Yale Bulletin and Calendar

March 31, 2006|Volume 34, Number 24















Visiting on Campus

Lance Armstrong's trainer to be guest at master's tea

The Morgado Family Fund Fellowship and Calhoun College will host a lecture by Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong's personal trainer, on Wednesday, April 5.

Carmichael will speak on the topic "The Champion Within" at 7 p.m. in Rm. 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book-signing. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Carmichael is the founder, chief executive officer and president of Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) and personal coach to cancer survivor and six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. He formed CTS in 2000 after spending more than two decades in the sport of cycling.

Inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2003, Carmichael is the recipient of the USA Cycling Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's Coach of the Year and served as the cycling coach during the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Under his direction, athletes have won 33 Olympic, World Championships and Pan American Games medals.

Carmichael is the author of "Carmichael's Fitness Cookbook," the New York Times bestseller "Chris Carmichael's Food For Fitness: Eat Right to Train Right" and "The Ultimate Ride," and co-author of "The Lance Armstrong Performance Program" (with Armstrong). Carmichael's "Train Right"™ methods have been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Discovery Channel, ABC's "World News Tonight," Tech TV and the Outdoor Life Network, among others.

Carmichael was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Cycling Team and a member of the first American team (7-Eleven) to ride in the Tour de France in 1986.

Environment reporter to speak on campus

Juliet Eilperin, environment reporter for The Washington Post, will visit the campus on Wednesday, April 5.

Eilperin will give a talk titled "An Insider's Perspective on Environment and Politics" noon-1 p.m. during a brown-bag lunch in Sage Lounge, 205 Prospect St. She also will be the guest at a master's tea at 4 p.m., when she will discuss "Fight Club Politics: The Inside Story on Corruption and Polarization in Our Nation's Capital." The master's tea will take place in the Branford College master's house, 80 High St., and will be followed by a book-signing at Labyrinth Books, 290 York St.

Eilperin covered the House of Representatives for The Washington Post from 1998 to 2004.

Following that, Eilperin began covering global environment for the newspaper. She immersed herself in the world of environmental science through a week-long workshop hosted by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at The Earth Institute, the New York Times Foundation and Nurture New York's Nature. Held in the Dominican Republic, the intensive program was created to heighten the ability of journalists to interpret and report on the at-times complex and conflicting scientific data on environmental issues.

Eilperin was among a number of reporters, editors and photographers from a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, Miami Herald, National Geographic, Univision, CNBC, Scientific American and Hoy who participated in the workshop.

Led by CERC/Earth Institute scientists as well as professors from Columbia University's business and journalism schools, the reporters participated in lectures and workshops on a range of environment-related topics, from climate change to emerging and re-emerging diseases.

Grand Strategy Lecture will focus on the Middle East

Michael Mandelbaum, the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, will speak in the International Security Studies' Grand Strategy Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 5.

Mandelbaum's lecture, titled "American Grand Strategy and the Middle East," will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 101, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. The talk is open to the public free of charge.

Mandelbaum, who has also held teaching posts at Harvard and Columbia universities and at the United States Naval Academy, is a regular foreign affairs columnist for Newsday.

A Yale College graduate, Mandelbaum is the associate director of the Aspen Institute's Congressional Project on American Relations with the Former Communist World. He serves on the board of advisers of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington-based organization that sponsors research and public discussion on American policy toward the Middle East.

Mandelbaum is the author or co-author of numerous articles and of 10 books, including "The Nuclear Question: The United States and Nuclear Weapons, 1946-1976," "The Nuclear Revolution: International Politics Before and After Hiroshima," "The Dawn of Peace in Europe," "The Ideas That Conquered The World: Peace, Democracy and Free Markets in the Twenty-First Century," "The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football and Basketball and What They See When They Do" and "The Case For Goliath: How America Acts As The World's Government in the Twenty-First Century." He is also the editor of 12 books.

Saint Thomas More talk will focus on stem cells

The Reverend Kevin T. FitzGerald, the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University, will speak at the Saint Thomas More Chapel on Thursday, April 6.

Titled "Stem Cells: Confusion, Contention, Convergence," FitzGerald's talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. at 268 Park St. The talk is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call (203) 777-5537.

FitzGerald is also associate professor in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center.

His scientific research efforts focus on the investigation of abnormal gene regulation in cancer and research on ethical issues in human genetics. He has published both scientific and ethical articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and in the popular press.

FitzGerald has given presentations nationally and internationally, and has been interviewed by the news media on such topics as human genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research and the Human Genome Project.

He conducts regular briefings for the United States Catholic Conference and for various Congressional members and committees.

A founding member of Do No Harm, FitzGerald also is a member of the ethics committee for the March of Dimes, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion.

Environmental historian is next Zucker Fellow

Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, will visit the campus as the B. Benjamin Zucker Fellow on Thursday, April 6.

Steinberg will speak about "Getting Over Green: Coming to Terms with the Perfect Lawn" at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. His talk is free and the public is welcome. At 4 p.m., Steinberg will read from his new book "American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn" at a master's tea in the Saybrook College master's house, 90 High St.

Steinberg has worked as a U.S. environmental historian for nearly 20 years. His publications include "Down to Earth: Nature's Role in American History," which won the National Outdoor Book Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History; "Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America," which won the Ohio Academy of History Outstanding Publication Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction; and "Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England," which won the Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History and the Old Sturbridge Village E. Harold Hugo Memorial Book Prize.

Steinberg has written for The New York Times, Natural History, Newsday and the Chronicle of Higher Education and has appeared on numerous radio shows.

Among his honors, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Sponsored by the Yale College Dean's Office, the Zucker Fellowship was established in 1990 by a gift from the Class of 1962 to inspire students to embark on careers in environmental fields by bringing a major scientist, public policy figure or author in the field of environmental studies to campus each year.

Ultrafast optics is topic of Sigma Xi Lecture

Erich P. Ippen, the Elihu Thomson Professor of Electrical Engineering and professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give the Yale Sigma Xi Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Thursday, April 6.

Ippen's talk, titled "Ultrafast Optics for Physics, Medicine and Engineering," will begin at 4 p.m. in Davies Auditorium, 15 Prospect St. The talk, which will be followed by a reception, is free and open to the public. To register for this event, contact Erica Brossard at (203) 432-4200 or erica.brossard@yale.edu.

Ippen's research interests include nonlinear interactions in optical fibers, dye lasers, semiconductor diode lasers, ultrashort pulse generation, femtosecond optical techniques, and studies of ultrafast processes in materials and devices. Current research topics in his group involve medical imaging, optical clocks, femtosecond spectroscopy of solid-state materials, ultrafast nonlinearities in semiconductor waveguides, and ultrashort-pulse optical fiber devices.

Ippen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the IEEE and the Optical Society of America (OSA).

His honors include the R.W. Wood Prize of the OSA, the Edward Longstreth Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Morris Leeds Award of the IEEE, a Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Award, the H.E. Edgerton Award of the SPIE, the John Scott Award of the City of Philadelphia Trusts, the Quantum Electronics Award of the IEEE/LEOS and the Arthur Schawlow Prize of the APS.

Noted psychologist will give Zigler Center social policy talk

J. Lawrence Aber, professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University (NYU), will speak as part of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, April 7.

Aber's talk, titled "Developmental Psychology and Social Policy: Knowledge for Action," will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Rm. 119, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The talk is free and open to the public. For further information, e-mail sandra.bishop@yale.edu or call (203) 432-9935.

Aber, who received a Ph.D. in clinical-community and developmental psychology from Yale in 1982, is the academic director of NYU's new Institute on Human Development and Contextual Change.

His research focuses on the influence of poverty and violence at the family and community levels, and on the social, emotional, behavioral and academic development of children and youth. He conducts evaluations of programs and policies serving children and adolescents at risk and their families.

The principal investigator on a study that examines the effects of a school-based social-emotional and literacy development program on the development of teachers and children in New York City elementary schools, he is a consultant to city, state and federal agencies serving children and families.

Aber was awarded the Nicholas Hobbs Award for Devotion to Child Advocacy and Public Policy from Division 37 of the American Psychological Association. He is co-editor of the forthcoming "Child Development and Social Policy Knowledge for Action."

European history scholar to give Lewis Walpole Lecture

The 13th annual Lewis Walpole Library Lecture will be given by Robert Darnton, the Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History at Princeton University, on Friday, April 7.

Darnton will speak on "Slander: The Art of Slinging Mud, Paris and London, 1770-1795" at 5:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel St. His talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Library Court.

Darnton, who joined Princeton's history department in 1968, studies 18th-century France with special interest in the literary world, censorship and the history of books. Throughout his career, he has concerned himself with the literary world of Enlightenment France. Using the archives of an 18th-century Swiss publishing house, he has brought to light a vast illegal literature of philosophy, atheism and pornography that was smuggled into France in the decades before the French Revolution.

Darnton's recent publications include "The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France," which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; "The Business of Enlightenment: Publishing History of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800," which won the Leo Gershoy Prize of the American Historical Association; and "The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History," which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Darnton has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Princeton University's Behrman Humanities Award, the Gutenberg Prize and the American Printing History Association Prize. In 1999 he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur, the highest award given by the French government, in recognition of his work.


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