Ads promote H1N1 plan

November 2, 2009
With the number of swine flu cases rising, New Haven officials are using advertisements to inform the public. At a press conference Friday, city officials unveiled a plan to inform residents about basic hygienic measures and the availability of swine flu vaccines. The city will use bus billboards, public service announcements, and the city’s Web »

Students won’t get first vaccines

October 27, 2009
Yale University Health Services received its first shipment of swine flu vaccine last week, but none of these vaccines are for the average student, YUHS director Paul Genecin said Monday. The shipment included about 500 doses of the nasal spray vaccine for children ages two to five. There were also 200 doses of the shot »
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
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 »

Yale chemist wins Nobel

October 8, 2009
Biology professor Joan Steitz was understandably groggy when she was awoken by a ringing telephone at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. When Steitz answered, a refined female voice with a slight accent asked to speak with Tom. “Just a minute,” Joan answered, starting to figure out what was going on. The caller was from the Royal Swedish »

RNA discovery

September 16, 2009
In the three decades since RNA was first sequenced in 1975, scientists have been intrigued by how the genome relates to life, studying has been limited to looking at only one gene at a time. Now Erik Sperling GRAD ’11, a graduate student in the Yale Geology and Geophysics Department, and his colleagues have changed »

Officials respond to opioid death spike in Conn.

September 9, 2009
Death from opioid overdose is on the rise in Connecticut — and may soon surpass automobile accidents as the leading cause of accidental death, according to a recent study by Yale researchers. The study linked this finding to the fact that overdosing on opioids, which include heroin, morphine and some prescription painkiller drugs, is becoming »

Robinson links art, literature

April 15, 2009
Across the street from the Yale University Art Gallery’s “Picasso and the Allure of Language,” an exhibit about Pablo Picasso’s relationship to 20th century literature, a British art historian described the link between 18th and 19th century British art and literature. In the crowded lecture hall at the Yale Center for British Art on Tuesday »

Facility to allow greater climate research

April 10, 2009
Renovation on retired geology and geophysics professor Robert Berner’s lab — which will transform the vacant space into a state-of-the-art facility, the first of its kind — began this week. The new facility will allow Yale scientists to conduct climate research here on campus that previously required them to travel long distances. “I am looking »

School girls try science

February 9, 2009
Enthusiastic preteen girls descended on Sloane Physics Laboratory on Saturday. Middle-school girls from in and around New Haven met all day for the second session of the second annual Girls’ Science Investigations, called “The Classical to Quantum Mechanical World.” GSI, which was started by associate professor of physics Bonnie Flemming, aims to engage young women »

Scientists examine sex changes

February 6, 2009
While a sex change may entail complicated reconstructive surgery in humans, it takes species like clownfish little effort. Erem Kazancioglu, a Ph.D. student, and his advisor Susan Alonzo, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, are investigating hermaphroditic and separate-sex mating strategies to determine why sequential hermaphroditism does not occur more often — especially »

Leaks from the Lab

September 10, 2008
Long time, no see: Peabody Museum scientist rediscovers species of fairy shrimp Eric A. Lazo-Wasem, senior collections manager in the Peabody’s division of invertebrate zoology, recently collected specimens of Eubranchipus holmani, a small species of shrimp that has not been seen in 50 years. Lazo-Wasem, who was on a quest to track down the rare »