With apologies, a legendary lecturer steps down

After more than 60 years teaching art history at Yale, Sterling professor emeritus Vincent Scully is stepping away from the lectern and turning his attention to writing and research. At the age of 89, Scully — who over the years has been called Yale’s greatest lecturer and, by esteemed architect Philip Johnson, “the most influential […]

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Miller: Sotomayor ‘a dedicated and serious young woman’

Before Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79 was nominated to the Supreme Court, she was a student at Princeton — and a classmate of Yale College Dean Mary Miller. Along with four other students, Sotomayor and Miller served on a student search committee for a new assistant dean of student affairs. Frustrated with the process, the group […]

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Art historian selected for newly created deanship

Yale College Dean Mary Miller announced Thursday the appointment of Susan Cahan, the associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the newly created position of associate dean for the arts in Yale College. Cahan, who will be charged with molding a vision for […]

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Two professors granted tenure

A committee voted to grant tenure to two professors shortly before Commencement, bringing the total number of tenure appointments this year to 11. Bryan Garsten, an associate professor of political science, and Priya Natarajan, an associate professor of astronomy, received tenure at the May 21 meeting of the Board of Permanent Officers, a body composed […]

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Faculty members discuss academic minors

At a meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences earlier this month, faculty members formally discussed the possibility of instituting minors for the first time but did not vote on the issue. Pericles Lewis, co-chair of the Committee on Majors, said many faculty members spoke in favor of minors at the well-attended meeting. “The […]

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Two science professors receive tenure

A committee voted to grant tenure to two science professors Thursday afternoon, bringing the total number of tenure appointments this year to nine. Eight of these have been in the sciences or social sciences. Richard Yang (left), an associate professor of computer science, and Jun Korenaga (right), an associate professor of geology and geophysics, received […]

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Building volcanoes to save a lecturer

Students gathered on Cross Campus yesterday to show support for a chemistry lecturer who is about to lose her job. Above, Blessing Aghaulor ’12 signs a petition asking that the lecturer, Iona Black, remain employed by the University. Meanwhile, Leon Noel ’10 pours baking soda into a homemade-volcano, while Travis Long ’10 looks on. Long […]

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Faculty to discuss minors

After months of consideration, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will formally begin discussing the possibility of implementing some form of academic minors at a May 7 meeting. At the meeting, the Committee on Majors will give a presentation on minors, covering the arguments supporting and opposing the idea and introducing three possible courses of […]

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Briefly: Yale Corporation discusses recession, fundraising

The Yale Corporation continued to discuss the impact of the economic recession on Yale this weekend, during its fourth set of meetings of the year. The group of 16 fellows had a “fairly routine” agenda, University President Richard Levin said Friday. Vice President for Development Inge Reichenbach presented her strategy for fundraising during the recession […]

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Briefly: English Department changes writing concentration admissions

The English Department will change its procedures for applications to the writing concentration beginning with next year’s cycle of admissions to the program. Students will no longer be allowed to apply to the concentration during the fall of their junior year. Department administrators said the new system will help streamline the application process and will […]

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Graduate School admissions stable

The number of graduate students who accepted offers of admission this year stayed roughly the same as last year’s total, as administrators lowered the number of offers made to accommodate an expected rise in yield. After applications increased this year by 9 percent, Graduate School Dean Jon Butler said he expected the tighter job market […]

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Seminar offices combine forces

The Yale College Dean’s Office will centralize the administration of freshman and residential college seminars into a single office beginning in fall 2009, the office announced this week. The new Yale College Seminar Office will join the two programs, which currently operate separately, under the direction of George Levesque, the assistant dean of academic affairs. […]

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