May 2014

New Haven, CT

President Salovey bullish on New Haven
In a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, President Peter Salovey ’86 Ph.D. extolled the economic and social progress made in New Haven over the past 20 years. “Our renaissance is now well rooted. New Haven and Yale are on common ground,” said Salovey, a 30–year resident of Yale’s host city. “As a New Havener and as president of Yale, I am bullish about the future that we will build together.”

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Campus sustainability the focus of Earth Day at Yale
Yale celebrated Earth Day 2014 with a faculty/student “Teach Out” exploring issues of sustainability and climate. Professor Daniel C. Esty ’86 J.D., the former commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, moderated the events. Yale’s Sustainability Strategic Plan for 2013–16 is online, as is full information about campus sustainability initiatives in a host of areas.

Predicting what goes viral online
Understanding the roots of a global, contagious spread of online information may help better predict political revolutions, consumer behavior, box office revenues, public policy debates, and even public health epidemics. That’s the finding of a study that analyzed months of data from Twitter. The researchers, including professor Nicholas Christakis, were able to forecast the viral rise of “#Obamacare” as a Twitter trend a full two months before it peaked on Twitter.
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YaleNews weekly replacing ELIne
Beginning with Yale Commencement 2014, the monthly ELIne newsletter you receive will be succeeded by a weekly YaleNews electronic newsletter. Produced by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, the YaleNews weekly message will give you timely updates and more in-depth news about research, education, people and events at Yale. Remember, too, that YaleNews online is optimized for your smartphone or tablet.
2014 Yale World Fellows
New World Fellows named
A robotics engineer, an award–winning actress and director, a Syrian peace activist, a 2012 candidate for president of Iceland, and 12 other multitalented global leaders have been named 2014 Yale World Fellows. Yale World Fellows is the university’s signature global leadership development program. Each year since 2002, Yale has invited a group of accomplished mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four–month period of academic enrichment and leadership training.
Honored Yale Alumni
Faculty honored for engagement with alumni
The Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni honored four faculty members recently as it inaugurated the Howard R. Lamar Faculty Awards for Service to Alumni. These awards celebrate the contributions faculty make to alumni programs. The honorees are Marie Borroff ’56 Ph.D., Sterling Professor Emeritus of English; Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Classics and History; Howard R. Lamar ’51 Ph.D., 21st president of the university and Sterling Professor Emeritus of History; and Vincent J. Scully Jr. ’40, ’49 Ph.D., Sterling Professor Emeritus of History of Art.
Peter Salovey at the Asian reunion
First Asian Alumni Reunion
Hailing from as near as New Haven and as far as Beijing and beyond, more than 300 Yale alumni and students united recently at the inaugural Yale Asian Alumni Reunion organized by the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni with the Association of Yale Alumni and the Asian American Cultural Center. Attendees ranged in age from 18 to 85, with seven decades of current students, alumni, and friends representing the range of disciplines and degrees at Yale College and the graduate and professional schools.
Successor trustees appointed
President Salovey announced the appointments of Peter B. Dervan ’72 Ph.D. and William E. Kennard ’81 J.D. as new successor trustees to the Yale Corporation. Their terms begin July 1. Dervan, who has served as alumni fellow since 2008, will succeed Byron G. Auguste ’89, deputy director of the National Economic Council. Kennard ’81 J.D. will succeed trustee Indra K. Nooyi ’80 M.P.P.M., chair of the board and CEO of PepsiCo.
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The 2014 Yale Alumni Fellow Election is underway
All eligible alumni voters are invited to participate in the selection of an alumni fellow of the Yale Corporation. Information about the candidates, Gina R. Boswell ’89 M.P.P.M. and Gina M. Raimondo ’98 J.D., is available on the election website. Ballots have been sent to all eligible voters by electronic and paper mail. Information about eligibility and the election process is available on the Office of the Secretary website. The voting deadline is 11:59 PM, EDT, on May 18.
Brendan Edgerton
Student featured in climate change documentary
Brendan Edgerton, who is getting a joint degree from the Schools of Management and Forestry & Environmental Studies, spent last summer as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow at Office Depot, exploring ways to make the company’s operations more energy efficient. His work will be featured in an episode of James Cameron’s “Years of Living Dangerously” climate change documentary airing May 25.
Yale gymnast sisters
Gymnast sisters work together for Yale
When seniors Tabitha and Nicole Tay came to Yale nearly four years ago, it was the first time the women’s gymnastics team had a set of sisters concurrently on the squad, notes Barbara Tonry, who has coached the team since it started in 1973. This year, Kacie Traina ’17, joined her sister, Morgan Traina ’15, and the Tay twins on the team. All the sisters concur that having a sibling alongside them on the team is a huge bonus.