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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…

Field Hockey Wins ECAC Again

For the second year in a row, Wesleyan field hockey won the Eastern College Athletic Conference, New England Division III tournament. Carlin Aloe ’01, named tournament MVP, scored the winning goal with 5:08 remaining in the second overtime to lift Wesleyan to a 2–1 victory over Clark. Wesleyan also tied its team record for wins…

Volleyball Claims ECAC Title

A best–ever 27–11 record and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North championship were two of the achievements of the women’s volleyball team during the 2000 season. It was the team’s second straight trip to the post–season playoffs and the fourth 20–win campaign in 17 varsity seasons.   Alexis Keeler ’02 and Eliza…

John Sease Dies at Age 80

John W. Sease, the E.B. Nye Professor of Chemistry emeritus, died Nov. 12 at his home in Portland, Conn., just days after celebrating his 80th birthday.   Former Wesleyan President Victor Butterfield appointed him to the chemistry faculty in 1946, where he remained full–time until 1988.   At a memorial gathering on campus Professor of…

Time Magazine: Willis, “A Spiritual Innovator”

Professor of Religion Jan Willis’s forthcoming memoir, Dreaming Me: An African American Woman’s Spiritual Journey, is creating a buzz even before it hits the bookstores this spring. In its Dec. 11 issue, Time magazine named her a “spiritual innovator” in a one–page feature and photo.   Time quoted Willis as saying, “I became able to…

Reed Creates Moynihan Portrait

When Congress passed a bill to rename the federal courthouse at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, the senator asked Wesleyan Professor of English and American Studies Joe Reed to create a bronze bas–relief portrait of him. Reed had done an earlier bronze medal of Moynihan for the Citizens’…