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September 29, 2006|Volume 35, Number 4















Visiting on Campus

Climate scientist is next Zucker Fellow

James E. Hansen, lead climate scientist and director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Science, will visit the campus on Tuesday, Oct. 3, as the B. Benjamin Zucker Fellow.

Hansen will be the guest at a master's tea at 4 p.m. in the Trumbull College master's house, 100 High St. He will discuss "Scenarios for Human Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Climate Forcings: Should We Be Optimistic or Pessimistic About Where the World Is Headed?" He will also give a lecture titled "Can We Still Avoid Dangerous Human-Made Climate Change?" at 2 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center auditiorium, 53 Wall St. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Since the late 1970s, Hansen has worked on studies and computer simulations of the Earth's climate for the purpose of understanding the human impact on global climate.

Hansen's primary interests are radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres, especially interpreting remote sounding of the earth's atmosphere and surface from satellites. His theory is that this research may provide an effective way to monitor and study global change on the Earth.

In the 1980s, Hansen's testimonies before congressional committees on climate change helped raise awareness of the global warming issue. He earned national attention in 1988 when he testified before the House of Representatives, stating that there was a strong "cause and effect relationship" between observed temperatures and human emissions into the atmosphere.

The Zucker Fellowship was established by 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.

Celebrated poet to read from her works

Award-winning poet Nikky Finney will give a public reading of her work on Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of the Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale Divinity Student Book Supply's series "Literature and Spirituality."

The event will take place at 4:15 p.m. at the Divinity Bookstore, 409 Prospect St. For more information, call (203) 432-5062. The readings will also be webcast live at www.yale.edu/ism. A book-signing and reception will follow.

A professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky, Finney is author of "On Wings Made of Gauze"; "Rice," which won the PEN American Open Book Award in 1999; "Heartwood"; and "The World Is Round," which received the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry.

Lecture will address sustainable development in South Asia

The South Asian Studies Council will host a lecture by Ashok Khosla, president and founder of Development Alternatives in New Delhi, on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Khosla will discuss "Strategies for Sustainable Development from South Asia" beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 203, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The talk is open to the public free of charge.

The mission of Development Alternatives is to promote sustainable development through "innovative technology, effective institutional systems and environmental and resource management methods."

Khosa also serves as president of Technology and Action for Rural Advancement. From 1976-1982 he was the director at the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi.

The recipient of the U.N. Sasakawa Environmental Prize in 2002, Khosla is currently vice president of the Club of Rome and serves on numerous boards, including the World Conservation Union and the WWF.

Harvard economist visits as the Arthur M. Okun Lecturer

Kenneth Rogoff, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics at Harvard University, will deliver two talks as part of the Arthur M. Okun Lecture Series on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 3 and 4.

Rogoff will discuss "The Globalization of Monetary Policy" 4-5:30 p.m. both days in the General Motors Room, Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave. Sponsored by the Department of Economics and Yale University Press, the talks are free and open to the public.

From 2001-2003, Rogoff served as chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund and is also a former director of the Center for International Development at Harvard.

An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Econometric Society, Rogoff is also a fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Rogoff has published widely on a broad range of topics in international finance including central bank independence, exchange rates and international debt.

He holds the life title of international grandmaster of chess.

Sheffield Lecture will focus on a 'symbiotic life-style'

Hajime Sasaki, chair of the board of NEC Corporation, will give the Sheffield Fellowship Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

"Toward an Era of Symbiotic Life-Style" is the title of Sasaki's lecture, which will take place 4-5 p.m. in Davies Auditorium, 15 Prospect St. Sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering, the talk is free and open to the public.

Selected as chair of the board of NEC in 1999, Sasaki began his career at the company in 1961, designing integrated circuits for communications applications. In 1982, he became general manager of the VLSI Development Division, and was appointed senior vice president of NEC's semiconductor group in 1991, overseeing its growth from 750 billion yen in production sales to 1,020 billion yen in 1998.

Sasaki has actively participated in several Japanese industry organizations, including serving as chair of the Communications Industry Association of Japan from 1999 to 2000, chair of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association from 2003 to the present, and president of Semiconductor Leading Edge Technologies Inc. 1996-1998.

Sasaki has received numerous awards and honors including election as fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Japan.

A foreign associate of National Academy of Engineering, Sasaki received the "Award of Persons of Scientific and Technological Merits" from the Science and Technology Agency, Government of Japan, in 1997.

Most recently, Sasaki was awarded the Robert N. Noyce Medal from the IEEE "for contributions to, and leadership in, the technology and business development of semiconductor devices and the harmonization of the global semiconductor industry."

Master's tea to feature author of 'Thank You for Smoking'

Christopher Buckley, the author of the political satire "Thank You for Smoking," will be the guest at a Morse College master's tea on Tuesday, Oct. 3

Buckley will speak at 4 p.m. at the master's house, 99 Tower Parkway. The talk is free and the public is invited to attend.

Buckley is a political satirist and author of several novels, including "Thank you for Smoking," which poked fun at everything and everyone associated with the tobacco industry -- from anti-smoking advocates to tobacco company executives. The book has been adapted into a movie.

A Yale College graduate, Buckley became managing editor of Esquire Magazine and later worked as the chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush.

ISS lecture will examine security trends in Asia

Michael Green, the Japan Chair and senior adviser at the Center for International and Strategic Studies, will visit the campus on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Green will discuss "Asian Security Trends" at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 119, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. Sponsored by the Project on Japan-U.S. Relations and International Security Studies, the talk is free and open to the public.

An associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University, Green served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) 2004-2005.

From 1997 to 2000, he was senior fellow for Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directed the Independent Task Force on Korea and study groups on Japan and security policy in Asia. He served as senior adviser to the Office of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Department of Defense in 1997 and as consultant to the same office until 2000.

At the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Green served as associate executive director of the Foreign Policy Institute (1992-1994) and acting director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies (1999-2000), among other positions.

Green spent over five years in Japan working as a staff member of the National Diet, as a journalist for Japanese and American newspapers, and as a consultant for U.S. businesses. His publications include "Japan's Reluctant Realism," "The U.S.-Japan Alliance" and "Arming Japan."

Green is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Institute for International Security Studies.

'The future of mothering' to be explored in Zigler Center talk

Enola Aird, director of The Motherhood Project, will speak in the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy lecture series on Friday, Oct. 6.

Aird's talk, titled "The Future of Mothering," will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Rm. 116, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail sandra.bishop@yale.edu or call (203) 432-9935.

Aird is an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values in New York City, where she established and directs the Motherhood Project. The project's mission is to foster a renewed sense of purpose, passion and power in the work of mothering in both the private and public spheres, and to bring fresh knowledge to help mothers meet the challenges of raising children in an age driven by the values of commerce and technology.

Aird, who received her law degree from Yale Law School, worked at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., directing its violence prevention program and serving as acting director of its Black Community Crusade for Children. She was appointed by Governors O'Neill and Weicker to the Connecticut Commission on Children.

She has appeared in a variety of media including "Face the Nation," "The News Hour" and "The O'Reilly Factor," and her work with the Motherhood Project was featured in the the Ladies' Home Journal and a feature story in the Boston Globe. She has contributed chapters to several edited publications, including "Taking Parenting Public: The Case for A New Social Movement."


University launches 'Yale Tomorrow' campaign

Gift of $50 million to create Greenberg Yale-China Initiative

Greenberg: 'Flexibility' will be key Yale asset in China

Program will educate corporate leaders about . . . climate change

V.P. and union president co-chairing Yale-United Way Campaign

This year's 'Science Saturdays' for children celebrates women scientists

Alumnus Robert Burger is named an assistant provost


More Yale-related MacArthur Fellows

Yale's Endowment earns 22.9% in the past fiscal year

Erin Lavik and Tarek Fahmy win biomedical engineering awards

Are we alone? 'Alien Earths' explores scientists' quest to find out

Exhibit explores connections between art and music in different period

Yale novelists, poets and playwrights will read from their works

Works by photojournalists in Iraq on view at ISM

Study finds affirmation exercise boosts minority . . .

Conference to explore ways to increase diversity in higher education

Traveling Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival comes to campus

Ancient coins will be showcased in 'The Romans in Asia' symposium

Two noted scientists serving as visiting scholars . . .

Five alumni to be honored with Wilbur Lucius Cross Medals

Five junior faculty members are honored by The MacMillan Center . . .

Memorial service for Jaroslav Pelikan

University of Michigan professor wins Yale's Douglass Prize

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