Legos and Lasers

Yale’s optics laboratory is spotless. Anyone who enters must don a hairnet, shoe covers, and a lab coat (preferably white). A jumble of optic wiring emits an eerie green glow as concentrated light leaks out through small breaks in the line like slime. Complex instruments perch atop tables, daring observers to approach them and upset […]


‘Pokémon Musical’ writer describes process

Ryan Bowers ’14 is the director of “The Pokémon Musical,” an original show based on the popular television program and Nintendo game franchise that will open Thursday. Bowers and Gabe Greenspan ’14, the show’s composer and co-creator, have been working with the show’s crew throughout the academic year, preparing for its opening night in the […]


Artists fill vacant New Haven storefronts

Even in the absence of retailers, New Haven is putting empty storefronts around the city to good use. Project Storefronts, a program initiated in April 2010 by the city’s Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism, is a “marriage between economic development and the creative,” said Margaret Bodell, the manager of Project Storefronts. Through the project, […]


SEAS students provide career guidance

Last Friday, students wrapped up Yale’s first Engineers Week by using homemade catapults to fling stuffed animals into targets set up throughout Davies Auditorium. The catapult launch was one of the culminating events for the week, which was planned by Enping Hong ENG ’14 and Ying Zheng ENG ’13 to showcase Yale’s engineering resources and […]


Arts Council institutes “pop-up” counseling

A new effort by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven seeks to help local artists further their careers. Beginning March 15, Debbie Hesse, the Arts Council’s director of artistic programs and services, and Shola Cole, the Council’s community programs coordinator, will be traveling to three venues around New Haven offering “pop-up” career counseling, including […]


Week of events promotes engineering on campus

This week the School of Engineering & Applied Science will host its first ever “Engineers Week” to promote opportunities in the field and raise enthusiasm about the discipline. Coinciding with National Engineers Week, the events — ranging from an ice cream social on Monday to a catapult design competition on Friday — were conceived and […]


Researchers call for tax on sugar

Some researchers believe it is time to impose legal limits on sugar, similar to those on alcohol and tobacco. In a article published Feb. 1 in the journal Nature, three researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, argue that the harmful effects of sugar extend far beyond its calorie count. To reduce national sugar […]


“Our Daily Rite” opens at ArtSpace

A local art gallery is examining the creative process with an exhibit documenting the daily additions artists make to their projects over the course of weeks or months — and, in some cases, over an artist’s entire life. “Our Daily Rite,” which opened Thursday at the Orange Street gallery ArtSpace, will show the ritual of […]


Bush promotes youth health involvement

Barbara Bush ’04 wants young people to work in global health — even if their training doesn’t seem to fit the job. Bush, the eldest child of President George W. Bush ’68, addressed nearly 40 undergraduate and graduate students at the Yale School of Public Health Wednesday morning. Bush encouraged the students to get involved […]


Creating ripples through artistic community

In the four months since its opening, an artistic initiative spreading throughout a bare Chapel Street building has grown to connect dozens of regional artists. Since October 2011, the “Ripple Effect” art project housed at 756 Chapel St. has woven a web of creative interaction between artists in the Greater New Haven area. The project, […]


Fischer hunts exoplanets

In her 15-year career as a “planet hunter,” Yale professor Debra Fischer estimates that she has discovered at least “a few hundred” worlds outside our solar system, though she has long since stopped keeping track of the exact number. The founder and leader of the Yale Exoplanet Group, Fischer co-discovered the first multi-planet system beyond […]