September 2011  
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New Students Officially Welcomed
at Matriculation Ceremony and Reception

The Graduate School’s newest cohort –
nearly 600 strong — joins approximately
2,100 returning students.

Chosen from an extraordinarily large and competitive pool of 10,778 applicants from around the world, they were welcomed to Yale with a week of orientation activities. The program culminated in the traditional matriculation ceremony in Sprague Hall on August 25, at which the students were addressed by President Richard Levin and Graduate School Dean Thomas Pollard and treated to a performance by the graduate student a cappella group, The Citations.   read more

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Dean Pollard welcomes a student at a reception at the President’s House that followed the matriculation ceremony in Sprague Hall.

Report: Improving Graduate Education at Yale University


Celebrating the “Father of
Modern Anthropology”


A New Face in the Dean’s
Office: Carl Hashimoto

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Following a year-long study of PhD programs at Yale, Dean Pollard has launched a major initiative to implement more broadly the practices found to be most successful in helping students complete their degrees and launch careers.   read more


Yale hosts an interdisciplinary conference this month to mark the centennial of the publication of Franz Boas’ groundbreaking book, The Mind of Primitive Man. The event, titled “Indigenous Visions,” was organized by Isaiah Wilner, a graduate student in History.   read more


Carl Hashimoto (PhD ’86), professor and DGS of cell biology, was appointed as assistant dean of the Graduate School on September 1 to help implement the initiative to improve graduate education and steward the recently established Gruber Foundation at Yale.   read more

  Student Research Alumni Spotlight & Other News  

Ssssh… The Galaxy is Sleeping

Kate Whitaker is lead author of a paper published by Yale astronomers who have looked into the distant universe and discovered that galaxies display one of two distinct behaviors: they are either “awake” or “asleep,” actively forming stars or not forming any new stars at all.   read more

“Divine Ambience”
and Devotional Practice
in the Middle Ages

Laura Mancia has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to examine manuscripts from the eleventh-century library of a Norman monastery in France. She seeks to understand better what she describes as the “urgency of religious devotion” in the medieval period and how various understandings of God within medieval society reflect events, intellectual developments, and emotional needs in that period.   read more

Understanding Food Addiction

Ashley Gearhardt has discovered that food addiction and substance dependence trigger similar brain activity, strengthening the hypothesis that some people are physically addicted to foods high in added fat and sugar. Recently published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, these findings are based on her work at Yale’s Rudd Center for Obesity Research and Policy.   read more

Annie Le Fellowships Awarded

Michelle Mo (Pharmacology) and Xiao (Albert) Huang (Cell Biology) have been awarded Annie Le Fellowships to recognize their exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills, significant academic achievement, and active community service.   read more


Nicholas Calandra (Chemistry) was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

An essay by Jessica Matuozzi (English and African American Studies) will be published in a forthcoming issue of English Literary History.

Woosok Moon (Geology & Geophysics) has been awarded a NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship to study the nature of the recent decline of Arctic sea ice coverage.

A paper co-authored by Jinfan Zhang (Management), Associate Professor Hongjun Yan, and Dong Lou of the London School of Economics has won the Best Paper on Asset Pricing Award at the Western Finance Association Conference 2011.   read more


Zedillo Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Ernesto Zedillo (PhD Economics, 1981), the Frederick Iseman ’74 Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, has received the 2011 International Award of Lifetime Achievement from the Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation of Spain. The foundation, a private non-profit cultural institution created in 1992, lauded Zedillo’s political and economic reforms as president of Mexico, his role as a fundamental figure in Mexico’s relations with Spain, his reputation as a noted economist, and his academic contributions to Yale.   read more

Wills on the Verdi-Shakespeare Connection

Best-selling author and public intellectual Garry Wills (PhD Classics, 1961) has a book coming out in October that examines the writing and staging of Verdi’s three Shakespearian operas: Macbeth, Othello, and Falstaff. In Verdi’s Shakespeare: Men of the Theater (Viking, 2011), Wills considers both London’s Globe Theater and Milan’s La Scala and explores the close working relationships Shakespeare and Verdi had with their performers and producers.  read more

White Named Dean at Simmons College

Renée T. White (PhD Sociology, 1995) became dean of the Simmons College School of Arts and Sciences in Boston on September 1. An expert in gender, race, and HIV/AIDS, White is the co-author of three books, including the acclaimed Spoils of War: Women of Color, Cultures, and Revolutions (Rowman & Littlefield 1997), and author of Putting Risk in Perspective: Black Teenage Lives in the Era of AIDS (Rowman & Littlefield 1998).   read more

Graduate Student Assembly Update

To new students, welcome; and to returning students, welcome back to Yale from the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). GSA is an advocacy group for graduate students (both PhD and Masters) at Yale. We tackle issues such as getting more office space for humanities students, improving the efficacy of the Dissertation Progress Report (DPR), coordinating with security and transit to address graduate student needs, and working with the gym to improve facilities used by graduate students.

GSA administers the Conference Travel Fund (CTF), through which we give out $60,000 annually to graduate students to attend conferences to present their research across the country and the world. We have four cycles each year. Please check our website for more information. The next cycle closes November 1, 2011.   read more

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