Yale Bulletin and Calendar

September 1, 2000Volume 29, Number 1

President Richard C. Levin (center) poses with Willie "Bubba" Charles, a police patrol officer at Yale for 30 years, and his wife, Rita, at the couple's new home in the Beaver Hill neighborhood of New Haven. In July Charles became the 400th individual to take advantage of the University's Homebuyer Program, in which Yale employees receive up to $25,000 to purchase homes in New Haven neighborhoods. For the Charleses, their new home was cause for special celebration, as their former house in Clinton, where they'd lived for over 30 years, was lost in a fire last February.

While You Were Away ...

Alumni elect Janet Yellen as new trustee

The newest alumni fellow of the Yale Corporation is economist Janet Yellen, Ph.D. '71.

Yellen, chosen in a world-wide balloting of alumni, is the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley. She was President Clinton's chief economist from 1997 to 1999; has chaired the Council of Economic Advisors; and was a member of the board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System.

New dean of engineering named

Paul A. Fleury, an award-winning scientist and engineer, will take up his post this fall as Yale's next dean of engineering, succeeding D. Allan Bromley.

As dean of engineering at the University of New Mexico, Fleury boosted the engineering programs to national prominence. For about 30 years previously, he worked for Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He has received numerous awards for his research in condensed matter and optical science.

Yale-based program will benefit children

The U.S. Department of Justice has established the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) at the Yale Child Study Center.

The NCCEV will provide training and assistance to communities around the country that are seeking to address the problem of children exposed to violence. The program is modeled after the Child Study Center's successful Child Development Community Policing Program (CDCP), a collaboration among Yale faculty members, the New Haven police and juvenile justice personnel begun in 1991 to help area children who have been exposed to violence. Steven Marans, the Harris Assistant Professor of Child Psychoanalysis and the head of the CDCP, was appointed to lead the NCCEV.

Alumnus' gift enhances study-abroad opportunities

Yale students will have greater opportunities for study abroad, thanks to a $5 million gift from Joseph C. Fox '38 to the Fox International Fellowship Program of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

The gift will increase study abroad opportunities with existing universities in the program -- Moscow State University, Cambridge University, the Free University of Berlin, Fudan University in Shanghai and the University of Tokyo -- and will establish institutional partnerships in Canada, France, Israel, Latin America, the Muslim world, South Africa and South Asia.

Discovery may yield new therapies for liver disease

Improved treatment of liver damage may result from the finding by a team of Yale and New York University researchers that mature liver cells in humans are generated from bone marrow-derived stem cells.

Previously, it was believed that bone marrow produced blood cells, and that liver cells are produced in the liver, according to Dr. Diane Krause, assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the School of Medicine. However, the scientists discovered liver cells derived from bone marrow after analyzing liver samples from female and male leukemia patients who had undergone bone marrow transplantation from donors of the opposite sex. Among other findings, the researchers demonstrated that there were liver cells in the female leukemia patients that had the Y (male) chromosome, which could only have come from donated bone marrow.

The scientists hope to use their new knowledge to develop new therapies and treatments for individuals with liver diseases.

Michelin Guide spotlights Yale and New Haven

Michelin Travel Publications unveiled a guide to Yale and New Haven -- the company's first-ever guide to a university and its host town.

"The Green Guide: Yale University and New Haven" was produced in conjunction with the commemoration of Yale's 300th birthday in 2001. It offers visitors and others advice on what to see and do on the campus and in the city, and spotlights Yale traditions, famous alumni, student life and history. The guide sells for $14.95; Michelin will donate $1 of every sale to New Haven Reads, a new community-based initiative to "build a city of readers in New Haven" by supporting literacy partnerships, disseminating information about reading in the city, and collecting and distributing books.

New center to explore frontier experience

Yale has established the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders to further the historical and comparative explorations of the frontier experience in North America and throughout the world. (See related story, page 3.)

The new center is named in honor of Howard Roberts Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History and former president of the University, who is a world-renowned scholar of Western history.

Initial funding was provided by a gift from Yale trustee Roland W. Betts '68, chair and chief executive officer of Chelsea Piers L.P. The center will sponsor annual conferences and lectures by distinguished scholars on the frontier experience, the American West and Native American history, and will provide grants for graduate and undergraduate research. John Mach Faragher, the Arthur Unobskey Professor of History, is the center's academic director. Jay Gitlin, a lecturer in history, is the executive coordinator.

Arthritis drug helps premature babies

An anti-inflammatory drug used for adults with arthritis also protects brain development in premature babies, a Yale-led study concludes.

A study led by Dr. Laura Ment, a pediatric neurologist at the School of Medicine, showed that the non-steroidal drug indomethacin may help minimize future cognitive problems by helping prevent intraventricular hemorrhage, or bleeding in tissues of the developing brain. Researchers from Brown University and the Maine Medical Center also participated in the National Institutes of Health-funded study.

Rubenfeld named to Law School's Slaughter chair

Jed Rubenfeld, the newly named Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law, is an expert on constitutional law, jurisprudence and criminal procedure.

A member of Yale's faculty since 1990, he is the author of the books "Freedom and Time: A Theory of Constitutional Self-Government" and "The Right of Privacy." He also serves as the United States representative to the Commission on Democracy Through Law of the Council of Europe.

Nursing School teams with Connecticut Public Radio

The School of Nursing (YSN) and Connecticut Public Radio have teamed up to produce a series of stories about programs to improve care for the elderly and people with chronic illness.

The series, which began in August, is being coordinated with outreach health activities in New Haven's Hill neighborhood, a medically underserved area that is home to YSN. It emphasizes ongoing low-tech efforts that raise quality of life for the elderly and people with chronic illness.

New center focuses on corporate law

The Yale Law School has created a new Center for the Study of Corporate Law.

The center will facilitate research and teaching in the business law area, including such topics as the substance of corporate law and the law of other non-governmental organizations; the regulation of financial markets and intermediaries; and the legal framework of finance, among other topics. Roberta Romano, the Allen Duffy/Class of 1960 Professor of Law, is the director of the new center.

SOM faculty to teach seminars on the high seas

Yale School of Management faculty will soon share their expertise with business executives in an unusual place: on the high seas.

Yale SOM officials, the Amsterdam-based staffing company Randstad and the City of Amsterdam signed a five-year agreement making Yale SOM the exclusive academic partner of the newly commissioned "Stad Amsterdam," the only genuine working clipper in Europe. Faculty at the school will offer executives of major U.S. and European corporations executive education seminars each year aboard the clipper, which also serves as the branding vehicle for Ranstad, the third largest staffing organization in the world.


Long-time Yale faculty members E. Robert Beringer, E. Turan Onat and William N. Parker died after spring-term classes ended. In addition, Janet Saleh Dickson, a longtime curator of education at the Yale Art Gallery, died in the spring.

E. Robert Beringer, a retired physics professor and specialist in microwave spectroscopy, died May 27. He joined the Yale faculty in 1946 and was named to the William R. Kenan Professor of Physics in 1971. He received the DeVane Medal in 1979 for distinguished scholarship and teaching. A memorial service for Professor Beringer will be held this fall.

E. Turan Onat, professor of mechanical engineering and former master of Calhoun College, died July 4. He was known for his studies of viscoelasticity and plasticity in solid substances such as steel and polymers. His honors included a 1989 senior scientist award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. A memorial service will be held this fall.

William N. Parker, the Phillip G. Bartlett Professor Emeritus of Economics and professor emeritus of American studies, died April 29. Renowned for his work in economic history, he joined the Yale faculty in 1963 and retired in 1989. His work spanned the emergence and development of modern capitalist institutions in Europe and the United States.

Janet Saleh Dickson, an advocate for the arts who was instrumental in starting the Yale University Art Gallery's popular Art à la Carte lunchtime program, died May 25 after a long illness. Also an artist, Ms. Dickson received a 1980 Ivy Award for her promotion of the arts in the New Haven community and the 1988 Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Also noted in passing: Two individuals with an affiliation to Yale died this summer. Emmy Award-winning producer Laurel Fox Vlock of Woodbridge, founder of the Holocaust Survivors Film Project that grew into Yale's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, died July 8 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Richard G. Butts of Bantam, a retiree of Yale with 25 years of service in facilities management at the Law School, died July 15.


White House to wear Old Blue once more

Freshman 'yield' reached record high this year

Yale team solves atomic structure of ribosome unit

Bloom extols pleasures of solitary reading

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Kemel Dawkins fills in as acting VP for finance and administration


Employee Day at the Bowl to launch Bulldogs' season as defending champs

Artists' creations depict black life in the rural South

Art Gallery exhibit surveys 20th-century American photographic portraiture

One of the featured 108

Exhibits showcase work of Hispanic artists, Paul Rand

Beinecke Library exhibit documents the struggle . . .

Chinese artist's work on view

Renovated gallery to feature architects' creations

Lamar Center's inaugural event examines national parks

'Clowns of horror' to open Yale Rep's new season

While You Were Away ...

Students spent summer aiding Elm City groups

Convocation and organ concerts open new music season

Slifka Center lectures will feature noted Judaic scholars

Bromwich and Lewis are honored for their literary work

Psychologist Robert G. Crowder dies

How they spent their summer vacation: A Photo Essay

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