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June 25, 2004|Volume 32, Number 32|Four-Week Issue















In the News

"Obesity is not just a cosmetic issue. It's a big problem because you open the door for serious, chronic complications."

-- Dr. Sonia Caprio, associate professor of endocrinology and associate clinical professor of nursing, "Study Suggests Obese Kids at Risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease," Associated Press, June 3, 2004.


"As pictures have shown, beating, torturing and murdering African Americans was a celebratory event in Southern communities; taunting and spitting at African-American children trying to attend school was a celebratory event in Northern and Southern cities. I doubt that the majority of residents endorsed any of this barbaric treatment -- just enough people to allow the events to occur."

-- Robert Solomon, clinical professor of law, in his article "Wait, This Is What America Is Like," Connecticut Law Tribune, May 24, 2004.


"Many children will probably enter kindergarten having already been kicked out of preschool two or three times. What worries me most is that parents are sending their children to school having heard many times that their child is an educational failure."

-- Walter Gilliam, associate research scientist at the Child Study Center, on new programs designed to keep children with extreme behavioral problems from being expelled from preschools and day care, "Preschoolers Get Help Before They're Expelled," Detroit Free Press, June 3, 2004.


"Many of us in the class of 2004 grew up in the 1990s believing that America was a force for good in the world. We became conscious of international affairs at a time when the American military was intervening to stop genocide in the Balkans, fighting to distribute food to starving people in Somalia, and protecting democracy in Haiti. ... Many of us reached the conclusion that the United States was wrong not when it intervened in the affairs of others, but when it sat on its hands, as it did in the case of Rwanda. It was only natural that we would apply that same logic to Iraq."

-- Joshua Foer, student in Yale College, in his article "Enter Right, Exit Left," The New York Times, May 23, 2001.


"There are all kinds of applications for a highly developed sense of smell, such as the detection of explosives or drugs. It's a great idea. You wouldn't want to let a mouse loose on an airplane to go sniffing for anything but in the right circumstances and with the right controls it could be extremely useful."

-- Leonard Kaczmarek, professor of pharmacology & cellular and molecular physiology, on his team's development of a mouse with a sense of smell 10,000 times stronger than normal, "'Super Mice' Could Replace Sniffer Dogs," The Observer, May 30, 2004.


"Whether natural or artificial, ultraviolet radiation causes the skin to age prematurely. The irony is that young women pursue a tan to look more attractive, but trade this for a lifetime of premature wrinkles and haggard-looking skin."

-- Dr. David J. Leffell, professor of dermatology and surgery, "Here Comes the (Killer) Sun," South China Morning Post, June 3, 2004.


"Next to the U.S., China has more impact on global supply and demand than any other country. Indeed, it is becoming as central to global manufacturing as Saudi Arabia is to oil."

-- Jeffrey E. Garten, dean of the School of Management, in his article "Time for China To Sit at G-8 table," The Korea Herald, June 8, 2004.


"Many African women have very little choice in the exercise of their sexuality. If, for example, husbands want sex, wives are expected to respond, even if the husband is infected [with AIDS]."

-- Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Ethics, "South African Prelate Battles His Church in Battling AIDS," The Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan), June 5, 2004.


"The notion that the president has the constitutional power to permit torture is like saying he has the constitutional power to commit genocide."

-- Harold Hongju Koh, the Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, "Dismay at Attempt To Find Legal Justification for Torture: International Lawyers Call for Government Advisers Behind Interrogation Memo To Face Professional Sanctions," Financial Times (London), June 10, 2004.


"We live in a time in which art is not supposed to make you smile. We are to be confronted with the grim realities of life in the face of art."

-- Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the School of Architecture, on why critics disapprove of the quirky architecture of the Huntington Hartford Museum in New York, "New York City's Huntington Hartford Building," National Public Radio, May 24, 2004.


"[T]he heart of the strength of this nation is our division of church and state, so that we create a legal world in which people are free to practice their religious beliefs as they see fitting. But that is very different from making the claim that one's religious belief should have no effect upon the way they walk through the world, and the way that they vote politically and the way that they understand and imagine the form that our social world should take."

-- Serene Jones, the Titus Street Professor of Theology, "Role Of Religion in American Politics," CNNFN, May 25, 2004.


"Women will seek termination of pregnancy when they are desperate; it has always been so. Medications that prevent unwanted pregnancy are now available. Surely a believer would think such invention is God-given. A young woman dying of gangrene from her waist to her thighs because of a botched self-induced abortion is surely not God's intent."

-- Ernest I. Kohorn, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology, in his letter to the editor "Contraception Is Better than Abortion," New Haven Register, May 26, 2004.


"[P]ushing down oil prices has been the dominant energy strategy of the United States for the past 100 years. ... The question today is whether it continues to make sense to use taxpayer money, military resources and environmental treasures to ensure that oil stays cheap and available to American consumers and businesses. We don't calculate these costs of cheap oil into our tab at the gasoline pump. But we should."

-- Paul Sabin, senior research scholar at the Law School, in his article "For the Budget-Conscious: Cheap Oil Isn't Worth the Price," Chicago Tribune, May 27, 2004.


"We live in a fast-paced culture, a culture that is so inimical to memory that if you don't mark an event in stone somewhere, we are afraid as a community it is going to be gone. Hence, we tend to memorialize quickly. This can have the consequence of not having sufficient time passing and being distant enough for our memories to mature."

-- Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, about efforts to create a memorial in honor of the victims of one of the nation's worst aviation accidents, "N.Y. Crash Victims' Kin Still Seek a Place of Remembrance," Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2004.


"Scientific advances are the fundamental cause of economic progress, yet many nations often hope to piggyback on discoveries made in more scientifically advanced countries. This is the most practical and efficient strategy in the early stages. But, to reach the advanced stages of economic growth, a country needs scientific research at home."

-- Robert J. Shiller, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, in his article "Discovering the Secret of Prosperity," South China Morning Post, May 26, 2004.


"Every time an Indian villager watches the community TV and sees an ad for soap or shampoo, what they notice are not the soap and shampoo but the lifestyle of the people using them, the kind of motorbikes they ride, their dress and their homes. They see a world they want access to. This election was about envy, anger and aspirations. It was a classic case of revolutions happening when things are getting better but not fast enough for many people."

-- Nayan Chanda, director of publications at the Center for the Study of Globalization, on the ouster of the Bharatiya Janata Party, "Advice for Movement: Think Globally, Act Locally," The Baltimore Sun, June 8, 2004.


Grant to aid development of gene therapy for Parkinson's

Alumni elect new trustee

Historian Blight to direct Gilder-Lehrman Center

Student's 'Ride to Endure' will raise funds for cancer group


Library acquires papers of famed poet Joseph Brodsky

IN FOCUS: F&ES-Anthropology Combined Degree

Troup students creating own plays in Drama School program


Committee reviewing employee health benefits . . .

Orchestral movement: Shinik Hahm leaving post . . .

Ranis and Hathaway to research international topics as Carnegie Scholars

I. Richard Savage dies; noted for applying statistics to public policys

Sundance Lab director named interim head of playwriting department

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