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October 20, 2006|Volume 35, Number 7















In the News

"[M]ost of the diseases we are operating on are diseases of age -- such as cancer, heart disease, and bone and joint disease."

-- Ronnie Rosenthal, associate professor of surgery, on the fact that seniors are the nation's fast-growing age group, "Senior Operator: A Johns Hopkins Physician Is Giving 'Geriatric Surgery' a Big Push," The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 2, 2006.


"Globalization is providing the world with not only greater economic opportunities but also a remarkable resilience to events that in the past would have proven highly disruptive. If you consider recent regional wars, terrorism, the skyrocketing prices of oil and other commodities, and the laxity in the fiscal and monetary policies of some of the major economies, you may conclude that it's only through the globalization of the market economy that we've been able to sail through such stormy waters."

-- Ernesto Zedillo, director of the Center for the Study of Globalization and professor in the field of international economics and politics, in his article, "Give Globalization a Hand; Ernesto Zedillo Says Globalization Works but Faces Challenges," Forbes, Oct. 2, 2006.


"In reality, nurses are autonomous, knowledgeable and are participating in every aspect of patient care. They perform their duties independent of medicine, contrary to the belief they are there just to 'assist' medicine and other fields. They are the ones who are taking care of the patients. Yet, in television, they are shown merely as sex objects or maids, or else cowering in the corners waiting for their orders from the all-powerful doctors, even if, as on 'Grey's Anatomy,' those doctors are interns on their very first day on the job."

-- Sharon Sullivan, director of student recruitment and placement at the School of Nursing, "Latest TV Shows Reduce Nurses' Role to Bedpan Cleaner," New Haven Register, Oct. 2, 2006.


"I believe there is a good deal of racism involved in harping upon El Duque's [baseball player Orlando Hernandez's] age, even if it is mostly unintended. ... Today, if a player is Latino, any question over his age carries the intimation that there are no reliable birth records in the banana republic he is from. ... Everywhere in the world, in all activities in which the body's good condition is essential -- sports, acting, dancing -- performers have routinely lied about their age. Actresses are famous for it. But no one suggests there are no trustworthy documents where they come from."

-- Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, in his article, "The Mets' Ageless Wonder," The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2006.


"Environmental strategy is all the rage these days, as companies try to turn green to gold. ... Not so fast! While the opportunities to cut costs, reduce risk, create new products and win customers are most definitely there, not every green initiative pays off. ... The difficulty of getting customers to change their behavior cannot be underestimated. Unilever tried to sell concentrated laundry detergent to reduce packaging waste -- and ended up with angry customers who thought they were getting less for their money."

-- Daniel Esty, the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, and Andrew Winston, project director of the Corporate Environmental Strategy Project at the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, in their article, "It's Easy Being Green," Forbes, Oct. 2, 2006.


"In America, we've developed this very bizarre relationship with food. We're very distanced from it, physically and psychologically. We have no idea who raised it. We have no idea what's in it."

-- Kelly Brownell, professor of psychology and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, "Fields of Learning: Eating Local and Organic Foods Is -- Literally -- a Growing Movement on Campus," Hartford Courant, Oct. 5, 2006.


"There's really only a five-minute span where everything lines up [for a photograph at twilight]. It's the witching hour. The wind dies down and everything becomes still. I'm attracted to twilight as much for the stillness as for the light. It's a moment of perfection. I love that moment. Actually, I live for it."

-- Gregory Crewdson, adjunct professor of photography at the School of Art, "The Witching Hour," The Guardian (UK), Oct. 4, 2006.


"The mutual fund industry has done a terrible job, but then individuals take this lousy set of choices and then they make bad decisions on top of that. And the most frequent bad decision is that they buy something after it's gone up and then they sell something after it's gone down."

-- David Swensen, chief investment officer, adjunct professor at the School of Management and lecturer in economics; "Yale's Money Guru Shares Wisdom with Masses," "All Things Considered," National Public Radio, Oct. 5, 2006.


Grant to aid creation of 'smart' nanodevices to deliver vaccines

Immunologist elected to Institute of Medicine

Former musician has found new passion in scientific research

Program to raise students' awareness of importance of academic integrity

Parents' Weekend Schedule

New center to support chemistry research aimed at fighting cancer

University names two new assistant chaplains . . .

Event honors recently retired plant biologist

Yale's Equal Opportunity Statement amended to protect gender identity

Yale Rep to stage alumna's comedy 'The Mistakes Madeline Made'

Show features homes that come with 'Some Assembly Required'

Beinecke Library exhibit focuses on the Little Review . . .

Yale Opera singers will stage annual program of opera scenes

Panelists will discuss their views on religion in public life

Program to improve physician training marks 30th year

International conference will explore . . . genome-wide studies

Symposium to explore impact of 'Bayesian Invasion' on phylogenetic biology

Youngsters to tackle scientific challenges at Yale Physics Olympics

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