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June 9, 2006|Volume 34, Number 30|Five-Week Issue















In the News

"We've learned so much from meteorites. They're not just a bunch of pretty faces -- they tell us the age of the solar system, its composition, and many, many other things."

-- Karl K. Turekian, Sterling Professor of Geology and Geophysics, director of the Center for the Study of Global Change, the Silliman Professor of Geology and Geophysics, and director of the Institute for Biospheric Studies, "Exploring Earth; New Peabody Exhibit Focuses on Planet's Forces," Connecticut Post, May 26, 2006.


"But emotion is a part of learning. It is the first step in learning. It is the portal. If you are not motivated, which is what emotion is all about, you don't bother to learn intellectually. Which is why emotion is so important."

-- Stephen Kellert, the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology, "Animal Trackers; Webcams Trained on Wild Creatures Are Wildly Popular," Hartford Courant, May 12, 2006.


"There are slight differences [giving taller pitchers an advantage], but they are fairly slight. Most pitchers throw over the top and, obviously, the taller player is coming over the top higher so it's coming over the plate at a slightly greater slant. You are talking about four inches in height and length so that's five or six inches higher up from the release point and about half a degree of slope coming in. But it isn't obvious enough why that should make much difference."

-- Robert Adair, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Physics and senior research scientist in physics, "Baseball's Talent Scouts Give Little Attention to Shorter Pitchers," Copley News Service, May 4, 2006.


"Hating yourself is not a good way to motivate yourself to engage in healthier behaviors. ... You want to keep reminding yourself of all the strengths that you do have, because the more confident you are that you can succeed at weight loss, the higher the likelihood that you will be successful."

-- Marlene B. Schwartz, research scientist in psychology and lecturer in psychology, "The Heavy Burden of Stereotyping," The Washington Post, May 9, 2006.


"A decision not to do anything [about a problematic relationship] still keeps you in control -- it still allows you to protect your self-esteem. The action that you're taking is deciding not to respond. You know they have this characteristic -- you're not going to let it bother you."

-- Wayne F. Dailey, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, "Relationships in Need of Spring-Cleaning?" Play, May 3, 2006.


"Early American newspaper editors filled their newspapers with lies, accusations and exaggerations for good reason: They were scared. They were scared about the outcome of the [American] Revolution, scared that they would lose their property, scared that foreign powers would attack American soil and scared that their experimental government would fail, bringing anarchy or despotism in its wake. ... With everything at stake and without a long-standing tradition of objective news reportage, newspaper writers went to extremes. They sound shrill to us, in large part, because of hindsight; we know that America survives."

-- Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history, in her review of Eric Burns' "Infamous Scribblers; The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism," "The Muck Started Here," The Washington Post, May 10, 2006.


"We know that there's a lot of music [in the Vatican Library] that has not seen the daylight. There's a certain amount of mysteriousness. It's a lot like a treasure hunt. ... I was amazed when I saw for the first time the endless library stacks in the manuscript vault, and in the basement. Within these stacks silently sleep thousands of musical scores, ready to be reawakened."

-- Toshiyuki Shimada, adjunct associate professor of music, "Maestro Hopes To Tap Musical Treasures at Vatican Library," Associated Press, May 12, 2006.


"It's the fault of those of us in this business [i.e., religious scholars] who write stuff that's dry and academic. What's out there doesn't engage the sensibilities like Dan Brown does [in 'The Da Vinci Code.'] He gives you a little sex, a lot of conspiracy theory, and given the suspicion over church hierarchies these days, people are willing to believe."

-- Harold Attridge, the Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament and dean of the Divinity School, "Why Do Many Christians Go to Fiction for Religion?" Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City), May 13, 2006.


"China could become a cooperative partner with the United States in the family of nations, or it could become an adversary. The more ties we build, the more likely the positive outcome rather than the negative."

-- Richard C. Levin, University president, on Yale's growing partnerships with the People's Republic of China, "Yale in Forefront of Colleges' Fight for Overseas Clout," Boston Globe, May 14, 2006.


"Yet, framing clear, uniform accounting standards that yield comparable financial reports across businesses, industries and economies is a long-time dream among accountants, regulators and investors. Like other well-intentioned but misguided proposals this, too, will founder on the rocks of reality; a uniform classification of transactions that occur in diverse environments is logically impossible. ... The impossibility of a universal set of accounting standards to produce a uniform set of financial reports is a blessing. Active exchange and competition among countries to address emerging problems and to devise more attractive financial reporting systems and norms is a more efficient way forward."

-- Shyam Sunder, the James L. Frank Professor of Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Stella Fearnley in their article "Opinion -- Global Reporting Standards: The Esperanto of Accounting," Accountancy (UK), May 22, 2006.


"You do a little of everything as an architect. Math, engineering and art are important, but it also helps to know how to communicate well with people. The ability to understand and communicate with a client is enormously important."

-- Alan Joseph Plattus, professor of architecture and urbanism, "Pupils Get Inside Look at Nitty-Gritty of Architecture," New Haven Register, May 27, 2006.


"[If all the documents in the Soviet Union's archives were opened], we'd be able to see the full range of Soviet penetration of our government. We're 99% certain that [U.S. State Department official Alger] Hiss was a spy -- I personally believe he was, based on the evidence I've seen, but some of it is still circumstantial. I think we could learn more from documents that are currently unknown."

-- Jonathan Brent, editorial director of Yale University Press, on the press's project to publish former Soviet Union records, "The Annals of Jonathan Brent -- One Man and a Great Publishing Project," National Review, May 22, 2006.


"Among Hispanics, the performance of athletic skills follows a style that is different from that of Americans. In the United States, performance is guided by the ideal of stark efficiency and maximum power. It is geared to producing a measurable result: a long, hard hit, a run, an out, a strike, a knockout. In [Hipanic] culture, results are also sought, but the execution has to have flair, gracefulness and a display of character. It is not flamboyance, though this can occur, and when it does, the player is ridiculed. The motions have to show both power and restraint."

-- Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, in his review of David Maraniss' "Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero," "Baseball's First Latino Hero," Globe and Mail (Canada), May 20, 2006.


"It's Shakespearean. The CEOs who have [been found guilty of misconduct at Enron] are people who literally lost touch with reality. Ken Lay had so internalized the idea of an imperial CEO that he blamed everyone but himself. He could not conceptualize that he should take responsibility."

-- Jonathan Macey, the Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities Law, "White-Collar Crime's New Milestone," The Washington Post, May 26, 2006.


"One of the problems with modernism is that it is based on a kind of global solution to everything. And even though it's true that we live in an increasingly globalized society, we can't just go in and slam down the same buildings in Charlottesville that you would slam down in Istanbul."

-- Robert A.M. Stern, the J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture and dean of the School of Architecture, "Expanding on Jefferson," The New York Times, May 21, 2006.


"People think of neurosurgery as something highly intellectual. They use phrases like 'it doesn't take a brain surgeon.' Of course, you have to be smart and make quick decisions, but, in part, a neurosurgeon is a kind of mechanic. We cut heads open, we use drills. On a daily basis we are thinking about practical things like, how do I get this nail out of this guy's head? You have to love the brain and also love working with your hands."

-- Dr. Katrina Firlik, assistant clinical professor of neurosurgery, "Confessions of a Brain Surgeon," New Scientist, May 20, 2006.


"We shouldn't be worried [about the increasing practice of delivering babies prematurely]. We're doing a good job of avoiding stillbirths and subsequent infant mortality. When you have a fetus with no growth or insufficient food, the better place for that fetus is outside the womb."

-- Dr. Charles J. Lockwood, the Anita O'Keefe Young Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, "As Babies Are Born Earlier, They Risk Problems Later," The Washington Post, May 20, 2006.


"For Yale [a State Department program that bring students from economically disadvantaged countries to elite U.S. schools] has really helped us with our goal of achieving greater socioeconomic diversity in our international student body. The students -- individually and collectively as a group -- have changed the lives of their roommates and classmates giving them new, global perspectives they might not have had."

-- Ann Kuhlman, director of the Office of International Students and Scholars, "Talented, Dedicated Students Can Access Top U.S. Schools," U.S. Fed News, May 25, 2006.


"If people think they have no control, they may not seek information about their health status even if they are at risk for a serious disease. In fact, they may go out of their way to actively avoid any information."

-- Erica Dawson, assistant professor of management, "Study Finds People Avoid Medical Diagnoses Depending on Perceived Severity and Treatability," Health and Medicine Week, May 25, 2006.


PBS news anchor elected as trustee

Ceremony formally marks Rose Center opening

New Peabody hall offering high-tech lessons about Earth and space

Scientists believe that green tea may be key to 'Asian paradox'



New exhibit asks: What did Shakespeare really look like?

Samples from ocean floor at the North Pole yield clues . . .


Arts & Ideas festival adds a dash of New Orleans spice

Art & Architecture Library taking up temporary residence on Crown Street

Forum explores governmental budgetary processes in China

Library events celebrate aviator and author Anne Morrow Lindberg

Making the Grade

Uncovering Ingrained Attitudes About Obesity

Artist's exhibit at Slifka Center will examine complexity of faith

Jaroslav Pelikan, renowned scholar of church history

Event will bring bellringers from near and far to the Yale campus

Gigantic balloon creatures to invade Hall of Dinosaurs

Celebrated performer to teach summer flute institute

Drama production will highlight work by New Haven students

Reading aloud

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