1993. USA. Dir: Steven Spielberg. With Laura Dern. 127 min. 35mm print
From the director who brought you Jaws (aka “Never Go in the Water Again”) and Indiana Jones (aka “Archeologists are Awesome”) comes the flick that made the world fall head-over-heels for dinosaurs and dinosaur-related merchandise. With nail-biting thrills and special effects that are still better than most current releases, this is how you do a blockbuster right.
Of course, this question could be answered fairly quickly by any number of blogosphere navigators, but perhaps best by Daily Caller commenter “WHATTHEBLANK,” who characterized us as “leftists [who will] just get older and go to occupy protests and still drink smoke weed and act stupid.”
So, as one of those overprivileged WASPs that everyone is talking about, who better to give you your cheat sheet to the media coverage that Wesleyan is getting for our little tryst with the T-Rex?
“I also came into contact with human brains and whole pelicans stuffed in jars with preservatives.”
In all our excitement over move-in day and Common Moment, we totally spaced on this heartwarming New York Daily Newsprofile on Ryan Moyé ’16, a newly arrived frosh from Harlem who has spent two years working at the American Museum of Natural History, taking four advanced-level courses and producing a research paper. This summer, Moyé took home the museum’s first-ever Science Scholar Award, winning a $30,000 scholarship. His expertise? Dinosaurs.
“I went hardcore into sciences and math in my junior year,” said Moyé, who won the award for his computer-aided comparisons of the complex skull shapes of prehistoric reptiles called crurotarsans, which are ancestors of crocodiles.
Not all of Moyé role models in the museum were fossilized, however:
To stay afloat in the sea of bones and research, Moyé got help from a mentor, Stephen Brusatte.
A graduate student under Mark Norell, the museum’s paleontology chairman and curator, Brusatte says he was impressed by Moyé’s perseverance. Together, they charted the evolving shape and size of the prehistoric skulls.
Wesleying caught up Moyé, who just turned 18 last week, for a brief interview about the museum, his impressions of Wes, and human brains in jars. Click past the jump for the full interview.
Disability Studies, Wesleyan’s newest Course Cluster, is an academic field that investigates the political, social, economic, and historical origins and ramifications of the classification & representation of bodies as normal/able or abnormal/disabled.Come listen to students and faculty discuss the new cluster, and bring your questions (or just your curiosity!) for a Q&A session.
Sheila Mullen, Visiting Instructor in American Sign Language Christina Crosby, Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University Major in Disability Studies
Allegra Stout ’12, Founder of Wesleyan Students for Disability Rights
Snacks will be provided!
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