Campus Notes: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

President Levin announces faculty appointments

President Richard C. Levin recently an­nounced several faculty reappointments:

David Bercovici, professor of geology and geophysics, as chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, for three years, effective July 1;

John Darnell, professor of Egyptology and of religious studies, as chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. His term will be for three years, effective July 1. During Darnell’s leave of absence in the 2009-2010 academic year, Benjamin Foster, the William M. Laffan Professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature, will be acting chair of the ­department;

W. Mark Saltzman, the Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, for three years, effective July 1; and

Mitchell D. Smooke, the Strathcona Professor of Mechanical Engineering and professor of applied physics, as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, for three years, effective July 1.

Levin also announced the appointment of Patrick Sung, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, as chair of the Department of Molecular Biophysics & Bio­chemistry. The appointment will be for three years, effective July 1.

NCAA honors 28 Yale teams for prowess in academics

Yale had 28 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. This is the fourth year in a row Yale has led the nation in teams recognized for high APR scores.

The awards are part of the broad NCAA Division I academic reform effort. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, reten­tion and graduation, and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

The Yale recipients for 2008-2009 are Baseball; Men’s Basketball; Men’s Cross Country; Men’s Fencing; Football; Men’s Golf; Men’s Ice Hockey; Men’s Lacrosse; Men’s Soccer; Men’s Swimming and Diving; Men’s Tennis; Men’s Indoor Track and Field; Men’s Outdoor Track and Field; Women’s Basketball; Women’s Crew; Women’s Cross Country; Women’s Fencing; Field Hockey; Women’s Golf; Women’s Gymnastics; Women’s Ice Hockey; Women’s Soccer; Softball; Women’s Swimming and Diving; Women’s Tennis; Women’s Indoor Track and Field; Women’s Outdoor Track and Field; and Women’s Volleyball.

University of Pretoria honors Peter Salovey

Peter Salovey, University provost and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology, was awarded the degree of Doctor Educationis Honoris Causa from the University of Pretoria last week. The university recognized Salovey’s work on “emotional intelligence not only in psychology but specifically in education, health sciences and business.”

Graphic design thesis show to highlight work by seniors from around the world

The Department of Graphic Design at the School of Art will present its 2009 MFA thesis show, “Lux et Veritas,” Saturday-Friday, May 9-15.

The event will be held in the school’s main gallery, located at 1156 Chapel St. The closing reception will take place 7-10 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Hours for the exhibit are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; noon-6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

The installation highlights the work of 16 graduating designers from around the globe. The show does not present the students’ graphic works as design objects but

instead displays them as a single illuminated collage which constantly rearranges itself. Print, motion, interactive and site-specific design will be shown through video projection. When the gallery’s lights are off, the videos provide a shared, immersive experience of designed pieces. When the lights come on, the show disappears.

For more information, visit or call (203) 432-2622.

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