Part 2 of 2: Many science majors don’t last four years

As Yale aims to bolster its reputation in the sciences, the University is dedicating more resources to improving science programs and facilities and recruiting talented science students and faculty. But at the same time, administrators said, science departments have seen a pattern of attrition among its undergraduate majors over the last decade. Almost half the […]


Part 1 of 2: University targets science students

As part of University-wide efforts to transform Yale into a world-class science research institution, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions has made recruiting science and engineering students a top priority. The Admissions Office’s outreach efforts, which began around five years ago, include programs that exclusively aim to boost both the number and quality of science students […]


Science publications suffer

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 […]


A sign of what’s to come

Eco-friendly boutique Kerin, whose interior is still under construction, mounted a sign on the corner of York and Elm streets Friday. The store is expected to open before the end of the fall semester.


Fewer science hires delayed

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 […]


Pricey plants pilfered


Yale professor is first patient at new cancer hospital

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 […]


Smilow boosts research, care

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

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

“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

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 […]