March 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor on campus
Justice Sonia Sotomayor ’79 J.D. visited Yale to share stories of her life with a Woolsey Hall audience of students, faculty, staff and community members. Yale Law School Professor Judith Resnik engaged the justice in conversation.

John Kerry

John Kerry chosen as Class Day Speaker
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ’66, who addressed his own graduating class, will deliver this year’s Class Day lecture on May 18 on Old Campus. A committee of graduating seniors chooses the Class Day speaker, who is traditionally a Yale graduate.

Tandem accelerator
Farewell atom smasher, hello to new physics era
Yale has begun a renovation of the former Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory that will reinvent the landmark nuclear physics lab for a new era in physics research. The project will transform the bunker–like home of what once was the world’s most powerful atom smasher of its kind into a site for teaching, research, and development related to two of the hottest topics in 21st–century physics — the study of neutrinos and the hunt for dark matter.
Tyndale Bibles
Yale acquires Tyndale Bibles
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired two “Tyndale Bibles” — the first printed English translations of biblical texts — that are among the rarest and most influential works in the English language.
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New fetal care center
The new Fetal Care Center is the latest of firsts in women’s health and perinatal care offered by Yale School of Medicine and Yale–New Haven Hospital. Others include the first fetal heart rate monitoring, first intrauterine intravascular fetal transfusion, and the nation’s first neonatal intensive care unit.
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YODA partnership with Johnson & Johnson
A partnership between the Yale University Open Data Access (YODA) Project and Johnson & Johnson enables scientists around the world to access the company’s clinical trial data assets. This partnership establishes an independent process that promotes data sharing and leverages prior research investments to produce new knowledge.
Yale School of Art
School of Art deanship endowed
Yale has received a contribution of $5 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to create an endowment that will support core priorities of the Yale School of Art, while naming in perpetuity the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean. The endowment will help to advance the school’s leadership and presence in the global fine arts community.
Yale Homebuyer Program
Homebuyer Program turns 20
The Yale Homebuyer Program, a key component of Yale’s partnership with New Haven, marks its 20th anniversary this year. Since the program began in 1994, New Haven’s reputation and reality have changed, and faculty and staff who have purchased homes in New Haven cite the city’s vitality as part of their decision to move here.
Social Media Summit
Alumni volunteer leaders gather for social media summit
Nearly 100 alumni volunteer leaders spent Saturday, January 25, in an inaugural summit to strengthen social media use in keeping alumni connected with each other and with Yale. The day featured presentations by Yale staff experts in social media, alumni volunteers, and a keynote conversation with three prominent leaders in the field, Dexter Upshaw ’06, Teddy Goff ’07, and Zeke Miller ’11.
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Yale Coursera underway
The Washington Post reported that 100,000 people around the world have signed up for Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller's “Financial Markets” course, making it the most successful business massive open online course (MOOC) ever. You can still participate in Professor Shiller’s course and other courses taught by leading Yale faculty.
Yale Men's Basketball
Coach James Jones’ Legacy
The Shadow League online publication has recognized the achievements of basketball coach James Jones, noting that with his “passion, drive and an unparalleled work ethic,” Jones, the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League, has turned Yale into a winner. Yale is 9–3 in Ivy play this season.