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January 30, 2004|Volume 32, Number 16















In the News

"Indeed the staunchest proof of racism among whites is that they think they belong to another 'race,' when there is in fact really only one race, the human race."

-- Glenda E. Gilmore, the Peter V. & C. Vann Woodward Professor of History and American Studies and African American Studies, and John David Smith in their article "Honor and the Human Race," The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), Jan. 4, 2004.


"Many of us [on the Yale faculty in the 1960s and 1970s] had the sense we were preparing future leaders."

-- Robert Dahl, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science, about the number of presidential candidates this year who are Yale alumni, "Yale Teachers Size Up Candidates," The Hartford Courant, Dec. 30, 2003.


"Dozens of studies have shown this link [between aggressive behavior in children and violence in video games and the media]. The size of the effect is almost as strong as the relationship between smoking and cancer."

-- Jerome Singer, professor of psychology, "Does Kindergarten Need Cops?" Time Magazine, Dec. 15, 2003.


"You can find, in ancient Roman theater, portrayals of slaves that are almost identical to blackface minstrels of the 19th century here, except instead of blackface, the actor has a red wig, because the stereotypical slave was Thracian and they were redheaded. ... Slavery is not an African American story, it's a global story."

-- Robert Forbes, lecturer in history and associate director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, "Mix of Urgency, Ambition Propels Slavery Museum; Project Breaks Ground, But Opposition and Obstacles Lie Ahead," The Washington Post, Dec. 14, 2003.


"Think about what it must have been like to come to work early in the morning and there would be young women, 16 or 17, some of them. And a minimum of one out of six of them were dying -- sometimes one out of four was dying. Can you imagine what that was like for a young doctor? That had a profound affect on him."

-- Dr. Sherwin Nuland, clinical professor of surgery, about 19th-century Viennese physician Ignac Semmelweis, who first advised doctors to wash their hands between patients, "For Hospitals, Dirty Hands Still a Danger; Although the Importance of Washing Was Discovered More Than 100 Years Ago, Busy Health Care Workers Often Forget To Scrub," The Baltimore Sun, Dec. 8, 2003.


"Most people in this country assume that free markets and democracy naturally go together, but I disagree. Non-Western countries have ethnic and religious backgrounds that are much different. Unlike the West, markets and democracy may not be mutually reinforcing, and may be on a collision course."

-- Amy Lynn Chua, professor of law, "Law Prof Tackles Globalization," Los Angeles Times, Jan. 19, 2004.


"One shouldn't let one's guard down [about the flu threat] because it's only January and there are other respiratory viruses out there."

-- Dr. Louise Dembry, associate professor of internal medicine (infectious diseases) and of epidemiology and public health and lecturer in pharmacology, "Worst of Flu Season May Be Over," The New Haven Register, Jan. 14, 2004.


"Nobody of any sense is saying the U.S. is facing its imperial sunset, even if its ground forces are stretched in Iraq and other trouble spots. Indeed, the U.S. actually looks stronger, relative to any other nation or group of nations, than it did 20 years ago. ... Yet at the end of the day there remains much value in the notion that the U.S. should be thinking hard about the sort of international order it wants when newer world forces come into play and its present hegemonic position might be amended."

-- Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, in his article "Secure Future Calls for Americans To Think the Unthinkable," The Australian, Jan. 19, 2004.


"The public idea space has been filled with images of hatred and violence that create a sense of irreconcilable differences and hopelessness. Moderate voices have to reclaim the public idea space from extremist elements."

-- Dr. Bruce Wexler, professor of psychiatry, about A Different Future, an interfaith group seeking solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, "Raising Voices for Peace," The Hartford Courant, Jan. 19, 2004.


"We run a school for CEOs. We ask them, 'Has the U.S. lost any credibility globally over trade protection issues,' for example, and 37 percent of them in June told us -- CEOs said, 'No, no big deal.' Now 87 percent are quite alarmed."

-- Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, associate dean at the School of Management, "Corruption," "Talk of the Nation," National Public Radio, Jan. 14, 2004.


"What they are looking for now [on Mars] are sedimentary rocks, which are created by successive layers of silt settling in, which would require the presence of water. It's really a geology mission -- it would be great to find those sedimentary rocks, which would clinch the case for liquid water in the past."

-- Charles D. Bailyn, chair of the Department of Astronomy, "Mars Rover Seeks Traces of Planet's Past," New Haven Register, Jan. 11, 2004.


"Financial markets are becoming more pervasive and financial risk management will become a much bigger part of our lives in the next few years."

-- Robert J. Shiller, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, "Wolf on Prowl," The Evening Standard (London), Jan. 16, 2004.


"What is distinctive about the drop in [H.I.V. infection] in Connecticut is the percentage of cases among injectors dropped more precipitously than anything else. When you look at the declines in injector-associated H.I.V. you also see those declines restricted to the cities that have needle exchanges and you don't see them to the same degree among the cities in the rest of the state."

-- Robert Heimer, associate professor of epidemiology and public health and of pharmacology, "It's Not the Heroin, It's the Needle," The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2004.


"[O]verall, eating fish is health-promoting, and eating salmon can be particularly so. But it is increasingly important to know the source of those fish. Until or unless fish farmers step away from the transgressions of their counterparts on land, consumers should step away from their product, and ask for wild fish instead."

-- Dr. David Katz, associate clinical professor of epidemiology and public health and of medicine, "Toxins in Farm-Raised Salmon Pose Health Risk," Connecticut Post, Jan. 9, 2004.


"If a physician prescribes [Viagra] to a man that needs it and if it's 'coupled' to be used advisedly with proper education, then there's no problem. The problem is if he comes home ... and then he tells his wife, 'Hop into bed.' And he hasn't taken her out! And he hasn't bought her flowers! There will be problems."

-- Ruth Westheimer, lecturer in FAS college seminars and psychiatry, "Sex Therapist Wants To Raise the Volume of Communication Even Higher," San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 9, 2004.


"I can't imagine ever moving beyond race or for racial concerns to be fully behind us. I think we need to sit in the complexity of our blackness and talk about that. I think to move beyond race would imply that somehow everything was fixed neatly and tied up with a bow, instead of saying that under the sign of blackness, we come in many, many, many varieties and many, many, many aesthetics and political concerns."

-- Elizabeth Alexander, adjunct associate professor of African American Studies, "Professor Elizabeth Alexander on her New Book, 'The Black Interior,'" "Tavis Smiley," National Public Radio, Jan. 8, 2004.


"Every diet in the world comes into one of these three categories: one that restricts carbohydrates, one that restricts fat and one that directly restricts calories. And it depends on what's easiest for you. If you're somebody who can enjoy a limited variety of foods, then diets that restrict your variety, like low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets might work for you. On the other hand, if you need a lot of variety, then a low-calorie diet might fit you better."

-- Dr. Lisa Sanders, clinical instructor in internal medicine, "Dr. Lisa Sanders Discusses How To Choose the Perfect Diet," "The Early Show," CBS, Jan. 16, 2004.


"[Chinese New Year is] like your Thanksgiving. Relatives all gather together and eat a big meal. In China, the central government TV station has a live broadcast from 8 o'clock to midnight of special performances, and every single province gets the broadcast."

-- Fawn Wang, assistant to the secretary of the Office of International Affairs, of the celebration in her native China, "Beardsley Zoo Event To Kick Off Year of the Monkey," Connecticut Post, Jan. 17, 2004.


"Optimists point out that Americans are much richer than they were in the 1970s. But while they are as a whole, incomes have grown little for the middle class and working poor -- even as wages have become more unstable, the financial effects of losing a job have worsened, and the cost of things families need, from housing to education, has ballooned. Yet government and the private sector aren't just ignoring these problems, they are making them worse."

-- Jacob S. Hacker, the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science, in his article "Call It the Family Risk Factor," The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2004.


"But whether it is our leaders in Washington boning up on the Muslim world by watching 'The Battle of Algiers,' or our children being tutored in the Holocaust through showings of 'Schindler's List' in school assemblies, the truly depressing news ... is how so much of our knowledge, and judgment, of the world and its history now come to us via the fanciful products of an industry that has always been about entertainment and seldom about facts."

-- John Whittier Treat, chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, in his letter to the editor about how the movie industry represents other cultures, "Hollywood's Japan; A Movie-Made World," The New York Times, Jan. 11, 2004.


Hair dye use may boost risk of cancer

Yale physician who helped Iranian earthquake relief efforts . . .

New Kahn chair to bring young architects to Yale

'Hatching the Past' explores dino-bird link

Exhibit underscores Yale research showing birds as 'living dinosaurs'

Japanese chess champion balances strategizing and study

Exhibit explores experiences of black soldiers in the Civil War

Campus celebration of Black History Month features an array of events

Scientists discover how mosquitoes smell their human prey

Studies shed light on struggle to quit smoking

Bipolar disorder linked to decrease in brain structure governing emotions

Study: Post-traumatic stress disorder . . .

Heavy rainfall not only wears down mountains . . .

Drama School to stage contemporary Irish comedy

Leading art critics featured in new discussion series

Search committee named for Yale College Dean

New SOM advisory board will discuss the school's mission and goals

Yale neurologist honored for contributions to epilepsy research

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