Wesleyan in the news, May 2022


Intellectually dynamic Wesleyan faculty, students, alumni, staff and parents frequently serve as expert sources for the national media. Others are known for their recent achievements and accolades.

According to the Webby Awards, The MLK Bands, a podcast written and hosted by William Klabber ’67, is the recipient of a 2022 Webby Award for Best Limited Series. For the past two years, Klabber has worked with TenderfootTV and iHeart Media on the podcast, which delves deep into the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (May 1)

In The hill, Gary Yohe, professor emeritus of economics and environmental studies at the Huffington Foundation, suggests government agencies work to maintain favorable conditions for international climate research efforts while protecting U.S. interests. “The action of individual researchers is also important,” say Yohe and his colleagues. “Those of us who have been involved in the climate issue should also try to preserve our own personal relationships and lines of international science communication.” (May 7)

Tracy Heather Strainassociate director of the College of Film and the Moving Image, talks about the future of Wesleyan cinema in Documentary magazine. “She plans to hold a biennial documentary conference at the Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies. She hopes to establish a more formal connection between alumni and current students to provide internship and career opportunities. Alumni have previously supported funds to help first-generation students and students of color on their senior thesis films and to facilitate access to professional opportunities. (May 2nd)

Roger Chriss ’87 is recalled in Pain Information Network to be a true helper and advocate for people living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and other rare diseases. (May 8)

the Johns Hopkins Center reports that the neuroscientist Alex Kolodkin ’80 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Kolodkin is the Charles J. Homcy and Simeon G. Margolis Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his research focuses on how neural connectivity is established during embryonic and postnatal development. (May 6)

According to Island Park Herald, Michel Pernick ’10 is running for a seat in the New York State Senate in November. Pernick was chosen by Democrats to run for the 9th District seat, which covers much of the southwest corner of Nassau County. “After spending my career traveling the country making sure people are heard, I realized what I really wanted to do was use my voice for my community,” Pernick said. “I’ve been a lawyer all my life.” (May 5)

The Brattleboro Reformer mentions that the work of David Stearns ’57 will be on display at the Artistree Community Arts Center until May 21. Stearns’ exhibition features his intricate knotted tapestries, whimsical vessels and engravings of his beautiful gardens. (May 4)

Jon Hanish ’84 talk to The Jewish newspaper on the transition from a filmmaker to a rabbi. In film school, Hanish would stay connected to his Judaism by throwing Passover seders. “I maintained my involvement,” he said. “Whenever my friends wanted to cast a rabbi in their movies, they would cast me, because I was the person who knew Judaism best.” (May 5)

Hebden Bridge News reports that the comedian Calvin Caton ’06 recently performed at Craft New Underground in Auburn, NY “Cato got his start in comedy with Wesleyan University’s stand-up comedy troupe Punchline, then moved his unique brand of humor to New York City in 2006.” (May 4)

In The south coast today, Taylor DeLoach ’13, who was chosen to be the next Executive Director of Alma Del Mar Charter Schools, shares her journey in education. “I’ve had the privilege of working with hundreds of scholars, families and educators…and I’m fortunate to be able to channel the love I have for our community into the work I do. every day.” (9 May)


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