Wireless problems frustrate Elis

April 16, 2009 • 14
A growing number of Elis have had persistent problems connecting to Yale wireless this year, according to interviews and a recent poll conducted by the News. Since the beginning of the school year, students said Yale wireless connectivity has become increasingly unpredictable, sparking widespread discontent among hundreds of Yalies interviewed and polled. Overall, 57 percent »

Blogging (about food) gets creative juices flowing

April 15, 2009 • 0
Juicy, sizzling steak, delectably moist chocolate cake, seasoned Greek salad — for the kindred-spirited food lovers in the seminar “Writing About Food,” blogging about dishes like these is almost as exciting as actually eating them. The “Writing About Food” blog — created for the 15-person English 116 seminar taught for the first time this semester »

Numbering the stars

April 8, 2009 • 9
After 44 years of research at an observatory in the foothills of the Andes, astronomers are nearing the end of a monumental undertaking: tracking the motion of 100 million stars. The Yale/San Juan Southern Proper Motion project, led by William van Altena, a professor emeritus of astronomy, has cataloged the proper motion of the celestial »

Summit pushes for green

April 2, 2009 • 0
People packed into the President’s Room in Woolsey Hall on Wednesday for a sustainability bazaar. The Better Buying Bazaar brought in more than 30 local vendors, businesses and University departments offering cutting-edge, practical ways for the Yale community to become more sustainable. The bazaar, which attracted hundreds of University staff, students and faculty, is part »

Q&A | Climate change expert extends vision to Yale

April 1, 2009 • 1
Last month, University President Richard Levin appointed Rajendra Pachauri, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and renowned economist and environmentalist, to the directorship of the newly formed Yale Climate and Energy Institute. Last week, the News sat down and talked to Pachauri about his plans for the institute and his views on climate change. Q: What »

Faculty hiring holds up

March 26, 2009 • 11
Consistent with a pledge University President Richard Levin made in December, and despite the recession, Yale is continuing to hire faculty at a normal rate. In interviews, six administrators and eight department chairs said the University has been actively recruiting candidates for several dozen faculty positions. And because of this, the administrators said, Yale is »

Briefly: News from spring break

State assembly kills bill regarding Catholic Church oversight In light of concerns over its constitutionality, state legislators killed a bill in the General Assembly that would force the Catholic Church to give lay leaders more control over parish finances. Senate Bill 1098, known as An Act Modifying Corporate Laws Relating to Certain Religious Corporations, drew »

Nobel laureate to lead climate institute

March 23, 2009 • 1
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Rajendra Pachauri, the current chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will lead the newly formed Yale Climate and Energy Institute, University President Richard Levin announced March 10. Pachauri, who accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the »

Nobel winner to head Yale institute

March 10, 2009 • 52
Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will lead the new Yale Climate and Energy Institute, University President Richard Levin announced Tuesday at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Denmark. Pachauri, who accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, is a renowned economist and »

Med. school seeks more transparency

March 6, 2009 • 8
In light of national criticism facing Harvard Medical School, three first-year Yale medical school students are organizing a campuswide effort to minimize pharmaceutical companies’ influence on education. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley is currently probing the details of three Harvard psychiatrists who did not properly report receiving at least $4.2 million from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals between 2000 »

F&ES unearths new dean

March 5, 2009 • 1
Sir Peter Crane, a geophysical sciences professor at the University of Chicago, will replace Gus Speth ’64 LAW ’69 as the dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, University President Richard Levin announced in an e-mail message to the environment school community Wednesday afternoon. “Sir Peter is a scientist of world-class stature, a »

STEP tries multimedia with video campaign

March 3, 2009 • 1
Giving up their Valentine’s Day was not the only sacrifice STEP volunteers made for their newest video. The students also had to clear their set — the Sigma Phi Epsilon house — of empty beer cans. The Student Taskforce for Environmental Partnership will release the second video in its three-part series, “Take the Pledge,” on »