Yale University

Literature Awards
8:58 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Windham Campbell Prize Awards $1.35 Million To Writers

Windham Campbell Prizes logo

Yale University announced the winner of its inaugural Windham Campbell literature prizes. The award was established by a gift from the estate of writer Donald Windham and his partner Sandy M. Campbell. 

The nine recipients each received $150,000. The fiction winners were James Salter, Zoë Wicomb, and Tom McCarthy.

Naomi Wallace, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Tarell Alvin McCraney were recognized for their work in drama.

The non-fiction prizes were awarded to Jonny Steinberg, Adina Hoffman, and Jeremy Scahill.

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Importance of NMDA Receptors
9:06 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Exploring Human Cognition

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Dr. Amy Arnsten, Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology at Yale University, spoke to WNPR's Ray Hardman, on her recently released findings from a study exposing the importance of healthy NMDA receptors needed for higher-level thinking and their potential link to illnesses like schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease when this pre-frontal cortical circuitry is damaged.

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Environment
11:46 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Yale Gets Award To Help Grow Solar Energy

Mark Mühlhaus attenzione

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Poetry
9:24 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Visits Yale

Diane Orson

Poet Richard Blanco, President Obama's 2nd inaugural poet, was in New Haven Tuesday. He spoke at an intimate gathering at Yale University. 

"One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes…"

Richard Blanco made history last month when he read his poem “One Today”. He’s the first Hispanic, openly gay and youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration.

"One light. Waking up rooftops. Under each one, a story.. "

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Healthy Eating
10:57 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Real Life Survival Guide Episode 69

Cindy Papish Gerber

As we rounded the corner in to 2013, my thoughts turned from the food I had been eating during the holidays to the food I’ve been eating during the football playoffs, and I figured it was a good time to talk about what we put in our bodies on a daily basis.

For this conversation, I invited Yale Professor Kelly Brownell, writers Mary Elliott and Susan Campbell, Weatherman Matt Scott, home chef Rob Oliver and the formerly huge Duo Dickinson - to join me for a conversation about healthy eating.

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New Haven
6:47 am
Fri January 18, 2013

100 Years of Cole Porter at Yale

Yale

Yale University kicks off a yearlong celebration of the work of composer and lyricist Cole Porter this weekend.  Porter aficionados will be able to hear one of his most popular musicals in its original orchestration.

Kiss Me Kate is probably Cole Porter’s best known musical,  and his  most successful.

"Its so witty and sharp and fun and  kind of naughty."  Amber Edwards is producing Saturday’s concert version of the show at Yale, with a cast of students and professional alumni.

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Art Collection
8:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

So Much To See, So Little Time!

Diane Orson

Wednesday marks the grand opening of the Yale University Art Gallery, following its 14-year renovation.  

Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds is our guide. Time is short and with more than 200,000 objects in the museum’s collection we’re warned that its going to be a whirlwind tour. 

"You see here a great display of things from Mayan and Aztec cultures."

There’s a figure carved from manatee bone, colorful textiles and ceramics from Mexico and Costa Rica. I could spend all afternoon here, but gotta move on.

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Connecticut Museums
10:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Expanded Yale Art Gallery To Open This Week

Diane Orson

A newly renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens this week.  

"Look around you right now and you can see wonderful work by Sol LeWitt, David Smith.."  Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds stands in the Louis Kahn building on Chapel Street in New Haven.

The 1953 modernist structure has been connected to two adjacent buildings, the Old Yale Gallery and Street Hall.  The 135 million dollar renovation project virtually doubles the size of the museum.

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More Afforable Alternative
3:12 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Breakthrough in Micro Fuel Cell Research

A group of Yale University engineers say they have made a major breakthrough in the mass production of micro fuel cells.

Micro fuel cells work much like their bigger counterparts that power buildings and buses. André Taylor is an assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering at Yale, and lead investigator of the research.

A fuel cell takes a fuel source, it could be an alcohol, it could be a hydrogen gas, it could be methane and it converts that fuel using an electric chemical process into electricity.

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Global Affairs
8:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tony Blair And Ernesto Zedillo Discuss Global Crises

Diane Orson

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo spoke Monday at Yale University.  They discussed global crises facing world leaders.  

Much of the discussion centered on the Middle East and the Israeli/Palestinean conflict. 

Tony Blair is a peace envoy to the region.  

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Wildlife Conservation
1:29 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Lonesome George May Not Be The Last Of His Species

When Lonesome George -  the famous giant Galapagos tortoise - died earlier this year, it was believed that he was the  last of his species.  But Yale University researchers say other tortoises of the same species may still be alive.

During his long life on the Galapagos Island of Pinta, Lonesome George was an icon of the conservation movement.  He was described by the Guinness Book of Word Records as "the rarest living creature".  

Lonesome George died last summer. 

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Graduate Students
7:25 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Students Or Employees?

The National Labor Relations Board is expected to issue a decision soon that could affect graduate teaching assistants and researchers at private colleges and universities in Connecticut, and nationwide. 

The question boils down to this: are graduate students who work as teaching assistants and researchers, employees or students?

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Latest Report
1:55 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Recent Report Reflects Latest Climate Change Views

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Economic Development
9:29 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Alexion Pharmaceuticals To Anchor New Haven Downtown Crossing

Diane Orson

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced it will move its headquarters to New Haven with up to $51 million in state aid. Governor Malloy announced the move on Tuesday as part of his "First Five" economic development initiative.

For years, New Haven’s Route 34 highway connector separated the Hill neighborhood and Medical district from the downtown area. Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ move is part of a project to knit New Haven back together.

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Mental Health
10:49 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Death At College

As colleges around the region wrap up for the year, we turn our attention to a surprising and disturbing fact. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. 

In April, a 19-year old Yale University freshman - Zachary Brunt of Alexandria, Virginia –  took his own life.  He was found dead in a physics lab. 

The following story is in two parts. We begin by hearing the voices of two friends of Zach’s. 

PART ONE

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Business Education
7:31 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Deans From Business Schools Around The World Gather In New Haven

Deans from 21 top business schools around the world will gather today in New Haven. Yale University will host the first meeting of a new global network for business education.

The international focus of the Global Network for Advanced Management is something totally new in the business school world, says Edward Snyder, Dean of the Yale School of Management.  

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Yale Drama
7:20 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Yale Gift Supports Creation Of New Plays...Forever

Joan Marcus, with permission

Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre have received the largest financial gift in their history.  The funds will support the creation of new plays and musicals for the American stage.

The $18 million gift will permanently endow Yale’s ongoing new plays program, says Yale Rep Artistic Director James Bundy. 

"To our knowledge, it’s the largest gift in the history of the American Theatre specifically for programming, which is to say that funds from the endowment will go to the commissioning, development and production of new plays."

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School Reform
8:02 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Governor Malloy Addresses Yale Education Leadership Conference

Diane Orson

Governor Malloy was in New Haven last night for a Yale conference on the future of education. In contrast to recent town hall meetings, this time the Governor was met by a receptive audience.

Governor Malloy outlined key proposals in his school reform package to nearly 200 people at the Yale School of Management’s Education Leadership Conference.

On the highly-charged issues of teacher evaluation and tenure, the Governor said there needs to be honest and frank discussion.  

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Aging
8:17 am
Wed March 14, 2012

The Aging Brain - Lost In Transition

Brunosan, Flickr Creative Commons

As the brain ages, it becomes harder to know when its time to move from one task to the next. That’s according to a new study by Yale University researchers, who say understanding how the brain ages may help an older workforce.

The study is called Lost in Transition. Mark Laubach, an associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine, came up with the title after waiting to buy a ticket at the Washington, DC train station. He was anxious to get back to Connecticut to see his son play in his first Little League game.  

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Common Mistake
1:44 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

The Torosaurus Is Not The Triceratops

Chris Devers (Flickr Creative Commons)

Yale paleontologists say two Dinosaurs previously thought to be the same species are actually two different creatures.

There is no denying that the Torosaurus and the Triceratops look a lot alike.

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I Spy
1:58 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

NYPD Surveillance Of Yale's Muslim Students

Sean MacEntee (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Yale Muslim Students Association was shocked to learn over the weekend that the New York Police Department spied on their organization in 2006 and 2007.

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Scholarship Program
7:50 am
Tue February 7, 2012

UNH To Offer Scholarships To Magnet School Students

Diane Orson

Qualified students in a New Haven engineering and science magnet school will be able to attend the University of New Haven for half price or free, under a program announced on Monday. The goal is to encourage students to pursue serious study in the “STEM” areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Speaking at Monday’s announcement, UNH President Steven Kaplan said America is lagging behind other developed nations in math and science.  

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Where We Live
11:16 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Gwathmey Siegel Architects

Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects

The modernist architectural team of Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel used art as an inspiration throughout their long collaboration, which produced many acclaimed public buildings and private residences until Gwathmey’s death in 2009.

The inspiration they drew from art forms the basis of an exhibit of their work on display at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery - until January 27th.  

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Political Activists
6:17 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Man Credited With Galvanizing Russians To Protest Is Yale World Fellow

A man credited with galvanizing tens of thousands of people to protest Saturday against suspected parliamentary election fraud in Russia is a Yale University World Fellow.  Alexei Navalny was arrested last week.

35-year old political activist Alexei Navalny has used his internet blog to expose corruption in Russia. He coined the phrase “the party of swindlers and thieves” to describe Vladimir Putin’s political party, United Russia.  The New York Times describes him as “the man most responsible for the extraordinary burst of anti-government activism” in Russia. 

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World War Two
1:20 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Stalin Digital Archive Unveiled

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Yale University Press unveiled its online “Stalin Digital Archive” today. The archive contains newly declassified documents, including Stalin’s personal papers, and communications with heads of state during the Great Purges.

Several years ago, Yale University Press director John Donatich traveled to Russia. Men in white lab coats escorted him deep into Stalin’s archive, where he was handed Stalin’s personal copy of  Lenin’s book:  'The State and Revolution'.

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Boom! Pow! Smash!
11:36 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Morning Edition: (Really) Old Comic Books On Display

Beinecke Library at Yale University

Maybe you read comic books as a kid - maybe you still do, or you have children that escape into the graphic narratives that have become part of our popular culture. A new exhibit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University explores the earliest roots of the modern day comic book. Joining us by phone this morning is the curator of Comic Inventions - The Pre-history of the Graphic Narrative in the 19th Century, Tim Young.

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Artifact Recovery
8:41 am
Fri October 7, 2011

International Center For The Study Of Machu Picchu And Inca Culture Opens In Peru

Diane Orson

The International Center for the Study of Machu Picchu and Inca Culture opened yesterday in the city of Cusco, Peru. The event marks the end of a long-running dispute over a collection of antiquities taken from Machu Picchu by Yale explorer Hiram Bingham nearly 100 years ago. It's also the beginning of a collaborative partnership between Yale and the National University of San Antonio Abad del Cusco .  

Speaking to reporters in Cusco, Yale researcher Lucy Salazar explained that museum is housed in a historic Inca palace called the Casa Concha.  

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Where We Live
10:34 am
Thu October 6, 2011

The Origins Of The Universe

NASA

Following up on our conversation with astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, today we check in with cosmologist Priya Natarajan from Yale’s upcoming conference “Why is There Anything”.

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Where We Live
10:15 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Stanley Tigerman, Architect and Dreamer

Weight
9:29 am
Mon September 26, 2011

When Talking About Weight, Words Matter

Doctors may want to think carefully about the language they use when talking with parents about a child’s weight.  A new study by Yale University researchers finds that certain words reinforce negative stigma and may undermine important discussions about health.

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