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March 21, 2003|Volume 31, Number 22














In the News

"Players like Ted Williams and Barry Bonds are absolutely extraordinary athletes and can do things that other people can't. What's remarkable about them is not their muscles or anything like that. It's in their brain. Their brain really works better than yours and mine at [hitting a baseball].

-- Robert K. Adair, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Physics, "Getting Bat To Meet Ball," USA Today, March 3, 2003.


"There are some people who generally like the indoor-outdoor relationship from all those walls of glass. They're kind of like New York lofts out in the countryside."

-- Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the School of Architecture, describing Litchfield, Connecticut's modernist homes, "Modernist Homes Survive in Litchfield," The Sunday Republican, Feb. 23, 2003.


"What is kind of amazing with the United States [stock] market is that historically, its returns have been pretty robust. The 20th century was the American century in many ways. But we don't know what the 21st century will be."

-- William N. Goetzmann, the Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance & Management Studies, "Long-Term Faith in Stocks Wavers," The Christian Science Monitor, March 10, 2003.


"Every premature death, whether due to chronic disease, anthrax or the fallout of a dirty bomb, leaves behind the scorched earth of an emotionally ravaged family, a crater in a network of relationships. That this toll is exacted each year should not cause us to be complacent."

-- Dr. David Katz, associate clinical professor of epidemiology & public health and medicine, in his article "Another Form of Mass Destruction: Obesity," The Hartford Courant, March 10, 2003.


"The legislature and governor 20 years ago closed all of the mental hospitals. So they better damn well provide an alternative. The state pulled out and left these people with no place to go. It's scandalous."

-- Dr. Leo M. Cooney Jr., the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine, "State To Review Placing Mental Patients With Elderly," New Haven Register, March 3, 2003.


"We would solve so many problems if the next generation of cars were hybrids."

-- James Gustave Speth, dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, about gas/electric hybrid cars, "Green Machines; Hybrid Cars Have Environmental, Tax Advantages," New Haven Register, March 3, 2003.


"At long last, statistical methods for estimating divergence ages among organisms are becoming sufficiently sophisticated that we can have confidence in the accuracy of the age estimates."

-- Anne Yoder, associate professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, "Researchers Trace Origin of Madagascar's Mammals," Life Science Weekly, March 3, 2003.


"There's still a requirement for chief executives to take educated risks. True, we don't need 'bet the company' deals. And we don't need CEOs who are rock stars. But let's not forget that dynamic capitalism isn't just about cutting costs or staying afloat. It's about thinking of how to make the future better and placing bets on that vision."

-- Jeffrey E. Garten, dean of the Yale School of Management, in his article "Listen Up, Execs: Playing It Safe Won't Cut It," Business Week, March 3, 2003.


"NATO's big tent can no longer hold all of its members in lockstep unison now that the Soviet threat has evaporated. London is well poised to remain America's military wingman. But the United States also needs an interlocutor for the other major powers within Europe who have grown increasingly skeptical about America's intentions."

-- Ray Takeyh, fellow in international security studies, and Nikolas Gvosdev, in their article "Trans-Atlantic Putin," The Moscow Times, March 3, 2003.


"The [stock market] bubble that we have just experienced is just such a major historical event, that had such profound effects on our thinking, that there hasn't been time enough yet for people to change their patterns of thought thoroughly."

-- Robert J. Shiller, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, "A Party So Wild, the Cleanup Goes On," The Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2003.


"The difficulties in establishing a viable program of inspection [of every nation's weapons of mass destruction] are enormous, but a necessity for world safety. The first step requires that an initiative be started at the U.N. The overall problem is world survival. The situation in Iraq is important and must be dealt with, but it must not be confused with the basic problem, of which it only is a part."

-- Martin Shubik, the Seymour H. Knox Professor of Mathematical Institutional Economics, in his article "Practice What You Preach; The USA Should Open Its Labs Too: An Inspector at an Iraqi Chemical Weapons Lab," The Statesman (India), Feb. 28, 2003.


"Under so-called strict scrutiny, a race-conscious program must serve a compelling government interest and be narrowly tailored to do so. Just one program has been upheld by the Supreme Court under the standard, earning strict scrutiny the designation 'strict in theory but fatal in fact.' The program that survived was the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, upheld only because its backers played a wartime trump card: national security."

-- Lincoln Caplan, Knight Senior Journalist at the Law School, in his article "Supreme Court at Crossroads on Affirmative Action," The Hartford Courant, Feb. 23, 2003.


"I'm always amazed at how common group-think is in corporate boardrooms. Directors are almost without exception intelligent, accomplished and comfortable with power -- but if you put them into a group that discourages dissent, they nearly always start to conform."

-- Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, adjunct professor at the Yale School of Management, "Changing the Rules; All Sorts of New Plans Promise To Make Corporate Boards More Accountable. Will They Work?" The Wall Street Journal Online, Feb. 24, 2003.


"A lot of kids we see are in terrible shape and can use whatever tools we have to help them get their lives back together again. Sometimes pharmacological tools are quite helpful. [But] there's a lot we don't know about how these medications work, and it may be that we're putting a few children at risk for problems down the road."

-- Dr. James Leckman, the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychology & Pediatrics, "Chemical Kids," The Christian Science Monitor, March 6, 2003.


"They're cutting the public out of the process, they're using trees to generate revenue to do this forest health and treatment work they want to do, and they're eliminating any substantive environmental review from the process."

-- James Lyons, professor in the practice of forestry at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, about the "Healthy Forest Initiative" proposal to thin out overgrown woodlands prone to wildfires, "Gibbons Chastises Congress, Environmentalists on Logging, Wildfires," The Associated Press, March 7, 2003.


"The findings indicate that Head Start graduates are not only ready for the lessons they will receive when they begin school, but that they continue to achieve more at least through the early grades and, for the few studies that have lasted longer, sometimes beyond."

-- Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, "Head Start Gathers Support To Prepare for Reauthorization," Early Childhood Report, Feb. 19, 2003.


"While past climate-change science has focused on how climate is changing and affecting other natural systems, future science must also focus on more applied research that can directly support decision-making. Research is especially needed to improve our understanding of the possible impacts of climate change on ecosystems and human society, as well as options for responding to -- and reducing -- these effects."

-- Thomas E. Graedel, the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology and adjunct professor of geology & geophysics and chemical engineering, "National Research Council Report Finds U.S. Climate-Change Research Plan Needs 'Major Improvements,'" The White House Bulletin, Feb. 26, 2003.


"[The Yale Law School is] still a professional school, but there's a greater variety of aspiration than you might find elsewhere. You get novelists and poets, period, not necessarily legal novelists."

-- Fred R. Shapiro, associate librarian for public services and lecturer in legal research, "Yale Law School Proves a Surprise Breeding Ground for a New Herd of Best-Selling Authors," Entertainment Weekly, March 7, 2003.


"Public officials, especially legislators, have little time to prepare their position on every issue. Given a cogent presentation on an important issue, to which they have not given much time or thought, and in the absence of contrary information, they will accept it. [New York's master planner Robert] Moses transformed this observation into a central feature of his method for getting things done."

-- Alexander Garvin, adjunct professor of architecture, in his article "The Second Coming of Moses," Topic Magazine, Feb. 26, 2003.


"[E]very time there is a war or perceived national emergency, law enforcement authorities seize the opportunity to expand their powers. ... At the time, all were justified in the name of national security and afterward almost everyone felt ashamed."

-- Robert Gordon, the Chancellor Kent Professor of Law & Legal History, "It Can't Happen Here ... Or Can It? Bush's Secret Plan To Shred the Bill of Rights," The New Haven Advocate, Feb. 27, 2003.


"There is no credible evidence that Americans received a lot more medical care in the past few years. But the price of health care has skyrocketed nonetheless. That inflation is because of the market power of insurers, drug manufacturers, hospitals and other suppliers of medical services."

-- Theodore Marmor, professor at the Yale School of Management, and Kip Sullivan, in their article "The Health Care Follies: We've Been Here Before," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 24, 2003.


"[W]hat you see is a spiral of mistrust between both the North and the United States. We don't trust them, and they don't trust us. And where we are right now is in a situation where it's hard to see how you're going to get out of that if you just keep adding to the mistrust."

-- David Kang, visiting associate professor of political science, "President Roh Inaugurated in South Korea; North Korea Tests Missile," "Street Sweep," CNNfn, Feb. 25, 2003.


Designer Lee wins National Medal of Arts

Keil wins NIH MERIT Award

A new kind of coffee break: Dining Halls to serve only . . .

Geochemist Karl Turekian named to Sterling Professorship

Accounting expert Rick Antle appointed Beinecke Professor

In Focus: Yale Cancer Center

Service provides information about cancer and its treatment

'Jeopardy!' tests contestants' knowledge of drama alumni

Roof of Yale Field to undergo repairs


A fair to remember

Scholar discusses 'worldliness' of DuBois' views on racial divide

Center for the Study of Globalization to host talks . . .

'Bitter Bierce' looks at life and times of author of 'The Devil's Dictionary'

Undergraduate group staging Handel's opera . . .

Yale Rep symposium to look at international theatrical collaborations

Advances in treatment of mental illness is topic of . . .

Event focuses on legal scholarship of Owen Fiss

Chapel sponsoring conference on issues in the Catholic Church

Event to explore neurotransmitter's role in cognitive disorders

Yale projects featured in AIA exhibit


Memorial service for Georges May

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