Yale Bulletin and Calendar

September 1, 2000Volume 29, Number 1













In the News

"Politicians are supposed to please people, and pleasing is pandering."

-- Sterling Professor of Political Science David R. Mayhew, "How Now Kowtow: Political Pandering," Washington Post, July 17, 2000.


"Unrestricted sovereignty is as absurd as unrestricted individual liberties. We may be willing to die for our liberties, but we also accept limits on them. If we did not, someone else's exercise of liberties would destroy our own."

-- Professor (adjunct) of political science William E. Odom, in his essay, "Buchanan Has It Backwards on Globalization," The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 11, 2000.


"When I first started talking about this 15 years ago, a lot of folks didn't want to hear it."

-- Professor Emeritus of Psychology Edmund W. Gordon, about the gap in academic achievements between the races, "A Gap in Test Scores Becomes a Talking Point," The New York Times, Aug. 13, 2000.


"We know that a significant percent of business community takes the environment seriously. . . . The brighter companies today understand that investing in the environment does not undermine their economic position."

-- Director of the Center for Environmental Law & Policy Daniel C. Esty, "Long-Term Optimist for the Environment," The New York Times, Aug. 13, 2000.


"I don't believe it is fate, but I do believe it is more than coincidence."

-- Dean of Yale College Richard Brodhead, about the presence of a Yale graduate on every successful national ticket from 1980 to 2000, "An (Ivy) League of Their Own," The Boston Sunday Globe, Aug. 13, 2000.


"The results for hedge funds are pretty good on an absolute basis, though not as good as the stock market."

-- Professor of the practice of finance Roger Ibbotson, "Racier Bets May Not Be Best Route," The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 15, 2000.


"[Connecticut has] tended to be a home to both liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats, making it less attractive to their national parties."

-- Director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies Donald Green, on the nomination of Senator Joseph Lieberman for Vice President, "For the State, a Move Into the History Books," The New York Times, Aug. 13, 2000.


"[I]t is clear a significant and immediate need exists to identify appropriate tests to detect heart disease at a stage where it's still early enough to prevent premature cardiac death among these high-risk patients."

-- C.N.H. Long Professor of Internal Medicine Dr. Robert S. Sherwin, "Imaging Agent May Help Catch a 'Silent Killer' of Diabetics," Medical Industry Today, Aug. 23, 2000.


"Our study shows that alternative therapies can be combined with the arsenal of Western treatments for fighting addiction."

-- Research scientist (Psychiatry) Arthur Margolin, "Acupuncture Effective Treatment for Cocaine Addiction," The Associated Press and elsewhere, Aug. 14, 2000.


"In suicidal patients, the voice becomes slightly hollow and empty, you get a change in quality. They call it the voice from the grave."

-- Assistant clinical professor (Psychiatry) Stephen Silverman, "Change in Voice is First Sign of Impending Suicide: Report," Agence France Presse, Aug. 16, 2000.


"People think campaign commercials are highly effective, but we don't have any research to show how effective they are."

-- Assistant professor of Political Science John Lapinski, "Yale Studying Campaign Ads' Effectiveness," New Haven Register, Aug. 16, 2000.


"Coaches can help to minimize distractions in the Olympic village. It's easy to get distracted and distractions usually prove to be the difference between winning and losing."

-- Head coach of women's track & cross country Mark Young, "Young to Help Coach Track Olympians," New Haven Register, Aug. 15, 2000.


"Indeed, it would make far more sense to allocate resources directly to areas such as education and health through non-governmental organisations with a proven track record, rather than forgiving debt."

-- Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics T. N. Srinivasan in his essay "The Harsh Consequences of Forgiveness," co-written with Anne Kreuger, Financial Times (London), Aug. 9, 2000.


"We presumably all know that foreign capital flows into a country can never really avoid the problem of the fungibility of resources; that is, if a government is bent on neglecting education in favor of the military, it can indeed achieve that result by shifting its own resources accordingly."

-- Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics Gustav Ranis, in his letter to the editor, "No Convincing Argument Against Debt Forgiveness," Financial Times (London), Aug. 15, 2000.


"It is now only a possibility -- and not even a likely one -- that warming will cause significant net damage in the coming century. Global warming may, in fact, turn out to be a lot like Y2K. We were very anxious before it happened. However, with a reasonable amount of planning and action, everything turned out all right in the end."

-- Edwin Weyerhaeuser Davis Professor of Forest Policy Robert Mendelsohn, "Al Gore's Eco-Nomics; Why Pay Now if You Can Pay Later?" The Weekly Standard, July 17, 2000.


"We'll be able to use the [new Yale] boathouse for a lot of functions. It will be a magnificent sort of board meeting room."

-- Associate director of varsity sports administration Barbara Chesler, "Yale Boathouse on Winning Track," Connecticut Post, Aug. 11, 2000.


"The No. 1 thing I ask is, 'What is the thickness of the melanoma?'"

-- Professor of dermatology Dr. David J. Leffell, "McCain Recovers From Skin Cancer Surgery," WEB MD, Aug. 20, 2000.


"We were a great defensive team last year, and will be a great defensive team and a great special teams team again this year."

-- Head football coach Jack Siedlecki, "Elis Picked to Share Ivy Title Again," New Haven Register, Aug. 9, 2000.


"What happened in Seattle was very significant. It wasn't the first salvo but it raised the issue of globalization and its discontent to a much higher visibility around the world."

-- Dean of the School of Management Jeffrey Garten, "Backlash Against Globalization is Growing: Economic Outlook," Bloomberg, Aug.14, 2000.


"In the Renaissance, commerce and culture were not at odds in the way we automatically imagine them to be today. Indeed, artists' workshops in Florence and Venice were run much like the banks and warehouses nearby."

-- Associate fellow of Berkeley College Francis X. Rocca, in his book review "High Art, Humble Origins," The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 23, 2000.


"If you understand how one ribosome works, you understand how all ribosomes in all cells work."

-- Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics/Biochemistry Dr. Thomas Steitz, "Churning Out the Proteins," The New York Times, Aug. 15, 2000.


"Instead of looking at a lesion or a broken bone, perhaps [doctors] will notice the patient's hygiene or mood or body language . . . whether there are (get-well) cards on the wall of a hospital room, or visitors."

-- Curator of Education at the Center for British Art Linda Friedlaender, about a Yale program that boosts medical students' observation skills by having them study artworks, "Med Students Learn How to Open Eyes and Say, 'Ah,'" The Toronto Star, July 16, 2000.


"[T]he choice is rather stark. Admit that some problem drinkers aren't alcoholics, and help them learn how to drink moderately. Or insist on abstinence for those with even mild drinking problems -- and drive millions of people who need help away from treatment."

-- Lecturer in Psychiatry Dr. Sally L. Satel, "Some 'Problem Drinkers' Can Drink," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 16, 2000.


"I believe that it will tend to ratchet juror verdicts upward."

-- Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Peter H. Schuck, about the $144.8 billion in damages levied against the tobacco companies, "Industry Crosses Troubling Line," The New York Times, July 15, 2000.


"Stock investing is intrinsically risky. We're not going to make it 100 percent risk-free. Rather we are going to increase the odds of making money. Say, from 50 percent to 70 percent, or from 60 percent to 80 percent."

-- Yale School of Management professor Zhiwu Chen, about his Internet stock valuation company, "New Net-Based System Promises 'Better Odds,'" The Straits Times (Singapore), July 17, 2000.


"The ability to defend oneself with a gun is particularly important for people who aren't the physically strongest members of society."

-- Senior research scholar at the Law School John R. Lott Jr., "One Case for Guns," The Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 21, 2000.


"Politics matters because government enables us to do things together that none of us could do alone: protect the environment, keep the workplace safe, guard public health, and address poverty and inequality on a national scale. Leading decent, successful lives may not, by itself, make a good society."

-- Law School student Jedediah Purdy, in his op-ed essay "The Politics of Adulthood," The New York Times, Aug. 9, 2000.


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

Yale Bulletin & Calendar has moved

Endowed Professorships

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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