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Games Mathematicians Play

Though Carol Wood knew she kicked butt at “Bust a Move Millennium,” she never thought she’d catch the attention of the national media. But there she was in a story in the Dec. 22, New York Times.   “It was during the holidays and I told them I was on the road,” Wood, a professor…

Trustees Elected

Three alumni–elected trustees will join the Board of Trustees July 1: Thomas Broker ’66, Megan Norris ’83, and Isaac Shongwe ’87.   Broker is professor of biochemistry and co–leader of the Virology Program in the Cancer and AIDS Research Centers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He and his wife, Louise Chow, have numerous scientific…

Hot Site, Cool Science

It’s become a familiar story: An earnest individual sees a way to create a new Web site that fills a perceived void. Countless hours of work lead to a launch, then the site steadily attracts a large and devoted following. One day a big–name backer appears, generous check in hand.   The birth of the…

AUTHOR ESSAY: Hooked on the Big Tobacco Trials

Dan Zegart ’77 traces his journey from smoker to author of Civil Warriors (Delacorte Press), the story of the people who fought to hold the cigarette industry accountable. I was a fledgling newspaper reporter in June 1988 when I read that a jury in New Jersey had ordered a tobacco company to pay a lung cancer victim’s…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. WENDY LUSTBADER ’76 What’s Worth Knowing (Tarcher/Putnam, 2001) As a young social work student, Wendy Lustbader was given a challenging assignment: to record the life stories of residents of a nursing home so the staff could learn more about each person living there.…

RESEARCH FOR NASA: Blast Off!

Five students will blast off into simulated space in March when Wesleyan’s Zero Gravity Research Team performs a series of tests in a completely gravity– free environment using a mockup of the fire extinguishers NASA has stocked in the International Space Station. The team—composed of Jeff Berko ’03, Catharine Wu ’03, Laura Raducha–Grace ’03, Lex…

AUTHOR ESSAY: What Women Really Think About Abortion

The Abortion Myth was first published in Australia (Allen & Unwin, 1998) where I’ve been living for the last eleven years. However, the kernel of the book was formed in the country of my birth, the United States. Aged fourteen, I remember accompanying my mother to the office of a local senate candidate to stuff envelopes…

JUST PUBLISHED

Our roundup of noteworthy publications by Wesleyan alumni, faculty members, and parents. DANA SACHS ’84 The House on Dream Street (Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, 2000) Journalist and teacher Dana Sachs first visited Vietnam in 1989 when tourist visas were again offered to Americans. Her initial glimpse of the country was so positive that in the…

Everything Old Is New Again

Frequently overheard: “Where has the time gone?” The once gawky frosh of a generation ago who remember showing their folks around campus on a bright fall Homecoming weekend—“as if it were yesterday”—are now the parents. This weekend, they content themselves with being toured around campus—College Row, WestCo, ’92 Theater—as though they were the strangers to…

HISTORICAL ROW: “THE GOOD OF THE WORLD”

Wesleyan students’ deep involvement in the service of the Middletown community dates back to the earliest years of the university. The seeds of student service are rooted in Willbur Fisk’s Sept. 21, 1831, inaugural address, “The Science of Education.” Fisk, a noted educational reformer and prominent Methodist, outlined his plan for a new kind of…