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Buckley urges graduates to look beyond recession

May 24, 2009 • 18
Christopher Buckley ’75 drew laughs at this afternoon’s Class Day ceremony where he addressed the — as he put it, “darned smart and really good-looking” — members of the class of 2009. In a self-deprecating and quote-laden speech, Buckley encouraged graduates to “go forth and speak the cool lines” and to find humor and opportunities »
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Levin: Uncertainty creates opportunity

May 23, 2009 • 0
“Prove this time of crisis is also a time of opportunity,” University President Richard Levin urged members of the class of 2009 at this afternoon’s Baccalaureate Service, which was held in Woolsey Hall. (See the full text of Levin’s prepared remarks here.) Gathered in what Yale College Dean Mary Miller called a “room of such »
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Eli said to be top candidate to run NIH

May 23, 2009 • 2
Francis Collins GRD ’74 is the lead candidate for the top position at the National Institutes of Health, according to a Bloomberg News report. If selected by President Barack Obama, Collins would be in charge of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH, which is the primary benefactor of the medical research »
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Univ. launches global health initiative

May 13, 2009 • 9
The University on Wednesday announced the creation of the Yale Global Health Initiative, the first offshoot of the newly created Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. The multidisciplinary program will unite the range of efforts on campus concerning global health, support increasing student interest in the area and stimulate faculty research. “By harnessing individual innovation and »
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Briefly: Medical school receives $5.2M to develop screening test for dyslexia

April 30, 2009 • 0
The Manton Foundation has awarded a $5.2 million grant to fund research on dyslexia at the Yale School of Medicine. The grant’s recipient, Jeffrey Gruen, an associate professor of pediatrics and genomics, will use the funding to compare the genomes of 1,000 dyslexic children with those of 1,000 non-dyslexic children. The comparison will allow Gruen »
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Briefly: Scientists land $125K for Parkinson’s research

April 30, 2009 • 0
Two Yale biomedical scientists have received $125,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to research Parkinson’s disease. Mark Saltzman, a professor of biomedical engineering, and Michael Levene, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will use the grant to create new ways of visualizing how molecules move in the brains of living animals. The imaging techniques »
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Connecticut prepares to fight swine flu

April 30, 2009 • 0
As of Wednesday, at least three possible cases of swine flu, also known as influenza A H1N1, have been identified in Connecticut. Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has requested 134,00 doses of antiviral medication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is about 25 percent of the state’s share of the national stockpile. »
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Briefly: Yale gets nearly $800,000 in grants

April 27, 2009 • 2
Last Thursday, Yale University received $772,529 for research projects from the National Institutes of Health as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Of the funds, $680,100 is going toward testing the effectiveness of a diet and exercise program at reducing obesity and related illness in mentally ill patients. The remainder of the funding »
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Yale preps for swine flu

April 27, 2009 • 4
Federal officials declared a national health emergency Sunday following the identification of 20 cases of swine flu — a new form of influenza — in five states. Here on campus, Yale University Health Services has a “robust emergency plan” that can be deployed in the event of a pandemic flu, said Paul Genecin, the director »
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Briefly: Medical School moves up to No. 6

April 24, 2009 • 0
The Yale School of Medicine has moved up three spots in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from ninth to sixth in the Research category. The medical schools at Harvard and Johns Hopkins were ranked first and second, respectively. Also ranked sixth in the ratings were the medical schools »
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Elis swab cheeks in record numbers

April 24, 2009 • 3
On Wednesday, a veritable mob of football players took over at the entrance to Commons and the Woosley Rotunda. Bedecked in blue and white game jerseys, they worked in teams of two and three to recruit passersby for “Get in the Game, Save A Life,” a marrow-donor registration drive held in honor of Women’s Hockey »
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Medical students learn ‘art’ of observation

April 22, 2009 • 3
While most people associate medical school with cadavers and chemistry, once a semester, Yale medical students put down their books, leave the lab and head to the art gallery. At the Yale School of Medicine, a spring tradition — a class that uses paintings to teach prospective doctors the art of observation — is winding »