Faculty approve Modern Middle East Studies, Computing and the Arts majors

February 7, 2008 • 0
Yale College faculty members voted unanimously Thursday for the creation of two new undergraduate majors — Modern Middle East Studies and Computing and the Arts. Both majors received the faculty stamp of approval yesterday after lengthy campaigns by professors and administrators to design the interdisciplinary majors and drum up faculty and student support. The formalization »

Writing Center considers expansion

January 31, 2008 • 0
With student demand for writing tutorial and the number of writing-intensive courses at an all-time high, staff at the Yale College Writing Center are considering a possible expansion in the Center’s size. Three years after the creation of a more rigorous undergraduate writing requirement, as part of the new distributional requirements, the Writing Center is »

Deans advise professors to diversify scheduling

January 29, 2008 • 4
Many Yalies would call this a typical Tuesday: A 10:30 language class in William L. Harkness Hall, an 11:35 lecture at the Law School, lunch on the run and then a 1:30 seminar in the Hall of Graduate Studies. But if professors follow a recent recommendation from administrators regarding course scheduling, busy days like this »

Profs push for major uniting computers, art

January 25, 2008 • 8
Analyzing patterns in musical compositions, designing a concert hall with perfect acoustics, creating video games that earn rave reviews: These may not sound like senior projects to students more accustomed to seminars and papers. But a few professors are hoping a new Yale College major will change that. Since last spring, computer science professors Julie »

In ’08 donations, Yale trails Harvard

January 24, 2008 • 4
Yale employees, who in quarter three exclusively favored Democratic over Republican presidential candidates, are outspent heavily by professors and staff at other Ivy League universities when it comes to donating to presidential campaigns, Federal Election Commission filings indicate. Other schools’ contribution totals were largely buoyed by higher donation rates from their public-policy professional school affiliates, »

S. Asian major easier said than done

January 22, 2008 • 0
Despite piquing the interest of a handful of students on campus, Yale College’s first new major in almost a decade is still sorting through some initial growing pains. After a joint effort by students and faculty last year enshrined South Asian Studies in the Yale College curriculum, the major has seen early signs of interest »

Brooks to study law, humanities with grant

January 18, 2008 • 1
Law students and humanities scholars may not usually have much in common when it comes to the classroom, but one Yale professor, now with $1.5 million backing, is trying to change that. Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature Peter Brooks is the third Yale professor in three years to be awarded grant money as part of »

After injury, Bloom to return next fall

January 17, 2008 • 3
English students in their final year at Yale may be disappointed to find out that the department’s most famous critic has canceled his spring classes, after sitting out the fall semester as well. Sterling Professor of Humanities and literary and religious critic Harold Bloom, who has taught at Yale since 1955, canceled the two courses »

African Studies professors push for program expansion

January 16, 2008 • 0
As administrators weigh the creation of a Modern Middle East major and South Asian Studies scholars experience their first year in the program, professors in African Studies are pushing for their own set of curricular changes and expansions. With the blessing of Yale’s administration and funding from the Provost’s Office, African Studies professors and students »

Eire joins Giuliani campaign

January 15, 2008 • 1
Religious Studies professor Carlos Eire GRD ’79 doesn’t usually dabble in politics. “I run from conflict and confrontation,” Eire said during a phone interview Sunday. “I served as chair of the Religious Studies Department here for three years, and that was more than I could take. I’m not the kind of person who likes to »

At Peking University, allegations of plagiarism fly

January 14, 2008 • 0
At Yale, plagiarizing a paper lands a student in front of the Executive Committee, which can hand down punishments as stringent as expulsion. But according to a University professor who taught at Peking University this fall, at the Beijing school, the same offence seems to go unpunished. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor Stephen C. Stearns »

At Boren’s ’63 bipartisan forum, speculation about Bloomberg presidential run mounts

January 7, 2008 • 3
Posted Monday 4:50 p.m. NORMAN, Okla. — University of Oklahoma President and former Yale Corporation trustee David Boren ’63 played host to more than a dozen centrists from both major political parties here this morning at a forum and press conference aimed at the “restoration of bipartisanship in the political arena.” New York City Mayor »