Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Emily Baldwin ’14 puts cyber intelligence to work

Emily Baldwin '14International arms control.

Nuclear nonproliferation.

Counterterrorism.

Sounds like the makings of a great summer blockbuster movie. But these issues were Emily Baldwin’s reality last summer.

Using her New Global Security Fellowship award, the sophomore worked part-time in a mentorship program that she designed, combining her interest in both computer science and international relations. She assisted staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the International Safeguards and Technology Systems Department on a variety of different projects in support of Sandia’s global security mission.

Sandia develops science-based technologies aimed at national and global security, with a focus on information systems related to international arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, and counterterrorism.

“The majority of my work explored cryptography and its application in an international and political realm,” she said. “Each of the various projects was incredibly interesting.”

One of her main jobs was helping to configure a Virtual Private Network (VPN) test scenario with contacts at Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear, Brazil’s national nuclear authority. The work was in preparation for future use in setting up a shared VPN surveillance system between Brazil and Argentina to transmit public health information. She also was involved with a committee of the Nonproliferation and Cooperative Threat Reduction Center, surveying departmental websites as part of cyber security analysis.

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Child’s play, serious learning

Preschoolers develop STEM literacy through everyday activities and play.

Two preschoolers, a boy and a girl, are playing with blocks at the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School on Wheaton’s campus. They are building a bridge. He steps back, examines the structure, and then consults with her before making changes.

What looks like ordinary play is so much more, according to Professor of Education Vicki Bartolini. In this case, she says, the youngsters are learning about engineering. “The structure is complex. They’re using physics concepts. They’re exploring the concept of gravity.”

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Professor wins fellowship to Senegal

Professor Jonathan Walsh, Fullbright to Senegal 2011Over the centuries, France has produced some of the world’s greatest writers. Today, many of the most exciting authors writing in French come from other parts of the world—notably, the French Antilles and the former French colonies of West Africa.

“There is a renaissance of sorts going on there, especially in sub-Saharan countries like Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso,” says Professor of French Jonathan Walsh, who teaches a popular course on contemporary francophone women’s fiction. “The relationship these authors have to the French language is complex and not always easy. Some choose to write in their native language, but French, like English, has become a lingua franca, and that means access to a wide readership.”

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A new focus on film and media

Want to know the meaning of “amphisbaena”? Go to wordia.com, and not only can you read the definition, but you also can watch a video of a professor explaining it and his first encounter with the word as a boy. And, you can upload your own video explanation.

Talking dictionaries? Clearly, Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Wheaton knows that and is preparing students for the constantly evolving media landscape with the creation of a new major—film and new media studies. The program explores the rapid digitization of culture, and the increasingly central role that technology plays in most of our lives by exploring the theoretical, historical, aesthetic and global dimensions of film and new media. It expands and connects the current curriculum to create a coherent whole.

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