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January 31, 2003|Volume 31, Number 16














In the News

"The traditional approach [to preterm labor] has always been to recommend bed rest. Really there is scanty evidence ... but people do it -- even I do it."

-- Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, "Forget the Rest; Though Widely Prescribed To Cut Risk of Premature Delivery, Bed Rest Is Not Proven To Help -- And May Hurt," The Washington Post, Dec. 10, 2002.


"Overall, we found that the youngest children were the most optimistic about modifying negative traits and maintaining positive ones. [This] might help children view difficulties more as temporary setbacks rather than as complete failures, and help motivate them to persist."

-- Kristi Lockhart, lecturer in psychology, "High Optimism Key in Youth Learning," Los Angeles Sentinel, Sept. 20-26, 2002.


"The best current estimate is that, without major corrective action (especially by the principal polluters), global warming in this century could wreak widespread havoc. For instance, it would make it impossible for about half of U.S. lands to sustain the types of plants and animals that now inhabit them. A huge portion of America's protected areas, large and small, is now threatened. In one projection, the much loved maple, beech and birch forests of New England will disappear in this century."

-- James Gustave Speth, dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, in his article "Carbon Dioxide Won the Election; Politics of Warming," The International Herald Tribune, Jan. 16, 2003.


"We shouldn't assume that behavior change is hard so let's not even try. We can motivate communities to change their behaviors to healthy behaviors."

-- Melinda Irwin, assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, "Study Finds Exercise Targets Tummy Fat," The Hartford Courant, Jan. 15, 2003.


"The state intervention in the economies of India and Pakistan has led to widespread corruption and rent seeking."

-- T. N. Srinivasan, the Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics, "Political Stability Ensures Strong Economy," The Nation (Pakistan), Jan. 14, 2003.


"There seems to be a coming to terms (in the Middle East) with the fact that Saddam Hussein has got to go within the major Arab regimes themselves."

-- Charles Hill, visiting lecturer in international affairs, "U.S. Plans Iraqi Trials," United Press International, Jan. 8, 2003.


"[The source of poor reading skills] is in the brain; it's not the child's motivation or their attitude. The schools may say to a parent, 'Don't worry, boys develop late,' or 'She'll grow out of it,' but they won't."

-- Dr. Sally E. Shaywitz, professor of pediatrics, "Brain Studies May Lead to a Reading Revolution," The Seattle Times, Dec. 24, 2002.


"Stage one, after independence, is 'You can't reach us and we can't reach you, so we're both separate.' Stage two ... from 1898 or 1895 or so, when the British withdrew ... is 'You can't reach us, but if we want we can reach you' -- which the First World War shows, and then the Second World War shows. Hitler couldn't reach America, but America could reach Hitler; Tojo couldn't reach America, but America could reach Japan. Now, stage three is the new one, after September the 11th, and it goes like this: 'You now can reach us, and you did, and we're getting very worried about anthrax, or crop dusters, or poison gas or whatever, but we can still reach and get back at you.'"

-- Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, "U.S. Can't Go It Alone in New World," The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo), Jan. 4, 2003.


"The Internet may be nearing saturation in the United States, but it is still growing rapidly in the rest of the world."

-- Robert Shiller, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, "Knowledge Is Power; But Oceans of Detail Breed Overconfidence; Excess Data?/Internet's Effect on Investors," The International Herald Tribune, Jan. 4, 2003.


"Nonetheless, the price must be paid -- by raising taxes, by cutting expenditures, or by forcing the Federal Reserve [to] do the job by raising interest rates, thereby curbing investment and especially housing. One way or another, Americans will pay for the war."

-- William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics, "War With Iraq Could Eclipse Bush Economic Plan: Analysts," The Business Times Singapore, Jan. 9, 2003.


"At United [Airlines], you have to be a qualified mechanic, meaning you could overhaul a jet engine, in order to stand on the ramp and wave an airplane in with the wands and make sure it doesn't hit anything."

-- Michael E. Levine, adjunct professor of law, "Judge Orders Steep Wage Cuts for United Airlines Machinists To Help the Airline Stay Afloat," "All Things Considered," National Public Radio, Jan. 10, 2003.


"The world economy is in trouble: corporate investment and trade are slowing, factories are producing more than they can sell, and deflation is threatening many regions. ... America's economy is the world's most powerful by far, accounting for almost a third of global demand these days, but even if we grow at a healthy rate this year, the United States by itself cannot create a sustainable international economic recovery."

-- Jeffrey E. Garten, dean of the Yale School of Management, in his op-ed article "A Worldwide Economic Stimulus Plan," The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2003.


"I think [suspending students for violent behavior] is a bad move, because it absolves the school from feeling that it's necessary to deal with that problem within the school building. You push it out to the community, you push it out to the family home, and that's where it started to begin with."

-- Walter Gilliam, associate research scientist at the Child Study Center, "Kindergartners Becoming More Targets of Suspensions, Researchers Say," The Associated Press, Dec. 14, 2002.


Yale Community Unites in Grief For Victims of Tragic Accident


Talks, performances to mark Black History Month

Yale experts offer insights on ethical globalization

Senior to study 'directed evolution' at Cambridge as Churchill Scholar

IN FOCUS: Yale-China AIDS Education Program

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology faculty honored

News executive to discuss impact of 'One Hand Zapping'

Art gallery's history is showcased in new exhibit

Library exhibit highlights the peace movement


English department to present staged reading of Byron drama

Dr. Stephen Fleck, noted for research on schizophrenia, dies

Conference to focus on the people and politics of the Balkan region

'Public service in Hong Kong' to be highlighted in symposium

Jonathan Spence elected president of American Historical Association

Upcoming CPTV program on the slave trade filmed during Yale event

Salute to King

Yale Books in Brief

Campus Notes

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