National Research Council ‘rankings’ take new methodology

September 29, 2010 • 2
After a 15-year wait, university administrators across the country were supposed to be able to compare their graduate programs using new rankings released by the National Research Council Tuesday. But the new rankings may raise more questions than they answer. In a memo to University President Richard Levin, Provost Peter Salovey, School of Medicine Dean »

Faculty hirings still on hold

September 16, 2010 • 1
With budgets still tight and a faculty that swelled over the past decade, the University will delay most faculty searches for at least another year. Departments that could make a strong case for hiring new faculty — either to fill gaps in their academic programs or to push certain fields — were authorized to conduct »

Review of curricular changes begins

September 9, 2010 • 0
In April, Yale successfully won another decade of accreditation from a regional consortium of colleges and universities after an 18-month review that engaged students, professors and staff. Now, administrators are preparing for another major review — but this one is entirely self-directed. A 16-member steering committee assembled by Yale College Dean Mary Miller will oversee »

New law prompts textbooks button

September 3, 2010 • 4
By music professor Craig Wright’s estimate, the materials for his “Listening to Music” course cost $128 and, in his estimation, that’s too much. So, at the first session Thursday, he promised to pay each student who buys his textbook $10 out of pocket. Helping students purchase course books at lower prices is also the goal »

College seminar program suspended pending review

August 27, 2010 • 2
Students hoping to search for Christian theology in the Harry Potter books this spring — just one of the academic opportunities offered by the Residential College Seminar Program — may have to do it on their own time. Yale College Dean Mary Miller told the News earlier this month that her office plans to evaluate »
Bubbles, a substitute for the traditional tobacco, rise above graduates' mortarboards at Monday's Commencement exercises.

Univ. confers 3,243 degrees at 309th Commencement

May 24, 2010 • 0
The clouds and light mist over Old Campus before Monday’s Commencement exercises gave way to sunshine, soul music and celebration. University President Richard Levin, Yale College Dean Mary Miller and the deans of the graduate and professional school conferred a total of 3,243 degrees on the class of 2010 at the ceremony, in addition to »
University President Richard Levin, left, announced Thomas Pollard, right, as the new dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Pollard named Grad School dean

May 14, 2010 • 0
Updated, 3 p.m. Thomas Pollard, a Sterling professor and the current chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, was named dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at noon on Friday. In what Pollard himself described as “a surprising turn »

Fink named Branford dean

April 30, 2010 • 0
Hilary Fink, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department, will be the new dean of Branford College, Yale College Dean Mary Miller announced in the college’s dining hall this afternoon. “The depth and breadth of her experience will serve her and all of you well as she begins »
While some professors believe sections are not necessary for every lecture class, others stress the importance of a more intimate environment.

UP CLOSE | Officials mull future of section

April 26, 2010 • 0
At Yale, no undergraduate experience is complete without discussion section: Each introductory lecture in almost every major requires students to attend a mandatory section, which must fit into schedules already crowded with courses and extracurriculars. Section drives class enrollment, since those who are unable to find a section assignment in a given course may be »

Premed advising gets a check-up

April 23, 2010 • 0
Being a premed is famously difficult, but students say the advising and support systems in place at Yale are not making it any easier. Ten of 14 premed students interviewed said they are not satisfied with the Undergraduate Career Services program, complaining of long wait times for appointments and a lack of personalized attention from »

For grad students, a grim job market

April 23, 2010 • 0
Tommaso Gazzarri GRD ’10 is a bestselling author in his native Italy. His translation and commentary on Seneca’s “De brevitate vitae” is the second-best seller (behind only St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theologica”) in the Classics section of the Internet Bookshop Italia. He is also in talks to write a second book for Arnoldo Mondadori, the »

Chemistry makes key hire

April 15, 2010 • 0
After a year of negotiations, Yale’s Chemistry Department has landed what Provost Peter Salovey called its most important hire in the past few years. Jonathan Ellman, a professor of organic chemistry and chemical biology in the University of California at Berkeley’s top-ranked chemistry department, will join Yale’s faculty this fall. Salovey said Ellman’s hire will »