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November 14, 2003|Volume 32, Number 11















In the News

"Your brain has to help. Viagra and Levitra are not aphrodisiacs, and they will not augment normal function."

-- Dr. Harris E. Foster Jr., associate professor of surgery, noting that sexual desire has psychological origins, "Viagra and Levitra Bring Issues Out in the Open," New Haven Register, Oct. 19, 2003.


"Reading is everywhere, and because most of us can learn to read without difficulty ... we take it for granted. How can anyone not read and especially how can anyone be smart and not read? In our society we take reading as a proxy for intelligence and we assume if you're very smart, you'll be a good reader."

-- Dr. Sally E. Shaywitz, professor of pediatrics, "The First 'R,'" The Hartford Courant, Oct. 19, 2003.


"The key is that people aren't aware of the way music affects them, and when you're not aware of how something is affecting you, it has a much larger effect, in some sense. If you ask somebody if the music played by a politician has an effect on your liking for the politician, they'll say, 'No.' But studies have shown that people are not aware of the ways in which these variables influence their preferences."

-- Ravi Dhar, professor at the School of Management, on the use of music in political ads, "A Catchy Tune Can Pay Big Dividends for Politicians," The Miami Herald, Nov. 6, 2003.


"Criminal procedure law [in China] provides that the Public Security Bureau may not hold a suspect in custody for more than two months for post-arrest investigation. There are, however, numerous provisions for extensions, rendering the time limit meaningless in practice."

-- Andrea Worden, postdoctoral fellow at the Law School, in her article "At the Mercy of a Flawed System," South China Morning Post, Nov. 5, 2003.


"I have always been brought up to believe that the role of the most privileged is to figure out ways to use their talents and skills to help the least privileged. And I think many law schools have accepted the path of least resistance, which is letting students be driven by their own financial pressures to forsake careers in public service."

-- Harold Hongju Koh, the Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, "Yale Professor Named Dean of Law School," New Haven Register, Nov. 5, 2003.


"Never before have I appreciated how much I have had to give up by commuting daily by bicycle. When I started riding to work about a decade ago, I gave up my suit. That was quite a sacrifice."

-- Dr. Robert B. Ostroff, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, in his article "Bicycle Commuter Heroically Handles Hardships," New Haven Register, Oct. 28, 2003.


"[Six senators] are pushing for a 27.5% tariff on all Chinese imports, while more than 70 House members support a similar move in which duties could hit 40%. Wake up, senators. All that's happening is that China is riding in the U.S. currency motorcycle's sidecar."

-- David De Rosa, adjunct professor at the School of Management, in his article "Snow Takes on Senate Over Yuan," The Korea Herald, Nov. 3, 2003.


"It's hard to imagine now how the New World would have been developed economically without millions of slaves. Up until the 1820s or 1830s, there were far more slaves brought to the New World than Europeans. Some say there were three or four black slaves for every European -- some say more."

-- David Brion Davis, the Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, "The Book on British Slavery," The New York Sun, Nov. 3, 2003.


"For [many Medicare beneficiaries], markets are not a treat. They are a threat. We believe providing security and stability for people who need security and stability is paramount over competition."

-- Mark Schlesinger, associate professor of public health, on proposals to have Medicare compete for clients against private plans, "Panel Warns Against Medicare Competition," Los Angeles Times, Nov. 4, 2003.


"We've just broken ground in our history with a pre-emptive war."

-- Jean-Christophe Agnew, professor of American studies and history, "Criticism Meets New Exhibit of Plane That Carried A-Bomb," The New York Times, Nov. 2, 2003.


"Begun in the mid-1600s as a marketplace and meeting hall location, and later employed for uses ranging from military training to a cemetery, the [New Haven] Green has been highly adaptive. ... Since then, continual upkeep and modernization, including the addition this year of wireless Internet access, have contributed to keeping the Green a vital part of the city, consistent with citizens' changing interests and needs."

-- Francesca Russello Ammon, student at the School of Architecture, in her article "City's Green Is All a Park Should Be," New Haven Register, Oct. 30, 2003.


"A novel plumbs deeper than a [short] story and can evoke many of the shadows and doubts that fill a life. Though it is the longer form, it gains more from the force of the unsaid. A good short story concludes; a good novel cannot do that -- it resists the episodic way of putting things in nutshells."

-- David Bromwich, the Bird White Housum Professor of English and lecturer in law, in his review "The Man Without Qualities; The Namesake," The Nation, Oct. 27, 2003.


"Americans don't have one single idea of how they want to live. You'll find that the McMansions are growing popular even as other people are reevaluating their surroundings. I see things happening at both ends of the scale."

-- Dolores Hayden, professor of architecture and American studies, "Fresh Air? Times Square?" The Boston Globe, Oct. 26, 2003.


"Stress kills by the same mechanism that would have saved us 25,000 years ago. Stress is a threat to our physical health. You get the same reaction when confronted by a tiger as when you're in a traffic jam on the Quinnipiac River bridge."

-- Dr. Thomas D. Stewart, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, "Catch Your Breath," New Haven Register, Oct. 26, 2003.


"America wanted a symbol of Chinese resistance at pretty dark times during the war. Chiang Kai-shek was not at all that kind of figure. He was very aloof, not at all charismatic. Madame Chiang could project and spoke beautiful English. She was the right person at the right time to catch the nation's attention."

-- Jonathan D. Spence, Sterling Professor of History, commenting on Madame Chiang Kai-shek, who died Oct. 23, "Charismatic, Feared Emissary of China's Ancient Regime," Los Angeles Times, Oct. 25, 2003.


"Sometimes very charismatic leaders leave behind problems that do not rise to the surface until later."

-- Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, associate dean of the School of Management, about what happens when CEOs leave a company, "Big Shoes To Fill," The Hartford Courant, Oct. 22, 2003.


"How many people dropped the ball in addition to this mother? So many people dropped the ball that this child said: I'm done trying. The prosecution of the mother is ... a desperate attempt to collar some person to take responsibility for this excruciating loss of a young life."

-- Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of psychiatry, about a mother convicted of neglect for her son's suicide, "Blame to Spare," The Washington Post, Oct. 21, 2003.


"One thing that is becoming more and more certain is that forests will burn every year. The only uncertainty is which ones and at what cost."

-- Mary Tyrrell, director of the Program on Private Forests at the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry, in her article "The True Cost of Willdfires Shouldn't Be a Mystery," The Hartford Courant, Nov. 7, 2003.


Speth is reappointed as F&ES dean

In Focus: Center for Language Study

Auction will help fight hunger and homelessness

Author Gore Vidal to participate in event in his honor

Acclaimed actor and teacher Ron Van Lieu joins drama school . . .

'Puzzling' new find may aid patients with Tourette's Syndrome

'Un-master' class helps musicians tune their inner instruments

Conference explored stresses caused by globalization

Researchers link a form of OCD to an abnormal gene mutation

New York Times reporter will visit as Poynter Fellow

Scientists discover method that may reduce pain . . .

Grant to help promote 'cutting edge pedagogy' in language study

Grants to nursing researchers will fund three new studies

Noted scientists to discuss research in symposium . . .

Memorial Services

Remembering the nation's veterans

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