Flying Through The Catacombs

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” -Oscar Wilde Peter T. Morgan found himself in the basement of a church in England, surrounded by stone walls and seemingly endless catacombs, when in walked Alan Alda. […]

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FES loosens distribution requirements for master’s program

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental studies is overhauling its most popular program, the master’s in environmental management (MEM). The new master’s program, which has an incoming class of about 100 students, will allow more flexible coursework and more opportunities for advanced, in-depth study, said associate dean Jim Saiers, the chair of the curricular […]

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FES to study sustainable development in Singapore

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have agreed to a three-year research partnership to make recommendations for developing Singapore sustainably. The partnership, called the Urban Metabolism Study, will monitor how efficiently buildings in the Jurong Lake District of Singapore are constructed and emit waste. This is […]

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Obesity is in the mind, researchers find

Two people, one slender and one obese, may dip into a cup of frozen yogurt in much the same way, but their bodies’ reactions to the treat may actually be quite different. According to new research from Yale on obesity in rats, some who ate high-fat, high-calorie foods became obese — while others did not […]

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Crane at the helm, F&ES forges ahead

Sir Peter Crane may have spent only eight months as dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies so far, but four faculty members and seven students interviewed said he is leading the school in the right direction — by collaborating with faculty to make difficult financial decisions and by restructuring the master’s degree […]

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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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Becton windmills raise quixotic questions

Last May, 10 one-kilowatt wind turbines were installed on top of the Becton Engineering and Applied Science Center to remind passing Yalies of the University’s sustainability efforts. But almost a year later, the turbines’ actual economic and energy savings value is still unclear. While Tom Downing, the Office of Facilities’ senior energy engineer, said the […]

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Environment School apps up 5 percent

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies saw a 5 percent increase in applicants for the 2010-’11 academic year, Director of Admissions Emly McDiarmid FES ’78 said Thursday. The school received 669 applications, up from 635 last year, McDiarmid said. Environment School spokesman David DeFusco and McDiarmid attributed the rise — part of a […]

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What’s in your water?

Lead levels in New Haven tap water are within state and federal limits but may sometimes reach unhealthy levels. According to data collected by the Environmental Working Group in 2009, lead in water from the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority — which services over 400,000 residents in New Haven and surrounding towns — were […]

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F&ES conference addresses diversity

This February, Sex Week at Yale isn’t the only series of events on campus. The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is hosting a month-long celebration of diversity, featuring more than 10 talks, film screenings and lectures on topics ranging from diversity and the environment to neo-imperialism and international development. The series is part of […]

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Kroon sets sustainable standard

Less than a year after its completion, Kroon Hall has received the highest energy rating possible for sustainable design. The new home of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on Science Hill was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit that focuses […]

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Grant buys energy monitors for two colleges

The next time students in Pierson and Silliman colleges leave appliances plugged in over a break, they won’t be the only ones who know about it. Two real-time energy monitors will be installed in the entrances to the Pierson and Silliman dining halls by the week of Feb. 8, said Robert Ferretti, program manager at […]

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