Campus Notes: Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Yale affiliates to compete in Kauder piano competition

Ryo Yanagitani, a student at the School of Music, and Hye-Yeon Park, an alumna of the school, will compete in the fourth annual International Hugo Kauder Competition next month.

Nine pianists under the age of 35 and of various nationalities will perform in front of a live, distinguished jury. They will perform classical music pieces composed by Hugo Kauder, as well as classical, romantic and contemporary works. The first-prize winner will receive a concert opportunity in New York City.

The competition will be held at the Neighborhood Music School, located at 100 Audubon St., on Friday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Winners Concert will follow on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St.

The Hugo Kauder Society’s mission is “to foster awareness and appreciation of the work of Viennese composer Hugo Kauder (1888-1972), to create opportunities for emerging musicians to gain wider exposure and to provide the audience with the unique opportunity to encounter Kauder premieres.”

The public is welcome to attend both the competition, which is free, andthe Winners Concert (suggested contribution $10).

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NCAA honors 28 Yale teams for academic progress

Yale had 28 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for high Academic Progress Rate (APR)?scores, four more than any other school in the country. This is the third year in a row Yale has led the nation in teams recognized for high APR scores.

This year a total of 712 teams across 192 Division I institutions were honored with the awards, which are given to those teams whose multi-year APR scores are in the top 10% of all squads in their respective sports.

The APR measures semester-by-semester progress toward graduation of every individual team in Division I and includes eligibility, retention and graduation as factors.

Collins named editor of Yale Press Bible series

John J. Collins, the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, has been appointed general editor of the Anchor Yale Bible Series at the Yale University Press.

Previously published by Doubleday, the Bible Series encompasses a collection of more than 115 volumes of biblical scholarship. The series now has more than three million copies in print. The Yale Press plans to develop the series with new interdisciplinary ways of studying the Bible while taking advantage of new technologies within digital platforms.

YES to broadcast three Yale football games

The YES Network will broadcast three Ivy League contests live as part of a package called “Yale on YES.”

The games will be the University of Pennsylvania at Yale on Oct. 25, Columbia at Yale on Nov. 1 and Yale at Brown on Nov. 8. All three telecasts will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The YES Network features exclusive telecasts of the New York Yankees and the New Jersey Nets. The network is available in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on cable and on the new television services provided by telephone companies, and is also available nationally on DirecTV.

Yale students win awards for public service

Two Yale students were awarded prizes of $2,000 each from the J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund.

Since its founding in 1984, the fund has made over 200 awards that enable college or university students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during the summer or other term.

Simon Tudiver, a candidate for a Master’s in Environmental Management at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, worked this summer on radio documentaries on green energy. Alissa Wassung, an undergraduate majoring in political science, was a summer intern at the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and worked at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.

Student to receive American College’s highest honor

The American College, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, selected Frederick J. Sievert, a graduate student at the Divinity School and retired president of New York Life Insurance Company, to receive its highest honor, the Huebner Gold Medal.

The medal has been awarded annually since 1975 and honors those individuals “whose support of the College and its programs, and whose dedication to education and professionalism, have been of particular meaning to the mission and progress of the institution.” The award ceremony will take place in Honolulu on Nov. 20.

Bolognia delivers Fox ­Memorial Lecture

Dr. Jean L. Bolognia, professorof dermatology, delivered the Everett C. Fox, MD, Lectureship at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Summer Academy Meeting.

The American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is considered the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the academy is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails.

DePalma promoted at Human Resources

Elena DePalma has been promoted to the position of director of Organizational Effectiveness in the Department of Human Resources (HR).

In this new role, she will be responsible for leading University-wide organizational effectiveness initiatives, including workforce and succession planning, and performance and talent management. Additionally, DePalma’s department will lead the HR change management efforts for the numerous transformation projects underway at Yale.

Tynan to be men’s freshman lightweight coach

Patrick Tynan, who led the Williams College women’s crew to the 2007 NCAA Division III team and Varsity 8 titles, has been named the freshman lightweight crew coach for the Yale 150s.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in exercise science, Tynan comes to Yale from his alma mater, where he worked as an assistant coach for the women’s crew in 2007-2008. In 2006, Tynan was named acting head coach of women’s crew at Williams.

Ice hockey coaching news

Yale head coach Hilary Witt announced two changes to her staff.

Kim Mathias, who has been with the Bulldogs since 2003 as an assistant coach, has been promoted to associate head coach. Paul Nemetz-Carlson, who helped revitalize the program as an assistant coach in 2002-2003 before spending the last five seasons as head coach at Elmira College, has returned to the Yale bench as an assistant coach.

School of Nursing dean gives testimony in U.S. Senate

Margaret Grey, dean of the School of Nursing and the Annie Goodrich Professor of Nursing, delivered testimony before the Subcommittee on Children and Families Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, in the U.S. Senate on June 16.

Gray spoke on “Childhood Obesity: The Declining Health of America’s Next Generation.” A transcript of her testimony is available at

Fenway Park event honors Yale-Harvard football game

Yale football captain Bobby Abare and his counterpart at Harvard, Matt Curtis, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to the Sept. 2, Baltimore vs. Boston game.

The Red Sox are honoring the collegiate rivals to help promote the 125th playing of The Game on Nov. 22 in Boston. It is also the 40th anniversary of the 29-29 tie in 1968, listed by many sports publications as one of the most famous games in the history of college football.

The 2007 Ivy League championship came down to the season finale with Harvard beating Yale at New Haven. The Bulldogs and Crimson were both picked first in the 2008 Ivy League football media poll.

Both captains are from Massachusetts and are enthusiastic Red Sox fans.

Yale opens the 2008 season by hosting Georgetown on Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m.

Access to knowledge is topic of ISP conference

The Information Society Project (ISP) at the Law School will host the “Third Access to Knowledge Global Conference” in Geneva, Switzerland, next month.

The event, held Sept. 8-10, will bring together hundreds of decision-makers and experts on global knowledge to discuss the need for policy reforms. The ISP is collaborating on the conference with an international team of partners representing academia, civil society, industry and government.

At the conference, the ISP plans to launch the A2K Global Academy, a new network of academic centers dedicated to research, education and policy advice promoting access to knowledge. The Global Academy already counts as partners Brazil, China, Egypt, South Africa and the United States, but intends to expand to include more academic centers.

The conference is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required and will be available at For more information, send e-mail to

The ISP is an intellectual center addressing the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society, guided by the values of democracy, human development and social justice.

Recent graduate wins inaugural Applebaum Prize

The inaugural Applebaum Prize for an exceptional senior essay based on research in the collections of the Government Documents and Information Center was awarded to Stephen A. Fowler on May 6.

Alice Prochaska, University librarian, and Harvey Applebaum ‘59, made the announcement together at a reception honoring all students who submitted essays. Fowler’s paper examined the roles of Carter Glass and Henry Steagall in the creation of the 1933 Banking Act.

The prize was established by the daughters and family of Harvey M. Applebaum in honor of his 70th birthday. Applebaum is a senior counsel, specializing in international trade and antitrust law, with the Washington firm of Covington & Burling LLP and a lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law. He has also been actively involved with the Association of Yale Alumni for many years.

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