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Chemistry major explores dentistry

Jessica Restrepo ’13

Jessica Restrepo ’13 is shown varied brushing techniques.

In just a few short years, chemistry major Jessica Restrepo ’13 has gained a great deal of experience working in the field of dentistry in both the United States and abroad.

Locally, she interned at Dental Partners of Boston in 2010, and at Boston Children’s Hospital cleft lip and palate program in the summers of 2010 and 2011. Abroad, she studied “Traditional Chinese Medicine” with now-retired professor Ed Tong in Kunming, China, in 2011.

Last summer she added to her list by working as a Davis International Fellow intern at the Himal Dental Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. There she had an opportunity to interact with dentists; observe dental procedures, including extractions, root canals and fillings; and to learn about the oral health of the Nepali community, all of which has helped to broaden her perspective on the field. [Read more...]

The good fight

Alexis Nieves ’14“The joy is not in the victory; it’s in the fight, in the effort, in the struggle to get to the victory.”

Alexis Nieves ’14 will tell you that, if you ask about the challenges he has faced in his life, including overcoming severe asthma in the most unconventional way imaginable: he joined his high school cross country team and worked his body and mind so hard that he eventually could run six miles a day.

“That taught me to never quit,” says Nieves.

It’s a lesson he used last summer as a Wheaton Fellow intern at a New York law firm that helps low-income clients. A double major in Hispanic studies and international relations, Nieves worked in the group representation unit at the Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation, which focuses on issues of social and economic justice. [Read more...]

Biomechanics researcher joins faculty

Professor Laura Macesic EkstromLaura Macesic Ekstrom has joined Wheaton as a new tenure-track assistant professor of biology. Her main area of research involves investigating how animals use their bones and muscles to prepare themselves to absorb large forces.

“To do this, I use toads as a model organism because ‘what goes up, must come down.’ Toads are excellent jumpers and are excellent at landing as well,” says Ekstrom. “This research is important because it gets at the basic understanding of vertebrate musculoskeletal function. We can only go so far with human experimentation, so using model organisms to further investigate basic behavior can help us better understand ourselves and many other animals.”  [Read more...]

Grant funds global perspective on violence

Professors Kersti Yillo, M. Gabriela Torres

Professors Kersti Yllo (left) and M. Gabriela Torres enjoy collaborating on research projects.

Two Wheaton professors have won a prestigious grant to help them shed new light on a rarely discussed, frequently misunderstood form of intimate violence: marital rape.

Professor of Sociology Kersti Yllo and Assistant Professor of Anthropology M. Gabriela Torres will use the $18,760 grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, which funds anthropological research, to produce a three-day workshop at Wheaton in May 2013 called Global Perspectives on Sexual Violence in Marriage. Twenty scholars from around the world will meet to share their perspectives on the way different cultures view rape by a spouse. [Read more...]