Grad School braces for cuts

February 5, 2010 • 42
In response to Wednesday’s announcement that, to save money, Yale will reduce the number of new doctoral students admitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, department chairs across the University said Thursday that Yale’s intellectual community and scholarly research may suffer. University President Richard Levin and Provost Peter Salovey said in an interview »

Committee: No academic minors, for now

February 3, 2010 • 386
After almost three years of research, the Committee on Majors has come out against academic minors. In a report published Jan. 21 on the committee’s Web site, the committee recommended against adopting academic minors for the time being. The report does not rule out alternatives to minors, including certification in select disciplines such as foreign »

Small classes secretly flourish

January 27, 2010 • 2
While English and history majors competed for space in “Faulkner” and “Art of Biography” this semester, dozens of humanities and social science seminars have enrolled fewer than 10 students. Statistically, there are more small classes in Yale College than large lectures: 75 percent of Yale College courses have fewer than 20 students enrolled, while nearly »

‘Life’ after ‘Porn’

January 22, 2010 • 29
In the first spring since the cancellation of the beloved science lecture commonly known as “Porn in the Morn,” non-science majors are flooding courses that promise the chance to look at fossils and contemplate black holes in exchange for a science credit. Take, for example, “History of Life,” a science class capped at 120 that »

Humanities seminars face overcrowding

January 20, 2010 • 7
Eighteen course cancellations in the humanities this semester have some students worried about overcrowding in competitive seminars. Several professors in the history and literature departments have gone on leave for the spring semester and canceled or moved their courses to the fall semester. While these cancellations could present administrators with convenient ways to balance the »

Grades later than usual, students say

January 11, 2010 • 0
Though many students have complained that they received fall term grades later than usual — blaming technical glitches, preoccupied instructors and the holiday vacation calendar — the registrar said there was no delay in uploading marks to the Student Information System. Rather, professors were responsible for delays in individual courses, she said. The online Faculty »

Two profs make tenure

January 11, 2010 • 4
A geology professor and geochemist and the psychology professor behind the popular undergraduate course “Sex, Evolution and Human Nature” are the first faculty members to be promoted to tenure this academic year. At a meeting Dec. 10, Yale’s Board of Permanent Officers, a committee of all tenured, full professors in the Faculty of Arts and »

Bloom cancels class due to illness

January 11, 2010 • 7
Due to illness, professor Harold Bloom GRD ’56 will not teach the two classes he was scheduled to offer this coming semester. English professor Leslie Brisman described Bloom as “gravely ill” in a Jan. 7 e-mail to students in Bloom’s fall seminar, “Shakespeare and the Canon: Histories, Comedies and Poems.” Bloom has been in the »
Assistant Dean George Levesque speaks to 62 seniors and 10 juniors at Yale’s Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony in Battell Chapel in December.

Phi Beta Kappa inducts 72

December 9, 2009 • 9
Ten juniors and 62 seniors were inducted into Yale’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at a brief ceremony Monday afternoon in Battell Chapel. The students, who were selected based on the percentage of “A” grades earned in a wide variety of subjects, joined the ranks of such luminaries as George H.W. Bush »

Sex rules reviewed

December 9, 2009 • 227
Soon after two reports — one by a group of female professors, the other by a committee of administrators — suggested comprehensive changes to existing rules on sexual harassment, the Provost’s Office has organized a committee to evaluate and potentially alter University policies. The committee is a key component of the sexual harassment policy overhaul »

Music Dept. reviewed

November 19, 2009 • 85
Last week, a team of five music scholars from Yale’s peer institutions visited the Music Department and Yale’s music facilities as part of an external review overseen by the Provost’s Office. The review comes on the tail of several big changes for the department, which moved into the newly renovated Stoeckel Hall this past January »

Graduate student dental plan delayed

November 5, 2009 • 27
After several years the of lobbying for dental coverage, graduate students will still have to wait for University-provided insurance. Administrators delayed approving a new dental insurance plan for graduate students Wednesday, disappointing members of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate who had hoped the plan would pass. In the wake of budget cuts, administrators questioned »