David Pesci

Celluloid’s Successor

AS AN ARTIST WORKING ON THE EXPERIMENTAL EDGE OF HIS MEDIUM, Paul Kaiser ’78 challenges people. His medium—computer-generated “virtual film”—is hot in cinema (think Toy Story or Spider-Man), but his work is as far from the box office as his New York apartment is from Hollywood. Based in the study of movement, his digital creations are…

The Elusive Frontline

STEPHEN YOUNG ’73 IS A CAREER DIPLOMAT IN THE STATE DEPARTMENT who was looking for a one-year bridge assignment until a posting he desired opened up in 2002. A colleague persuaded him to serve as director for three countries in the South Asia Affairs section: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. He started this assignment in late August.…

Games Mathematicians Play

Though Carol Wood knew she kicked butt at “Bust a Move Millennium,” she never thought she’d catch the attention of the national media. But there she was in a story in the Dec. 22, New York Times.   “It was during the holidays and I told them I was on the road,” Wood, a professor…

Hot Site, Cool Science

It’s become a familiar story: An earnest individual sees a way to create a new Web site that fills a perceived void. Countless hours of work lead to a launch, then the site steadily attracts a large and devoted following. One day a big–name backer appears, generous check in hand.   The birth of the…

Scenes from a Spiritual Journey

The shimmering light dances and glows in her eyes. Jan Willis is an earnest teenage girl from a small dirt road mining town who has just been awarded a full scholarship to an Ivy League university. It’s an incredible opportunity, a bright shining beacon filled with promise and dream-like possibilities. It’s a triumphant moment—an undeniable…

Elvis Rings from South College

It’s a late New England autumn noon along the Connecticut River, and from the steeple of an old brownstone building on a grassy hillside the bells begin to chime out the lilting, distinctive notes of…an Elvis Presley song!?   “‘Can’t Help Falling in Love,’” says Holly Schroll of Massapequa, N.Y., the student who plays the…