Tag Archive for The Hartford Courant

Gallim Dance Troupe to Perform at Wesleyan

The Hartford Courant published a feature story on the Gallim Dance Troupe, which will perform two dances at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts on Feb. 8 and 9. Gallim choreographer and founder Andrea Mitchell, a Bridgeport native who took master classes at Wesleyan, was called “a wild child of movement innovation” by Dance Magazine.

“It’s a meteoric success story,” CFA director Pamela Tatge says of Miller’s rise in contemporary dance. “Her movement vocabulary has so much to do with about now — its risk-taking, its fierceness, its athleticism. It’s so engaging and really just has the finger on the pulse of a certain contemporary energy that people seem to respond to.”

Wesleyan Class Grants $10,000 to Local Non-profits

The Hartford Courant featured a new class, Money and Social Change, offered at Wesleyan in the fall semester. Students were asked to explore the question, “How is money used to change the world?” The class undertook a rigorous survey of 400 non-profit organizations in the greater Middletown area, and through a multi-round elimination process, eventually chose four receive $10,000 in available funds. Funding was provided to the class by the Learning by Giving Foundation, established in 2011 to promote the study of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy by undergraduate students.

A story about the course also ran in The Middletown Press.


Following Blind Ideology Off the Fiscal Cliff

In the wake of the last-minute “fiscal cliff” deal reached by Congress at the start of the year, Professor of Economics Richard Grossman examines in an op-ed in The Hartford Courant  how we got into this mess. Though reasonable people may disagree over what top marginal tax rate is ideal for the economy, he writes, the stubborn resistance of Congressional Republicans to any tax increases is the product of ideology, not reason. Looking back over history, the “abdication of sound economic reasoning in favor of ideology” has resulted in numerous policy mistakes with long-lasting economic impacts.

Can Increased Class Time Close the Achievement Gap?

Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel Long responded with skepticism to a new pilot program in Connecticut and four other states that will increase the amount of time children spend in school. In an op-ed in The Hartford Courant, Long writes that past experiments with increased learning time have shown mixed results and are an expensive, unproven way to improve student learning and narrow the achievement gap. At a time when Connecticut school districts face increasingly tight budgets, the state should focus on reform efforts backed by research.

Long also participated in a discussion on the impact of increased class time on learning outcomes on WNPR’s “Where We Live.”

Linda McMahon’s Downfall? Voters’ Party Loyalty

Despite spending more than $40 million in her campaign against Chris Murphy, and painting herself as an independent and moderate, Republican Linda McMahon once again was defeated in her bid for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seat. In an op-ed in The Hartford CourantAssistant Professor of Government Logan Dancey writes that McMahon’s loss is reflective of a larger, nationwide decline in split-ticket voting. That is, voters now are much more loyal to one party, and less likely to choose candidates for President and Congress that belong to different political parties.

Local Donors Step Up to Save College Prep Program

The Hartford Courant has published a feature story about Wesleyan’s Student College Success Program, which helps prepare students who are the first generation in their families to apply to college. The program, formerly known as Upward Bound, lost its federal funding this year for the first time in 45 years, but AT&T and other local businesses and organizations have donated money to run a program offering many of the same services.

The announcement was also covered in The Middletown Press and Middletown Patch.

Grabel Reports on State of Stem Cell Research

According to an article in The Hartford CourantLaura Grabel, Professor of Biology, Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society, spoke this week at an informational hearing of the Connecticut state legislature’s appropriations committee, held to discuss stem cell and genomics research in the state. Grabel reported that the state’s financial support of stem cell research has fostered a sense of collaboration among universities researchers. She also discussed her lab’s ongoing research into using stem cell therapies to treat epilepsy.

Sheehan-Connor on Medicare Sustainability

In an op-ed published in The Hartford Courant, Assistant Professor of Economics Damien Sheehan-Connor writes that the debate going on between the political right and left over how to best ensure the sustainability of Medicare misses “the basic driver of growth in health care costs–the development of new therapies.”

Caldwell: Akin’s Uses Science of Ancient Romans

In an OpEd for The Hartford Courant, Lauren Caldwell, assistant professor of classical studies, says that U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s reference to women being able to consciously prevent conception during rape is relying on “facts” presented by the ancient Roman physician Soranus of Ephesus in the Second Century, A.D. Caldwell also says, “The next time I teach my course, I will be able to bring in the example of Rep. Akin to illustrate the ways in which “medical understanding” continues to be used with the aim of social control,” which was also an objective of Roman rulers in the second century.

Helping to Heal with Songbirds

In a recent interview on WNPR public radio and a feature story in The Hartford Courant, John Kirn, professor of biology, professor & chair of neuroscience & behavior, discussed his research into the neuroscience behind song learning and production in zebra finches. His latest study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, revealed surprising evidence that neurogenesis–or the formation of new neurons in the brain–may help zebra finches to retain existing knowledge as well as learn new information.

Craighead Proposes Policy to Ease Fiscal Cliff Impact

In an op-ed published in The Hartford Courant, Assistant Professor of Economics Bill Craighead proposes a policy solution to avoid economic disaster as the U.S. confronts the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the beginning of 2013. He advises “delaying the tax increases scheduled at the beginning of next year until the unemployment rate falls to a more acceptable level,” and then gradually phasing them in.