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The student organization WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) has replaced a trampled path near Summerfields with stairs and planted terraces that follow the principles of permaculture. 

WILD Wes is dedicated to incorporating aspects of sustainable landscaping for the campus.

The group hopes that its efforts in building permaculture sites will help create productive, unifying spaces in previously overlooked areas of campus.

Read more here

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There’s a special lawn growing on Lawn Avenue that hasn’t been mowed yet this summer. That’s because it requires 75 to 80 percent less mowing that conventional lawns. At the Sustainable Lawn Test Plot, located behind Exley Science Center, the area is planted with a fine fescue grass and perennial clover. It requires no fertilization and is one of many sustainability projects ongoing at Wesleyan.

Posted 2 months ago

Wesleyan’s lush landscape, June 16. 

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A WESquirrel enjoys the shade of an elm tree on College Row, June 16.

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On June 5, Professor Barry Chernoff photographed two new species of dwarf silverside fish from the Caribbean. The fish photos will appear in an upcoming scientific journal. 

Chernoff is the director of the College of the Environment, the Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, professor of biology, professor of earth and environmental sciences. 

Chernoff, who has photographed dozens of fish in Connecticut and in the Caribbean, uses a custom-built glass tank, professional digital camera and lighting to photograph fish in his lab, located in Exley Science Center. He also photographs fish in the field.

"The secret is using newspaper to clean the glass. That way, you don’t get any spots or lint on the glass," he said.

Posted 2 months ago

Nando the English bulldog and Banx the border collie visited College Row on June 6 with their person. Nando pretended he was the Douglas Cannon. 

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The almost-century-old 20-inch Van Vleck Refractor, which lives on Foss Hill in its iconic dome, is undergoing a major renovation. Work began June 2.

The rare historic telescope will be dismantled, cleaned, repaired, reassembled and modernized over a period of about 15 months in preparation of the observatory centennial in 2016. The refractor has been deteriorating gradually since its retirement from research around 1993.

Antique Telescope Society members and Ray Museum Studios founders Fred Orthlieb, Ph.D. and Chris Ray are leading the renovation. Astronomy major Julian Dann ‘17 and German Studies major Rebecca Hanschell ‘16 are assisting with the project this summer.

Read more about the project in this News @ Wesleyan article.

Posted 2 months ago

Bridie, a Nova Scotia Duck-Trolling Retriever, enjoyed a walk down College Row June 4 with her human, Suzanne O’Connell, professor of earth and environmental science, director of the McNair Program. Bridie stopped and struck a pose outside South College. 

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The view from Foss Hill, June 2. 

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On May 25, Wesleyan conferred 733 bachelor of arts degrees; 26 master of arts degrees; 44 master of arts in liberal studies degrees; three master of philosophy in liberal arts degrees; and 14 doctor of philosophy degrees during its 182nd Commencement Ceremony. Read more and view more photos here