Lauren Rubenstein

Associate Manager of Media & Public Relations at Wesleyan University

VAN VLECK REFRACTOR: TELESCOPE RESTORATION PROJECT BEGINS

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This June, work began to give the nearly century-old 20-inch Van Vleck Refractor, which lives on Foss Hill in its iconic dome, a complete facelift to return it to full working order. The rare historic telescope will be dismantled, cleaned, repaired, reassembled, and modernized over a period of about 15 months in preparation for the…

PUTTING SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY INTO ACTION

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Teaching his popular Wesleyan course to a global audience, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous explored new ways to “crowd source the betterment of society.”   One day last summer, Professor of Psychology Scott Plous sat down with a small group of students to discuss the Stanford Prison Experiment, a classic 1971 study regularly covered in…

A SITE FOR HAPPINESS NATALY KOGAN ’98

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In Nataly Kogan’s native Russia, there’s a saying: “To write is like to pee. You should only do it if you can’t hold it anymore.” She gives the same advice to young people who ask her about starting a business. Kogan ’98 speaks from experience. She says that, outside of immigrating to the U.S. and…

Conversations: Music and Public Life

Spanning the 2012–2013 academic year, Music & Public Life is a series of events, lectures, exhibitions, and courses celebrating Wesleyan’s rich musical cul- ture and examining the role music plays in public life around the world in the present day. Mark Slobin, the Winslow- Kaplan Professor of Music, is organizing the program in collaboration with…

Digging for Local History

The Middletown Materials class is searching for artifacts of everyday life where African Americans first gained a toehold as property owners before the Civil War.ON A SUNNY SATURDAY AFTERNOON in April, about a dozen Wesleyan students and volunteers from the surrounding community kneel in the dirt behind the small, unassuming homes dotting Vine Street. Now housing…

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Wesleyan Psychologist Steven Stemler argues that a narrow focus on math and reading skills in pre-college education is shortsighted.By Lauren RubensteinPhotography by John Van Vlack SINCE THE ENACTMENT of the landmark No Child Left Behind Act a decade ago, “accountability” has been the buzzword in our nation’s education policy. Schools are held accountable for student learning,…