David Pesci

Landsat View

Some old aerial photos, a handmade map, a bright idea?that and a lot of hard work may provide a whole new way to evaluate and influence the rapid growth of Connecticut’s Middlesex County.   The project began when Phillip Resor, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, brought a guest lecturer in the spring of…

Star Treatment

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ASTRONOMY EDWARD MORAN was toying with the idea of taking a webcam with him to the Kitt Peak National Observatory so sophomores in his Introduction to Astronomical Techniques class could get a closeup look at hands-on research. But then he had a better idea: leave the camera home and take the sophomores. “There…

Rocking Out to the Beat of Hope

In November the popular online iTunes Music Store offered a benefit album of original songs performed by internationally known artists. The album quickly became a best seller, generating $100,000 in less than a month. All the proceeds are going to relief efforts aimed at war-ravaged refugees. It’s an impressive, admirable venture. Even more impressive is…

The Fault of Prophecy

A chance encounter near a storied temple puts a team of scientists on the trail of one of the ancient world’s greatest mysteries. THE SOLUTION TO PERHAPS THE GREATEST MYSTERY of ancient Greece depended on a chance meeting near the remains of a Roman villa in Portugal in 1995. True, things got clearer as an unsuspecting…

Uproar Over Act of Conscience

EVEN AFTER ALL THE REHEARSAL AND PREPARATION, Ari Silver-Isenstadt ’90 still didn’t know what he would actually do that morning in the operating room when he faced the ethical dilemma he’d been dreading. Certainly, he never imagined that a brief confrontation with a surgeon would derail his medical education and set him on a course…

A Supercomputing Wulf in PC Clothing

It has become a ritual at businesses and colleges across the world: get rid of computers that have become obsolete in just two or three years—and replace them with new machines.   But would the purging be done so often if the system administrators knew that these so-called obsolete machines could easily be linked together…

Star Power

When Roger Cohen ’03 first looked at the images, he thought there must be some mistake. The dates had to be wrong, or perhaps the images had been mislabeled. But after rechecking the data, the realization of what he was looking at began to take hold. He had located a young sunlike star that had…

Cool Scoop on a Hot Student Enterpreneuer

When considering a new business opportunity, most entrepreneurs think about location, client base, access to supplies, demographics, and marketing. But Adam Lachman ’03 was thinking only about the taste of ice cream.   “We were on the way home from Maine, where we have a vacation home, and we always stop halfway at Annabelle’s, a…

Out Of This World

MARTHA GILMORE IS GOING TO MARS. Again. In fact, this time she’s not only responsible for helping pick a landing site, she’ll be doing some of the driving on the red planet, too. Gilmore, an assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences who frequently visits colleagues at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), has been making…

Straight Talk About Vodou

It’s difficult to decide which is more intriguing: that Assistant Professor of Religion Elizabeth McAlister keeps a couple of zombies in her office, or the idea that she might not have the zombies (or the office at Wesleyan, for that matter) if it weren’t for Phil Donahue. Both facts can be easily explained, but perhaps…