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May 20, 2005|Volume 33, Number 28|Three-Week Issue















In the News

"As you know very few of us liked the World Trade Towers. They seemed too big, dumb and inarticulate. When they got hit all of the associations changed. All of a sudden, instead of looking too tall, they looked heart-rending. Now I love them."

-- Vincent Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art and lecturer in the history of art, "Ground Zero -- A Not So Grand Plan," The Irish Times, April 30, 2005.


"We're finding a certain kind of gayness palatable -- beautiful lesbians in 'The L Word,' sharp, bitchy, comic queens in 'Queer Eye.' What we're doing is domesticating the threat of queerness."

-- Jonathan Katz, executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative in Lesbian and Gay Studies, adjunct associate professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies and of the history of art, noting that the depiction of gay lives onscreen remains rooted in the white upper middle-class, "The New Straight; As Gay Aesthetics Filter Into the Mainstream, Orientation is Becoming Harder To Define," Daily Variety, April 28, 2005.


"The Republican new Christian right criticism of their own judges and of, it could be said, their own Supreme Court really highlight this incredible tension of an immoral decision, from their point of view, being made by following the rule of law. And this is a classic tension in the judicial system, and, frankly it's a classic tension in American politics and how we discuss the nature of our public and private life."

-- Jon Butler, dean of the Graduate School, the Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History and Religious Studies, and professor of history, "History of Controversies Over How Judges Get Appointed and Confirmed," "All Things Considered," National Public Radio, April 28, 2005.


"When you mention '1984' to the average reader, they'll remember Big Brother, they'll remember doublethink and thoughtcrime, but the real emotional point of the novel seems fuzzy to them. ... It's about the way in which Winston tries to find the friend who will save him and the woman who will love him and then is betrayed by the man and in turn betrays the other. That's become the heart of the opera, and I think people will be struck again by the force of the story."

-- J.D. McClatchy, editor of The Yale Review and adjunct professor of English, about writing the libretto for an opera based on George Orwell's novel "1984," "Big Brother Sings!" The Guardian (London), April 29, 2005.


"[A]s the North Vietnamese Army took control of Saigon, they made no attempt to interdict the evacuation, treating the U.S. helicopter evacuation as a temporary withdrawal. They refrained from raising their flags at the U.S. Embassy, sparing the United States the humiliation of its ignominious departure. ... Thus, despite its success in driving out America, Vietnam continued to view the U.S. presence as a guarantee for its independence [from China]."

-- Nayan Chanda, director of publications at the Center for the Study of Globalization, in his article "China and the Power Game," International Herald Tribune, April 30, 2005.


"We need to talk openly to patients about the strength of the evidence that's available [about the medications they're taking] and what all the options are."

-- Dr. Harlan Krumholz, professor of internal medicine and of epidemiology and public health, "A Bitter Pill for Older Patients; Excluded From Drug Trials, the Elderly Face Unknown Risks," USA Today, May 5, 2005.


"The region [of East Asia] seems frozen in time, with 19th-century-style border disputes threatening peace and stability. ... The fundamental problem, however, is not the memories of World War II, bitter as they still are, but growing competition among the great powers of East Asia and the absence of a durable, indigenous security mechanism there. Because of this, there is neither trust nor a normal working relationship among these countries."

-- Michael Auslin, assistant professor of history, in his article "Squabbles Betray East Asia's Lack of Cooperation; Spring Protests," International Herald Tribune, April 30, 2005.


"Baby boomers are reaching the end of the line and soon are going to have to
be selling [their stocks]. We should not rationally expect the same rates of return on our investments that our parents did."

-- John Geanakoplos, the James Tobin Professor of Economics, "Future Shock: As Boomers Retire, a Debate: Will Stock Prices Get Crushed?" The Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2005.


"Will [Pope Benedict XVI] be wise enough to lead the church in a way that doesn't hang onto the old excessively? On the one hand, I think you can't have a church that will be like an old car, because you will leave it behind or drive it on a rare Sunday. On the other hand, you can't have a church that will change with these restlessly changing times. If a church marries the spirit of a restless age, it will be a widow. Whether he will be wise and draw that line as a shepherd would, or draw that line as a watchdog would, well, that's the key question."

-- Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at the Divinity School, "From the Flock, Thoughts on a New Pope," The New York Times, May 1, 2005.


"Everything we [mathematicians] do sooner or later turns out to be useful, often in ways we don't expect."

-- Michael L. Frame, adjunct professor of mathematics, "Yale Professor Honored With Wolf Prize for Mathematics," New Haven Register, May 2, 2005.


"To no small degree, the field of genetics had grown out of experimental programs designed to resolve certain conundrums raised by Darwin's theory, particularly the question of what natural selection acts upon. The first generation of geneticists, remaining absorbed by the puzzles, recognized that genetic mutation supplied material for natural selection."

-- Daniel J. Kevles, the Stanley Woodward Professor of History, in his review of Oren Solomon Harman's book "The Man Who Invented the Chromosome: A Life of Cyril Darlington," "The Gene Wars," The New Republic, May 2-9, 2005.


"The dad is expecting the boy to play football, baseball, work on the car, ride his bike, be rough-and-tumble, while this boy [who is predisposed to be gay] is more interested in drawing pictures or helping mom bake a cake. ... The child starts to feel unloved by the father and turns to the mother. The mother steps in and kind of makes up for it."

-- Dr. Sidney Phillips, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, "A Special Empathy: Mothers and Their Gay Sons Often Have a Strong Bond Because of Shared Interests," Hartford Courant, May 8, 2005.


"With many of those appointees [to the federal courts] likely to be influential for years to come, thinkers on the left have joined those on the right -- the political right, that is, which has repeatedly rallied its base with attacks on the judiciary -- in endorsing a cutback in the role of judges. Meanwhile the legal right is increasingly divided between those who practice what the politicians preach and others keen to pursue their own agendas through the courts."

-- Lincoln Caplan, Knight Senior Journalist at the Law School and lecturer in English, in his article "This Fight's About More Than Judgeships," The Washington Post, May 8, 2005.


"Architecture students have a terrible fear of developers. [By having a developer critique his or her work], the student begins to realize how architecture is practiced in the modern world. To cut them off from the professional client is to cut them off from a significant aspect of their education."

-- Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the School of Architecture and the J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture, "Commerce Joins Art To Train Yale Architects," The New York Times, May 4, 2005.


Team creates blood test for 'silent killer'

University marks 100 years of 'Pomp and Circumstance'

Yale scientist featured in new stamp series

Twelve honored for strengthening town-gown ties


Krauss named to second term at Silliman

Researchers discover virus' potential to target and kill deadly brain tumor

Yale professors endow teaching and research fund in the history of science

Study shows, when it comes to fish genitalia, size has pros and cons

Two Yale scientists honored with election to the NAS

Six Yale affiliates elected fellows of scholarly society

Beijing conference explored Chinese constitutionalism

New scholarship will help nurture future activist ministers

Yale-IBM computer facility formally dedicated


Yale launches research on lung cancer . . .

Workshop will explore technology's power to capture . . .

Show features artist's colorful depictions of 'Northern Shores'

Glen Micalizio wins Beckman Young Investigator award . . .


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