Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 2, 2001Volume 29, Number 17















"We all should know our skin like we know the backs of our hands. Our skin -- close to four square meters of it -- is the canvas upon which we craft our introduction to the world. Our skin has enormous social, sexual and political implications."

-- Professor of dermatology Dr. David J. Leffell, "For the Sake of Your Skin, Rub It In," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 21, 2001.


"Attacking a nominee's honesty and morality may give politicians cover, but it is not the most honest way to conduct politics."

-- Knight Professor of Constitutional Law & the First Amendment Jack M. Balkin in his article, "Bush's Negative Mandate Narrows His Nominees," latimes.com, Jan. 12, 2001.


"If you want kids to read, you'd better be sure they're healthy, curious and have a good self-image. A lot more goes into it than phonics instruction."

-- Sterling Professor of Psychology Edward Zigler, "Head Start Founder Fears Bush May Curtail Program," New Haven Register, Jan. 16, 2001.


"The reason I'm approaching that record [of becoming the winningest coach at Yale] is because I've coached here for so long. If you do anything in one place long enough, some records are bound to come into range. I don't look at myself as a records guy."

-- Head coach of men's ice hockey Tim Taylor, "Taylor-Made; Passion, Dedication Has Coach Flirting With Record," New Haven Register, Jan. 26, 2001.


"The basic vision for church unity was first laid out by the Episcopal church in 1886, so it has nothing to do with current shrinkage. It has to do with a long-term Christian vision toward Christian unity, which has taken this long to work out."

-- Dean of Berkeley Divinity School R. William Franklin, "Episcopalians Inaugurate Alliance With Lutherans," The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2001.


"Your mortgage shouldn't be the tool you use to speculate on interest rates."

-- Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance & Management William Goetzmann, "Forget the Spread," Forbes, Jan. 22, 2001.


"Prestige-wise, being a professor isn't like being a doctor or anything. Academics is for people who really love it. Otherwise it's a really bad job."

-- IBM Professor of Psychology and Education Robert J. Sternberg, "Psychology Ph.D.'s Pass on Academe; Star Graduates Turn Down Faculty Jobs, Finding Better Pay and Less Stress in Industry," The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 12, 2001.


"I don't think you need biology to understand the origins of World War II."

-- Visiting professor of history Daniel J. Kevles, "Wilson Rattles Historians With 'Bio-History' Theories," The Boston Globe, Jan. 16, 2001.


"The solution is to give the winner of the popular vote a bonus of 50 votes in the Electoral College. This will make it far less likely for the winning candidate to be the one who lost the popular vote, but it will continue to encourage each side to launch a 50-state campaign, and not focus all their energies on a few big population centers."

-- Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science Bruce Ackerman in his article, "Must Find Middle Way to Fix Our Electoral Problems," The Houston Chronicle, Dec. 24, 2000.


"[Y]ou really have to monitor to see what your kids are watching [on TV], control it and reduce the number of hours."

-- Visiting research scientist in the Department of Psychology Dorothy Singer, "New Study Shows Link Between Reduction in TV Viewing and a Reduction in Violent Behavior in Children," National Public Radio, Jan. 16, 2001.


"We have tons of research from all over the country that says if you provide high-quality preschool, you can have a massive impact. What we need in Connecticut is to know to what degree our programs are of high quality . . . and what can we do to boost that quality."

-- Associate research scientist at the Child Study Center Walter S. Gilliam, "Grading the Preschool Initiative," The Hartford Courant, Jan. 21, 2001.


"Prevention is the best form of health care; it's cheap and it's easy on patients. We refuse to give up on it simply because it has yet to capture the political imagination."

-- Dean of the School of Nursing Catherine L. Gilliss, Dean of the School of Medicine David Kessler and Dean of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Michael Merson in their article, "Settlement Dollars Should Be Spent Keeping Kids Off Tobacco," The Hartford Courant, Jan. 21, 2001.


"The general public's attitude is more tolerant [toward illegal drug use] because the crime problem has been reduced so much."

-- Professor of the History of Medicine and Psychiatry Dr. David F. Musto, "Signs of a Thaw in the War on Drugs," nytimes.com, Jan. 21, 2001.


"We're the heaviest nation on Earth, and it's growing worse almost by the day. We live in an environment that has unhealthy food widely available, heavily promoted and inexpensive."

-- Director of the Center for Eating & Weight Disorders Kelly D. Brownell, "Pass the Dip!" washingtonpost.com, Jan. 24, 2001.


"We were working on god-awful economic problems and everything looked bad. Greenspan. Cheney. Rumsfeld. They were all there. Time and again, [President Gerald R.] Ford would turn to Paul [O'Neill] and say, 'Is that right?' And in his quiet, direct way, Paul had the answers. He could be asked about shoe imports and Paul would know the number."

-- Williams Bros Professor of Management Studies Paul W. MacAvoy recalling the days when the treasury secretary-designate was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, "Designee Takes a Deft Touch And a Firm Will to Treasury," The New York Times, Jan. 16, 2001.


"It will be my painful duty to say, 'Put not your trust in judges.'"

-- Southmayd Professor of Law Akhil Amar about his response to the question of what law professors should tell their students regarding the Supreme Court's ruling in the Florida election case, "Election Still Splits Court," USA Today, Jan. 22, 2001.


"Images of Tiananmen Square in the spring and early summer of 1989 are seared into the minds of those who witnessed them, whether at first hand or on television."

-- Sterling Professor of History Jonathan Spence in his book review, "Inside the Forbidden City; The Crackdown on China's Pro-Democracy Movement as Seen Through the Eyes of the Country's Leaders," The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2001.


"I don't mind people applauding scenery when it's called for. If you have a big scene change and it's supposed to come to this art deco ballroom and nobody applauds,

you know you have failed, because the number needs that applause to propel it."

-- Donald M. Oenslager Adjunct Professor at the School of Drama Ming Cho Lee, "The Man Behind the Scenes," washingtonpost.com, Jan. 21, 2001.


"Teenagers tend to see the world as black or white. They are either starving themselves or eating anything they want. We want them to see there is a middle-way."

-- Associate Dean for Research at the School of Nursing Margaret Grey about the growing numbers of teens with diabetes, "Sick Before Their Time," The Hartford Courant, Jan. 16, 2001.


"My child died in a hospital. That's not where a child should be.'"

-- Family resource coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics Karen Zrenda, "Funds May Open Sunshine House Doors; Hospice Center for Children Would Improve Final Moments for Kids, Families," New Haven Register, Jan. 20, 2001.


"These people who are going to get the [gun] permits are not people who commit these crimes. It will have an impact. I think, definitely, with respect to reducing crimes, it will be a benefit. . . ."

-- Research affiliate at the Law School John R. Lott Jr. about Michigan's new law allowing law-abiding adults the right to carry concealed weapons, "Lawmakers OK Concealed Guns Bill, Measure Goes to Governor, Eases Rules on Permits," The Detroit News, Dec. 14, 2000.


"Obviously, he has to do what he thinks is right, but I sincerely hope that if he does step back, it is only briefly. He is a national treasure and his voice is needed."

-- University Chaplain the Reverend Frederick J. Streets about the Reverend Jesse Jackson, "Jackson's Area Friends Voice Strong Support," New Haven Register, Jan. 20, 2001.


Index assesses nations' environmental health

Breastfeeding linked to reduced risk of developing breast cancer

Theater marks Yale's 300th year with comic romp

Unite for Sight focusing attention on importance of preserving eyesight

NYT columnist to visit Yale as Poynter Fellow

Study reveals how abrupt changes in climate have caused societal collapses

Promising entrepreneurs to compete in 'Y50K'

Event to examine disparities in the nation's health care

Exhibit shows how Roman history was 'rewritten' in art

Painting and calligraphy by Yale artists featured in centennial exhibit


Book describes 'miraculous' ways children learn words

Exhibits explore the role of Yale in the international realm

Adorno wins prestigious honor for book on Spanish explorer

MacMullen is lauded for lifetime of scholarly achievements in history

Book on postindustrial America wins Mead Award

Blade Runners: A Photo Essay

Prize-winning portraits

Nominees sought for Whitney Humanities Center director

ITS launches 'The Circuit,' an online monthly newsletter

Yale SOM honors chair of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission . . .

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