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May 20, 2005|Volume 33, Number 28|Three-Week Issue















Campus Notes

President Levin announces appointments

President Richard C. Levin has announced the following appointments:

Donald Green, the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Political Science, as director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies for an additional term of three years;

Christina Kraus, professor of classics, as chair of the Department of Classics for a term of three years, effective July 1;

Abraham Silberschatz, professor of computer science, as chair of the Department of Computer Science for a term of three years, effective July 1;

Gunter Wagner, the Alison Richard Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for a term of three years, effective July 1.

Hovland wins Rome Prize

Pamela Hovland, critic in graphic design at the School of Art, has won the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the leading American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

Hovland will take up residence at the American Academy in Rome in September as part of a community of 30 prize winners that includes architects, landscape architects, visual artists, writers, composers, historic preservationists and other scholars.

Established in 1894 by a group of prominent Americans, including Andrew Carnegie, J. Pierpont Morgan and John D. Rockefeller Jr., the academy provides an opportunity for American artists and scholars to study in Rome. Prize winners are provided with a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years. Individuals who have won the Rome Prize include Ralph Ellison, Samuel Barber, Robert Venturi and Patricia Fortini Brown.

For more information, visit the website at www.aarome.org.

Galvani to receive Young Investigators' Prize

Alison Galvani, assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, will receive a Young Investigators' Prize from the American Society of Naturalists (ASN).

Galvani's research focuses on how evolutionary forces shape the engagement between infectious agents and the immune system of individual hosts, and, more generally, how evolution affects interactions between the host and parasite at the population level.

The ASN publishes The American Naturalist, the leading journal in the field of evolutionary ecology. Young Investigators' Prizes recognize outstanding and promising work of investigators at an early career stage.

Bryan Hains receives award for pain research

Bryan Hains, an associate research scientist in the Department of Neurology, is the recipient of a two-year Pfizer Scholars Grant in Pain Medicine.

Hains' research on pain has shown for the first time that injury to the spinal cord and peripheral nerves triggers changes in sodium channel expression within higher-order sensory neurons of the pain pathway. These changes in sodium channel expression cause the sensory neurons to fire signals abnormally and manifest as neuropathic pain.

The award was recommended by an independent academic advisory board of leaders in pain research and medicine.

Alan Trachtenberg wins Francis Parkman Prize

Alan Trachtenberg, the Neil Gray Jr. Professor Emeritus of English, professor emeritus of American studies, lecturer in film studies and senior research scholar in English, has been awarded the 48th annual Francis Parkman Prize for historical non-fiction from the Society of American Historians.

Trachtenberg won the prize for his book, "Shades of Hiawatha: Staging Indians, Making Americans, 1880-1930." The book was cited as being a "masterful account of the Americanization of Native Americans."

The Society of American Historians, based at Columbia University, encourages literary distinction in the writing of history and biography.

Daejin Kim to be Woodward Fellow at School of Music

Daejin Kim, the distinguished Korean pianist, will be the Woodward Fellow at the School of Music for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Kim will present two master classes each term in which graduate and undergraduate students will participate. He will also perform a recital in the 2005-06 season. The recital and master classes will be open to the public.

Kim holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School. He won first prize at the 1985 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition. He currently teaches at the Korean National University of Arts.

Dr. Binder receives AGA Achievement Award

Dr. Henry Binder, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Physiology, has won the American Gastroenterology Association's (AGA) 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award.

The award honors an individual "who has made a major specific accomplishment in clinical or basic research in gastroenterology or an allied field that advances gastroenterology."

Binder's research focuses on the regulation of colonic electrolyte transport with its clinical expression being the pathophysiology and treatment of diarrhea.

The AGA is the primary gastroenterology organization in the United States.

Researcher wins grant for study of viral infections

Akiko Iwasaki, assistant professor of immunobiology, is one of 11 recipients of the 2005 Burroughs Wellcome Investigator in Pathogenesis in Infectious Diseases Award.

Iwasaki will study the role of mucosal lining cells in the initiation of immune responses against viral infections. The focus will be on the interaction of host and virus at the natural routes of entry for a variety of viruses that cause disease, including genital herpes and respiratory influenza infection.

The Burroughs Wellcome program is intended to shed light on the issues of how human hosts handle infectious challenge. The grants give recipients the freedom and flexibility to pursue new avenues of inquiry and higher-risk research projects that hold potential for advancing the understanding of how infectious agents and the human body interact.


Team creates blood test for 'silent killer'

University marks 100 years of 'Pomp and Circumstance'

Yale scientist featured in new stamp series

Twelve honored for strengthening town-gown ties


Krauss named to second term at Silliman

Researchers discover virus' potential to target and kill deadly brain tumor

Yale professors endow teaching and research fund in the history of science

Study shows, when it comes to fish genitalia, size has pros and cons

Two Yale scientists honored with election to the NAS

Six Yale affiliates elected fellows of scholarly society

Beijing conference explored Chinese constitutionalism

New scholarship will help nurture future activist ministers

Yale-IBM computer facility formally dedicated


Yale launches research on lung cancer . . .

Workshop will explore technology's power to capture . . .

Show features artist's colorful depictions of 'Northern Shores'

Glen Micalizio wins Beckman Young Investigator award . . .


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