Briefly: Two Yale faculty members among Madoff victims

The names of two Yale professors appear on a 162-page list of investor Bernie Madoff’s clients released last week. The list — part of ongoing investigations surrounding Madoff’s alleged “Ponzi scheme,” which is said to have swindled investors of $50 billion — identifies Sidney Altman, Sterling professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and Rhea […]


Downtown, ice carving draws crowd

Taking advantage of its recent glacial temperatures, the Elm City displayed the most recent of its Flirting with February promotions Saturday near the Shubert Theater: ice carving. Flirting with February, a collaboration between local merchants and the city, aims to rebuff New Haven’s commercial appeal during the harsh economy and bitter winter months. As part […]


In tech age, a case for books

Even though many students use Google more than physical books, a series of panel discussions on Friday concluded that a university press still matters. The centennial celebration of the Yale University Press culminated with three panel discussions on “Why Books Still Matter” — a collaboration of the Press, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library […]


Students develop ‘smart’ alarm clock

Arun Gupta ’10 wants to end cranky mornings for good. Gupta, along with co-founder Greg Nemeth, a junior at Boston College, have developed a prototype for WakeSmart, a device that wakes its user up at an optimal time in the sleep cycle. Gupta and Nemeth developed their business plan this summer during the 10-week Yale […]


Healthy Start faces uphill battle

A recent uptick in infant mortality rates in the United States — after years of steady decline — has renewed experts’ concerns for the Elm City, which has traditionally lagged behind other Connecticut cities in dealing with the issue. The New Haven Healthy Start Program, which works with pregnant women to reduce infant mortality and […]


Connecticut stages Ireland in horror film

Connecticut is no Ireland, but in director David Gregory’s movie viewers will not be able to tell the difference. Plague Town, a low-budget horror film directed and co-written by Gregory and John Cregan, was filmed in Connecticut over the past year. Last night, it returned to its roots for a Halloween premiere double showing in […]


Elm City ‘model’ for school wellness programs

New Haven is not usually associated with the term “model district.” But a model it is — at least on the wellness front. According to the Connecticut State School Wellness Policy Report released late last month, the New Haven district has the strongest school wellness policies, despite being one of the poorest cities in the […]


Webster’s legacy: icing on the (cup)cake

Yale students got a little taste of lexicographical history Thursday afternoon — specifically, “hommony,” “velveteen,” “succotash” and scores of other words courtesy of alumnus Noah Webster – B.A. (1778) — and his Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. As part of the 250th birthday celebration for one of Yale’s most-read alumni, the Webster’s legacy was […]


Staff offices move to Science Park

The old traffic light in front of 25 Science Park was replaced by city workers last month, nearby food shop owner Vinny Yik, 48, said. “They were preparing for Yale to move in,” he said. [ydn-legacy-photo-inline id=”11840″ ] Indeed, Yale began moving employees into the 165,000 square feet it is leasing at 25 Science Park, […]


Liberal café to open on Wall St.

Although there may be trouble brewing for Blue State Coffee, a café slated to open this winter at 84 Wall St., part-owner Andrew Ruben ’11 is looking forward optimistically. Ruben, who founded the café chain with his father, Marshall, opened his first branch in Providence, R.I., in 2006. But even as the progressive coffee shop […]


Around Elm City – Guerrilla Journalism

Standing in his cargo shorts and blue T-shirt, waiting for the 30 kids in the fluorescent-lit cafeteria to quiet down, Jason Braff glances down, almost timidly, at the index card scrunched in his hand before starting the weekly Monday night meeting. But when he starts speaking, everyone listens. Jason Braff is the editor in chief […]

Short Feature

At 80, OED still the ‘greatest’

At a panel discussion yesterday celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Oxford English Dictionary, Yale Law School Associate Librarian Fred Shapiro labeled the OED — considered the ultimate authority on the English language — the “greatest humanistic project in the world.” The panel, organized by University Library Communications Coordinator Geoffrey Little and co-sponsored by the […]