New Minor in Planetary Science

With great pleasure we announce the new Planetary Science Minor.  This joins the MA Concentration in Planetary Science and the Planetary Science Course Cluster as curricula providing students the background and tools to understand our place in the cosmos.  Our view is changing rapidly, to wit, at 3:35 tomorrow morning (Wed.), we (humanity) will attempt to land on the surface of a comet (


The Planetary Science Minor:


List of all Minors at Wesleyan:


Planetary Sciences at Wesleyan:


On behalf of the Planetary Science Group,


Dr. Martha S. Gilmore

George I. Seney Professor and Chair

Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences



Winter Session Courses!

Interested in Winter Session? Don’t miss your opportunity to participate! thumbnailCAIAN5C9Registration for classes, housing, and dining closes the day you come back from Thanksgiving break (December 1 – at noon). You can find the form for Winter Session, as well as links to sign up for dining and housing, in your Eportfolio (EP>Student>Winter Session>Registration Form) or If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, your advisor, or the Winter Session office at

Film Crit Panel with A.O. Scott, moderator: Criticism Now! A Conversation on the State of the Art–this evening, 8 p.m.

Come hear A. O. Scott, Distinguished Professor of Film Criticism at Wesleyan and a chief film critic at The New York Times moderate A.O.Scott 01a discussion about the state of criticism today with panel guests Laura Miller, journalist and book critic, co-founder of, and author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia; Wesley Morris, film critic for Grantland, former critic for The Boston Globe, and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner in criticism; and Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, and 2014 ASME winner for Best Columns and Commentary.

Date: Tuesday, November 11 Time: 8 PM Place: Center for Film Studies, Goldsmith Family Cinema

Mid-Year Housing

Dear Students,

On Friday, November 7th, the housing selection website will be open for the mid-year program housing selection process. An email will go out tomorrow when the website is available.

cartoon-house-hiProgram houses are looking to fill vacancies that have opened due to students going abroad or taking leaves for the spring semester. First-year students are not eligible to participate in the mid-year program housing process. If you are currently in a program house, you are also not able to apply to a different house mid-year since you have made a year-long commitment to your current community.

The link to the Housing Selection website can be found in your e-portfolio under Residential Life and is called “Housing and Staff Selection”. When you enter the site and select the “Program Housing” link from the table, you will only see the applications for the houses with vacancies. If a house is not listed, it means that we do not have any spaces available for the spring. Please make your house preference and complete your application(s) (you are permitted a maximum of 3) and submit them by the deadline. The process timeline is as follows: Friday, November 7th: Applications are available at Noon (12 p.m.) EST Friday, November 14th: Applications are due at Noon (12 p.m.) EST Wednesday, November 19th:  Decisions are released at noon (12 p.m.) EST Tuesday, November 25th: Decisions need to be confirmed by noon (12 p.m.) EST Monday, December 1st: Open bid process begins at Noon (12 p.m.)EST Friday, December 5th: Open bid decisions need to be confirmed by Noon (12 p.m.) EST If you are abroad and have limited internet access and would like to apply, please email us immediately and indicate which houses interest you. The Area Coordinator will then contact you.

Additional information about the selection process can be found in the housing selection website. We encourage you to read this information carefully before you apply. If you have any questions, please contact ResLife at