Thanks to Yale. Over Thanksgiving, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication took to social media to call attention to climate change with #ClimateThanks. Participants were encouraged to tweet about who they were thankful for in the environmental movement. The movement quickly gained a broad support base. “What started at Yale has now infiltrated the United States Senate and people close to the White House,” according to the Daily Caller.
Dose of liberal guilt, holiday edition. Patrick Mustain, an employee at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, wrote a column for Scientific American reminding Americans that all the bounty they consume on Thanksgiving is part of the country’s complex food industry. “Your turkey is land, water, fuel, feed, roads, processing plants, good jobs, bad jobs, tax subsidies, carbon emissions, and fertilizer runoff,” Mustain said.
High achiever. Nobel prize winner Professor James Rothman ’71 joked in a talk yesterday that in his college days, “I was the social secretary of Branford and my job was to get money from the administration to buy pot.” Meanwhile, the line of donors outside waiting to give their money to Rothman for research only grew longer.
Say no to drugs. Susan Busch, a professor at the School of Public Health, and several students won third place in a contest from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for an infographic presenting drug abuse facts in creative ways. The infographic informed viewers that heroin-related emergency room admissions are increasing among other important facts.
How phony. Three new J.D. Salinger stories were leaked over the break, likely copied from original manuscripts at a Princeton library according to the New York Times. It appears the book bag checkers outside the libraries do serve a higher purpose.
I’m a professor, get me out of here! Computer science professor David Gelernter was profiled in a Wall Street Journal piece on Friday where he stated, “I hate computers, and I refuse to play with them.” He attributed his success in the field to being able to identify frustrations with technology and rectify them. Intelligence, always both a blessing and a curse!
Resolved: All roads lead to Toad’s. After an abrupt cancellation from scheduled visitor David Brooks Monday evening, the Yale Political Union held a student debate “Resolved: Close Toad’s Now.”
This day in Yale history 1942. Silliman wins the Tyng Cup for the second year in a row. (Oh, how the mighty has fallen!)