Celebration of Science Theses TODAY–12:45 – 2 p.m. Exley Lobby



If you are majoring in science, thinking about majoring in science, or just plain interested in science, the Celebration of Science Theses is the perfect place for you to learn some more, you guessed it, science! Come listen to Wesleyan students explain their thesis research. Chances are, you’ll learn something new, and then you’ll get to tell your friends about it.

On Friday, April 19, the Eighth Annual Celebration of Science Theses
will feature seniors, BM/MA, and MA students from the Natural Science
and Mathematics division, presenting posters on their thesis research
to the Wesleyan community.

Refreshments will be provided!

Please join Wesleyan students and faculty members in celebrating the
achievements of our NSM thesis students.

Photographs from last year’s NSM Poster Session can be found here.

Place: Exley Science Center Lobby
Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 12:45 – 2 p.m.
Cost: None

GLSP Info Meeting about Masters in Liberal Arts — 4/3, 6 p.m.

Graduate Liberal Studies Info Session

Wednesday April 3, 2013 at 6:00PM

74 Wyllys Avenue

Current Wesleyan seniors are invited to learn more about the opportunity of choosing Wesleyan for continued study. The program features small classes with Wesleyan faculty, flexible evening and immersion course schedules that allow students to also begin a career, and rolling admission. Staff will be on hand to talk about the program’s curriculum and requirements, financial aid and application process. Students interested in attending should RSVP to masters@wesleyan.edu – space is limited. Undergraduates who cannot attend the Open House are always welcome to make an appointment and stop by our office at 74 Wyllys Avenue to get more information.



Celebrating Seniors: Research Excellence at Wes and Abroad — Fri., 10/19, 3:30 p.m.

Join us for the WESeminar:

Celebrating Seniors: Research Excellence at Wesleyan and Abroad

Friday, October 19 —  3:30 p.m., PAC004

Four members of the Class of 2013 share their spring and summer research that ranges from Martian meteorites to stem cells and from the streets of Buenos Aires and NYC to BMW factories in China. 

Presenters: Katya Botwinick ’13 (The Street Art Movement in Buenos Aires and NYC); James Dottin ’13 (Water on Mars?  Analyzing Martian Meteorites); Ethan Grund ’13 (Stem Cells and Epilepsy); and Bingxin Wu ‘13 (The Effects of Foreign Direct Investment in China:  When BMW Comes to Town).

Moderator: Louise S. Brown, Dean for the Class of 2013

Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry Retreat — 9/27

We invite you to the 13th Annual Molecular Biophysics and Biological Chemistry Retreat on Thursday, September 27 at the Wadsworth Mansion.  The retreat will feature seminars from four faculty, Wesleyan’s David Beveridge, Amy MacQueen, Michael Weir, and Wesleyan alumna Kylie Walters (University of Minnesota; http://www.cbs.umn.edu/bmbb/contacts/kylie-j-walters).

 In addition, graduate and undergraduate students from the Molecular Biophysics program will present research posters.

 The keynote speaker for the retreat is Professor Bertrand García-Moreno from Johns Hopkins University; http://biophysics.jhu.edu/bgme/index.html.  Professor García-Moreno’s research is aimed at understanding electrostatics in protein systems and how these forces influence protein folding, structure and function.

 Molecular Biophysics is an interdisciplinary program that has been supported by an NIH training grant for over 25 years.  The retreat is made possible by support from the training grant and the Chemistry and MB&B departments.



Seventh Annual Science Theses Celebration 4/19

Seventh Annual Science Theses Celebration 4/19

 On Thursday, April 19, the Seventh Annual Science Theses Celebration will feature seniors and BA/MA students from the Natural Science & Mathematics departments presenting posters on their research to the Wesleyan community. Refreshments will be provided!

 Where: Exley Science Center lobby

When: Thursday, April 19, from 1:30-3:00pm

 Please join Wesleyan students and faculty members in celebrating the achievements of our NSM thesis students!



Shasha Seminar: The Political Economy of Oil — 4/19 and 4/20


You are cordially invited to the 10th Annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns

The Political Economy of Oil with keynote address

“Protecting Our Environment in Turbulent Times”


Daniel C. Esty

Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection

Thursday, April 19, 2012

8:00 p.m.

Memorial Chapel


Steve LeVine

Author, The Oil and the Glory

Friday, April 20, 2012

1 p.m.

Beckham Hall


Endowed by James Shasha ’50 P’82, the Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns supports lifelong learning and encourages participants to expand their knowledge and perspectives on significant issues.

Check the following link for additional information, http://wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/shasha

German Film Festival — 4/13 & 14

You are invited to attend the  

GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL – (Re)imagining Post-Industrial Urbanity: Films of the Ruhr Area, Germany

in Downey House 113 on April 13 and 14, 2012

 We will be showing three films from this large post-industrial area in western Germany. The first film, Bang Boom Bang by Peter Thorwart, will be shown on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The other two-Losers and Winners, a documentary by Ulrike Franke and Michael Loeken, and Solinoby Fatih Akin-will be screened on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., followed by a discussion. The introductory session by Sina Nitzsche, Visiting Assistant Professor of German at Oglethorpe University, and Kate Thorpe, Teagle Writing Fellow at Wesleyan will place these films in the context of the transformation through art and image-making that the region is experiencing.

The event is sponsored by the German House, German Studies Department, Writing at Wesleyan, and the Goethe Institute Boston.

CHUM Student Fellow — Fall 2012 or Spring 2013; App deadline 4/6/12

Student Fellowship Center for the Humanities

 Calling Class of 2013

 Application Deadline:  April 6, 2012

 Please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/chum and follow the Student Fellowship link for  the application.

 All members of the junior class are invited to apply for a semester-long Student Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities during the 2012-13 academic year. Wesleyan’s is among the first such university humanities centers established and serves to bring together Wesleyan faculty, students and visiting scholars for extended exploration of selected subjects. Our 2012-13 themes are “Temporality: Stasis, Repetition, Transformation” (Fall semester) and “Emplacing the Local” (Spring semester).  Descriptions of these themes are available at the website above.

Four Student Fellowships are awarded by the Center’s Advisory Board for each semester.  Student Fellows share an office at the Center and take part in Center activities. Among these events are the Center’s Monday lecture series; colloquial discussions on Tuesdays, 10:30-1:00; and occasional Center conferences. One course credit is awarded for a Student Fellow’s participation in the Center’s activities.

 Applicants for a Student Fellowship must be planning to do a senior project (an honors thesis) on a topic related to a Center theme for the year.  The project need not be underway at the time of the application.  The themes, “Temporality: Stasis: Repetition, Transformation” and “Emplacing the Local” are broadly construed and connect with projects and problems across the disciplines. Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during fall semester are Professors Cohen (English), Huge (Art and Environmental Studies), Rouse (Science in Society, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies), Tang (English and American Studies), and Weiss (Anthropology and American Studies). Faculty Fellows who will work at the Center during the spring semester are Professors Ahmad (Religion and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Croucher (Anthropology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Garrett (English), Goldberg (Sociology), and Karamcheti (English and American Studies). There will also be several Visiting Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows.

 Applications for student fellowships are due at the Center by Friday, April 6.  We will let you know of the Center Advisory Board’s decision by April 18.  If you have any questions, please call the Center at extension 3044.


“Digging Together: Community Archaeology” — The Berman Triangle Sat., Feb. 25

Students are invited to a symposium called ‘Digging Together. Community Archaeology: Practice and Potential.’ It will be held  Saturday February 25 from 1pm to 4pm at the former Cross Street AME Zion Church (160 Cross St, just down from Neon Deli, opposite the Freeman Athletic Center). The forum will be This is being held in advance of beginning excavations on the ‘Beman Triangle’ (between Vine, Cross, and Knowles) in partnership with the Cross Street AME Zion Church this April. The project is being run as a service learning class where Wesleyan students are putting into practice the principles of shared partnerships through community archaeology as they learn about the history of the Beman Triangle and the methods of archaeology. This site is of national importance, as it was a planned mid-nineteenth century settlement of property owning African Americans. Here members of the AME Zion Church community (Middletown’s was the third such Church to form) managed to live successful lives in the face of racist oppression at a national and local level. The excavations will explore the material remains of the daily lives of these households.

 At the symposium, the  three speakers will be discussing projects which work in collaboration between communities and archaeologists to engage in archaeological projects which produce exciting research outcomes, but in partnership with communities and which also engage with their own interests in specific sites.

 Further details about the symposium are online, along with more details of the Beman Triangle archaeology Project: http://middletownmaterials.research.wesleyan.edu/beman-triangle/