Study: Autistic children miss social cues

April 6, 2009 • 4
According to new Yale research, 2-year-olds with autism lack a key social mechanism that normally allows non-autistic children to recognize human movement. Instead, autistic children focus on the physical aspects of motion and fail to pick up on important social information, according to the study, which was published in the March 29 online edition of »

When playing the game is a job

March 3, 2009 • 6
With less than a minute left on the clock and the score tied at 2-2, Jonathan Edwards player Josh Elser ’11 broke away from a pack of Ezra Stiles defenders during an intramural ice hockey game Feb. 16. Heading toward the goal, Elser seemed moments away from scoring when he tripped and crashed into the »

Blue phone meets BlackBerry

February 27, 2009 • 1
Thanks to a group of Yale electrical engineering students, Blackberry users at Yale may soon be able to carry campus security blue phones in their pockets. The group is getting ready to launch a free Smartphone application called BScope Mobile, which uses state-of-the-art intelligence technology to interpret raw GPS data, enabling Blackberries to send messages »

The dining hall artist

February 26, 2009 • 6
Last December, when Saybrook dining hall manager John Morris was setting up for a holiday dinner, he knew immediately which of his employees could turn a simple arrangement of tables and decorations into a work of art: Pamela Dear. Quiet and modest, Dear brings an artistic eye to her work as pantry worker and desk »

YSEC highlights wonders of water

February 18, 2009 • 0
A large homemade fountain in the Commons rotunda, featuring a network of tubing and PVC spigots, brought water — and facts about water issues — directly to students on Monday. Developed by the Yale chapter of Engineers Without Borders, the fountain is a part of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition’s week-long effort to raise awareness »

Bike proposal seeks funding

February 4, 2009 • 2
A student proposal that would make bikes available for rent in all residential colleges is searching for funding in tough economic times. The Yale College Council and the Yale Student Environmental Coalition teamed up to develop a proposal for a campus wide bike-sharing program that, if approved, would allow students to borrow bicycles from various »

City debates ‘felony box’ on applications

February 4, 2009 • 4
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. As a single mother and full-time student, Barbara Fair worked her way through college and graduate school, obtaining her master’s degree in clinical social work. But due to an arrest from more than a decade ago, city law holds that she must check »

Behavior modification: Looking to psychology for parenting solutions

February 4, 2009 • 2
With hands flailing and curly brown hair flopping in all directions, a 5-year-old girl sits herself down in the middle of a supermarket aisle, forcing busy shoppers to maneuver their carts around the frenzied roadblock. “But I want cookies!” she screeches. A woman leans over the child, cheeks flushed with embarrassment, and hisses, “Don’t make »

Stanford embraces iPhone; will an iYale be next?

January 29, 2009 • 2
Last October, two Stanford undergrads launched a new portal for academic resources and social life — via an application for the iPhone. Will an iYale be next? Everything universities have to offer could soon fit in students’ pockets. Recognizing the potential connection between mobile technology and resources for students constantly on the go, a group »

Briefly: NHPD officer facing brutality charges in federal courts

December 3, 2008 • 0
New Haven police officer Dennis O’Connell is being sued in federal courts with allegations of brutality and an illegal strip search. While city union cops defended O’Connell, citing the difficulties of patrolling violent neighborhoods, the officer’s record contained eight complaints of excessive force within recent years. Not one of the those complaints resulted in disciplinary »

THE GAME | Rivalry on the chess board

November 21, 2008 • 4
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. For Elis and Cantabs alike, this weekend will be a defining moment in the battle for glory. But quarterbacks and wide receivers will not be the only ones defending their school’s honor. Before The Game there must come The Match, where pawns, rooks »

Another downtown casualty

November 18, 2008 • 1
Cooper’s Dress Shop — a 47-year old establishment perhaps best known to students as the storefront next to College Wine and Liquor — is packing up and shipping out. Stephannie Furtak examines the future of the shop and other small businesses in New Haven. In just a few short weeks, after 47 years of business, »