Cynthia Rockwell

THE PODCAST PERSON

Mia Lobel ’97 has audio stories she wants to tell—and she had been waiting for technology to catch up. (Photo by Tatiana Flowers) Mia Lobel ’97 marks 2014 as the year the general public began to share her excitement for podcasts. An anthropology major at Wesleyan, Lobel earned her graduate degree in journalism, specializing in…

THE HARD TRUTHS OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

  Thirty years ago, Jenifer McKim ’88, walked into a news room in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and “fell in love,” she recalls. “I loved the idea of interviewing people, asking questions, and learning every day—and making a difference. One of the first stories I wrote was about a homeless family. The next day the…

READY FOR THE NEXT PANDEMIC? Q&A WITH BEN OPPENHEIM ’02

Ben Oppenheim ’02, a senior scientist with Metabiota, a start-up focusing on epidemiological modeling and epidemic risk preparedness, was recently invited to participate in a workshop at the National Academy of Medicine devoted to pandemic preparedness. “The goal of this group was to provide a set of arguments for investing in pandemic preparedness, especially in…

TOWARD A GENTLER DEATH: A Q&A WITH KATY BUTLER ’71

In Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, a New York Times Notable Book of 2013, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ’71 recounted shepherding her parents, Professor Emeritus of History Jeffrey Butler and artist Valerie Butler, through their final illnesses. When Butler’s father suffered a stroke and later was given a…

HEALTHCARE AND RACISM: A TOXIC MIX

 Recasting Metabolic Syndrome Associate Professor of Science in Society Anthony Hatch, who has been living with type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years, is in a unique position to write about metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that include elevated blood sugar. Usually prevalent in developed nations—the CDC puts the U.S. rate at nearly…

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: WHEN FAT SHAMING PRECLUDES MEDICAL CARE

Laura Fraser ’82 writes about the bias against patients with obesity that she says is prevalent in the medical establishment—and might have prevented her sister from receiving lifesaving treatment in time for it to be effective. “My sister’s cancer might have been diagnosed sooner—if doctors could have seen beyond her weight,” wrote Laura Fraser ’82…

AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS THEATER: FIST AND HEEL

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group presented the Connecticut premiere of Citizen in the Center for the Arts Theater on Feb. 9, 2018. Citizen—here photographed during the dress rehearsal—questions what it means to belong and what it means to not want to belong. The work was inspired by the histories of iconic African Americans who…

THE CYBORG LIFE: HEALTHCARE AND RACISM

The Cyborg Team.’ That’s what Sonya Sternlieb ’18 and I call our work with Professor Hatch,” says Julia Gordon ’18 (above left), a Science in Society Program and biology double major. Mentored by Hatch, Gordon is writing an honors thesis and, with Sternlieb (right), an American studies and biology major, has collaborated on two papers…

GAME ON: NO HITTER!

The Cardinals defeated Middlebury 1-0 on April 7, 2018. Junior Mike McCaffrey ’19 (below) didn’t allow a hit in six scoreless innings on the mound, while striking out 10 batters—and Pat Clare ’19 closed out the seventh to seal Wesleyan’s first no-hitter in 37 years. (Photo by Lianne Yun ’18)