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Volume 11 Number 2, February 2008

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New Deputy Dean at the Medical School

Cynthia Walker, MBA, CPA began work January 22 as Deputy Dean for Finance and Administration. Her responsibilities include budget and financial operations, strategic financial planning, facilities and space management, human resources and information technology. Cynthia was previously Executive Dean for Administration at Harvard Medical School and has extensive experience in pre- and post-award sponsored program administration.

Workers’ Compensation Medical Care Plan Additions and Deletions

If you are an employee of Yale University and you are injured at work, you must see a physician in the Yale University Workers’ Compensation Medical Plan. There have been additions to and deletions from this plan, effective January 1, 2008. Please make sure you consult the current plan (otherwise known as medical provider directory list.)

Reminder: Delay in reporting a claim or in seeking medical treatment from an approved medical provider may compromise an employee’s benefits and the acceptability of their claim. Supervisors of injured employees should ensure their employees are provided with the proper forms and are aware of the above website, which contains forms to initiate a claim, forms to take with you to your chosen initial treatment center and other information about the Workers’ Compensation process.

Address questions to the Office of Workers’ Compensation at 432-9830.

Visa Processing Delays

In recent months, the Office of International Students and Scholars has noticed an increase in the number of Yale graduate students and scholars experiencing visa delays due to security clearances (administrative processing) or name check screenings at U.S. Consulates/Embassies. The delays have been three to five weeks and are most frequently resulting from security clearances conducted on individuals who are “engaged in technology-related … study.” For Yale scholars this seems to include individuals in the biomedical and physical sciences, as well as electrical engineering and computer science.

As individuals make travel arrangements, please direct them to OISS. They will need to factor in sufficient time for a security clearance screening, should that be part of the visa application. Unfortunately once the administrative processing has been requested there is nothing OISS or Yale can do to expedite the process.

Open Yale: Free Online Undergraduate Courses Available to Yale Staff

Now anyone in the world with access to the Internet can take a Yale College course at their own convenience through Yale’s new online course program “Open Yale Courses.” Yale staff members are heartily encouraged to audit these popular undergraduate courses free of charge via the Internet. These non-credit courses offer an excellent opportunity for personal enrichment.

Participants can view actual Yale College course lectures online and gain access to course materials such as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets.  Yale’s efforts in this initiative are generously funded through the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Visit Open Yale Courses for more information.