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May 26, 2000Volume 28, Number 33













In the News

"[C]ontemporary American cities continue to be treated, in the mass media and in universities, largely as sites of pathology -- poverty, crime, despair. The stories told by scholars as well as popular writers all point to a place where problems seem overwhelming, where leadership is absent and prospects dim."

-- Lecturer in history Max Page, "Artists Thrive in Big Cities for a Reason," Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2000.


"The findings [about harmful effects of clot-busting drugs on the elderly] from the three studies are consistent in questioning current conventional wisdom about thrombolytics, but how they affect practice needs to be discussed."

-- Associate professor of internal medicine (cardiology & epidemiology/public health) Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz, "New Questions on Clot-Busting Drugs," The New York Times, May 16, 2000.


"The issue has always been about having the data upon which the agency and patients can make decisions [about silicone-gel breast implants]. These devices were used for several decades, and we didn't have that data. When reports [of health problems] started coming in, there was no way to assess them."

-- Dean of the medical school Dr. David Kessler, "Implant Maker Moves to Bring Back Silicone," USA Today, May 15, 2000.


"Every little bit that growth slows takes a little bit out of the Democratic vote."

-- John M. Musser Professor of Economics Ray C. Fair, "Fed on Inflation: Too Tough? Too Lax?" The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2000.


"People get labeled as having Lyme disease or hear all this publicity and say, 'Oh, I have a pain in my leg -- it must be Lyme disease.' If you try to say it's not Lyme disease, they get angry because they think you're saying they don't have the symptoms."

-- Professor of pediatrics & epidemiology/public health Dr. Eugene D. Shapiro, "Lyme Disease Still Difficult to Find, Treat; New Guidelines are Aimed At Tricky, Long-Term Cases," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 14, 2000.


"Since many federal civil rights laws passed after the 1960's are based on Congress's commerce power, [the Supreme Court decision overturning the Violence Against Women Act] means states can now violate many civil rights with impunity."

-- Knight Professor in Constitutional Law & the First Amendment Jack M. Balkin, in his op-ed essay, "The Court Defers to a Racist Era," The New York Times, May 17, 2000.


"In all [fertility] treatment situations, couples need hope, which is based on faith. That faith could be God, religion, doctors, but that faith will help them cope with their stress."

-- Associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology Dr. Aydin M. Arici, "Stress of Infertility, and the Power of Hope," The New York Times, May 14, 2000.


"I have relatively few students who say they want to be a professor of economics. They think that there's so much money on Wall Street or starting an Internet business."

-- Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics Robert J. Shiller, "College Scholars Chasing Dollars; Students Win and Lose Online," The Hartford Courant, May 13, 2000.


"We love only through our own [constructed] stories [about what love is], so what is true for us probably won't be for someone else. If you have a 'mystery' story, it is a person who is consummately mysterious. If you have a 'fantasy' story, it is the ideal prince or princess."

-- IBM Professor of Psychology & Education Robert J. Sternberg, "Sure, True Love Sounds Ideal, But What Does It Actually Mean?" Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2000.


"Americans see a rigid trade-off between economic success in an age of globalization and increasing military power because it needs a comforting myth about good and evil in a complex world. Forgetting history, America cannot imagine how a country can pursue parallel economic and military modernization at the same time."

-- Professor of management Paul Bracken, "China Trade-Off?" The International Economy, May/June 2000.


"There's a lot of peer pressure to be cool, to be like the rest of the crowd -- and this whole word they've invented, 'nerd,' didn't exist in my day, thank goodness. You could be great at music at a young age, and nobody looks upon you as weird. . . . We must get beyond this for mathematics. And I think we can."

-- Eveyln Boyd Granville '49 Ph.D., the first black woman in America to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics, "A Proof That Math Opens Doors," The Christian Science Monitor, May 16, 2000.


"The United States has missed its chance to develop a linkage between trade, the environment and a broader foreign-policy agenda."

-- Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy Daniel Esty, about U.S.-China trade negotiations, "Perception Gap in Trade Debate; Global Economy's Future, Not Jobs, the Pivotal Issue," The San Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 2000.


"It is precisely because Canada has good value for money through medicare that it represents an ideological threat to U.S. medical and pharmaceutical interest groups."

-- SOM professor Theodore Marmor, "An American Diagnosis: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It," Globe & Mail (Vancouver), May 15, 2000.


"There was a time people thought that once you were through acute withdrawal [from alcohol], you were okay."

-- Associate professor of psychiatry Dr. John H. Krystal, "Brain Drain: Scientists Study Whether Alcohol's Long-Term Effects Can Be Reversed," New Haven Register, May 11, 2000.


"I think [asthma is] an epidemic. To have a disease that is this common should be very alarming to everybody."

-- Professor of internal medicine (pulmonary) Dr. Jack A. Elias, "Asthma Emergency Sought in Hartford; Other Cities Also Worried," The Associated Press, May 18, 2000.


"I really like the hot type. That type of press made a good brief better. You could run your fingers over it."

-- Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law Drew Days III, about the demise of the "hot-metal" process that until recently was used to print Supreme Court briefs, "Laser Process Cools Hot-Metal Printing Press," Fulton County Daily Report, May 15, 2000.


"People have been working on this since the discovery of insulin. I used to think it was pie in the sky, but as we look to the future, things are changing."

-- CNH Long Professor of Internal Medicine Dr. Robert S. Sherwin, "New Oral Insulin Spray Shows Promise," AP Worldstream, May 12, 2000.


"The beauty of it is this technology [x-ray techniques used by bioanthropologists] is not intrusive. We were able to conserve the mummy and find out the information at the same time."

-- Director of the Peabody Museum Richard Burger, "New Technology, Ancient Enigmas," The New York Times, April 30, 2000.


Yale celebrates 299th Commencement

Fellowship winners to pursue summer study across the globe

Yale helps the new 'Amistad' set sail on its educational mission

Festival Time: Celebrations of art, music and culture at Yale, city sites

Environmental leaders to join school's faculty

Conservation leaders named McCluskey Fellows

Alumni return to campus to celebrate reunions

Researcher links unexplained car accidents and heart irregularities

Center's family celebration will mark Cancer Survivors Day

Family Festival to celebrate Yale Art Gallery exhibitions

Students will teach in China, Hong Kong

Movie theaters 'pitch in' to raise funds for Yale pediatric programs

Edmund Gordon is honored for his achievements

'Feminist humor maven' will speak at campaign school

Symposium will pay tribute to Dr. Marvin Sears

Fair will highlight continuing education

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