Yale trustee and alumna Frances Beinecke presented the keynote address at a celebration held on campus April 4-6 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition YSEC. Ms. Beinecke, associate director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, spoke on the topic "The Greening of Yale Over Three Centuries" on April 5 at the Law School. A member of one of the first coeducational classes at Yale, Ms. Beinecke holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from the University in 1971 and 1974, respectively. Other events celebrating YSEC's anniversary included an environmental job fair, a reception for members and alumni, and meetings with national environmental leaders.
The Yale Science and Engineering Association will present three awards at its annual dinner on Wednesday, April 16. George A. Keyworth II '63, chair of the Progress and Freedom Foundation and of the Keyworth Company, will receive the Award for Distinguished Service to Industry, Commerce or Education. Hugh R. Taylor '53E, chair of the Yale Engineering Fund, will be presented with an Award for Meritorious Service to Yale, and the Award for the Advancement of Basic and Applied Science will be given to Lisa D. Pfefferle, associate professor and acting director of undergraduate studies in chemical engineering. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Woolsey Hall, corner of Grove and Prospect streets. For information, call Sarah Skubas at 432-4220.
A musical tribute to Thornton Wilder composed by Thomas C. Duffy, professor adjunct at the School of Music and director of University bands, will be performed by the Hamden Woodwind Quintet at the unveiling of a 32-cent commemorative postage stamp on Thursday, April 17, at Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Memorial Library Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden. Actress Carol Channing will make a special appearance at the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. and which will also feature performances by students from Hamden High School. The event is part of the Thornton Wilder Centennial Celebration honoring the late Pulitzer Prize- winning writer, who was a longtime resident of Hamden and a Yale alumnus.
"Children's Nutrition" will be the topic of a talk on Thursday, April 17, by Dr. William Tamborlane, professor and section chief of pediatrics endocrinology and director of the Children's Clinical Research Center at the School of Medicine; and Tara Liskov, nutrition specialist at Yale New Haven Hospital. The lecture is part of the series "Significant Issues in Health Care" sponsored by the hospital and will be held at noon in the Grace Building lounge, 25 Park St. The event is free of charge, and participants may bring a lunch; light refreshments and dessert will be served. Dr. Tamborlane and Ms. Liskov are among the editors of the book "The Yale Guide to Children's Nutrition," recently published by Yale University Press.
Dr. Henry Binder, professor of medicine digestive diseases and director of the General Clinical Research Center at the School of Medicine, will be the guest speaker at the next Celiac Support Meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Moon Cutter, 2969 State St. in Hamden. Dr. Binder will discuss issues related to celiac sprue, a genetically inherited digestive disorder, including testing of family members, pregnancy for celiac women and the effectiveness of vitamin supplements. The meeting is free and open to all.
The next lecture sponsored by the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, a scholarly organization affiliated with Yale, will be "Writing Familiar Essays, or Following Nouns and Verbs Down the Rabbit Hole into Wonderland" by Sam Pickering, professor of English at the University of Connecticut UConn. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at Konover Auditorium of UConn's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in Storrs. For information or directions, call 432-3113, ext. 2.
"Mysteries of Deep Space," a PBS documentary series that will air the last three Mondays in April, will feature research on black holes by astronomy professor Charles Bailyn. Scenes from the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile, where Yale has a telescope, will be included in the second segment of the series, titled "Exploding Stars and Black Holes," which will air April 21 at 8 p.m. Check local listings. Actor Stacy Keach is the narrator for the the series, which will begin April 14 at 8 p.m. with a segment titled "To the Edge of the Universe," and will conclude April 28 with "The Search for Alien Worlds." Professor Bailyn and his colleagues have gathered strong evidence indicating a small black hole exists in a star system about 10,000 light years away in the constellation Scorpius. The discovery may shed new light on the way in which matter is drawn into black holes.