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November 15, 2002|Volume 31, Number 11














In the News

"Democracy cannot protect against all manifestations of terrorism, but clearly an authoritarian regime can do no better."

-- Yevgenia Albats, lecturer in political science, in the article "Imposed Ignorance Masqueraded as Security," Toronto Star, Oct. 27, 2002.


"Operating systems are the moldy basements of computing. We used to live down there, but are now moving upstairs to healthier quarters."

-- David Gelernter, professor of computer science, in his article "Forget the Files and the Folders: Let Your Screen Reflect Life," The New York Times, Nov. 7, 2002.


"Generally, children are developmentally delayed one month for every three months they spend in an orphanage. And the rule of thumb seems to be that one-third of those children will catch up in the first 3-6 months when given a lot of TLC. Another third will eventually catch up, but after long-term intervention. And still another third will never catch up."

-- Dr. Margaret K. Hostetter, professor of pediatrics, "From Worlds Away; Yale International Adoption Clinic Helps Parents With Unique Problems Their Foreign Kids May Face," New Haven Register, Nov. 3, 2002.


"The people who have been diagnosed [with cancer], along with their families and friends, are suffering and want answers. A false explanation, however, can be worse than no explanation at all."

-- Dr. John Concato, associate professor of internal medicine, in his article about an investigation into a possible cancer cluster in the Amity Regional School District "Be Rational About Amity 'Cancer Cluster' Talk," New Haven Register, Nov. 6, 2002.


"International law can't require that a state be a sitting duck."

-- Ruth Wedgwood, professor of law, about a nation's right to take pre-emptive military action, ". . . Or Is It A Justifiable Response To Danger?" Navy News Week, Nov. 4, 2002.


"Part of teaching people to be free thinkers is stepping back from the press of anxiety and thinking, 'What is best for me?'"

-- Gabriel Richardson, assistant professor of philosophy, "Yale Panel Urges End to Early Admissions," The Boston Globe, Nov. 6, 2002.


"My friends in Congress tell me that if they will get 15 letters -- just 15 letters -- that that perks up their ears that something is going on that needs their attention."

-- Edward F. Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, "Parents Brainstorm Ways to Influence State Government," The Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2002.


"The other thing is to remind people that any of these forecasts will have a fair amount of uncertainty. . . . It's very hard with the presidential stuff, if you've got the winner wrong but you're close on the vote share, to get people to understand that your model might still be valid. Who the winner is is obviously the country's highest interest."

-- Ray C. Fair, the John M. Musser Professor of Economics, about his statistical model to predict election winners, "Verbatim," The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 1, 2002.


"This is straightforward: If you've decided you are going with a post-vaccination program, rather than a pre-vaccination one, then you need to have adequate people in place to push the button. The panel's recommendations seem to be completely independent from the actual response plan."

-- Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. & Marie A. Beach Professor of Management & professor of public health, "Why Not a Smallpox Choice," The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 29, 2002.


"CEOs have to recognize we're in a new era -- we can't go back to the 1980s and '90s where money is overwhelmingly important."

-- Jeffrey E. Garten, dean of the Yale School of Management, "Yale Dean Says U.S. Execs Should Lend Voices To Public Policy," New Haven Register, Oct. 29, 2002.


"Many powerful politicians and business leaders, of course, are past middle age. . . . But all too often the focus is on the drawbacks of aging. In fact, older executives and politicians often serve with distinction in times of crisis."

-- Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, associate dean of the Yale School of Management, in his article "The Return of the Elders," The New York Times, Nov. 2, 2002.


"I've never seen so many broken bones."

-- Jack Siedlecki, head coach of football, about the seven injured players on the football team, "Injuries Pile Up," New Haven Register, Nov. 6, 2002.


"I find it offensive the United States' values and cultural mores, all of that, are transmitted through the language filter into Spanish culture."

-- Roberto Gonz´alez Echevarr´ža, Sterling Professor of Hispanic & Comparative Literature, "Controversial Combination of Spanish and English Making Its Way Into Mainstream," The Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2002.


"I am taking a leave of absence. Getting a Ph.D. is almost impossible if I stay in this line of work."

-- Jun Saito, doctoral candidate in political science, who has been elected to parliament in Japan, "What Trumps a Desk at Yale? A Seat in Parliament," The New York Times, Nov. 4, 2002.


"Yale science is resulting in the creation of four or five companies every year, and we expect that demand will go on in the future. That's what creates a bright future for Science Park and downtown New Haven."

-- Bruce Alexander, vice president & director of the Office of New Haven & State Affairs, "Science Park Banks On Yale Name, Major Renovation," The Hartford Courant, Oct. 30, 2002.


"Science would support it's not something you would find in any town. Willimantic is a small mill town that has a heroin epidemic."

-- Michael Carbone, research associate in internal medicine, about the severity of heroin abuse in Willimantic, "Heroin Message Caught Up In Politics; Governor Criticized For Saying Willimantic's Problems Can Be Found Anywhere," The Hartford Courant, Oct. 31, 2002.


"We should have made a heroic attempt in 1999 to kill [the West Nile virus] off in New York City. We should have attempted to kill every single last mosquito. That was our only hope for containing it."

-- Durland Fish, professor of epidemiology, "West Nile Virus Goes Across U.S.," Connecticut Post, Oct. 27, 2002.


"Today, when people look at the ruins in Peru, it's easy to forget the sort of complexity in Inca times. Machu Picchu was more like New York than an isolated rural village in Peru, in terms of its cultural population."

-- Richard L. Burger, director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, "New Views of the New World," Hispanic Magazine, Sept. 2002.


Yale revises early admissions policy

Koerner Center will serve as a 'focal point' . . .

$11 million grant to fund center's work on autism

Facility offers resources and a gathering place for graduate students

Former trade representative champions open markets

Graduate student Jun Saito wins a seat in Japanese Parliament

Yale artist tackles dirt and death in new projects

Fact feeds fiction in Yale alumnus' play 'Fighting Words'

Researchers create artificial 'light switch' to regulate genes

Display looks at 'Rocks, Gems and the Yale Seal'

Conference to focus on adolescents' alcohol, tobacco use

Yale staff consulted for soon-to-air PBS series . . .

Graduate student to discuss Lyndon Johnson biography

Honoring Yale's veterans

Yale Books in Brief

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