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February 29, 2008|Volume 36, Number 20
















In the News

“Match this total [of 30,000 people who got a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2005] against the number of galleries or jobs available and the picture of a chillingly social Darwinist art system clearly emerges.”

Robert Storr, dean of the School of Art and professor of painting, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Assistant,” Brooklyn Rail (NY), Feb. 7, 2008.


“[Babies’ demonstrated preference for helpful vs. unhelpful puppets] is important because it’s necessary for human beings to figure out who might be a good person to hang out with and who might do us harm. Because it’s so important to our survival, babies might really need to learn this early on, even before they can talk. We think this may have evolved as a trait because of its importance for our safety.”

Kiley Hamlin, graduate student in the Department of Psychology, on a Yale study showing even six-month-old babies prefer good samaritans, “Well Before They Get to Sesame Street,” New Haven Register, Feb. 4, 2008.


“As the United States takes its economic hits — and while the White House insists on record defense spending to maintain its hegemonic ‘umbrella strategy’ — foreign financial interests are steadily acquiring American companies, especially banks. ... [E]very sensible homeowner or farmer or small businessman knows that, once you take out a loan (mortgage) from another party, or sell a share of your property, a subtle or not-so-subtle power relationship has changed. To a greater or lesser degree, you have become dependent upon other players who can probably influence you more than you can influence them. And in this case, since hundreds of other companies and banks are doing the same, the collective result is that the United States is ceding influence.”

Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, in his article, “Hiding Under the Umbrella,” Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates), Feb. 7, 2008.


“Genetic tests are not like a pregnancy test where you get a yes or a no. There’s a wide variety of answers with the genetic test.”

Ellen Matloff, research scientist in genetics, “Genetic Testing Can Lead To Unnecessary Worry, False Feeling Of Security,” “Nightly News,” NBC, Feb. 12, 2008.


“We cannot just walk into patients’ rooms and tell them they need surgery and give them an unintelligible form to sign. This shouldn’t be a three-minute discussion, but a process by which doctor and patient come together to make shared decisions.”

Dr. Harlan Krumholz, the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health, “Consent Forms That Patients Can Understand,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 6, 2008.


“Churches and their traditions are not necessarily about convenience and clarity. They are about history and struggles past, about making meaning out of something.”

Teresa Berger, professor of liturgical studies, on why Protestant and Roman Catholic churches celebrate Easter on a different day than Eastern Orthodox churches, “Complex History Behind Early Arrival of Lent, Easter,” New Haven Register, Feb. 6, 2008.


“I think it’s a characteristic of the world we live in [that a recent study showed youngsters would rather spend time indoors than outdoors]. It’s an increasingly urban-built world, and the prevailing paradigm for the urban world has been not just one of degradation of natural systems, but increasing separation of people from nature.”

Stephen Kellert, the Tweedy/Ordway Professor of Social Ecology, “Activists Say Kids On Couch Miss Out; Virtual Play Is Replacing Real Thing, Study Says,” Houston Chronicle, Feb. 5, 2008.


“The classic European antisemitic tropes have been revived [in parts of Africa where radical Islam has spread]. The radical Islamists use ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ and there are Arabic translations of ‘Mein Kampf.’ While each group has its own agenda, antisemitism is the cement that holds the disparate groups together.”

Charles Small, director of the Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism and lecturer in ethics, politics and economics, “Antisemitism Without Jews; Yale Initiative on Antisemitism to Explore Africa,” Connecticut Jewish Ledger, Feb. 14, 2008.


“I am related to the cotton in my shirt ... . [Humans are] one of millions of branches in the tree of life, and we’re all connected.”

Michael J. Donoghue, the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, “Peabody Museum Takes Fresh Look at Darwin’s Tree of Life,” New Haven Register, Feb. 17, 2008.


“[A proposed law that would prohibit restaurants from serving obese people] brings bias against obese individuals to a new and appalling level, and at a time when significant progress is being made in the effort to stop blaming obesity on the people who have it and to address the social and political conditions that drive it. Are these legislators fighting to get rid of soft drinks in schools? Are they working to stop the relentless marketing of unhealthy foods to children? Are they doing anything about the fact that poor people do not have access to healthy foods?”

Kelly Brownell, professor of psychology and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, “Restaurants as Obesity Cops Doesn’t Sit Well,” USA Today, Feb. 6, 2008.


“Antidepressants can be highly effective, particularly for the more severe forms of depression. But when you speak to people with severe mental illness who have gotten better, you learn about the reality of the recovery process, which is rarely about a pill — even if that pill is effective. ... Rather, they talk about a person who was kind to them when they were really down; they talk about the child they wanted to be a good parent to; they talk about God and spirituality; they talk about something that brought them pleasure even when they were cloaked in pain. Many of these reasons to live — the reasons to seek treatment in the first place — are highly personal and idiosyncratic ... .”

Charles Barber, lecturer in psychiatry, in his article, “Healing a Troubled Mind Takes More Than a Pill,” The Washington Post, Feb. 10, 2008.


“I’m surprised that none of the leading Democrats are talking about tax reform. I would have thought that it’s obvious that we need it.”

Michael J. Graetz, the Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor of Law, noting that it has been a topic embraced by Republican presidential candidates, “Taxes: A Campaign Primer,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 8, 2008.


“Historical memory is a vexing thing on subjects that are about great sacrifice, great and transformative change, great violence. How we process that story — how we process that memory — has everything to do usually with who we say we are. There is no more vexing part of American history for us than our memory of slavery and slavery’s destruction in an all-out Civil War that killed 600,000 people, wounded 1.2 million and transformed a nation. The Civil War, in that sense ... is not over.”

David Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, and the Class of 1954 Professor of American History, “Historian’s Memphis Visit Presents Complexities of Slavery Emancipation,” Memphis Daily News (TN), Feb. 8, 2008.


“I think nobody is in a position to react to these big macro-issues [in the global investment markets]. Where is the dollar going to be or what is G.D.P. growth going to be in China? For every smart person on one side of the question, there is another smart person on the other side. ... The only people who should get involved are sophisticated individuals who have significant resources and a highly qualified investment staff.”

David Swensen, chief investment officer, adjunct professor at the School of Management and lecturer in economics, “Keep It Simple, Says Yale’s Top Investor,” The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2008.


Yale-engineered virus can attack brain tumors

Trustees set next steps in residential college expansion

Going back to the ‘basics’ of medicine on the wards of Uganda

New center promotes the study of Hellenic culture and civilization

Study to examine Internet-based programs for diabetic children

Study offers insight into possible cause of lymphoma

Lorimer lauded for contributions to corporate boards

Yale chemist honored for contributions to teaching . . .

Show documents people and fauna of the ‘New World’

‘Chronicler of American life’ is next Maynard Mack lecturer

Contemporary images of the Virgin Mary are featured in . . .

Symposium will explore human rights issues related to . . .

Police Academy for citizens to be held this spring

Arabic music past and present is explored in new exhibition

Chinese ‘Year of the Rat’ celebrated at Yale

Hundreds of schoolchildren will gather in Yale ‘castle’ . . .

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