Helping Scientists Become Strong, Confident Writers in Graduate School


The Graduate Writing Center has expanded its programs for students in the sciences.

“We are here to help graduate students become confident and competent writers,” says GWC Director Elena Kallestinova. “We offer assistance with every stage of a science student’s academic career: applying for NSF and other grants and fellowships, crafting rotation talks and conference presentations, preparing research papers for publication, and ultimately writing a dissertation.” In addition to enhancing its roster of workshops, the GWC doubled the number of individual consultations it was able to offer students to work one-on-one with trained writing advisers this year.   read more

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Left to right, GWC Fellows Andrea Hodgins-Davis (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), Yagmur Muftuoglu (Pharmacology), and Jessica Nelson (Neuroscience).

Bouchet Conference to Historicize the Current State of Diversity in Education


Students Gain Hands-on Professional Training by Running Scholarly Colloquia


Yale Graduate School Alumna, a Harvard Dean, Named Next President of Smith College

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The Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity will host the tenth annual Bouchet Conference, April 19-20, titled “Then and Now: Historicizing the Contemporary State of Diversity in Higher Education.” The conference is a highlight of the programming ODEO offers all through the academic year to create a supportive community at the Graduate School.   read more


Many graduate students begin developing the professional skills they will need as faculty members in the course of organizing and participating in scholarly colloquia at Yale. Colloquia meet on a regular basis to hear talks by current students, faculty, and guest speakers. This year, the Dean’s Fund is providing financial support to forty-three such groups.   read more


Alumna Kathleen McCartney (PhD 1982, Psychology), current dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will become the eleventh president of Smith College on July 1. McCartney, an authority on child development and early education, will replace another Yale alumna, Carol T. Christ (PhD 1970, English), who has headed the college since 2002.   read more

  Student Research   Alumni Spotlight & Other News  
Elizabeth Brown

Reconstructing the Glacial History of a Mountain Range in Southern Chile

Elizabeth Brown (Geology & Geophysics) and two Yale undergraduates are doing research to find out whether the glacial valleys in the Patagonian Andes were carved relatively quickly and recently or more slowly and farther back in time. Liz, Wendy DeWolf, and Ryan Laemel spent three weeks in southern Chile over winter break, gathering samples that will be tested at the Berkeley Geochronology Center to determine the cooling history of the rocks as they were brought to the surface by glacial erosion. “Reconstructing the glacial history of mountain ranges is critical to our understanding of how mountains grow and are eroded, and what controls their height and shape,” Liz says.   read more

Joshua Rubin

More Than Just a Game: South African Rugby and Racial Politics

Joshua Rubin (Anthropology) studies the role of rugby in South African politics and race relations, tracing its historical impact into the current era. The sport, imported from England in the 19th century, acquired new significance in the 1920s and 1930s, when Afrikaans-speaking nationalists made it a marker of their identity. When the Afrikaner-dominated National Party came to power in 1948, colonial-era segregation evolved into the repressive system known as apartheid. Beginning in the 1960s, marginalized ‘coloured’ and black teams began to use the sport to protest against apartheid. Josh sees rugby as a “compelling way of understanding South African society.”   read more

Joy Rankin

Personal Computing Before the Invention of Personal Computers

Joy Rankin (History of Science/History of Medicine) studied the way students and educators shared mainframe computers in the 1960s and 70s, and came to understand that these early computer users created a form of personal computing before the invention of personal computers. “Time-sharing, which flourished as a form of computing for two decades, provided individuals with the experience of individualized, interactive computing, yet very little had been written about it. Studying academic time-sharing provides a lens by which to understand early digital experiences,” she says. Her dissertation will present a history of computing in the classroom.    read more


Nora Kory (Cell Biology) has won a fellowship from the American Heart Association to study how cells metabolize fat to generate energy. When the process doesn’t work properly, it can lead to diabetes and heart failure.   read more

Omotooke Arojo (Immunobiology) is co-author of a review article on autophagy that was published in International Immunology. Autophagy is a cellular process that allows cells to degrade and recycle intracellular material. She has submitted a second co-authored paper to Nature on a critical protein that regulates cell growth and metabolism.   read more

Joshua Alvizu (Germanic Languages & Literatures) has presented papers at several conferences recently. In April, he will present a paper at the American Comparative Literature Association’s conference in Toronto comparing the montage practices in German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project (1940) to French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma.   read more


Commencement 2013

The University commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:30am on the Old Campus (no tickets are required). The Graduate School Diploma Ceremony for the PhD, MPhil and most masters degrees will take place in Woolsey Hall immediately following the university ceremony on Old Campus; a separate diploma ceremony is held at Macmillan Center, Luce Hall for several MA programs (Jackson Institute-IR, ERS, EAS, AS & IDE). A luncheon follows at HGS (and at Luce Hall). You and your family, friends and guests are welcome to attend all of the Commencement celebrations. No tickets are required for students or guests, but degree candidates who march must wear academic attire (cap and gown, hood), which can be rented or purchased. See the Commencement website for details and order forms.    read more

Jaime Lluch

Political Scientist Wins Award from Catalan Government

Associate Professor Jaime Lluch (JD 1989; PhD 2007, Political Science) has won the Vilaseca i Marcet prize from the Catalan government’s Institut d’Estudis Autonomics for Visions of Sovereignty: Varieties of Minority Nationalism in Multinational Democracies. The book will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press later this year. He is also editor of Constitutionalism and the Politics of Accommodation in Multinational Democracies (forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan), based on a conference he organized at Oxford University. Lluch, whose work bridges the fields of comparative politics and constitutional law, is a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism.   read more

David I. Schuster

Schuster Honored for Condensed Matter Physics Research

Physicist David I. Schuster (PhD 2007, Physics) has won the William L. McMillan Award for his pioneering contributions to the new field of “circuit quantum electrodynamics.” An assistant professor of physics at the University of Chicago, he studies hybrid approaches to quantum information processing. His research focuses on connecting different quantum systems using superconducting circuits. Schuster has also been awarded a research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, and an NSF CAREER Award. He has also won the Yale Quantum Information and Mesoscopic Physics Fellowship and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award.   read more

Susan Ball

Bruce Museum Names Yale Alumna
as Deputy Director

Susan Ball (PhD 1978, History of Art) recently became deputy director of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. She was a professor of art history at the University of Delaware and director of Government and Foundation Affairs at the Art Institute of Chicago, then served as executive director of the College Art Association (CAA) from 1986 to 2006. She was director of the CAA’s Centennial Book Project for an additional four years, before taking a position at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ball joined Yale’s Graduate School Alumni Association in 2012 and will serve a three-year term on its board.    read more

Graduate Student Assembly Update

The Graduate Student Assembly’s Facility and Healthcare Committee (FHC) was busy in March working on increasing gym hours, communicating graduate students’ needs regarding the upcoming HGS renovations, and advocating for healthcare while outside the New Haven area.   read more

Graduate School Alumni Association News

Have you ever found yourself asking, “Where do I go from Yale?” This is the question the Graduate School Alumni Association (GSAA) wants to help current graduate students and alumni explore at its third annual “Where do I go from Yale?” Mentoring Workshop on Tuesday, May 14, from 10:00 am to 4:15 pm in the Loria Center for the History of Art, 190 York Street. A networking reception will follow at the Golden Center on Park Street. The program this year will include presentations on non-traditional careers in the arts, business, and technology, as well as several new panels and break-out sessions. One panel will feature seasoned professionals at the top of their game; another will bring recent alumni to campus to talk about landing their first jobs, and a new breakout session will cover tenure-track academic careers.   read more

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