Yalies to study environment in Hawaii

November 11, 2009
While many tourists imagine the island of Hawaii as a tropical paradise, it soon may no longer be able to support residents’ current standards of living. Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies professor Marian Chertow was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in October »

YEI initiatives find funding

November 9, 2009
Despite the recession, the number of student initiatives funded by the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute has held firm, staff members said. With few career opportunities on the market, more students are interested in starting their own businesses, YEI staff members said. Because the average student venture is cheap to fund, they said, these ventures have become »

Yale research receives support despite recession

October 27, 2009
Yale research spawned the same number of companies in the last fiscal year as in previous years, despite the economic downturn. On a global scale, the recession has forced many investors to spend less money on science research companies and expensive endeavors, such as developing new medicines. But Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research, which both »

Yale reduces greenhouse gas emissions

October 16, 2009
Despite the addition of West Campus, the University is still on track to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for 2020. Over the past four years, Yale has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 7 percent despite a 5.5 percent increase in the size of the main campus, the Office of Sustainability announced Thursday. »

Yale University Press faces setbacks

March 25, 2009
In the face of nationwide drops in book sales, the Yale University Press is contemplating changes to its business model. As university presses struggle to combat a downturn brought on by the economic recession, the Yale University Press has also seen its revenues fall, but by slightly less than the industry average of 10 percent. »

Demystifying the psychology of religion

March 4, 2009
From from the warring gods of the ancient Greeks to the benevolent God of Judeo-Christianity, the history of religion is long and convoluted. Equally diverse are the practices — lighting the Shabbat candles, taking the sacrament, kneeling in prayer in the direction of Mecca — that have, over time, become the time-honored religion rituals so »

Q&A | Eli professor analyzes science of love

February 25, 2009
In his recent articles on love, New York Times reporter John Tierney explored the scientific nature of this complex emotion. In honor of Valentine’s Day and Yale’s Sex Weekend, Katie Falloon interviewed Margaret Clark, a professor of psychology who researches close relationships and emotion, to get a Yale perspective on Tierney’s conclusions. QYour study the »

On snowy Saturday, kids channel China

January 20, 2009
Last Saturday afternoon, 7-year-old Deniz Yeroz colored her ox with green and yellow ears. Nearby, Diego Diuk, 3 1/2, stuck tape onto a yellow paper lantern and 4-year-old Edwin gabbed about his favorite types of music. The three kids were just taking the afternoon to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Although the actual holiday is »

Study finds doctors underuse interpreters

January 16, 2009
Lisa Diamond, a former student in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, was completing her residency at Columbia when she observed a phenomenon that, to her, seemed “crazy.” Many of her colleagues were relying on their less-than-perfect knowledge of the Spanish language — instead of on interpreters — to communicate with their »

More Elis signed up for flu shots this year — but do they work?

December 3, 2008
Nathan Hardesty ’12 decided to get his first flu shot at University Health Services last month. Coming to Yale, he realized just how quickly the flu would be able to spread if even one person got the bug. “We live in a very close environment,” Hardesty said, “so if one person has the flu, it’s »

Laureate advocates synergy

October 31, 2008
A little bit of competition is healthy, as the adage goes, but there may be too much of it in the field of contemporary science, said Physics Nobel Laureate Steven Chu. Chu, the 2008 Tanner Series Lecturer, gave a talk entitled “Golden Eras of Scientific Institutions” yesterday in which he described the ideal conditions for »

Genome may code for obesity

October 22, 2008
The United States is experiencing an obesity epidemic. The culprits? A general lack of exercise, combined with an increase in the quantity and availability of calorific food. But environment may not be the only factor at play. New research shows that genetics may also be at fault. According to a new study published by Yale »