SUTERWALA: Leaving Neverland

March 7, 2014
Maybe we each have a million regrets; maybe we each have none. There’s no cure, I suppose, for commencement, but maybe it’s time to take a look around. Look at the people we love, the people who love us.

Scientists hunt for dark matter

January 29, 2013
A group of Yale faculty and students is currently racing to be the first to detect dark matter.
Students from a Silliman residential college seminar created “Documentary Photojournalism of New Haven,” an exhibit that seeks to document individual student perspectives on New Haven.

Students document local subjects

December 7, 2012
In Silliman College’s Maya’s Room art gallery, students have the chance to see parts of New Haven they have never noticed before.
Justin Hart GRD ’13 has developed a robot that may pass the test of self-awareness, the ability to recognize itself as distinct from its surroundings.

First self-aware robot created

September 25, 2012
A robot developed by Computer Science Ph.D. candidate Justin Hart GRD ’13 at the Social Robotics Lab may pass a landmark test by recognizing itself changing in a mirror. Self-awareness, the ability to recognize oneself as distinct from one’s surroundings, is a mark of higher-level cognitive skills. This test was first developed to test the »
Computer science professor Brian Scassellati is working on creating robots that can help children with cognitive disabilities learn basic skills.

Yale-led team developing social robots

April 17, 2012
Within five years, Yale-designed robots may be helping teach children. A Yale-led team of researchers from across the country received a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation on April 3 to pursue the creation of “socially assistive robots” to help young children learn basic skills and in some cases overcome cognitive disabilities. Brian »
New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell discussed his career and offered advice for aspiring journalists at a talk on Wednesday.

Gladwell reveals writing strategies

April 12, 2012
Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer for the New Yorker and bestselling author, shared his inspirations for stories, offered advice for aspiring journalists and criticized the Ivy League Wednesday afternoon before a crowd of over 400 students in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall Auditorium. In the event, which was hosted by the Yale Politic, Gladwell called his entry into journalism »

Arch professor talks better wheelchair design

April 11, 2012
Susan Farricielli, a sculptor, industrial designer and lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, is founder and manager of Kinetic Innovative Seating (KiSS), LLC, a company through which she hopes to manufacture and sell a more ergonomically friendly wheelchair. The News spoke with Farricielli about KiSS, her wheelchair and her future plans. Q What inspired »
Judith Ursitti, an autism advocate, spoke at a Tuesday Master’s Tea about the need for legislation addressing the needs of autistic individuals.

Autism advocate explains need for healthcare reform

April 4, 2012
Judith Ursitti, director of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, discussed what drew her to autism advocacy and the health care reforms her group is pushing for at a Tuesday Master’s Tea.. Eight students gathered in the Pierson Master’s House Tuesday afternoon to hear Ursitti speak about her experiences as a mother of two autistic »
According to mechanical engineering professor John Morrell, the biggest challenges facing scientists have to do with the integration of multiple advanced technologies.

Yale robot guru says no revolution likely

March 27, 2012
John Morrell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, former director of systems engineering at Segway, and current director of the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design at Yale, studies and creates machines that connect hardware and software with human action. The News spoke with him about his research and current projects. Q What »

Think tank experts divided on military policy

March 23, 2012
Two military policy experts clashed over what role the United States military should take on the global stage at a Thursday afternoon talk. Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Washington, D.C.-based Cato Institute, and Thomas Donnelly, director of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for Defense Studies, debated their »

Student-run blog explores tech services

March 22, 2012
An analysis by the Yale Instructional Technology Group (ITG) of how students use mobile technology has led to the creation of a student-run blog called “Wires Crossed” that offers commentary on technological resources. Five student interns at the ITG decided to create the blog, which officially launched early this semester, after they were asked to »