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June 23, 2000Volume 28, Number 34













In the News

"For me the Internet . . . is like the Congo. I know it exists, but I will never go there."

-- Sterling Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom in his essay "On First Looking Into Gates's Crichton," The New York Times, June 4, 2000.


"Children need Internet access the way they need subsidized bus service to the nearest mall."

-- Professor of computer science David Gelernter, about the proliferation of computers in classrooms, "Q: Is the FCC's So-Called E-Rate Tacked on to Phone Bills a Good Idea? A: No, Consumers Should Not be Charged an Illegal, Hidden Tax on Their Phone Bills," Insight on the News, June 5, 2000.


"I spent 20 years on the faculty believing the provost was a faculty member who had died and gone to hell. If you had asked seven years ago if I could imagine being provost at Yale, I'd have asked if you were joking."

-- Provost Alison F. Richard, "Female Provosts Weigh Many Factors in Deciding Whether to Seek Presidencies," The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 16, 2000.


"If you are concerned about fairness, the fundamental ingredient is competent counsel. If you're going to have an adversarial system as we do, there has to be one. We are pretending now."

-- Law professor and director of the Southern Center of Human Rights Stephen Bright, "High-Powered Panel Probes the Death Penalty," APBnews, June 8, 2000.


"We now have, for the first time, evidence that certain herbs result in human cancers."

-- School of Medicine Dean Dr. David Kessler, about the finding that the Chinese herb Aristolochea can cause kidney failure and other health problems, "Chinese Herb Could Cause Serious Health Problems," CNN Worldview, June 7, 2000.


"Freud said that ambivalent and conflicted relationships would predispose the survivor to pathological grief. But we found losing a partner in a harmonious marriage puts you at greater risk of health problems."

-- Assistant professor of psychiatry Holly Prigerson, "Marital Discord, Medicare Bliss," The Hartford Courant, June 8, 2000.


"Genes have been identified that control the metabolism of testosterone. It's exciting. We're finally seeing genes that relate to prostate cancer."

-- Professor of therapeutic radiology Dr. Richard Peschel, "The Prostate Gamble: Choice of Cancer Treatment Can Be an Agonizing Decision," New Haven Register, June 8, 2000.


"Look tan today, but you'll be a prune tomorrow."

-- Professor of dermatology Dr. David J. Leffell, "Yale Doctor Provides Skin Secrets in New Book," Associated Press, May 28, 2000.


"She has a good background in communications and we need to communicate the many strengths of our region. She'll be excellent at working with the many organizations in town that already are important to the community and which need to be marketed as effectively as possible."

-- Vice President of New Haven & State Affairs Bruce Alexander, about the appointment of Susan Hartt as head of the Market New Haven nonprofit agency, "City Gets a Special Booster in Hartt," New Haven Register, June 12, 2000.


"If we can stop further progression [of multiple sclerosis, sufferers] may have relatively normal lives."

-- Associate professor of neurology Dr. Timothy L. Vollmer, "Treatment of MS May Improve," The Hartford Courant, June 11, 2000.


"It could well be [complaints of police misconduct are] a reflection of police departments becoming professionalized. The new leadership in police departments is becoming more attuned to these problems."

-- Law of Science & Technology Professor Steven Duke, "In Connecticut, Cases Multiply Against Police," The New York Times, June 10, 2000.


"I don't think there is going to be much change. I don't think there is a strong alternative force in Syrian politics that would say they should do something other than what they are doing, which is hanging tough and making difficult, from Israel's point of view, negotiating the Golan."

-- Larned Professor of History Gaddis Smith, about Syrian politics in light of the death of President Hafez Assad, "Syria's Assad Dies at 69," New Haven Register, June 11, 2000.


"Harvard won the race and they may get the No. 1 position, but I feel like we were in the winner's circle with them. It was an awfully tough effort on the part of a bunch of young guys in our boat. They did our University proud today. They were excellent competitors and tremendous athletes."

-- Head coach, heavyweight crew, David Vogel, "Sinking Feeling for Elis," New Haven Register, June 11, 2000.


"These results show that alternative or unconventional medicine isn't really an alternative at all."

-- Assistant professor of public health & psychiatry Dr. Benjamin Druss, about a Yale study showing that Americans use alternative medicine as a supplement to -- not a substitute for -- traditional medicine, "Studies Evaluate Alternative Therapies for Heart Patients," Medical Industry Today, May 30, 2000.

"The next leader [of Harvard University] will have a great opportunity to initiate new programs. It calls for someone with vision and imagination."

-- President Richard C. Levin, about the announcement by Harvard president Neil Rudenstine that he will step down next spring, "Opportunities Await for Successor," Boston Globe, May 23, 2000.


"Organized crime has always used this kind of thing [immersing and protecting themselves in populations of their own ethnic groups]. You have it in Italian groups, Jewish groups, the Irish organizations in Chicago. There's been a long history of people working within their own ethnic groups because they know and understand them. . . . You are all on the same wavelength. Also, it makes it more difficult [for law enforcement] to infiltrate them."

-- Professor of the history of medicine & psychology Dr. David F. Musto, "When Drug Dealers Move In Next Door," Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2000.


"He gave us all a life. And by us I mean not only Puerto Ricans, but mainland blacks, huge numbers of Italians and Jews. We all loved him. There were guys my age who were envious they weren't at the Moulin Rouge in the days of Toulouse-Lautrec; who weren't at Minton's in the days of the birth of bop. I was secure in the knowledge that I had been there on the birth of New York mambo."

-- Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art Robert F. Thompson, about Latin musician Tito Puente, "Tito Puente, Famed Master of Latin Music, Is Dead at 77," The New York Times, June 2, 2000.


"If you don't understand your own cultural biases, you're unaware of how stereotypes affect your behavior. [Yale's Cultural Diversity Program for medical students] helps doctors understand how everyone has a set of values, beliefs, and cultural attitudes, and that doctors are a part of this culture."

-- Director of multicultural affairs at the School of Medicine Liza Cariaga-Lo, "Training Doctors to Treat Culturally Diverse Patients," Hispanic Outlook, June 2, 2000.


"It's a nationwide epidemic."

-- Assistant professor of pediatrics Dr. Karen Santucci, about troubled children being forced to wait for openings in psychiatric units to receive appropriate care, "Children at Risk Stranded in the ER," Hartford Courant, May 19, 2000.


"Yes, it is a chance to celebrate, but also a chance to step back and ask, 'How have we evolved in the past century? Where are we now? How are we going to move forward in this century?'"

-- Tercentennial director Janet Lindner, about Yale's tercentennial celebration, "Yale Plans Yearlong Celebration of Birth," New Haven Register, May 21, 2000.


"Close relationships, rather than money, are the key to happiness. Indeed, the number of one's personal friends is a much better indicator of overall satisfaction with life than personal wealth is. One stands a better chance of achieving a satisfying life by spending time with friends and family than by striving for higher income."

-- Eugene Meyer Professor Emeritus Robert E. Lane, "Forum," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 4, 2000.


"The two most promising trends in literary thought at present, which do not entirely fall prey to a simplistic form of cultural studies, are the way many in the law and literature area raise the issue of social justice, and in the way the more sophisticated thinkers in trauma studies understand that art is always related to anxiety, terror, extreme pleasure, or unbearable empathy."

-- Sterling Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hartman, "A Pleasure, An Intellectual Feast," GW Magazine, Spring 2000.


"Pilots don't crash airplanes full of people to train, but we do that to people in the operating room."

-- Professor of surgery Dr. Richard Satava, about the advantages of using virtual surgery to train doctors, "Virtual Reality Revolutionizing the Way Doctors View, Treat Patients," Associated Press, June 6, 2000.


"Breaking up an enterprise that was not itself the product of a merger is unprecedented in antitrust law. And ordering the dissolution of the flagship firm of the software industry without hearings on the implications approaches the bizarre."

-- John M. Olin Professor of Law & Economics George L. Priest, on the court decision to break up Microsoft into two companies in his op-ed essay "Some Kind of Remedy," The New York Times, June 9, 2000.


"[T]he myth is Lyme disease can cause any symptom known to man, and the idea that you can take a pill to solve whatever problem you have, or whatever symptoms you have is appealing and more socially acceptable than dealing with psychological problems. . . ."

-- Professor of pediatrics & epidemiology/public health Dr. Eugene Shapiro, "Health Officials Worry That Warm Winter May Mean More Ticks and More Risk of Lyme Disease," ABC World News This Morning, June 4, 2000.


Janet Yellen joins Yale Corporation as the newest alumni fellow

Center for the study of frontier experience honors Howard Lamar

Editor Claude-Anne Lopez describes her 'life with Benjamin Franklin'

Pediatrician invents shampoo to light up head lice in children

Reunions bring record numbers to campus

Yale SOM taking to the high seas to offer educational seminars for executives

School of Music awards first Simeone scholarship

Rubenfeld named to Law School's Slaughter chair

Events to celebrate the arrival of 'Amistad' ship



SOM Dean Jeffrey Garten assembles panel to explore 'new economy'

Study proposes tax on snack foods to fight obesity

Employees honored at awards dinner for their many years of service to Yale

Holmes is inducted into American Philosophical Society

Ian Shapiro selected as a Carnegie Scholar . . .

Comer lauded as leader in American education

DeVita honored for his research on lymphoma

Yale Athletics joins in venture to lure sports fans

Summer Cabaret season celebrates Yale playwrights

Yale Repertory Theatre marks milestones during its fall season

Diana D. Brooks resigns her post as Yale trustee

David Bromwich earns prestigious award for his literary works

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