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April 21, 2006|Volume 34, Number 27|Two-Week Issue















In the News

"If it is true, as some say, that physicians are the least introspective or self-doubting of the learned professionals, the reason may be that they are convinced of their own good intentions and of their ability to make correct therapeutic choices."

-- Dr. Sherwin Nuland, clinical professor of surgery, citing the positive influence of Jay Katz's "The Silent World of Doctor and Patient" on medical ethics in his book review "Books: Five Best," The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2006.


"The fact is that most Christians in the world do not live in America. Christianity is really a Third World religion today."

-- Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, "When Living Your Faith Means Risking Death," Hartford Courant, April 13, 2006.


"To be sure, we still sympathize with people who, upon reaching middle age or later, find themselves replaced by lower-paid workers in another part of the world, if not by a computer or a robot. But are we really going to do anything about these risks? One new idea that seemed hot a few years ago is 'wage insurance.' As then floated, the idea was simple: The government would protect people from the risk of losing their job and being unable to find a new one at the same wage. ... Wage-insurance programs have been actively talked about or actually implemented in some form in Britain, France, Switzerland and Ireland. Despite all the intellectual applause, however, wage-insurance programs are still not a significant force in the world economy. They should be. But they should also be supplemented by other devices."

-- Robert J. Shiller, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics, in his article "Building a Better Safety Net for Workers," Japan Times, March 27, 2006.


"Young black men internalize images, promoted by society, of being misogynists and consumers. These values distort their understanding of what it means to be men and blinds them to the long-term importance of acquiring an education and the skills needed in our global economy. ... We need a campaign by the mainstream media and institutions like churches to endorse positive images of black men, the value of education and personal responsibility."

-- The Reverend Frederick J. Streets, University chaplain, pastor at the Church of Christ in Yale, assistant clinical professor at the Child Study Center and adjunct assistant professor at the Divinity School, in his letter to the editor "Culture and the Fate of Black Men," The New York Times, April 2, 2006.


"I don't know that we'll end up with [a federal law allowing same-sex] marriage. But the trend is going to be state recognition and probably some kind of compromise, I'm very certain of that. We are going to have a diversity of approach in America. The states that recognized same-sex unions, the sky did not fall. God did not send the locusts upon these states, gay and lesbian couples did not flood in, but thousands formalized their relationships and are leading productive lives. The whole thing has been greatly overblown.''

-- William N. Eskridge Jr., the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, "Gay Marriage Case Now Before the Court," The New York Times, April 2, 2006.


"When all the dust clears [if proposed laws to control illegal immigration are passed], we're going to have higher levels of legal immigration and lower levels of illegal immigration, but within a few years we'll return to the levels that we've seen. Immigrants will figure it out. The zeal of enforcement will wane."

-- Peter H. Schuck, the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law, "Economics of Immigration Could Defy Laws," Associated Press, April 2, 2006.


"The most effective way to conserve biodiversity in any place, but particularly in places where you have endemic species that have limited ranges, is to find ways of allowing the activities that people want to go on there to co-exist with species."

-- David Skelly, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, "Group Builds New Bridges Between Wildlife, Boardrooms," Agence France Presse, April 2, 2006.


"Once you're dependent [on cigarettes], you're always confronted with a certain amount of nicotine withdrawal. Children get addicted to smoking more quickly than they expect, and many aren't even aware that they are dependent."

-- Dr. Leslie Jacobsen, associate professor of psychiatry and of pediatrics, "Drug Use Can Damage the Brain, Lead to Addiction," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 2, 2006.


"The differences essentially have to do, today, with separation of church and state. Islam is a political religion, whereas Christianity is a spiritual religion; it's a religion of the heart. And I think the way Western culture developed over the centuries, it accepted ­ eventually ­ the separation of church and state, whereas Islam has not gone through that change, through that evolution. And so the adjacency of the Muslim world to the Western world creates friction and tension."

-- Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity and professor of history, "Dr. Lamin Sanneh; The Last Battle; Islam, Meet the West. West, Meet Dr. Lamin Sanneh," Chattanooga Pulse (TN), April 5, 2006.


"The future [alternative to chemotherapy for cancer will be] taking a small sample of the tumor and doing tests on it and saying, 'Mrs. Jones, this is the best treatment for you and you don't need this poison.'"

-- Dr. Lyndsay Harris, director of breast medical oncology, "A Refined Attack On Breast Cancer," Hartford Courant, April 11, 2006.


"It didn't even cross my mind that [becoming a scientist] was something I would want to do because it just wasn't done. I had absolutely no role models because there weren't any. I never saw a woman faculty member in science after I graduated from a girl's high school. ... All of a sudden [after a summer working in a cell biology lab] I got completely turned on. I decided even if I wasn't ever going to be able to do this like all the men professors I'd known, that this was what I wanted to do, pursue science. It really, really got me and I couldn't believe how much fun it was making discoveries."

-- Joan Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, "Female Scientist 'A Hero in Her Field,'" Toronto Star, April 3, 2006.


"A lot of these [cancer] vaccine trials are small, and their response rates are low. That means some positive findings could simply be due to chance."

-- Dr. Mario Sznol, associate professor of internal medicine, "Sticking It to Cancer; A New Vaccine, Amazingly, May Rid the World of Cervical Cancer, While Doctors Aim Other Needles at More Killer Tumors," U.S. News & World Report, April 3, 2006.


"Since September 2002, each baby born in the United Kingdom gets a Child Trust Fund that will provide him a citizenship inheritance upon reaching maturity. The government deposits up to $900 per child at birth and at age 7. If it accumulates at 7%, this will yield nearly $4,000 at age 18. ... A similar system, financed out of a revitalized estate tax, will democratize inheritance, providing every American a head start in life when he needs it, as he starts out adult life."

-- Bruce Ackerman, the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law and Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, and Anne Alstott, the Jacquin D. Blerman Professor of Taxation at the Law School, in their letter to the editor, "Inheritance Taxes," The New York Times, April 4, 2006.


"We're all unique [whatever our race]. Our differences amount to less than .5% of the genome. We're all unique, but almost all identical."

-- Dr. Kenneth K. Kidd, professor of genetics and of psychiatry, "Genetically, Race Matters in Illness," New Haven Register, April 9, 2006.


"You cannot maintain an active law practice and be a truly impartial judge because the opportunity and temptation to favor persons in ways that benefit your law practice are too great."

-- John Langbein, Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History, "Probate Judge's Land Deals Draw Scrutiny," New Haven Register, April 7, 2006.


"[Movies about painful chapters in American life] help people empathize and open up a dialogue on things that are deeply felt, but also deeply covered."

-- Ronald Eyerman, professor of sociology, on the upcoming movie "United 93," about the 9/11 attacks, "9/11 Film Opens Painful Chapter; The Families Approved 'United 93,' but Still the Nation Wonders: Are We Ready To Relive the Tragedy?" TMCnet, April 9, 2006.


"[The Yale Library's Iraq ReCollection project to digitize the nation's scholarly journals is about] trying to bring technology, bring computers, bring the idea of document sharing to your colleagues in this part of the world. ... If that can happen, then we will have the opportunity to exchange and make relationships and get access to the same kind of material that is over there. There are fabulous collections in the Middle East. Getting reciprocal access to these would be just great."

-- Ann Okerson, associate University librarian, "Yale University Develops Online Arabic Library; Project Draws on Resources From 20 Libraries in U.S., Europe, Mideast," Washington File (DC), April 5, 2006.


"Everyone who printed, who invented, who engaged in science or politics wanted [Benjamin] Franklin's view on everything. The guy's mind never shut off; there wasn't anything he wasn't curious about or didn't think of."

-- Ellen Cohn, editor of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin and senior research scholar in history, "Philadelphia Claims Him, But Yale Has Franklin Files," Hartford Courant, April 11, 2006.


"[Hot flashes are] more than just a warm feeling. There's a rush of adrenaline, heart palpitations, a feeling of panic -- they're not to be trivialized."

-- Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, "This Is Your Brain During a Hot Flash; Research Supports Simple Remedies," The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2006.


University will review its Special Student Program

Thirteen are honored for their work promoting town-gown cooperation

Hu's speech to be broadcast, web-streamed

A lesson in egg-drop engineering


Symposium honors centennial of astronomy researcher

UAE minister speaks with Yale officials, students . . .

Foreign-language and self-guided audio tours of Yale campus . . .

Research demonstrates that neurons in brain communicate . . .

Symposium on 'Rethinking Historicism' honors Annabel Patterson

Peptide that functions like a nanosyringe offers new tool for drug delivery

Research clarifies how animals perceive environmental odors

In Memoriam: William Sloane Coffin Jr.

Graduating nursing student awarded Nightingale Scholarship

Yale Opera production will feature works by German composers

Next Dean's Workshop will explore flow cytometry research

Center to mark anniversary of city's Holocaust Memorial

Five-year grant supports surgeon's work to develop . . .

Event to celebrate students' written stories about their nursing experiences

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