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Wesleyan Astronomers Find Possible New Cradle for Planets

In the era of the Hubble Space Telescope, one of the most significant of recent discoveries in astronomy originated with Wesleyan undergraduates working with the small, 24-inch telescope in the Van Vleck Observatory.   At a June 19 press conference in Washington, D.C., Professor of Astronomy William Herbst announced that an international team led by…

Writer’s Life Recalled, Horgan House Is Dedicated

 The Russell family’s former carriage house behind their High Street mansion became a cultural center for Wesleyan in 1962, when Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Horgan, who joined the faculty as director of the former Center for Advanced Studies, made it his home.   Professor of English and American Studies Joseph Reed recalls the evenings at…

Experiments in Economics

The scene may not be as frenzied as the pit of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, but students in a class taught by Assistant Professor of Economics Tanya Rosenblat are actively trading—in pens.   Rosenblat is handing out free pens to half the members of her class on Experimental Economics and Strategic Planning. “Write down the…

Wesleyan Parent Is Charter Member, Alumni-Elected Trustees Join Board

The annual alumni election of trustees produced three new board members: Mike McKenna ’73, David Hill ’86, and Oyeshola Olatoye ’96.   McKenna is president and chief executive officer of Marsteller Advertising, a unit of Burson-Marsteller, an international communications firm. He specializes in corporate image work and has carried out award-winning projects for pro bono…

Image Maker

Since his childhood, Professor of Art J. Seeley has had one continuing quest: to find new and creative ways to print realistic images in ink on paper. “My mother recalled that I was working with potato prints and rubber stamps long before I started school,” he says. “She remembered that I pushed anything I could…

Fire Fights

THE HELICOPTER CIRCLES THE FIRE in the Sky Lakes Wilderness area of Oregon. The “spotter” on board identifies a break in the trees where firefighters can rappel down. With the side doors open, the roar of the helicopter rotors and the howling wind makes conversation impossible. The crew uses hand signals to alert Sarah Berns ’98 and her…

The Art and Craft of Location

OCCASIONALLY A NIGHT’S WORTH OF RAIN will come through Los Angeles and clear away the smog. It’s then possible to see Downtown from Hollywood, the mountains from Downtown. Homes in the hills are visible for the first time in months and the landscape appears in bas-relief in the rearview mirror. This is the perfect day to explore…

A Reptile Rendition

“May we borrow your triceratops?” When Yale’s Peabody Museum mounted a dinosaur exhibit for school children during winter vacation, an official called Erik Dawe ’02 with that question.   The math and physics major from Newtown, Conn., had been building a life-sized model of the dinosaur skeleton for nearly two years in his free time.…