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November 3, 2006|Volume 35, Number 9















In the News

"[Josef] Stalin had a habit of shooting his statisticians unless they produced whatever figures it was that he wanted."

-- Jay Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History, "Family, World Records Meet at Crossroads of War," St. John's Telegram (Newfoundland), Oct. 24, 2006.


"Restaurants are the new family table. The restaurant industry accounts for 47.5% of every food dollar, up from 25% in 1955. On a given day, more than 40% of adults eat out, many with children. Diet worsens when people eat out, increasing consumption of items like fried foods. One quarter of all vegetables Americans eat are French fries."

-- Kelly Brownell, professor of psychology and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, "Should Government Ban Trans Fats? PRO: Choose To Remove Trans Fats," The San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 18, 2006.


"[When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight], genetics loads the gun, and the environment pulls the trigger. Any of us are genetically predisposed to be in a certain body weight range. Depending on the environment, you may be at the healthy end. Or with that same genetic profile, in a different environment, with a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food, those individuals will become obese."

-- Marlene Schwartz, research scientist in psychology and lecturer in psychology, "Childhood Obesity Rates at Crisis Proportions," Woodbridge Sentinel (NJ), Oct. 18, 2006.


''If we got to the point where everybody in the health care system was an expert in caring for older people, we wouldn't need geriatricians. Or we wouldn't need them as frontline providers. We'd be like consultants, making sure everyone else was as skilled as possible.''

-- Dr. Leo M. Cooney, the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine, "Geriatrics Lags in an Age of High-Tech Medicine," The New York Times, Oct. 18, 2006.


"People ask me, Why do you do this to your first-years? I say, let them rub up against these realities right away: tight budgets, demanding clients, difficult sites. You'll end up with better buildings."

-- Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the School of Architecture and the J.M. Hoppin Professor of Architecture, about the school's First-Year Building Project, in which students design and help build an affordable home in New Haven, "The Yale Housing Project Turns 40," Architectural Record, Oct. 18, 2006.


"The use of secular melodies has been common throughout the history of the Protestant Church. Martin Luther is said to have asked, 'Why should the devil have all the good tunes?'"

-- Frank Tirro, professor of music, "Dave Brubeck Mixes Sacred with Secular in Concert with Yale Camerata," CTCentral.com, Oct. 8, 2006.


"Here's the burning question about gay politicians: How could Mark Foley or Jim McGreevey have believed in the sustainability of their double lives?... Internalized self-hatred can take many forms. When I first started to realize I was gay, I considered living my adult life in Japan because I thought it would be impossible for me to come out there. Similarly, I wonder if Mr. Foley and Mr. McGreevey didn't go into politics in part to foreclose the possibility that they would ever come out. Far from failing to see the tension between being successful in politics and being gay, they may have been relying on that tension to keep them on the straight and narrow."

-- Kenji Yoshino, professor of law, in his article, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell; It's Not Just for the Military; Our National Ethic Applies to Politicians, Too," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 11, 2006.


"If there is a food product with partially hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list, step back from the box and you won't get hurt. That's what I tell everybody to do."

-- Dr. David Katz, associate professor adjunct in public health practice in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, on the harmful health effects of trans fats, "Lead Paint, Cigarettes: Are Trans Fats Next?" Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 12, 2006.


"Any day now, China's foreign exchange reserves will reach the $1,000 billion mark. That is one-fifth of the world's reserves, an amount greater than Japan's enormous holdings and more than the reserves of Germany, France, Italy and Canada combined. ... This cornucopia is not an unalloyed blessing. It will complicate the country's ability to contain inflation. If the greenback continues to depreciate, the value of China's vast dollar holdings would decline. As reserves build, charges of predatory mercantilism from Europe and the U.S. could reach a feverish pitch, leading to serious trade wars."

-- Jeffrey E. Garten, the Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance and Business, in his article, "China Should Marshal Its Reserves To Do Good," FT.com, Oct. 19, 2006.


''If in fact there has been a decline in difficulty for blacks hailing a cab in New York, it could be based on an actual increase in tipping patterns or a perceived one. ... If you're a cabdriver and you're pulling up to the curb, you get only one look at the customer and you can't ask them for their resume or where they live. The decision to pick up a passenger is often tied directly to economics based often on how someone is dressed.''

-- Ian Ayres, the William K. Townsend Professor of Law, "An Arm in the Air for that Cab Ride Home," The New York Times, Oct. 15, 2006.


"[P]olitical parties in the United States have always appropriated each other's ideas. ... More than anything else, the borrowing of ideas -- often without attribution -- is what has spared the United States the proliferation of single-issue parties that so often paralyzes politics elsewhere. Political plagiarism makes big tents possible. To say that nothing can be learned from an opponent's ideas is to claim infallibility for one's own."

-- John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History, in his review of Robert L. Beisner's book, "Dean Acheson: A Life in the Cold War," "The Gardener," The New Republic, Oct. 16, 2006.


"Breast cancer is a very treatable disease, particularly when it's caught early. ... It's important for women to remember that the studies showing a decline in breast cancer death rates have been based on plain-old film mammography. ... I would encourage breast self-exams, but they're not a replacement for a breast exam by a professional health provider."

-- Dr. Carol Lee-French, professor of diagnostic radiology, "Digital Mammography Boosts Chances of Spotting Malignancies," Forbes.com, Oct. 22, 2006.


"As the baby boomers are aging, menopause is gaining a higher profile as an important women's health issue. There is increased awareness and recognition by both the public and health-care providers that this is a topic that needs to be addressed.''

-- Ivy Alexander, associate professor of nursing and nurse practitioner at University Health Services, "Menopause a Hot Topic as Baby Boomers Age," Hartford Courant, Oct. 19, 2006.


"And if you think about it, you need to be addicted to eating. It's a must. It has to be [addictive] if you consider it, because without that you would die. ... Not necessarily today, when you can open the refrigerator, but when you consider us as animals, you'd need to go out and be interested in seeking the food and to go and get it. Therefore, it makes sense that it has this type of reward value. It emerged to make you more efficient at survival."

-- Dr. Tamas Horvath, professor of comparative medicine, chair of comparative medicine and professor of neurobiology and of obstetrics and gynecology, on his study showing that the hormone that stimulates appetite affects the same pleasure-inducing addictive area of the brain that drugs and alcohol do, "Eating Can Be as Addictive as Sex, Drugs," Toronto Star, Oct. 20, 2006.


Yale expanding nanoscience, quantum engineering focus

New York Times editor to teach journalism course

Spinal cord research of special interest to veterans group

Law librarian took the words right out of their mouths

Yale research team identifies gene for Crohn's disease


Two investigators win grants for research on women's health issues

Posters showcase work on women and gender

Conference exploring the impact of dams . . .

Journal's special issue focuses on most environmentally harmful products

Lectures will examine the reasons for humans' love of music

Scientists to discuss their work 'Panning for Gold

Seminar to focus on company's genome sequencing technology

Event will showcase cultural dances from around the world

Guitar festival will include performances and master classes

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