Top 10 of 2012: Campus & Community

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Based on the interest and attention they gathered at Yale and beyond, here are the top 10 Campus & Community stories:

1. Levin to step down as Yale president at end of academic year;

Yale provost Peter Salovey to be the University’s next president

For the first time in 20 years, the Yale presidency is changing hands, and readers both near and far were eager to learn about the news, especially the six facts about the president-elect. Two other leadership stories also garnered viewer interest: Yale Secretary Kimberly Goff-Crews’ arrival on campus and Yale’s two newest trustees (announced in July), as well as new trustee Margaret Marshall.

2. Six Yale researchers honored for early-career achievements

The second-highest-rated Campus & Community story of 2012 (garnering over 4,000 hits) was about some of Yale’s youngest prize-winning faculty. Readers also logged in in large numbers for the story about computer scientist Daniel Spielman, who won a MacArthur Foundation grant (often referred to as the “genius” prize) and for an introduction to the 34 new ladder faculty who joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

3. A new Yale record is set: Nine named as Rhodes Scholarship winners

Just slightly fewer than 4,000 readers wanted to know more about the students and recent alumni who are Oxford-bound next year. Other student-related news that attracted reader attention included stories on seven facts about the Yale College Class of 2016 and the increase in financial aid to $120 million, aimed to keep Yale College affordable to all.

4. Six faculty members are honored with Yale College teaching prizes

The profiles and videos about the recipients of the 2012 Yale College Teaching Prizes was one of several Commencement-related stories that attracted large numbers of readers. Another was the Class Day address by Barbara Walters of ABC News.

5. Yale Peabody’s ‘Big Food’: A catalyst for healthy lifestyle changes

Subtitled “Health, Culture, and the Evolution of Eating,” the Peabody Museum’s “Big Food” exhibit inspired many to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Other popular health-related stories in 2012 included the launch of the “Get Active” challenge, which inspired Yale employees to increase their level of exercise, and Yale Health’s accolade for its focus on patient-centered care.

6. The Warrior-Scholar Project: Easing the move from combat to college

The program, started by Yale alumni and a current student, brought veterans to campus this summer to hone their academic skills. Men and women in uniform were much in evidence on campus this year, with the return of Navy and Air Force ROTC programs to Yale — most notably at the ceremony marking the opening of the ROTC offices and the celebrations of Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

7. Yale and unions reach agreement on four-year contracts

New four-year contracts between Yale and Locals 34 and 35 of UNITE HERE addressed all aspects of working at Yale, and building on that momentum this fall, the University launched its fourth staff survey on workplace satisfaction. Yale also earned its third nod from Working Mother magazine as one of the nation’s “100 Best Companies.” The outside-of-work interests of two staff members — one who brings Edgar Allan Poe’s tales to life, and another who is photographing historic Italian neighborhoods — also were popular among readers.

8.  Yale 10-Spot: A look up at Yale’s distinctive ceilings

The debut of the YaleNews 10–Spot photographic feature was well received by our readers. Other 10 Spot topics included weathervanes, Sterling’s stone carvings, owls in the Ivy, up in the clouds, and ghoulish gargoyles.

9. Many departments coordinated during storm to keep Yale community safe

The biggest weather event of the year, storm Sandy closed down the University for two days. It took a massive effort by Yale departments to keep the campus community safe. Before, during, and after the storm, readers kept track of the status quo via Yale’s Emergency Management website.

10. Q&A: Libraries turn new page into digital age

This year, the Yale University Library welcomed its first chief technology officer, Michael Dula, while another library staff member, archivist Mark Matienzo, was lauded for his leadership in the field of preserving “born-digital” collections. In keeping with its emphasis on digital technology, the library also introduced a new Scan and Deliver service, which delivers scans to library users’ desktops.

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