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May 10, 2002Volume 30, Number 29Two-Week Issue















"Forty years ago, the only state in the country that had legalized gambling was Nevada. Now, all but two states have legalized gambling."

-- Assistant professor of psychiatry Marc N. Potenza, "Gambling's Grip Crossing Sexual Lines; From 'Scratch' Tickets To Slot Machines, A Growing Number of Women Are Out of Control," The Hartford Courant, May 13, 2002.


"If you don't know who the combatants are, it tempts the other side to assume that civilians are combatants."

-- Professor of law Ruth Wedgwood about challenges in obeying the "law of war" in modern times, "When Letter of the Law Does Not Spell 'Clarity,'" The New York Times, May 1, 2002.


"In the long run, the fate of our country will rest on the development of a multiethnic and multiracial coalition of people educated in our universities who are willing to strive together rather than against one another. To achieve that end, all people must feel that they have a stake in our country and a chance at shaping its future. If blacks and Latinos are excluded from the opportunity to have opportunities, we won't have cooperation and we won't have community. And we won't have democracy either."

-- Knight Professor of Constitutional Law & the First Amendment Jack M. Balkin in his article "Diversity Offers Everyone a Stake; 'Community' Can Be Born In The Colleges," latimes.com, May 17, 2002.


"There's nothing worse than being the man who does the laundry and wife and daughter look at you and say, 'You put that shirt in the dryer?'"

-- Professor of American studies Dolores Hayden, "Wash And Wear; In Doing Laundry, Americans Cling To Outmoded Ways," The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2002.


"In the federal civil courts, of 100 civil cases filed, at the moment less than three will be cases in which a trial is commenced, which is to say that people settle, the judges decide cases on motions and so the trials are actually relatively infrequent events."

-- Professor of law Judith Resnik, "President Bush Complains That There is a Vacancy Crisis on the U.S. Federal Bench For Judges," Marketplace, May 3, 2002.


"[Aviator Charles Lindberg] knew how to talk to influential people, how to raise money and later, he knew how to put his fame to good use."

-- Chief research archivist Judith Schiff, "Flying Into History; A Pioneer Points The Way," Newsday (New York), May 15, 2002.


"In practicing medicine, I am not colour-blind. I always take note of my patient's race. So do many of my colleagues. We do it because certain diseases and treatment responses cluster by ethnicity. Recognizing these patterns can help us diagnose disease more efficiently and prescribe medications more effectively. When it comes to practicing medicine, stereotyping often works."

-- Lecturer in psychiatry Dr. Sally L. Satel in her article "A Question of Colour: When Making a Diagnosis, Should a Doctor Take Into Account a Patient's Race? Yes, Says The Controversial U.S. Doctor Sally Satel," The Guardian (London), May 9, 2002.


"Our bodies, our appearance, our sense of time, everything about us changes. We might as well accept it as part of life."

-- Lecturer in English Donald Margulies, "Play Reflects The World of Today's Playgoers," The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2002.


"The fact is people's memories are poor. They don't recall things. . . . They don't remember the next day, let alone 25 years later."

-- Tutor in clinical studies at the Law School Hugh F. Keefe about the accuracy of witnesses, "Old Homicides A Trial For Lawyers; Troubles Loom In 2 Big-Name Cases," The Hartford Courant, May 6, 2002.


"The eye appears to be normal, but it doesn't see because the brain is favoring the other eye."

-- Associate clinical professor of ophthalmology Dr. Andrew J. Levada describing "amblyopia" or "lazy eye," "Visible Improvement; Study Finds Children More Tolerant of Drops Than Patch For Lazy Eye," New Haven Register, May 7, 2002.


"The children [victimized by child pornographers] feel degraded and taken advantage of. Sometimes, the kids understand the implications and wonder what has happened to the pictures and how this will affect their privacy. They feel very hurt by the adult they trusted."

-- Professor of pediatrics Dr. John Leventhal, "It's Like a Nightmare; Some Child Porn Victims Never Recover," New Haven Register, May 6, 2002.


"The problem is that smart people often do not realize how susceptible they are to being foolish, as any number of world leaders have gone out of their way to show."

-- IBM Professor of Psychology & Education Robert J. Sternberg, "Stupidity For Dummies; An Expert on Human Idiocy Ruminates on Why Smart People Do Dumb Things, And Other Timeless Mysteries," washingtonpost.com, May 7, 2002.


"I'm very dubious about complicated statistical analyses applied to baseball. The game changes in ways that are obscure to me. And I've studied it more closely than most."

-- Sterling Professor Emeritus of Physics Robert K. Adair, "Rockies Need To Brush Up On Their Physics," The Associated Press, May 9, 2002.


"As we invest in more and more expensive technology, we end up getting smaller and smaller gains."

-- Assistant professor of psychiatry and epidemiology & public health Dr. Benjamin Druss, "How Will We Die? The Grim Reaper's Handiwork Has Changed Over The Past Century," Calgary Herald, May 4, 2002.


"[The Yale women's golf team] is a good cross-section of Yale, which is very diverse. . . . All of the different religious beliefs and faiths breed curiosity. Around the holidays we have some very interesting conversations."

-- Head coach of women's golf Mary Moan, "The Benefits of Diversity; Differences Bring Yale Women's Golf Team Together," New Haven Register, May 9, 2002.


"There is no good reason why doctors after four years of graduate school should make a quarter of what lawyers make."

-- John M. Olin Professor of Law & Economics George L. Priest about the low wages paid to residents, "Medical Students Sue Over Residency System," The New York Times, May 7, 2002.


Yale strengthens ties with Mexico during Levin's visit

Mexican doctoral students at Yale to receive added financial support

Yale research on Maya murals presented to Mexican anthropologists

Yale scientist Jerry Woodall wins National Medal of Technology

Carm Cozza named to College Football Hall of Fame

Yale physicist Devoret helps create 'artificial atom'


Stuart Schwartz to be new master of Ezra Stiles College

IN FOCUS: Yale University Health Services Center

Research offers new proof that babies can count

São Toméan president and new World Fellow visit campus

Joan Steitz honored for her work with 'snurps'

Alumni reunions feature talks, tours, music and more

Works by '1952's Authors and Artists' to be displayed

Graduate School will honor three faculty members for their mentoring

Library exhibit marks milestone for monarchy

Paintings by award-winning artist on view at Slifka Center

Graduate students get practical advice on interview etiquette

Longtime city resident named head of University Properties

Dwight Hall Management Fellows to oversee center's fundraising

Art gallery to showcase 'outsider art' at special fundraising event . . .

Tennis coach Alex Dorato is honored as 2001 New England Coach of the Year

City gallery features national exhibition juried by Yale sculptor

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