Office studies data management

April 14, 2010 • 0
From telescope images to gene sequences, Yale researchers produce tens of thousands of gigabytes of digital data each year that can further research if properly managed, shared, and preserved — or it can vanish into cyberspace if neglected, Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure Director Meg Bellinger said. To help Yale faculty members better manage »
Three unused scanning machines have been snatched up by Peabody staff to aid in the digitization of their collections.

Peabody Museum digitizes documents of specimens

April 8, 2010 • 725
When Microsoft dropped out of a 2007 book digitization deal with Yale’s libraries in 2008, leaving three scanning machines sitting idle, the Peabody Museum of Natural History saw a chance to digitize its records. At the West Campus, four Peabody Museum staff members have been digitizing source documents using scanning machines donated by Kirtas Technologies, »

Peabody reveals renovated Hall of Minerals

March 24, 2010 • 0
Next week the Peabody Museum of Natural History will unveil the final piece of a major renovation project on its third floor. The addition, called “Human Impact,” will display how minerals are used in modern society, completing the five-year renovation of the Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space, which was last updated in the 1970s, »

Dining halls to start composting

March 3, 2010 • 3
When dining halls reopen after spring break, Yalies will be recycling more than just newspapers. Rather than incinerating its food waste, the University will send 100 percent of all leftover food from the 11 functional residential college dining halls and Commons to a composting facility in New Milford, Conn. When the program begins March 21, »

Federal regulations hound animal research

March 3, 2010 • 5
In the 1990s, Yale School of Public Health professor Leonard Munstermann stumbled through the forests of Central and South America, capturing mosquitoes to use in his experiments. Now, he only deals with dead mosquitoes at the University — partly because of his changing interests, but also because of the thicket of regulations on the use »
Scientists and artists come together at the Peabody to create an accurate diorama.

Building an ecosystem at the Peabody

March 2, 2010 • 0
Visitors to the Yale Peabody Museum can now observe artists give life to molded birds, juniper branches, rye grass and reptiles. Under the guidance of scientists, artists at the Peabody are building an ecosystem diorama — a model that merges a landscape by 20th-century painter James Perry Wilson in the background with three-dimensional objects in »
Jun Hong Gui, a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Medicine, is testing 93 toxins found in Australian funnel-web spiders against human pain receptors.

From deadly spiders to your pain medicine

February 17, 2010 • 2
Yale researchers are screening toxins in the venom from one of the world’s deadliest spiders for potential use in pain medication. Jun Hong Gui, a post-doctoral researcher working in School of Medicine professor Michael Nitabach’s laboratory, will be testing the activity of 93 toxins found in the venom of the Australian funnel-web spider against a »

Seeking solutions in sludge

February 3, 2010 • 869
In a room in Mason Laboratory, a team of Yale researchers are finding ways to deal with the nation’s sewage. Kyle Bibby GRD ’12 and Chris Ziemba GRD ’11 study pathogens in sewage sludge and ways to effectively kill them. Professor Jordan Peccia, who advises the pair, said their research could help the Environmental Protection »
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Accelerate your lab

January 27, 2010 • 0
Smashing atoms together is no longer just science fiction — researchers have been doing just that on Science Hill for more than 40 years. Since the late 1960s, Yale researchers have used the particle accelerator at the Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory on Science Hill to examine properties of the atomic nucleus, physics professor Andreas Heinz »
The Yale Divinity School Farm, founded by Andrew Barnett DIV ’12 on what was previously a 2,000-square-foot lawn, is producing its first harvest this year.

Divinity School farm sowing seeds

January 20, 2010 • 0
What was once a 2,000 square-foot lawn in the northeast corner of the Yale Divinity School is now a sustainable garden. The 35 volunteers at the Yale Divinity School Farm are harvesting the lettuce from their first season of growing, said the farm’s founder, Andrew Barnett DIV ’12 FES ’12. The project is part of »
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeff Brenzel and East Rock Park ranger Dan Barvir count birds on from the shore of the New Haven Harbor. The two participated in the National Audubon Society’s 110th annual Christmas Bird Count.

One bird, two bird, red bird, blue bird

January 13, 2010 • 0
Without the binoculars, the bird is but a white speck moving in and out of the waves in the distance. With them, it counts as one gull. The below-freezing weather and impending snowstorm didn’t stop the bird from diving into the sea for fish, nor did it deter the two bird-watchers. Wearing skullcaps and thick »

Stopping the next swine flu

January 13, 2010 • 1
The evolutionary path of a virus can help scientists predict whether it may be the next swine flu virus, Yale researchers have found. Post-doctoral fellow Nadya Morales, who works in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Paul Turner’s lab, has shown that viruses that have evolved to infect multiple hosts are more likely to shift hosts. »
Yale’s second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four all won their races and clinched the Connell Cup.