Yale Bulletin and Calendar

January 26, 2001Volume 29, Number 16















GeneSoft CEO to speak at master's tea

David B. Singer, chair and chief executive officer of GeneSoft, Inc., will be the guest of a tea on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. in the Calhoun College master's house, 434 College St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Singer joined GeneSoft in 1998 as its first employee. He was responsible for building GeneSoft from an idea into a fully operational drug development company with over 70 employees. The company is pioneering the discovery of DNA-nanobinders, a new class of drugs that are designed to treat gene-mediated disease.

Prior to joining GeneSoft, Singer was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Heartport, Inc. and served as the founding president and chief executive officer of Affymetrix, Inc. He also held business development and finance positions at Affymax N.V. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation. He currently serves on the boards of directors of GeneSoft, Affymetrix, Corcept Therapeutics, Inc. and Physician Dynamics, Inc.

A 1984 graduate of Yale College, Singer received his M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is the founder of YouthWorks, a program to place disadvantaged high school students in internships at high-tech Silicon Valley companies.

Singer has served as chair of the Yale Alumni Fund, as a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, on the Task Force on Genetic Testing for the Human Genome Project of the National Institutes of Health, and as trustee and chief financial officer of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Master's tea will feature Indian ambassador to the U.N.

Ambassador Kamalesh Sarma, permanent representative of India to the United Nations (U.N.), will give a master's tea on Thursday, Feb. 1.

The free, public event will take place at 4 p.m. in the Calhoun College master's house, 434 College St.

Educated at Delhi and Cambridge Universities, Sarma first joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1965. He gained a wide range of international experience, serving in the German Democratic Republic, Kazakstan and Kyrgyztan, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

As the permanent representative of India to the U.N. in Geneva, Sarma was the ambassador for disarmament and spokesman for developing countries in the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development. He also headed the Divisions of Economic Relations, International Organizations and Policy Planning.

Sarma was appointed permanent representative to the U.N. in New York in 1997. He is a fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and a doctor of the International Peace Academy in New York.

Conflict resolution facilitator to speak at School of Medicine

Melanie Greenberg, an author and attorney based in Washington, D.C., will deliver a lecture titled "Words Over War: Prevention of Deadly Conflict," on Thursday, Feb. 1.

The talk will take place at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont Room of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. A reception will precede the lecture at 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Program for Humanities in Medicine, the event is free and open to the public.

Greenberg is the program officer for the conflict resolution program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Greenberg was the associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and the deputy director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation. She was the lead editor of "Words Over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict" (Rowman & Littlefield 2000), and has taught courses in conflict resolution at Stanford Law School and Georgetown Law Center.

Greenberg has organized and facilitated public peace processes for participants involved in conflict in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Northern Ireland. She is on the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security.

In her talk, Greenberg will pose the questions: In the post-Cold War landscape of intergroup violence, weapons of mass destruction and clashes of civilization, is there such a thing as a "talking cure"? Can mediation and other forms of non-violent intervention resolve deadly conflict and prevent future outbreaks? What are the possibilities for violence prevention and peacemaking in a dangerous world?

Early childhood expert is next speaker in Bush Center series

LaRue Allen '80 Ph.D., the Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Professor and chair of the Department of Applied Psychology in New York University's School of Education, will speak in the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, Feb. 2.

Her talk, titled "Using Research as a Starting Point: Bringing New York City and State Decision Makers, Practitioners and Researchers Together to Strengthen Supports for Young Children and Their Families," will be held at noon in Rm. 211 of Mason Laboratory, 9 Hillhouse Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Allen is also the director of the School of Education's Child and Family Policy Center. The center's chief mission is to bring state-of-the-art knowledge about how to promote children's health development and school success to the forefront of policymaking and program implementation. The center conducts research and policy analyses that inform the design of effective supports for young children and their families. The center also communicates knowledge about children and families to policymakers, leaders in the non-profit sector, practitioners, the media and others.

Allen's research interests include the prevention of maladaptation in high-risk populations, sociological influences (including gender, race, ethnicity and social class) on the development of social competence, and the design, implementation and evaluation of early intervention programs. Her work in early childhood began with her graduate work at Yale, where her mentor was Edward Zigler, director of the Bush Center.

For more information, call (203) 432-9935.

Former mayor of Baltimore to be featured guest at dinner

Kurt L. Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore, will be the guest of a dinner celebrating Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Calhoun College dining hall, 189 Elm St.

Sponsored by Calhoun College, the James Humphrey Hoyt Memorial Fellowship and the Afro-American Cultural Center, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 432-0740.

Currently a partner with the international law firm Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering, Schmoke was the mayor of Baltimore for three terms. As mayor, he emphasized public education reform and undertook major initiatives in housing, economic development and public safety.

In 1999, Schmoke became the first African-American to be named senior fellow of the Yale Corporation, the University's governing body. He was appointed a fellow of the Corporation in 1989 and is now serving his second six-year term.

A 1971 graduate of Yale College, Schmoke co-founded the Calvin Hill Day Care Center while he was an undergraduate. He studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a law degree from Harvard University. After serving in the administration of President Carter, he was a U.S. attorney and state's attorney for the City of Baltimore prior to his election as mayor.

Schmoke was the Yale College Class Day speaker, chosen by the graduating seniors, in 1995.


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ITS announces appointment of new CMI director

Art gallery appoints its first deputy director

Musicologist Claude Palisca, scholar of Baroque opera, dies

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