2015 Issue 3

CENTER FOR THE ARTS HONORED FOR VOICES

The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCCT) honored Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts (CFA) in November for “Muslim Women’s Voices,” a yearlong exploration of Muslim societies and cultures through the lens of performance. The 2014–15 academic program was part of the Creative Campus Initiative. Director of the CFA Pamela Tatge ’84, MALS ’10, P’16 accepted on…

WESLEYAN OFFERS COURSERA DATA SCIENCE CERTIFICATE

In September, Wesleyan launched a new specialization on Coursera in the rapidly growing field of data science, called Data Analysis and Interpretation. The four-MOOC (massive open online course) sequence, together with a final capstone project, will offer learners a verified certificate of completion that they may share with prospective or current employers. Learners who do…

OMURA, HONORARY PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY, WINS NOBEL IN MEDICINE

Satoshi Omura was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for developing a new drug that has nearly eradicated river blindness and dramatically reduced mortality from other devastating diseases. Omura made the discovery that led to this drug while a visiting professor at Wesleyan in the early 1970s. In 2005 Omura was appointed the first Max…

STEVE ROLSTON ’80 WANTS TO START A QUANTUM REVOLUTION

By Gabriel Popkin ’03 In 1965, the same year he won the Nobel Prize, theoretical physicist Richard Feynman told an audience at MIT, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” In other words, not even the world’s top physicists fully grasped the theory they had developed to describe reality at the…

BUILDING A PATH HOME AFTER PRISON

Eliza Hersh ’98 was 9 years old when her older brother was sentenced to a Nevada prison on a drug conviction and other offenses. His 14 years behind bars were a life-shaping event for Hersh in more ways than one: It helped shape her career arc. “He was someone who was convicted of felonies, but…

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

As we prepared to honor Middletown military veterans at Wesleyan University’s first home football game, I sought out one of our engaged and thoughtful student vets. Bryan Stascavage ’18 had published an opinion piece in The Argus, the school newspaper, raising critical questions about the Black Lives Matter movement. The reaction to his provocative piece…

ODDFELLOWS TURNS 40

Each year, on a Friday evening in early August, members of the Wesleyan and Middletown communities line Foss Hill or another Middletown slope with blankets and picnic baskets. They’ve come to watch young performers in the annual Middletown Children’s Circus, a summer program of Oddfellows Playhouse and the City of Middletown Commission on the Arts.…

ARGUS OPINION PIECE SPARKS CONTROVERSY

This fall, Wesleyan students found themselves embroiled in a debate that touched on issues of race, oppression, and freedom of speech, and which generated significant national attention. Fierce at times, the debate also has produced an ongoing exploration of social justice issues facilitated by Wesleyan’s Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development. On September 14,…

DWIGHT . GREENE SYMPOSIUM FEATURES HEADS OF PLAYERS ASSOCIATIONS

At this year’s Dwight L. Greene Symposium, Michele Roberts ’77, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)—the first woman to head a major professional sports union—and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), offered lively commentary on the challenges and rewards of their positions. The two joined moderator…

FOUNDERS CREW ’66: STILL A NEW ENGLAND MAINSTAY

Boston Globe correspondent Bob Ryan celebrated the friendship and dedication of a group of Wesleyan alumni from ’67 and ’68 in a popular Oct. 10 article, “These Wesleyan alumni still rowing after all these years.” Dubbed “The Founders Crew from 1966,” the Wesleyan athletes rowed this year in the Head of the Charles Alumni Eight…