Great Big Ideas may have great big possibilities

Adam Glick ’82, the designer of Yale’s hottest residential college seminar this semester, says his course — “Great Big Ideas” — is essentially no different than a sampler in a restaurant. And he hopes that it will be only the first of many such intellectual appetizers. “Great Big Ideas,” the Yale College seminar, is the […]

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New survey tracks Yalies’ summers

Yale introduced a brand new survey at residential college registration meetings this fall as part of an effort to better track undergraduates’ summer activities. Though the University keeps tabs on students who complete internships organized or funded through Yale, it has not previously tracked activities funded by external organizations. With the new start-of-semester survey administered […]

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Machine shops may be monitored

Though Yale is attempting to standardize safety procedures in its machine shops after the tragic death of a student last April, one proposed aspect of the new protocol may not appear in every facility. The April 13 death of Michele Dufault ’11 sparked a Provost’s Office-led review of the University’s safety policies that revamped training […]

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Sociology Dept. home at last

The scaffolding that diverted pedestrians outside of Silliman College last semester is finally gone, revealing the Sociology Department’s newly finished hub on College Street. After spending nearly two decades spread among various buildings on or near Prospect Street, Sociology Department faculty moved into the freshly renovated offices at the beginning of August. The roughly week-long […]

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Abramson replacement sought

Yale English lecturer Jill Abramson’s ascension to the role of executive editor for the New York Times this fall will pull her away from the classroom in the spring, forcing administrators to seek a replacement instructor for Yale’s core journalism course for the first time. Though English 467 — a requirement of the Yale Journalism […]

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Yale federal funds at risk

The United States’ credit rating was downgraded this past August and the subsequent bout of national economic turbulence is threatening to plunge the university into tricky financial straits. Though the government’s near-default this summer drew comparisons to the economic turmoil of 2008, the two crises will likely play out differently for Yale. When the economy […]

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Wind farm with Yale investment heads toward completion

A controversial, Roxbury, Maine-based wind farm project that Yale has holdings in moved one step closer to completion last Monday. The Department of Energy last week finalized a $102 million loan guarantee to Record Hill Wind, an alternative energy project to construct wind turbines that has drawn opposition from a group of Roxbury locals who […]

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Salovey to co-teach experimental seminar

Provost Peter Salovey’s newest experiment is not in his field of psychology. It’s in the classroom. It’s a Yale College seminar called Great Big Ideas, co-taught by Salovey and Adam Glick ’82, president of the Jack Parker Corporation, a Manhattan-based real estate developer. The interdisciplinary course — pegged as “a comprehensive introduction to the world’s […]

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Ryan André Brasseaux GRD ’08 picked as Davenport dean

Davenport College is not only welcoming a new dean this fall, but also — look out Handsome Dan — a new dog. Exactly one month after Craig Harwood GRD ’02 said he would step down from the college deanship at the end of July, Yale College Dean Mary Miller announced in a Friday email to […]

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Professor denied appointment at Yale sues CIA and FBI

Juan Cole, a noted Middle East expert and outspoken critic of the Israeli government who was denied a faculty appointment at Yale in 2006, sued the CIA and FBI on Wednesday. The University of Michigan history professor and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a case asking for the “immediate expedited processing” of Freedom […]

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Cornell’s endowment rises

Cornell’s endowment rose 17.2 percent in fiscal year 2011, according to preliminary figures announced by the university Wednesday. The increase marked the second straight year of growth for Cornell, according to a university press release, and the continued recovery of an endowment that plunged 26 percent in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Cornell’s […]

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Search for new Davenport dean to ‘move rapidly’

Davenport College has started a search to fill the shoes of Craig Harwood GRD ’02, who announced Tuesday that he will step down from the college’s deanship at the end of July. Harwood, a 16-year member of the Yale community and Dean of Davenport since June 2005, will depart Yale to become the Director of […]

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