Yale study: Obesity stigma is a social justice issue

While American society generally frowns on race- or gender-based discrimination, Americans still hold open biases against people who suffer from obesity, according to a study published by Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity that will appear in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Not only do those biases threaten […]

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Environmentalist’s talk filmed for documentary

About 100 people filed into Linsly-Chittenden Hall on Wednesday night to hear controversial environmental activist Bjorn Lomborg — who claims spending money to cut carbon emissions is wasteful — speak about climate change. But some audience members said they thought the staged nature of the talk, which was filmed for a documentary, stifled Lomborg’s discussion […]

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Environmentalist’s lecture filmed for documentary

From LC to the silver screen: About 100 people filed into Linsly-Chittenden Hall on Wednesday night to hear a talk by controversial environmental activist Bjorn Lomborg, who claims spending money to cut carbon emissions is wasteful. Two-time Sundance Film Festival award winner Andrea “Ondi” Timoner ’94 filmed Lomborg’s lecture for her forthcoming documentary on climate […]

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New process makes safe water cheaper

In the Mason Laboratory on Hillhouse Avenue, a refrigerator packed with bottles contains a thin piece of plastic with the potential to revolutionize water desalination. With support from environmental and chemical engineering professor Menachem Elimelech, graduate students Ngai Yin Yip GRD ’13 and Alberto Tiraferri GRD ’13, and postdoctoral researchers William Phillip and Jessica Schiffman […]

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Forestry school to lay off six

To make up for a budget deficit of about $2.4 million for the 2010-’11 school year, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will cut six staff members, combine the school’s library with the Kline Science Library and close one of its research centers, Dean Peter Crane said in an e-mail to the school Tuesday. […]

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Office studies data management

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 […]

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Peabody Museum digitizes documents of specimens

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, […]

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Peabody reveals renovated Hall of Minerals

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, […]

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Dining halls to start composting

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, […]

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Federal regulations hound animal research

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 […]

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Building an ecosystem at the Peabody

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 […]

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From deadly spiders to your pain medicine

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 […]

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