University | 9:00 pm | February 21, 2012 | By The Yale Daily News

Wednesday’s Buzz: 2.22.12

Students have filed a petition to keep Pierson Master Harvey Goldblatt from leaving at the end of the academic year.
Students have filed a petition to keep Pierson Master Harvey Goldblatt from leaving at the end of the academic year. Photo by Graham Harboe.

THE NEWS

  • Though Yale’s academic departments are conducting twice as many searches for new faculty members this year than they did in 2010-’12, most of those programs are not expected to see a net gain in faculty. There are currently 81 authorized faculty searches across the University, primarily intended to fill openings left by departed or retired professors, Provost Peter Salovey said in a Monday email. While the searches span more than 30 departments and programs — including one on West Campus — Salovey said he does not anticipate that the total number of tenured and tenure-track professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences will grow significantly from new hires.
  • The STEM Teaching Transformation committee was convened last December by University President Richard Levin and Provost Peter Salovey in response to increasing national attention on undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In its first couple meetings, the committee has brainstormed ways to enhance undergraduate science teaching at Yale, including introducing research-based science courses for freshmen starting next fall and renovating science teaching facilities.
  • Despite resistance from city and state officials, beginning today Connecticut is under the federal Secure Communities immigration program.

    Secure Communities, operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will begin automatically checking fingerprints submitted by police for required FBI background checks against ICE databases in the hopes of deporting violent criminals residing in the country illegally. While Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy’s office issued a statement yesterday that criticized Secure Communities, New Haven officials said they are still waiting to see how the state will react to the federal program.

THE WEATHER

High of 56 degrees, low of 39 degrees, partly sunny.

THE FOOD

In the colleges

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Waffle Bar, King’s Cake

Lunch: Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Curried Ginger Carrot Soup, Felafel With Tahini Dressing, Spanakopita, Broccoli Hummus Spread, Chicken Souvlaki, Ricotta Prosciutto & Arugula Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Herbed Green Beans, Chef’s Choice Hot Vegetable, Curried Rice Salad, Romaine with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Oatmeal M & M Cookie, Blondie With Chocolate Chips

Dinner: BBQ Beef Short Ribs Korean Style, Quinoa Black Bean & Corn Pilaf, Stir-Fried Chicken, Three Cheese Baked Ziti, Broccoli Hummus Spread, Baked Polenta, Brussels Sprouts With Shallots & Mustard, Chef’s Choice Hot Vegetable, Curried Rice Salad, Romaine with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Blueberry Cheesecake Kiss

In Commons

Breakfast: Steelcut Oats, Apple Cinnamon Dairyless Pancakes, Waffle Bar, Scrambled Eggs, Omelets To-Order, Scrambled Egg Whites, Red Bliss Home Fries, King’s Cake

Lunch: Curried Ginger Carrot Soup, Bean & Bacon Soup, Chard & Gruyere Tart, Roast Loin Of Pork, Puttanesca Sauce, Penne, Organic Tomato Sauce, Chefs Choice All-Natural Burger, Herb Marinated Chicken Breast, Garden Burger, Chinese Marinated Tofu, Pepperoni Pizza, Cheese Pizza, Mushroom Pizza, Vegetable Lo Mein, Chicken & Broccoli, Vegetable Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Curried Tofu, Curried Pork Sand With Chutney & Arugula, Chef’s Choice Fries, Creamy Polenta with Marscapone & Herbs, Fresh Green Bean-Garlic Sauté, Curried Rice Salad, Aragonian Lentils & Mushroom, Oatmeal M & M Cookie, Blondie With Chocolate Chips

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