Stem Cells, GMOs, and Quanta:
Bringing Science to the Community

“Science in the News” is an entertaining, interactive program of talks and demonstrations by Yale graduate students.

Held once a month during spring semester at the New Haven Public Library, “Science in the News” programs are free and open to all. “Scientific advancement depends on the support of an informed public,” says Rachel Zwick (MCDB), a member of Yale Science Diplomats, which runs the outreach educational program. About 25 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows make up the Yale Science Diplomats, a group that first came together in 2007 to improve communication between scientists, the general public, and policy makers.   read more

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Community members of all ages learned about planaria, flatworms with amazing regenerative abilities, at a “Science in the News” program in the New Haven Public Library.


Alumnus Honored for
Lifetime Studying
and Defending Biodiversity


In the Company of Scholars: A Geologist’s Perspective on Planet Earth


Yale Launches New Collaborative Teaching Initiatives

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Pioneering environmentalist Thomas E. Lovejoy has won the “International Award of Excellence in Conservation” for his life’s work. He was recently appointed to l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government and honored by the World Wildlife Fund, among other tributes.   read more


David Evans, professor of Geology and Geophysics, presented a lecture at the Graduate School on the past and future of planet Earth. His research studies the magnetic properties of rocks to determine the way continents and the tectonic plates underneath them have moved over billions of years.   read more


Yale is undertaking new approaches to education, thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Associates in Teaching Program, and other efforts. These endeavors have created opportunities for team teaching and co-teaching, both within disciplines and across traditional academic boundaries.   read more

  Research and Honors at GSAS   Alumni Spotlight & Other News  
Aaron Pratt

Don’t Judge a Book
by Its (Lack of a) Cover

Aaron Pratt (English) is fascinated by rare, old books and what their history as physical objects reveals about them. He is working on a dissertation that reassesses the role of plays written and printed in the Elizabethan and Jacobean era, the age of Shakespeare and Jonson. Tentatively titled “Print Culture and the Status of Playbooks as Literature,” it analyzes the material practices and conventions that shaped the printing, buying, reading, and collecting of books in early modern England. In the process, Aaron has come to rethink how drama was integrated into an emerging literary canon.   read more

Raymond Ma

Creating Simple, Durable Robotic Hands in the Lab

Graduate student Raymond Ma (Engineering) and other scientists in Aaron Dollar’s GRAB Lab study how the human hand grasps and manipulates objects. Then they design and build robotic devices that can perform those functions. Their creations may one day become prosthetics for people who have lost the use of their own hands because of disease, injury, or accident or be put to work in search-and-rescue missions following a natural disaster. And if robotic personal assistants ever become available, these are the hands that might uncork a bottle of wine and deftly pour it into your glass.   read more

Michael Sierra-Arevalo

Fighting Urban Crime with Gun Control, Social Services, and Good Data

Michael Sierra-Arevalo (Sociology) is interested in solving the complex social problems associated with urban violence. He studies the inter-relationship of gangs, guns, law enforcement, and race and ethnicity, using data from the Chicago Gun Project. Part of his research analyzes what people who live in high-crime areas feel about the police, and why those beliefs motivate them to acquire firearms. He is also active in the New Haven branch of Project Longevity, a national program that engages community members, social service providers, and law enforcement to work together to reduce gun violence.   read more


Work by Rory Truex (Political Science) on changes in China’s National People’s Congress was cited recently in the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report as well as in The New York Times (Chinese edition), Phoenix International magazine, and the Epoch Times. Rory will join the faculty of Princeton University in the fall as an assistant professor.   read more

Michael D. Hattem (History) was featured in The New York Times for identifying the author of a Revolutionary War-era manuscript discovered in the attic of a historic house. In addition to this, and to working on his dissertation, Michael is a research assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin and writes for “The Junto,” a popular American history blog.    read more

Luisa Cortesi (Anthropology, Forestry & Environmental Studies) has won multiple grants to fund her dissertation project, “Living in Floods: Knowledge(s) and Technologies of Disastrous Water in North Bihar, India.” She is spending the current year in the field, accompanied by her baby daughter Anise.   read more

Hattem manuscript

Part of a recently discovered Revolutionary War-era manuscript that Michael Hattem (History) identified as the work of American patriot Robert R. Livingston (1732–1794).

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Molly Worthen

Book Explains Conflicts in American Evangelical Church

Oxford University Press recently released Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, by Molly Worthen (BA 2003, PhD 2011, Religious Studies). The book argues that understanding the rise of the Christian Right in purely political terms, as most scholars have done, misses the heart of the story. Apostles of Reason traces the theological and cultural infighting that has roiled evangelicalism for decades and introduces the reader to dissenters who have questioned the claim of the Christian Right so speak for all evangelicals. Worthen explains the scholarly ambitions and anti-intellectual impulses that made this movement a powerful cultural and political force in America today.   read more

Kate Holland

Historical Tensions Reflected in Dostoevsky’s Writing Style

In her book, The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Genre in the 1870s, Kate Holland (PhD 2004, Slavic Languages and Literatures) analyzes conflicting approaches to literary form in four works by the Russian author. She argues that Dostoevsky struggled to adapt his novels and journal to the fragmented social and spiritual world in which he lived, while still maintaining an idealized sense of Russia’s mission. She is currently working on a new book, Literary Tradition, Print Culture, and the Evolution of the Russian Family Novel in the 1870s. A former faculty member at Yale, Holland now teaches at the University of Toronto.   read more

Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho

Research Reveals How Heresy Influenced Ecclasiastical Leadership

Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho (PhD 1999, History), associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is author of a new book, Doctrine and Power: Theological Controversy and Christian Leadership in the Later Roman Empire (University of California Press). In it, he describes the theological controversy that divided Christian communities in the Eastern half of the Roman Empire in the 4th century. Not only was the truth about God at stake, but also the authority of church leaders. Out of these disputes was born a new style of church leadership, one in which the power of the episcopal office was greatly increased.   read more

Graduate Student Assembly Update

The Graduate Student Assembly has been busy on many fronts, hosting a Housing Fair, an informational session with tax accountants, and participating on the committee to select new deans for Yale College and the Graduate School. The GSA also proposed increasing the hours at Yale libraries, following a survey of Yale students and a study of peer institutions.   read more

Graduate School Alumni Association News

The Graduate School Alumni Association (GSAA) is hosting its fourth annual Graduate Student Career Workshop on Tuesday, May 13, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.

“Where do I go from Yale? 2014” will include remarks by President Salovey and Dean Pollard, as well as panel and breakout sessions. Come learn from Graduate School alumni who will share their experience, provide career advice, and answer students’ questions. Two mini-lectures on networking and transferable skills are included, as well as a networking luncheon and closing reception with potential mentors. Mark your calendars and look for the announcement with program details and registration information. The workshop and meals are complimentary but space is limited, so be sure to sign up as soon as registration opens. Past workshops organized by the GSAA have been resounding successes, often leading to good connections, internships, and even jobs(!).   

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