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GRATITUDE FOR THE LATE PROFESSOR FIRSHEIN

I was very sad to hear the obituary news about my mentor, adviser, and friend, Professor Bill Firshein. I worked in Bill’s lab for two years and did my senior thesis with him, and I was one of the first students to graduate with Honors from the newly formed MB&B Department, which Bill founded in 1986.…

KUDOS TO DR. MICHAEL GREENBERG ’76

Flipping through Issue 3, 2015, I came across the Newsmaker profile of Michael Greenberg ’76, PhD, in the Class Notes. The writeup was appropriately congratulatory, but he deserves so, so much more. Among other disorders, Dr. Greenberg’s lab is currently working on Rett Syndrome, a single gene disorder affecting girls almost exclusively. Silently lurking, Rett…

COMMENT ON PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION

For a retired physician now in my second career as an instructor in biology at the undergraduate level this article was of great practical interest. I often tell my students that a good indicator of how well they understand a concept is their ability to explain it to another student. I wish we had the…

ARGUS CONTROVERSY

Black Lives Matter. It was interesting to note the differing reactions of Wesleyan students to an Argus article using those words (Wesleyan, 2015, issue 3, page 13). It is not my intention to come down on either side of the controversy. What interests me most is the way in which those opposed to the op-ed…

PHILIP TRAGER ’56: PHOTOGRAPHING INA

Philip Trager’s exhibition Photographing Ina, which opened at the Davison Art Center (DAC) on March 25, coincides with two other events: his 60th Reunion at Wesleyan and the publication of two new books, Philip Trager: Photographing Ina and New York in the 1970s (Steidl, May 2016). The former includes a thoughtful essay by longtime friend…

WORLD-CLASS BOULDERING

Tyler Landman ’13, who just earned a spot on the U.S. National Bouldering Team, explains that his sport is different from the sort of climbing that involves ropes. “Bouldering comes down to short bursts of really difficult movement more than endurance. With bouldering you’re able to hone in on the most difficult and complex movements.”…

LETTER HOME: THE SUDANESE OF AMMAN

My biggest culture shock when returning back to America from Amman, Jordan, was seeing pictures of Za’atari Camp in Jordan all over the American media. Countless people asked me about Jordan’s Syrian refugee camps and were surprised when I told them about the crisis facing another group of refugees in Jordan: the Sudanese. Jordan is…

NEELY BRUCE’S DRAMATIC ORATORIO PREMIERES

“Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides,” a new dramatic oratorio composed by Neely Bruce, the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, had its world premiere Jan. 23 at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. The piece tells the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a diplomat and little-known Portuguese hero to many thousands of…