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April 4, 2008|Volume 36, Number 24
















In the News

“[T]aste isn’t the only reason we like high-calorie foods. Even in the complete absence of taste, it’s possible to develop a preference for high-calorie foods.”

Ivan E. de Araujo, visiting research scientist in ­epidemiology and public health, “Fattening Foods May Have More Than Good Flavor in Their Corner,” U.S. News & World Report, March 26, 2008.


“Nobody gets up in the morning and says, ‘Today it’s Thursday, and on Thursdays I don’t wash my hands.’ The challenge is to make it so much a part of people’s practice that it becomes unthinkable not to do hygiene before touching a patient.”

Dr. Louise-Marie Dembry, associate professor of internal medicine and of epidemiology and public health, on ways to reduce the spread of infection in hospitals, “Connecticut Battles Infection,” Nurse.com (VA), March 10, 2008.


“The Better Business Bureau estimates that 10 million people are affected by identity theft every year. One of the most common forms of this is the hijacking of good credit. If an identity thief gets personally identifiable information such as a Social Security or credit card number of an individual with a high credit score, the thief can apply for a loan or use credit available in the name of his victim. ... Credit companies do make forms of e-mail alerts available to consumers, but this is a paid service. Those who make money marketing our credit information should be required to provide immediate notice to us for free when a potential credit fraud in our name is being detected.”

Abraham Silberschatz, the Sidney J. Weinberg Professor of Computer Science and chair of the Department of Computer Science, and Mark A. Shiffrin, in their article, “Credit Card Companies Can Stop ID Fraud,” Hartford Courant, March 12, 2008.


“‘Socialized medicine’ is the bogeyman that just won’t die. The epithet has been hurled at every national health plan since the New Deal — even Medicare, which critics warned would strip Americans of their freedom. ... But the critics have it backward. The best American medical care is indeed extremely good, but much of our system falls short — especially when you consider how costly it is, how heavy a burden it places on employers and families, and how many it excludes. ... If socialized medicine means doing what our public-insurance programs and other nations’ health systems do to control costs, expand coverage and improve the quality of care, it’s high time for a little socialization.”

Jacob S. Hacker, professor of political science, in his article, “Let’s Try a Dose. We’re Bound to Feel Better,” Washington Post, March 23, 2008.


“[S]uggesting that academia is a liberal profession where conservatives have chosen not to reside mistakes ideology for reasoned opinion. Although I sometimes question the judgment of some of my professors at Yale University, I certainly trust that they generally possess the ability to see issues from two differing perspectives.”

Alexander Besant, student in international relations, in his letter to the editor, “Enticing Conservatives Into Academe,” Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2008.


“Walk onto the trading floor of any of the hedge funds that crowd the Lever House building in Manhattan and hardly a female face will be seen who is not a secretary or an assistant. Enter the software shops of Silicon Valley, go to the rows of terminals where geeky computer programmers design cleverly crafted new media. They are mostly smart boys, playing with their toys. Everything that keeps our economy running is run by men. Yes, of course there are women around — no one needs to remind me that Meg Whitman was the powerhouse behind eBay — but these are still treehouse atmospheres, boys’ clubs.”

Elizabeth Wurtzel, student at the Law School, in her article, “Bitter Ashes of Burned Brassieres; In a ‘Girls Gone Wild’ World, Whatever Happened to the Promise of Feminism?” The Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2008.


“[Americans have] a wonderful tradition in our society of subordination of the military to the civilian leadership. We don’t have a history of military coups, touch wood. And part of the overall package of relationships is that people who are in uniform, whether they’re buck privates and seamen recruits or generals and admirals, will observe certain limits on their ability to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech. ... [A]n officer in the military cannot speak contemptuously to the president, the secretary of defense, the service secretary, certain other high officials. That doesn’t apply to us.”

Eugene Fidell, visiting lecturer at the Law School, “A Discussion of Dissent in the Military,” “Talk of the Nation,” National Public Radio, March 13, 2008.


“So when I got the first ‘application’ [for preschool] in the mail, I thought it was just an anomaly. Not so. Almost every preschool we visited has something like it, not just name and address and emergency stuff, but real questions. For the kid. ... The fun-loving dad in me wants to laugh, to fold these recommendation forms into paper airplanes and teach Katie to throw them off the highest building in town. But the other dad, the protective one, who’s already preparing his speech for the first boy who thinks he’s good enough to date her, that dad wants to keep anyone — admissions officers included — from judging my daughter.”

Ken Harbaugh, student at the Law School, in his article, “Forget Being Accepted by Yale, It’s Hard Enough To Make It Into a Good Preschool,” The Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2008.


“Things are as bad in child care as they were 30 years ago. … It’s hard to convince decision-makers that quality makes a difference.”

Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Psychology, “‘Father’ of Head Start Says It’s Not Lived Up to Potential,” The Advocate (LA), March 26, 2008.


Yale to be site of Conference of Governors

Football coach to visit U.S. bases in Middle East

Communiversity Day celebration to be held April 12

In Focus: Yale Child Study Center

Noted legal writer named journalist-in-residence at Law School


Weight bias is as common as racial discrimination, says study

Individuals from five continents to discuss ways to improve . . .

Leader of Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt company to discuss . . .

Studies probe method to curb Parkinson’s disease . . .

Renowned pianist’s 60th birthday to be feted with events

Three Yale alumni journalists to discuss their experiences

Event honors the literary legacy of poet Elizabeth Bishop

Scholars to discuss art world of 1920s

Yale undergraduates are honored with Van Sinderen . . . Prizes

Memorial service planned for H. Bradford Westerfield

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