Letters

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

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You published an interview with David Potts ’60 about his most recent book on the history of the college (Wesleyan, 2015, #1). Although the book covers the 1960s, I find only a vague reference to the university’s participation in the Civil Rights movement. I write to laud a recent article in Wesleyan (2014, #3, “Freedom…

PATRIOTS AND DRAFT PICKS

The first 2015 issue of Wesleyan just reached these shores, and much as I concur with Rob Abel ’65 and his praise of Bill Belichick ’75, I feel obliged to point out that the Pats team that won the Super Bowl had five of their own first-round draft picks among their 22 starters, not just…

REMEMBERING GEORGE CREEGER

I was saddened to read in Wesleyan magazine (Issue 1, 2015) of the death of Professor Creeger. He was my freshman English professor during the school year 1955–1956. While saddened, I was also reminded again of what a wonderful person and teacher he was! He helped me immensely! When I got my grade from him on…

USAID AND ROCK & ROLL

I’ve just read the good article in the Wesleyan mag on USAID and the Wes guys who help make its reach truly global. I share the class of ’68 with Chris Holmes, and since we both were flying into Middletown (well, as close as we could get) from the West Coast, we shared layovers in…

FOSS HILL MEMORIES

Claude Smith’s (’66) note in Letters [Issue 3, 2014] brought back a flood of memories from the mundane to the sublime from my years at Wesleyan (’61–’65): I started the snowball on Foss Hill that eventually found its way to the intersection of High and College streets between Fisk Hall and Psi U. There must…