Chief of U.S. Forest Service, Specialist on Internet's Impact On Financial Markets Among Yale Speakers in December

The following talks at Yale University from Dec. 7 through Dec. 17 are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.

Former chief of U.S. Forest Service to discuss his work

Jack Ward Thomas, former chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, will give a presentation about his research on the integration of wildlife conservation and private forest land management on Monday, Dec. 7, at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His talk, sponsored by the Yale Forest Forum as part of its Leadership Forum series, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium in Sage Hall, 205 Prospect St.

Thomas currently is the Boon and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Montana. He is credited with bringing the concept of ecosystem management to the Forest Service, from which he retired in 1996. He writes extensively on ecosystem management and wildlife conservation. During his talk, Thomas will draw on his experiences as chief of the Forest Service.

The Yale Forest Forum is a program that examines the stewardship of private forest lands through management and conservation. It presents the Leadership Forum series as part of its educational program. The series brings influential and innovative leaders to Yale to interact with faculty and students, to share their unique experiences and to learn more about the University.

Cardiologist/author to deliver McGovern Lecture

Emory University cardiologist Dr. John Stone, who is an award-winning author of poetry, short prose and essays, will deliver the McGovern Lecture at the School of Medicine on Thursday, Dec. 10. His talk, titled “The Human Encounters in Medicine,” will begin at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont Room of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St. The lecture is sponsored by the Program for Humanities in Medicine

In his talk, Stone will discuss how a patient’s history can be thought of as an idiosyncratic short story (and, over time, as an extraordinary novel).

Stone has been a member of the Emory University School of Medicine faculty since 1969 and currently serves as associate dean and director of admissions there. His poetry and short prose are collected in four books, “The Smell of Matches,” “In All This Rain,” “Renaming the Streets” and “Where Water Begins.” The books have received numerous awards, including the literature award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He is also the author of a collection of essays titled “In the Country of Hearts” and is coeditor of an anthology of literature and medicine titled “On Doctoring: Stories, Poems, Essays.” The book is presented annually as a gift from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to students entering U.S. medical schools.

In addition to awards for his writing, Stone has also received numerous honors for his teaching and for his scholarly activities in the humanities.

Internet’s impact on law and financial markets is subject of talk

Joseph A. Grundfest, a Stanford University professor and former commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will deliver the Law School’s 1998 John R. Raben Fellowship Lecture on Monday, Dec. 14. His talk, titled “The Transformative Power of the Internet: Implications for the Law and for Financial Markets,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 127 of the Law School, 127 Wall St.

Grundfest served for more than four years as a commissioner of the SEC. After leaving that post in 1990, he joined the faculty at Stanford Law School, where he is the William A. Franke Professor of Law and Business and Crocker Faculty Scholar. His scholarly interests have been in the areas of corporate law, securities regulation and litigation. Listed as one of the 100 most influential attorneys in the U.S. by the National Law Journal, he is the principal investigator for Stanford Law School’s Securities Litigation Clearinghouse, which in 1997 was nominated for the Computerworld-Smithsonian Award as one of the five most important applications of information technology to society by an educational institution. Grundfest’s work on Internet-related matters also includes posting of the first hypertext Supreme Court brief and the first preliminary registration statement for a major issuer, Yahoo! Inc. He has received several awards for his teaching, including the Associated Students of Stanford University award as the best professor at the Stanford law, business and medical schools.

Psychologist will discuss ‘covert communication’

Psychologist Robert Rosenthal, who has done extensive research on the concept of self-fulfilling prophecy, will deliver the Program for Humanities in Medicine’s Bayer Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 17. His talk, titled “Covert Communicationsin Clinics, Classrooms, Corporations and Courtrooms” will begin at 5 p.m. in the Beaumont Room of the Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

Rosenthal is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1962. In his lecture, he will discuss the interpersonal expectancy effect, a phenomenon in which people often get from each other exactly what they expect to get. Rosenthal believes this phenomenon frequently is brought about by nonverbal behavior of which people are not aware.

For the last 40 years, Rosenthal has centered his research on the role of self-fulfilling prophecy in everyday life and in laboratory situations. His special interests include the effects of teachers’ expectations on students’ academic and physical performance, the effects of experimenters’ expectations on the results of their research and the effects of clinicians’ expectations on their patients’ mental and physical health. He also has studied the role of nonverbal communication in these relationships and among other groups. He has authored or edited dozens of books on this subject. For his research, Rosenthal has received numerous prizes, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Prize for Behavioral Science Research.

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