Profiles

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: WHEN FAT SHAMING PRECLUDES MEDICAL CARE

Laura Fraser ’82 writes about the bias against patients with obesity that she says is prevalent in the medical establishment—and might have prevented her sister from receiving lifesaving treatment in time for it to be effective. “My sister’s cancer might have been diagnosed sooner—if doctors could have seen beyond her weight,” wrote Laura Fraser ’82…

SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: SUPERHEROES ON THE AUCTION BLOCK

Last March, Jon Berk ’72 began selling off his collection of comic books and comic art. It was no ordinary collection: The Jon Berk Art and Comic Collection, as it was known, consisted of more than 18,000 items that spanned the history of comics in America. And it was no ordinary sale—ComicConnect was handling the…

STARBUCKS SELECTS SINGLE BY RHODES ’90

Next time you’re seeking a caffeine fix in Starbucks, keep your ears open for a song by J.R. Rhodes ’90. Hers is a haunting alto voice—with a throatiness and rich, emotional depth reminiscent of Joan Armatrading—and the song, in a minor key, “Your Pillow,” was the first single released from her latest album, I Am.…

JAZZ MUSICIAN SOREY MA’11 WINS MACARTHUR FELLOWSHIP

Tyshawn Sorey MA ’11, who joined Wesleyan’s faculty this fall as assistant professor of music, has been awarded a fellowship—better known as a “genius” grant—from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The announcement was made Oct. 11. The fellowship is a “$625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment…

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…