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Science publications suffer

January 20, 2010 • 0
Despite Yale’s push to expand the sciences, student and University publications in the field are feeling the bite of the recession. Funding cutbacks from Master’s Offices and departments, as well as decreased advertisement revenue, are making it difficult for several science magazines to meet their goals of expanding coverage, Director of the Yale Journalism Initiative »

Fewer science hires delayed

November 12, 2009 • 3
At a time when many faculty searches have been delayed because of the recession, Yale is hiring more faculty members in the sciences than in the social sciences or the humanities, University administrators said. Yale proceeds with faculty searches within the Faculty of Arts & Sciences on a department-by-department basis, Provost Peter Salovey said in »
Eric Larson shows off the plants in the Marsh Botanic Garden.

Pricey plants pilfered

October 30, 2009 • 641
David Garinger knew something was awry as soon as he arrived at Yale’s Marsh Botanic Garden on the morning of Sept. 24. The large, humid Greenhouse No. 2, which is part of the complex located near the Yale Divinity School, houses a panoply of different plants, some hanging from the roof, others protruding into the »

Yale professor is first patient at new cancer hospital

October 28, 2009 • 692
Sterling Professor Maria Rosa Menocal walked into the lobby of Smilow Cancer Hospital , which was nearly empty Monday morning except for a camera crew trailing behind her. She laughed when she saw her radiation oncologist, Roy Decker, dressed in a suit rather than his typical lab coat. As classical music played, they embraced, and »
University President Richard Levin, Joel Smilow ’54 and others cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Wednesday.

Smilow boosts research, care

October 22, 2009 • 529
With the opening of the Smilow Cancer Hospital, director Thomas Lynch ’82 MED ’86 said he hopes Yale-New Haven Hospital will become the Yale Law School of cancer research. Coordination between the Smilow Cancer Hospital, which opened Wednesday, and West Campus — the 1.6 million square-foot former Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceutical complex acquired by the University »

RNA strand may inhibit tumor-suppressing proteins

September 23, 2009 • 0
A pioneering Yale biochemist who helped discover the stop codon — DNA’s signal for terminating a protein sequence — in the 1960s may have just brought Yale’s researchers one step closer to curing cancer. Staff reporter Lindsay Gellman investigates. Last week, Alan Garen, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, made public his novel findings that »

Pulitzer winner tells her story

April 14, 2009 • 0
“I found out that the reason I don’t like brussels sprouts is because of my genes,” Amy Harmon, Pulitzer-prize winning national correspondent for The New York Times, said. “Broccoli rabe, too.” Harmon delivered a talk Monday, “DNA: Telling Science Stories about Ourselves,” in which she described her experience writing the series of articles for the »

Earthquake upsets Italian architecture

April 10, 2009 • 4
Mounds of pink and white rubble are scattered on the land where the 700-year-old basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio stood last week. This church was among the countless treasures of Italian art and architecture destroyed by an earthquake, which was measured at 6.3 on the Richter scale, that ravaged the city of L’Aquila in »

Around New Haven

Date of Yankee Stadium train station opening announced The Metropolitan Transit Authority announced late last week the date that Metro-North Railroad will offer direct train service from New Haven to Yankee Stadium: May 23. While the new route will significantly cut travel time to Yankee Stadium, it will do little to cut the $24 total »

Professor talks poetry

April 7, 2009 • 0
“I wrote this poem in response to opening my door this morning and finding that a man had come to turn off the power,” James Pollack ’09 said, introducing his poem tentatively titled “Off.” Pollack’s remark was in the spirit of National Poetry Month, which celebrates engaging with poetry in everyday life. In connection with »

Probing the morality of video games

April 1, 2009 • 7
As violent video games continue to become ever more popular and accessible, Tamar Gendler, chair of the cognitive science program and professor of philosophy, and other experts in the fields of philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, as well as gamers themselves, are debating whether pulling the trigger on your game console constitutes an immoral act. »

Professor helps drug production go green

February 16, 2009 • 1
It’s not easy being green — especially not if you’re producing a drug. But professor of chemistry Robert Crabtree is on a mission to change just that. Earlier this month, he was awarded a grant by the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable for $160,000 to develop more environmentally friendly methods of producing »