Nobel Prize-winning Physicist, Noted Dutch Economist, Baltimore Mayor Among Yale Speakers This Week
The following talks at Yale University the week of Nov. 2-8 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.
Economic growth is subject of annual Kuznets Lectures
Noted economist Angus Maddison, a professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, will visit the campus Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 4-6, to deliver the 12th annual Kuznets Lectures, sponsored by the Economic Growth Center. He will discuss the topic “Economic Growth Since 1500 A.D.: Problems of Measurement, Interpretation and Explanation” in seminars offered 4-5:30 p.m. each day. The seminars will be held in the auditorium of Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.
Maddison’s major research interest has been in the assessment of forces affecting the economic growth performance of nations. He is the author of a dozen books, including “Economic Growth in the West,” “Economic Progress and Policy in Developing Countries,” “The World Economy in the Twentieth Century,” “Explaining the Economic Performance of Nations,” “Monitoring the World Economy” and most recently, “The Chinese Economy in the Long Run.”
A member of the faculty at the University of Groningen since 1978, he founded the International Comparisons of Output and Productivity project there in 1983. For many years, he was an economist and administrator for the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation in Paris. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations, as well as to the governments of Brazil, Ghana, Greece, Mexico and Pakistan. A corresponding fellow of The British Academy, Maddison is also a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Nobel Prize-winning physicist to visit as Tetelman Fellow
Sheldon Glashow, a specialist on elementary particle physics who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979, will visit the campus Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 4-6, as the 1998 Tetelman Fellow of Jonathan Edwards College. Glashow, who is also the Mellon Professor of the Sciences at Harvard University, will be the featured speaker at three campus events.
On Wednesday, Glashow will speak on “The Particle and the Universe” at 5:15 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery (enter on High St.). He will be the guest at a tea on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Jonathan Edwards master’s house, 70 High St. On Friday at 4 p.m., he will speak to the Physics Club on “Neutrinos on Earth and in the Heavens” in Rm. 57 of Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), 217 Prospect St. Coffee and tea will precede the lecture at 3 p.m. in the SPL lounge.
Born in Manhattan in 1932, Glashow was educated in the New York City public schools and at Cornell and Harvard universities. After holding postdoctoral positions at CERN, the Bohr Institute and the California Institute of Technology, he taught at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley before joining the faculty at Harvard in 1966. At Harvard, he is also the Higgins Professor of Physics. He shared the Nobel Prize with Abdus Salam and his high-school friend Steven Weinberg. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Tetelman Fellowship was endowed in 1979 by Damon Wells ‘58 in memory of his friend, Alan S. Tetelman ‘58, ‘61 Ph.D., who died in an air crash over San Diego Airport in 1978. Tetelman, a metallurgist, was professor and chair of the department of materials at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Challenges of managing cities is topic of Baltimore mayor’s talk
Kurt L. Schmoke, mayor of the City of Baltimore, will be the next speaker in the Leaders Forum at the School of Management. On Thursday, Nov. 5, he will discuss “Managing America’s Cities: The Next Generation of Challenges” 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the General Motors Room, 55 Hillhouse Ave.
Schmoke, who is now in his third term as mayor, became the first African-American to hold that post in Baltimore when he was elected in 1987. As mayor, he has focused on increasing literacy, replacing crime-ridden public housing with lower-density, low-rise communities for families, renovating abandoned city dwellings and initiating numerous community development and revitalization projects in Baltimore, including major initiatives in the city’s downtown and waterfront areas. The city has since become a national model for neighborhood revitalization, and in 1994 was one of only six cities in the nation selected by President Bill Clinton as “Empowerment Zones.”
Schmoke has supported a national drug policy that views substance abuse primarily as a public health problem, and in Baltimore began the largest local government-sponsored needle-exchange program in the country. He has worked to attract and expand businesses in the city, and to increase the participation of women and minority entrepreneurs. Schmoke, a Yale graduate, currently serves as a member of the Yale Corporation, the University’s governing board.
CEO of United Technologies to be Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer
George David, chair and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corporation (UTC), will discuss future prospects for his company on Thursday, Nov. 5, when he visits the campus as the Faculty of Engineering Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer. His talk, titled “UTC Positioned for the Next Millennium,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Davies Auditorium of Becton Center, 15 Prospect St. It will be followed by a reception in the Becton faculty lounge.
UTC ranks 21st in size among U.S. manufacturing firms and is the parent company of Pratt & Whitney, Carrier Corporation, Otis Elevator Company, Sikorsky Aircraft, Hamilton Standard and UT Automotive.
David joined Otis Elevator in 1975, just prior to the merger of Otis into United Technologies. After heading up the Latin American and later the North American operations, he became Otis’ president in 1986. He subsequently led UTC’s carrier and automotive subsidiaries before being elected the corporation’s president and chief operating officer in 1992. He became chief executive officer in 1994 and was named chair of the company in 1997.
David also serves as chair of the US-ASEAN Business Council and the National Minority Supplier Development Council, is a board member of the Institute for International Economics in Washington, and serves as president of the board of trustees of the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Business. He is also incoming board president of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. While at Yale, David will present a $450,000 UTC grant to the University in support of the development of the new Select Program in Engineering.
Psychologist will assess Freud’s dream theory
Harry Fiss, professor of psychology at the University of Hartford, will discuss “Freud’s Dream Theory – 100 Years Later” as the next talk in the lecture series sponsored by the Program for Humanities in Medicine. His lecture will be on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont Room of the School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.
Since Freud wrote his seminal dream theory a century ago, the discovery of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep has created a technology and science of dream research. In his presentation, Fiss will reassess Freud’s dream theory in light of what this new science has revealed, and will also explore where investigations are likely to lead in the future.
Fiss joined the faculty at the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology in 1993 after teaching for nearly 20 years at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he is now professor emeritus. He formerly was in charge of New York University’s Sleep Lab at the Research Center for Mental Health. The author of the forthcoming book “The Dreaming Mind: A Scientific Exploration,” Fiss has conducted numerous studies and written many articles related to sleep and dreaming.
State-funded preschool is subject of Bush Center talk
Elaine Zimmerman, executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Children in Hartford, an office of the Connecticut legislature, will give a talk titled “From Policy to Practice: Implementing Preschool and Literacy Reform” on Friday, Nov. 6, at noon in Rm. 211 of the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York St. The event is sponsored by the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.
In 1997 the Connecticut legislature passed an Act Concerning School Readiness, which will soon make preschool education available to most three- and four-year olds in the state from low-income families. Zimmerman, who has directed the Connecticut Commission on Children since 1992 and who played a major role in developing the school readiness program, will describe progress to date in expanding the number of quality preschool programs in the state and their capacity to enroll eligible children.
In addition to her work on school readiness, Zimmerman advises the state legislature on policy affecting children and families, staffs a corporate business advisory group on children and economic development, and coordinates a parent leadership effort. Previous to her employment with the Connecticut legislature, she was director of the California legislature’s committee on the changing family and was also the founder and codirector of the California Women’s Economic Agenda Project. For further information, call 432-9935.