Campus Notes: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Seyla Benhabib awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize

Seyla Benhabib, the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, will be awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on Sept. 25.

The prize, one of Germany’s most distinguished philosophical honors, is given every three years with a 15,000-Euro honorarium in the name of the German-Jewish social philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885-1977) by Ludwigshafen, the city of his birth. Previous recipients include Leszek Kolakowski, Pierre Bourdieu, Jurgen Moltmann and Eric Hobsbawm, among others.

The Bloch Prize selection committee praised Benhabib’s work “for taking its inspiration from the contradictions of a globalized world. She analyzes the relationship between citizens’ rights and human rights and opens our eyes to the need for an ethics of discourse. She proposes a culture of civil and civic creativity, reminding one of the Blochian utopia of the multiversum.”

Jillian Byers joins lacrosse coaching staff

Jillian Byers, who was a finalist for the Honda Sports Award and the Tewaaraton Trophy as the top college women’s lacrosse player in 2009, has joined the Yale staff as an assistant coach.

A four-time All-American, Byers graduated from Notre Dame in May as the Fighting Irish’s all-time leading scorer. An attacker, her 262 career goals place her sixth in NCAA history.

Theodore Marmor elected to British Academy

Theodore Marmor, professor emeritus of public policy and management, was elected a Corresponding Fellow to the British Academy in July.

The British Academy is the United Kindom’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Its stated purpose is “to inspire, recognize and support excellence and high achievement in the humanities and social sciences, throughout the UK and internationally, and to champion their role and value.”

Election to the Corresponding Fellowship is the highest honor that the academy confers in recognition of scholarly distinction.

Olson receives dissertation award from SESP

Kristina Olson, assistant professor of psychology, was awarded the 2009 Dissertation Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) for her graduate work at Harvard University.

Olson will receive the award at a ceremony during the annual meeting of SESP in Portland, Maine, in October. She won the award for her dissertation, “The Luck Preference: Investigations Across Culture and Development.”

Olson’s research largely focuses on what makes humans social beings and how this changes across development. Her main research fits loosely into four intersecting categories: social attitudes, social inequality, morality and intellectual property.

Braverman in Taiwan

Dr. Irwin M. Braverman, professor of dermatology, was the keynote speaker at the Third International Medical Education Conference, sponsored by Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, on July 18.

Braverman spoke on the use of “Fine Art to Enhance Observational Skills.” He also conducted a hands-on workshop with the participants using reproductions of paintings from the Yale Center for British Art. During his visit to Taiwan he also lectured as visiting professor in the Departments of Dermatology at Kaohsiung Medical University, National Taiwan University School of Medicine, and to the Taiwan Dermatology Association meeting held at Taipei Medical University.

Forte honored by festschrift

A second festschrift in honor of Allen Forte, the Battell Professor of the Theory of Music Emeritus, has been published as a special feature of “Gamut,” an online, peer-reviewed journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic.

Titled “A Music-Theoretical Matrix: Essays in Honor of Allen Forte (Part I),” the festschrift consist of essays by Forte’s former doctoral advisees drawn from those who did not contribute to his 1996 festschrift. Included in this installment are four essays spanning a wide range of composers, repertories and analytic topics, as well as an annotated tabulation of Forte’s publications and dissertation advisees.

“Gamut” may be accessed at

$153,000 grant for research into spinal cord injuries

The United Spinal Association presented a donation of $153,000 to the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research last month.

The donation will support groundbreaking research into therapies that will restore and preserve function in individuals with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

The center has been on the forefront of cutting-edge research throughout its history and has numerous “firsts” in understanding the mechanisms behind SCI/D. These include the first demonstration that cell transplantation can enhance nerve impulse conduction in the injured spinal cord; the first demonstration of the molecular basis for remission in multiple sclerosis; the first demonstration of the molecular basis for pain after SCI; and the first demonstration that bone marrow stem cells can protect the injured brain and spinal cord.

United Spinal has contributed over $8 million to the center since its founding in 1986.

Elinor Fuchs receives award for outstanding teaching

Elinor Fuchs, adjunct professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the School of Drama, is the recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching of American Theater and Drama. The award is administered by the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), a wing of the American Theatre in Higher Education.

Fuchs is the award-winning playwright and author of major works of criticism, including “The Death of Character.” A nationally recognized theater critic, Fuchs wrote for The Village Voice for more than ten years, and has also contributed to The New York Times, Vogue and American Theatre.

The ATDS is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study of United States theater and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures and performances within its cultural contexts.

Psychiatry chair names new leadership team

Dr. John H. Krystal, the new chair of the Department of Psychiatry, has announced members of his new leadership team.

Dr. William Sledge will serve as deputy chair for clinical affairs and program development. Also on the new leadership team is Dr. Ezra Griffith as deputy chair for diversity and organizational ethics; Dr. Robert Rohrbaugh as deputy chair for education and career development; and Matthew State as deputy chair for research.

It was announced in May that Dr. Michael Sernyak has been named the new director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center, succeeding Dr. Selby Jacobs, who had held that post since 2001.

Award celebrates Robert Storr as leader in the arts

Robert Storr, dean of the School of Art, will be the first recipient of the Katonah Museum of Art’s annual Himmel Lecture and Award. The award celebrates leaders in the world of the arts for their significant achievements and innovations.

Storr will receive the honor on Sunday, Oct. 11. He will deliver the first Himmel Lecture, titled “Art’s Self-Sufficiency in a Boom/Bust Art World.” The event will take place at the Chappaqua Crossing Auditorium, 480 Bedford Rd., Chappaqua, New York. Tickets are $75 for members of the museum, $85 for non-members and $25 for students. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, contact Laura Bass at (914) 232-9555, ext. 2978.

Storr is a painter, an art historian and critic, and a writer about the theory and practice of art.

The Katonah Museum of Art, through innovative exhibition and education programs, promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the arts for visitors of all ages. The museum presents diverse exhibitions that explore ideas about art, culture and society.

Kazdin honored for contributions over four decades

The American Psychological Association presented Alan E. Kazdin with the 2009 Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.

The assocation cited him for his “outstanding contributions and leadership over four decades in research, education, scholarship and practice.”

Kazdin is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry. He is considered the leading expert on child rearing practices and the treatment of oppositional, aggressive and antisocial behavior among children and adolescents. He is among the most widely read investigators in the field of clinical methodology and child psychopathology and its treatment.

Lacrosse players recognized for academic work

Three student-athletes on the Yale women’s lacrosse team have been honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for their excellence in the classroom.

They are Sarah David, Claire Eliasberg and Jessica Sturgill. The trio earned selection to the 2009 IWLCA Academic Squad, which includes student-athletes who have attained at least junior standing academically and have a GPA of at least 3.5. All three honorees are in the Class of 2010.

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