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September 13, 2002|Volume 31, Number 2














Harold Attridge, a Catholic layman, was appointed the Divinity School's new dean over the summer. Here, he is pictured with President Richard C. Levin at his installation ceremony in Marquand Chapel on Sept. 3.

While You Were Away:
The Summer's Top Stories Revisited

Divinity School welcomes new dean

Harold Attridge, the Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, was appointed dean of the Divinity School this summer.

An active Catholic layman, Attridge has been a member of the school's faculty since 1997 and is "an acknowledged leader of the faculty," said President Richard C. Levin, in making the announcement. "He has a deep understanding of the Divinity School and the enthusiastic support of the faculty and staff. He will have the full support of the University as he leads the school to carry out its mission of preparing individuals for the ordained and lay ministries of the Christian churches, encouraging the study of religion in a University environment and shaping the role of religion in society by providing theological education for its leaders."

Attridge succeeds Rebecca Chopp, who left Yale this summer to become the president of Colgate University.

Alumnae Maya Lin and Indra Nooyi named Yale trustees

Two Yale alumna have been chosen to join the Yale Corporation.

Maya Lin '81 B.A., '86 M.Arch., designer of some of the nation's most renowned monuments, was elected as an alumni fellow in a worldwide ballot of Yale graduates. Lin's creations include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama; and the Women's Table on the Yale campus.

Indra Nooyi, a 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Management and the president and chief financial officer of PepsiCo, has been appointed as a successor fellow. A native of India, Nooyi is responsible for such corporation functions as finance strategy, human resources, law, communications and technology at PepsiCo, the world's fourth largest food and beverage company.

With these two appointments, there will be six women among the 16 fellows of the Yale Corporation.

F&ES Dean Speth honored with Blue Planet Prize

James Gustave Speth, dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been honored for contributions to global environment conservation with the Blue Planet Prize, an international award presented annually by the Tokyo-based Asahi Glass Foundation.

The citation for the prize honors Speth for "a lifetime of creative and visionary leadership in the search for science-based solutions to global environmental problems and for pioneering efforts to bring these issues, including global climate change, to broad international attention." The citation notes, in particular, Speth's leadership role as creator of the Natural Resources Defense Council, founder and director of the World Resources Institute and administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

Scientist Jerry Woodall wins National Medal of Technology

In a ceremony at the White House this summer, President George W. Bush presented the National Medal of Technology to Jerry M. Woodall, the C. Baldwin Sawyer Professor of Electrical Engineering -- making him the first Yale professor to receive the prestigious award.

Fully half of the world's annual sales of compound semiconductor components are based on Woodall's pioneering research in that area, and he is the inventor of many electronic and optoelectronic devices commonly seen in modern life, including the red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) used in indicators and stop lights; the infrared LEDs used in CD players, TV remote controls and computer networks; the high-speed transistors used in cell phones and satellites; and high-efficiency solar cells used to power satellites.

Professors named to endowed posts

Current and new Yale faculty members were recently appointed to endowed chairs.

Donald Kagan was named Sterling Professor of Classics and History. Sterling chairs are one of the most prestigious honors the University gives to faculty members. Kagan, who has taught at Yale since 1969, is an authority on ancient Greek history and culture, as well as a scholar of diplomatic history.

Peter B. Moore was designated Sterling Professor of Chemistry. Moore, who also came to the University in 1969, has won worldwide acclaim for his studies of the structure of the ribosome, the cellular structure responsible for synthesizing protein molecules in all organisms.

Roger Howe, a Yale faculty member since 1974, was appointed the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Mathematics. He is an award-winning teacher whose major research interest is in the applications of symmetry, particularly harmonic analysis, group representations, automorphic forms and invariant theory.

Tso-Ping Ma, who joined the Yale faculty in 1977, was named the Raymond John Wean Professor of Electrical Engineering. Internationally known for his research and teaching in such areas as microelectronics and semiconductors, Ma is also a professor of applied physics, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and co-director of the Yale Center for Microelectronics.

Arjun Appadurai, who joins the Yale faculty this fall from the University of Chicago, was appointed the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of International Studies. He is a noted expert on modern developments in the Indian city of Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) and on the cultural effects of globalization.

W. Mark Saltzman, another new faculty member this year, was named the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering. Saltzman, who was formerly at Cornell University, does work on tissue engineering and on developing better methods for drug delivery.

Yale Homebuyer Program hits 500 mark

In June, the Yale Homebuyer Program hit and surpassed the 500-participant mark.

Part of Yale's neighborhood revitalization efforts, the program was established in 1994 by President Richard C. Levin. Under the initiative, Yale staff and faculty receive $25,000 over 10 years to purchase and live in designated neighborhoods in the city, making it one of the most generous homeownership benefit programs offered by any university.

Pioneering researchers elected to National Academy of Sciences

Yale researchers Jennifer A. Doudna and Richard Anthony Flavell were elected to the National Academy of Sciences in honor of their distinguished and continued achievements in original research.

Doudna is the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Her work in structural biology has provided insights into the structure and function of RNA.

Flavell is professor and chair of the Department of Immunobiology and is also an HHMI investigator. He has done pioneering work in the structure and expression of eukaryotic genes and on critical genes of the immune system.

Biodiversity expert appointed as new director of Peabody Museum

Biodiversity expert Michael J. Donoghue has been named the next director of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Donoghue is currently curator of botany at the Peabody Museum. He holds the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professorship in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, which he chaired last year, and also has faculty appointments in the Department of Geology and Geophysics and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He will assume the Peabody directorship in January, succeeding Yale anthropologist Richard Burger, who will return to full-time teaching and research.

President Richard C. Levin noted that, in addition to bringing his knowledge of the museum's collections and his "passion" for education the public to the post, Donoghue "will ensure that the museum plays an important role in the study and conservation of biodiversity."

Yale receives $2.4 million grant for stem cell research on Parkinson's disease

School of Medicine researchers are studying the effectiveness of stem cells in treating Parkinson's disease with funding from a $2.4 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

A team lead by Dr. D. Eugene Redmond, professor of psychiatry and neurosurgery, is investigating whether human neural stem cells can cure experimental Parkinson's disease in monkeys.

Research reveals disruption in brain linked to dyslexia in children

Dyslexic children as young as age 7 have a disruption in their brain's neural circuitry related to reading, according to a new study by Yale scientists.

"We previously demonstrated a disruption in the neural circuitry of adults, but we did not know if this disruption was just the end result of years of poor reading or if it was there from the beginning of the time a child should be able to read, which is around 6 or 7 years old, so our study begins at that point," says the study's co-author Dr. Sally Shaywitz, professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention. The first author of the study, which was published in Biological Psychiatry, was Dr. Bennett Shaywitz, professor of pediatrics and neurology and in the Yale Child Study Center.

Drama School/Yale Rep receive Governor's Arts Award

The School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre was honored for artistic achievement and contribution to the arts with the 2002 Governor's Arts Award.

In its announcement of the award, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts noted that the relationship of the Yale Rep and the School of Drama was "akin to the relationship between a teaching hospital and a medical school" and added: "The school's brightest minds collaborate with experienced specialists, using fresh ideas and inventive technology, to produce new plays and vividly interpret classics." The award was presented in June at a ceremony at the Schubert Theater.

SOM program to help boost minority enrollment in business schools

The Yale School of Management (SOM) and the nonprofit organization Management Leadership for Tomorrow have launched a new program to help increase the number of minority students at leading graduate schools throughout the world.

The initiative was inspired by a recent study showing that African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos are significantly underrepresented at the top 50 M.B.A. programs -- in part because they are less successful in the application process than non-minorities. The new program brings minority undergraduates interested in pursuing M.B.A.'s to Yale SOM for instructional seminars headed by admissions officers from top business schools, who will help participants understand and prepare for the application process.

Study says mass vaccination is best response to smallpox attack

In the event of a smallpox attack, mass vaccinations would result in fewer deaths and faster eradication of the disease than other response strategies, according to a team of researchers that included Edward Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences at the School of Management and professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Using a new mathematical model to estimate the effectiveness of various strategies, the scientists concluded that, in a city of 10 million inhabitants, mass vaccinations would result in 4,120 fewer deaths than the Center for Disease Control's current plan of targeted vaccinations. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Several current and former members of the Yale community passed away in recent months. They include:

R.W.B. Lewis, the Neil Gray Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and professor emeritus of English and American studies, died on June 13 at age 84. A renowned literary scholar and critic, Professor Lewis won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his biography of Edith Wharton.

Dr. Albert J. Solnit, Sterling Professor Emeritus and senior research scientist at the School of Medicine's Child Study Center, died in an automobile accident on June 21 at age 82. Dr. Solnit was a world renowned pioneer in child psychiatry and former commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Charles Bockelman, professor emeritus of physics and Yale's first deputy provost for the sciences, passed away on June 6 at age 79. An expert on nuclear structure physics, Professor Bockelman joined the Provost's Office in 1966 and spent the next 20 years overseeing the growth of the sciences at the University.

Randolph C. Miller, the Horace Bushnell Professor Emeritus of Christian Nurture at the Divinity School, died on June 13 at age 92. A leading authority on Christian education, Professor Miller was also a jazz enthusiast and expert, who spoke widely on the theology of jazz.

Robert E. Apfel, the Robert E. Higgin Professor of Mechanical Engineering, died on Aug. 1 at age 59. In his research, Professor Apfel explored how acoustic waves could be used to probe the bulk and surface properties of liquids and biological materials and to manipulate materials on earth and in space.

King-lui Wu, professor emeritus of architecture at the School of Architecture, passed away on Aug. 15 at the age of 84. An award-winning architect, Professor Wu was a popular instructor, whose students included many of today's celebrated architects.

Dr. Gustaf Lindskog, the William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery and former chair of surgery at the School of Medicine, died on Aug. 4 at age 99. Dr. Lindskog, who was also surgeon-in-chief at Yale-New Haven Hospital, was widely recognized for his contributions to the field of thoracic surgery, particularly the treatment of lung cancer.

Paul Weiss, professor emeritus of philosophy, died on July 5 at age 101. A preeminent philosopher who was known for his work in metaphysics, Professor Weiss held a Sterling Professorship at Yale and was an outspoken advocate against age discrimination.

Mark Leiserson, professor of economics (1954-1970), died on Aug. 22 at age 78. A specialist in the economics of developing nations, Mr. Leiserson worked at the World Bank after leaving Yale.


Yale to honor life of Edward Bouchet

Law School authors featured on 'Today Show'

Researchers win grants supporting women in the sciences

University Information

Famed poets to give readings and discuss their craft


Yale Library taking lead on project to establish international database . . .

Three classics are woven into one in Rep's first offering

Painter and former art school dean Andrew Forge dies

Conference looks at conflict in Central Asia, Caucasus

Program will explore recent accomplishments and trends . . .

Film Fest showcases works by independent filmmakers

The art of wood turning is focus of symposium

Panel to explore the future of the environment

Coming to America: Program brings the world to New Haven

Traditions of French, American revolutions explored in weekend conference

President Richard C. Levin's Freshman Address

Yale College Dean Richard H. Brodhead's Freshman Address

Graduate students begin Yale chapter of their 'love story'

They're here! Photos of the arrival of the Class of 2006

While You Were Away: The Summer's Top Stories Revisited

Interns dedicated themselves to a summer of service

Sports and music were on the agenda in groups' trips abroad

Sports Spotlight

Yale Books in Brief

Campus Notes

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