Yale creates integrated doctorate program

Starting in September 2009, Yale will offer a new doctorate program in physical and engineering biology, disciplines that have traditionally been studied independently. The program was created from a monthly discussion group initiated two years ago by Lynne Regan, the program’s director and a molecular biophysics and biochemistry professor, and Tamara Chiba ENG ’09 to encourage collaboration and the exchange of ideas between faculty members in the physical and life sciences.

University receives grant for neuroscience software

Yale is one of five universities to receive a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve research techniques in neuroscience. The grant, administered by the University of California, San Diego, will be used to develop the Neuroscience Information Framework, an collection of Web-based resources that scientists will use in cutting-edge research on nervous function. Using the NIF, scientists will be able to access data about genes, anatomy and brain scans with the click of a mouse.