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October 3, 2003|Volume 32, Number 5















Visiting on Campus

"The White Album" author is next Schlesinger visiting writer

Celebrated author Joan Didion will visit the campus on Tuesday, Oct. 7, as a John-Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer.

Didion will do a reading of her work at 7 p.m. in Rm. 102 of Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. Didion's reading is free and open to the public.

A novelist, essayist and screenwriter for more than three decades, Didion was awarded the 1996 Edward MacDowell Medal and the 1999 Columbia Journalism Award.

Her novels include "Run River" (1963), "Play It As It Lays" (1970), "A Book of Common Prayer" (1977), "Democracy" (1984), and "The Last Thing He Wanted" (1996).

Her non-fiction includes "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" (1968), "The White Album" (1978), "Salvador" (1983), "Miami" (1987) and "After Henry" (1992).

Didion and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, have co-authored the screenplays "The Panic in Needle Park," "Play It As It Lays," "A Star Is Born," "True Confessions" and "Up Close and Personal." Her latest book, "Where I Was From," was published by Knopf in September.

She has lectured at numerous colleges and universities and is a contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker.

The John-Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer Fund was established in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schlesinger of Pound Ridge, New York, in order to enrich the experience of student writers in Yale College by supporting annual visits to campus by distinguished or emerging authors.

Law scholar to deliver Storrs Lectures

Gunther Teubner, professor of private law and legal sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat Frankfurt, will give the Storrs Lectures Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 7-9.

Teubner will deliver a lecture titled "Civil Constitutions in Global Society: Alternative to State-Centered Constitutional Theory," on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 4:30 p.m., in Rm. 127 of the Sterling Law Buildings (SLB), 127 Wall St. A reception will follow this lecture. The next lecture, "Coincidentia Oppositorum: Hybrid Networks Beyond Contract and Organization," will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 127 of SLB. The final lecture in the series, "Dealing with Paradoxes of Law: Derrida, Luhmann, Wietholter," will be given on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the faculty lounge of SLB. Sponsored by the Dean's Office of the Law School, the series of lectures is free and open to the public.

An internationally renowned scholar in legal and social theory, Teubner is the author of numerous books, including "Networks and Connected Contracts" (2003), "Law and Reflexivity" and "Law as Autopoietic System," which was translated in eight languages.

He is the co-author and editor of "Constitutionalism and Transnational Governance," "Global Law Without a State" and "Environmental Law and Ecological Responsibility."

Architect to deliver Paul Rand Lecture

Christian Moeller, professor in the Department of Design and Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles, will visit the campus as the next Paul Rand Lecturer in Design on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Moeller's lecture, titled "A Time and Place," will begin at 6 p.m. in Rm. 104 at the School of Art, 1156 Chapel St.

Moeller has been a senior faculty member in the Department of Design and Media since 2001.

Prior to his move to the United States in 2001, he was a professor at the State College of Design in Germany 1998-2000.

From 1995 to 1997, he headed the ARCHIMEDIA Research Institute at the College of Design in Austria. In 1990 he founded his own architectural company and media laboratory in Frankfurt.

Public health expert to present Dobihal Lecture

Dr. Howard Koh, associate dean and professor of public health at the Harvard School of Public Health, will present the Dobihal Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Koh will speak on "Spirituality, Politics and Public Health" at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont Rm. of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

Koh, a 1973 graduate of Yale College who earned his medical degree from the University in 1977, joined the Harvard faculty in January of this year. He previously served as the commissioner of public health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

As commissioner of public health, Koh oversaw a wide range of public health services and a staff of over 3,000 public health professionals.

A noted cancer and public health specialist, he also served as director of cancer prevention and control at Boston University Medical Center, and as professor of dermatology, medicine and public health at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

Koh is one of only a few physicians in the United States who has earned board certification in four medical fields (medical oncology, dermatology, hematology and internal medicine).

The annual lectureship honors the Reverend Edward F. Dobihal Jr., who served at the hospital for 25 years as the first full-time chaplain and director of religious ministries. He was instrumental in establishing the first hospice in the United States.

Bioethics talk will explore interfaces that communicate

Clifford Nass, professor in the Department of Communication and director of the Institute for Communication Research at Stanford University, will lecture as part of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) Interdisciplinary Bioethics Program on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Nass will speak to the "Technology and Ethics" working research group in a lecture titled "Voice Activated -- Social Responses to Interfaces that Talk, Listen or Emote" at 4:15 p.m. at the ISPS, 77 Prospect St. The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Carol Pollard at (203) 432-6188 or carol.pollard@yale.edu.

In his lecture, Nass will examine a series of unpublished studies that address how new technologies affect people's behaviors and attitudes toward interfaces.

Nass holds appointments in computer science, science, technology and society, sociology, and symbolic systems (cognitive science). He is director of the Interface Lab and co-director of the Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory at Stanford.

Nass is co-author of "The Media Equation: How People Treat Computers, Television, and New Media Like Real People and Places" and author of the forthcoming book "Voice Activated: The Psychology and Design of Interfaces that Talk and Listen."

Nass has written over 60 articles on human-computer interaction and statistical methodology and has consulted on over 100 products for companies including Microsoft, IBM, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Fidelity, Philips, BMW and Toyota. His work has been the basis for over 100 products including the Microsoft Office characters, HP oscilloscopes, the Dell Product Advisor and the talking Barney doll.

Tiffany & Co. designer to give benefit lecture

John Loring, senior design director at Tiffany & Co., will deliver a lecture on campus on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Titled "Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co.," Loring's lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St.. Reservations are required and there is a fee for this lecture. For information about the contribution levels for this benefit event and to make a reservation, contact Linda Jerolmon at (203) 432-9658 or linda.jerolmon@yale.edu. The event is sponsored by the Members of the Yale Art Museums, and the proceeds will support the education departments and the outreach programs of the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.

In his talk, Loring will discuss the contributions Louis Comfort Tiffany made to the firm founded by his father Charles Lewis Tiffany. Tiffany was considered to be the foremost American designer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a world leader of the Art Nouveau movement. He is internationally recognized for his work with stained glass lamps and windows and he also produced an array of jewelry, enamels, ceramics and precious objects.

A 1960 graduate of Yale College, Loring has served as design director of Tiffany & Co., New York, since 1979.

Loring is the author of 12 books on the internationally renowned firm.

Following the talk, Loring will sign copies of his most recent book "Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co."

Keynote address to examine myths of Native America

Richard West, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, will deliver the keynote address on the first day of the Peabody Museum's "Indigenous Peoples Weekend," on Saturday, Oct. 11.

West will discuss "Native America in the 21st Century: Out of the Mists & Beyond Myth" at 1 p.m. in the Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave. Sponsored by the children of Arnold J. Alderman, West's lecture is open to the public and is free with museum admission. Admission to the Peabody Museum is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and over, $5 for children ages 3-18 and students with I.D. Admission is free to museum members and Yale I.D. holders.

As NMAI's museum director, West's responsibilities include overseeing the opening of the three facilities that constitute the National Museum of the American Indian ­ the George Gustav Heye Center in New York; the Cultural Resources Center in Maryland; and the National Mall Museum. West also dedicates much of his time to fund-raising for the museum.

Prior to assuming his post at NMAI, West was a co-founder and partner in the Indian-owned law firm of Gover, Stetson, Williams and West, P.C., where he served as general counsel to numerous Indian tribes and organizations. He has represented clients before federal, state and tribal courts, and various executive departments of the federal government including the United States Congress.

Okun Lecture series will explore careers in science and medicine

Richard B. Freeman, the Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will deliver the Arthur M. Okun Lecture Series Oct. 13-15.

The series, which will focus on the outlook for careers in science and engineering, is titled "Working at the Endless Frontier: The Job Market for Scientists and Engineers." His first lecture, titled "What is Different about the Science and Engineering Job Market," will be held on Monday, Oct. 13. His second lecture, "Producing and Using Knowledge," will follow on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The final lecture, "Who Owns Science and Engineering," will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

All lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in the Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. Sponsored by the Department of Economics and Yale University Press, the lecture series is free and open to the public.

Freeman holds the positions of faculty co-chair of the Harvard University Trade Union Program, director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, co-director of the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance and visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

Considered to be one of the country's most distinguished labor economists, Freeman is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is currently serving on the National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences Panel of the United States National Academy of Science.

The Arthur M. Okun Lectures recognize and encourage professional economists to search for policies that will contribute to the betterment of life for all peoples.


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Robert Macnab, noted for his research on bacteria, dies

Two studies aim to help smokers quit the habit

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