties to Connecticut?; features MGMT (Ben Goldwasser ’05 and Andrew VanWyngarden ’05)

Gilmore Featured in Venus Documentary

Martha-Gilmore

Marty Gilmore, George I. Seney Professor of Geology and professor of earth and environmental sciences, is featured in a suite of films exploring the past and possible future of the planet Venus, often called Earth’s “sister” or “twin” planet.

Martha Gilmore, George I. Seney Professor of Geology and professor of earth and environmental sciences, is prominently featured in a recently released suite of five documentary films about the history, science, exploration, and possible settlement of the planet Venus.

In the films, Gilmore, who is co-coordinator of planetary science at Wesleyan, along with other experts in a range of fields, help to illuminate and elucidate the fascinating history and possible future of the second planet from the sun, commonly known as Earth’s “sister planet.” The suite of films was produced by filmmaker and space exploration advocate Dave Brody P ’24. The main feature, “Venus: Death of a Planet,” the special feature, “Cloud Cities of Venus,” and the three short films of the “Exploring Venus Series,” can be viewed online through early September, and on the MagellanTV (broadly available through various streaming platforms).

In February, two spacecraft mission concepts co-developed by Gilmore to study Venus received second-round backing from NASA’s Discovery Program. Both concepts, which were awarded $3 million each, would assess whether Venus was ever a habitable planet by examining its landscape, rocks, and atmosphere.

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NewsWesleyan in the News

1. The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Beware the Doyens of Disruption”

In this op-ed, President Michael Roth ’78 responds to predictions that COVID-19 is going to “change everything” in higher education with a reminder that “the desire of bright young people from all over the world for an on-campus education remains strong.” He writes, “It’s because the connectivity among people and practices that takes place in person intensifies the learning experience.”

2. HxA Podcast: “Michael Roth, Safe Enough Spaces”

President Michael Roth ’78 is interviewed on the Heterodox Academy’s podcast about his book, Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses. Heterodox Academy recently chose Safe Enough Spaces as the subject of its first ever book club. Roth was also recently interviewed on “The Way We Live Now,” a podcast from Dani Shapiro P ’22.

3. The Wall Street Journal: “Noted: Class of 2020”

The Wall Street Journal featured remarks by Caroline Bhupathi ’20 delivered at Wesleyan’s virtual commencement ceremony on May 24.

4. TLS: “Respect New Haven”

Assistant Professor of English Hirsh Sawhney reflects on the past, present, and politics of New Haven as he takes long, rambling walks through his city with his dog Pinky, a tiny chihuahua-dachshund mix.

5. PIX11: “College Students Create Program Connecting Young People with Senior Citizens in COVID-19 Isolation”

Marysol Castro ’96 features “Support a Pal,” a program created by Walker Brandt ’22 and Lars Delin ’22 to form connections between college students and elderly people in order to combat social isolation during the pandemic.

5. NJ.com: “‘A Smile Never Left His Face’: Steve Pikiell’s Forgotten Season Leading a Division-3 Underdog, 20 Years Before Rutgers”

Wesleyan alumni recall Steve Pikiell’s brief but memorable time as head coach of Wesleyan’s basketball team, long before he became head coach of Rutgers’ men’s basketball team. “I needed a guy like that in my life when he came along,” said Josh Schaer ’96, one of the senior captains on the team. “He had this infectious energy about basketball. He made me love the game again. He was just able to give us a boost. He lived up to expectations. He was a breath of fresh air. A smile never left his face. He loved where he was and he loved what he was doing.”

Wesleyan in the News

NewsWesleyan in the News

1. CNN: “How Coronavirus Has Reshaped Democratic Plans for 2020”

This article on how Democrats are politicizing the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis features research by the Wesleyan Media Project, which found that this past month has seen a huge drop in campaign advertising overall. “The messaging and the attacks that we’ve seen on [coronavirus] do feel louder … in part because there are fewer messages overall,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, associate professor of government, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. She notes that health care was emerging as a top issue in 2020 advertising for Democrats even before the pandemic began, so “it’s not surprising that Democrats appear poised to focus on the pandemic and the Trump administration’s response to it as part of their larger strategy to hit Trump and Republicans on health care.”