Yale Bulletin and Calendar

September 14, 2001Volume 30, Number 2















"Business casual is out. You don't look as in control, as put together or as professional."

-- Visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Management Gretchen Rubin, "Fashion Redux," New Haven Register, July 22, 2001.


"Everybody imagined there were horrible slave masters, but no one had really thought about their effect on the family."

-- Dean of academic affairs at Yale College Mark Schenker about the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "From Bookworm to Victorian Oprah," The Hartford Courant, July 29, 2001.


"One reason for delay in adopting [ether or laughing gas] as anesthetics seems to have been that their ability to produce excited 'highs' obscured their capacity to induce peaceful oblivion. The expectation was for hilarity, and that is how the substances were employed and perceived."

-- Professor of the history of medicine and psychiatry Dr. David F. Musto in his review of Julie M. Fenster's "Ether Day," "They Inhaled; The Claimants to the Invention of Anesthesia Were Many and Strange," The New York Times, Aug. 12, 2001.


"As we age our working memory system is one of the systems that seems most vulnerable and most fragile."

-- Eugene Higgins Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry and Neurology Dr. Patricia Goldman-Rakic, "America's Best: Science and Medicine," CNN, Aug. 12, 2001.


"Women who are undergoing infertility therapy are trying to get pregnant over and over again. And when they get a positive pregnancy test so very early in the pregnancy, and that pregnancy couldn't continue, they learn within 10 or 15 days of conception that they've lost the pregnancy that they so longed for. And it's different than it was 20 or 25 years ago when they were six or eight weeks pregnant before they even found out they were pregnant."

-- Clinical professor of obstetrics & gynecology Dr. Michael Berman, "Dr. Michael Berman Discusses His Book, 'Parenthood Lost,'" NBC Today, Aug. 2, 2001.


"There's every reason to believe, then, that shaming penalties will be an effective deterrent, at least for nonviolent crimes. . . . At the same time, shame clearly doesn't hurt as much as imprisonment. Individuals who go to jail end up just as disgraced as those who are shamed, and lose their liberty to boot. Those who've served prison time are also a lot less likely to regain the respect and trust of their law-abiding neighbors -- essential ingredients of rehabilitation. Given all this, it's hard to see shame as cruel."

-- Professor of law Dan M. Kahan in his article "It's Worth A Try," boston.com, Aug. 5. 2001.


"You know what the definition of a rare disease is? It's one that occurs in someone else."

-- Associate professor of surgery and gastroenterology Dr. James Rosser, "Physician Looks for Ways to Check Athletes' Hearts -- Goal Is to Identify Rare Risk Factors," The Florida Times-Union, Aug. 8, 2001.


"[T]ake Yale. . . . [O]ver a three, four-year period, we do about a billion dollars worth of basic science research [on cancer]. But you've got to get that research from the bench to the bed side. What is happening at the bench is just absolutely stunning. But in order to get it to patients, patients who need it, is going to require an effort that we have not yet seen."

-- Dean of the School of Medicine Dr. David Kessler, "Fortune Brainstorm 2001," The Money Gang, CNNfn, Aug. 2, 2001.


"There's an ideological stalemate similar to what preceded the creation of Medicare. We are tied in knots in Congress about the role of government."

-- Professor at the Yale School of Management Theodore R. Marmor about proposed changes to Medicare, "Who Do You Trust? It's So Hard to Resolve Conflicts Over Drug Benefits and Other Issues Because the Underlying Rift is Far Bigger," The New York Times, Aug. 5, 2001.


"This is the first time in the history of science, where making a lot of money may be motivating some of the decisions about scientific research. There's a huge economic foundation behind cloning potentially, and no economic foundation for fighting it."

-- Clinical professor of surgery and gastroenterology Dr. Sherwin Nuland, "The Cloning Controversy," Greenfield at Large, CNN, Aug. 7, 2001.


"Alcohol use creates a more hazardous situation on the water than on land, due to many things in the marine environment. Motion, vibration, engine noise, and sun, wind and spray accelerate impairment. Fatigue due to all of these decrease the operator's coordination, judgment and reaction time. This is in addition to the impairment of depth perception and difficulty in distinguishing colors, especially red and green, that can occur as a result of alcohol consumption."

-- Assistant professor of surgery Dr. Linda C. Degutis in her letter to the editor, "Boating Accident Should Be Wake-Up Call," New Haven Register, July 20, 2001.


"Now we have pinpointed these gene mutations caused by UV rays, sooner or later, there's going to be a morning-after cream to fix the damage."

-- Professor of dermatology and surgery Dr. David Leffell, "Cream May Repair Sun Damage and Stop Skin Cancer; Enzyme Reverses the Effects of Ultraviolet, Say Scientists," Daily Mail (London), Aug. 8, 2001.


"Children have the same sensory equipment. It's not likely to show a lot of change. What is significant is the way we learn odors -- how a child will react to a peach if they've never had one before."

-- Professor of surgery and otolaryngology and epidemiology & public health and psychology Dr. Linda Bartoshuk about why children can be creative cooks, "Born to Cook: The Foie Gras Generation," The New York Times, Aug. 8, 2001.


"I would have to say that's it's pretty difficult to fake [mental illness] and people who don't appreciate actions as grave as this are grossly disorganized. They really have a very serious incapacity or a defect in appreciating their actions, and that's very difficult to fake."

-- Associate professor of psychiatry Dr. Kimberly A. Yonkers about the upcoming trial of a woman who contends her mental illness led her to drown her children, "What Punishment Should Andrea Yates Receive?" CNN Live This Morning, Aug. 8, 2001.


"Colleges have always been places where people have experimented with everything from promiscuity to over-commitment."

-- Professor of women's & gender studies Marianne LaFrance, "College Survey Finds Casual Sex, Little Courtship," The Hartford Courant, July 27, 2001.


"A lot of Catholic ethicists take seriously the finding of embryologists that prior to implantation, you don't have an individualized entity because it can twin."

-- Stark Professor of Christian Ethics Margaret A. Farley, "An Old Question Becomes New Again; Stem Cell Issue Causes Debate Over the Exact Moment Life Begins," The New York Times, Aug. 15, 2001.


"[W]omen need to take heart disease seriously and do what they can to protect themselves from it. Just as women have mammograms to detect early breast cancer, they should be discussing their heart disease risk factors with their physicians and seeking ways to reduce their risk."

-- Associate professor of internal medicine Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz in his article "Women Face More Risks From Heart Attacks," New Haven Register, Aug. 9, 2001.


"We want children to sleep through the night, particularly preschoolers, and waking up a child at 3:30 in the morning is nothing that any pediatrician or any child psychologist would recommend."

-- Sterling Professor of Psychology Dr. Edward Zigler, "All-Night Child Care Becoming Increasingly Popular," CNBC News, July 24, 2001.


"The scientific community isn't even close to understanding what the real effects of being exposed to these mixtures [of pesticides] are. It's really quite an uncontrolled experiment that we're conducting [on the general population]."

-- Associate professor of environmental risk analysis & policy John Wargo, "Concern Grows Over School Pesticide Use," Scripps Howard News Service, Aug. 14, 2001.


"[T]here's sort of a gargantuan appetite on the part of the human rights community that doesn't always understand the necessary role of prosecutorial discretion and of the principled intermixture of justice and high politics."

-- Professor of law Ruth Wedgwood, "New Trend Toward Universal Jurisdiction," All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Aug. 8, 2001.


"The rise and fall of the Soviet Union ranks with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. It causes an immense shift in the strategic landscape and the political landscape and the ideological landscape of the 20th century."

-- J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History Paul Kennedy, "How 2 Rivals Broke Up Russia's Empire," latimes.com, Aug. 19, 2001


Final Tercentennial weekend will include convocation, Bowl gala

Entrepreneur-environmentalist Edward Bass named Yale trustee

University announces major enhancements to financial aid

School of Music building now named Leigh Hall

Yale AIDS vaccine shows promise for humans

Faculty honored with Amistad Freedom Awards

Michael Merson named Lauder Professor of Public Health

Two scientists are appointed to Bliss Professorships in Public Health

Zhao named Hiscock Professor of Public Health, Genetics

Peru's growth 'From Village to Empire' is exhibit's theme

Display explores life and work of Colonial-era Jewish silversmith

Yale Rep opens season with 'splendid confection' by Shaw

Foundation's gift aids studies of cancers affecting women

'Gender Matters' conference to explore role of women at Yale

Yale Employee Day at Bowl features free admission, treats

Aboard the BioBus

Symposium will reflect on work of Yale alumni architects

President Richard C. Levin presents Freshman Address

Yale College Dean Richard H. Brodhead presents remarks to Freshman Assembly

Graduate students enter the 'creative milieu' of Yale

Scenes from Moving-In Day 2001

Symposium on the conservation of early Italian paintings . . .

Committee to search for British Art Center director

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