Greetings from Stephen Latham, Director

We’ve started off September with a bang, hearing this last week from Yale Sociology Professor Emeritus Charles Perrow on the ways in which accidents arise in complex institutions, and from Dr. Renee Boss (Neonatology, Johns Hopkins) on palliative care for infants and young children. Look for more upcoming events in the listings below!

Congratulations to Summer Institute alum Sebastian Galbo on his acceptance to the Hastings Center as a visiting scholar, and on his publication in New Zealand Online Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies of a paper entitled “Traces of Bare Life in Kafka’s Stories, Agamben’s Homo Sacer, and Guantanamo Bay.”

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  Updates from the Summer Institute

Campus Events

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Updates from the Summer Institute

From Associate Director Carol Pollard

BIG NEWS! We are incorporating something NEW into the 2014 Summer Program.  Our end-of-term Banquet will also be the opening reception/dinner for a two-day symposium/presentation of papers by past students.  Here are some sketchy details: starting Saturday morning July 26th, directly following the Banquet night, we will take have presentations in Bass 305 (tiered conference room).  Lunch will be served there, and we will have dinner together somewhere else on campus.  Sunday morning will have coffee and lite breakfast fare starting at an early hour, and we will break at noon to give you time to get "home."  More details will follow as this part of the Program is developed. We will compile the presentations in one area on our website for each year's presentations from 2014 on. Please think about this possibility for yourselves.  I'm hoping that the 2014 summer students will stay to hear your presentations and "mingle with the oldsters."  All the morning lecturers and afternoon seminar leaders will be asked to attend.  Any past students who have come back for the 2014 Banquet, visitors, and guests will be welcomed as well. Please let me know, as soon as you can, if I should save a presentation spot for you and what your topic will be.

Imre Bard writes: “my research group recently published an article in Current Psychiatry Reports that you might find interesting.  It's called “Globalization and Cognitive Enhancement: Emerging Social and Ethical Challenges for ADHD Clinicians.”  (Congratulations Imre!) This article is part of “Topical Collection on Attention-Deficit DisorderCurrent Psychiatry Reports August 2013, 15:385 Abstract of Imre’s Article: Globalization of ADHD and the rise of cognitive enhancement have raised fresh concerns about the validity of ADHD diagnosis and the ethics of stimulant drug treatment. We review the literature on these two emerging phenomena, with a focus on the corresponding social, scientific and ethical debates over the universality of ADHD and the use of stimulant drug treatments in a global population of children and adolescents. Drawing on this literature, we reflect on the importance of ethically informed, ecologically sensitive clinical practices in relation to ADHD diagnosis and treatment. 

Roberto Sirvent writes: “The Hastings Center got back to me today and offered me a Visiting Scholar position for next summer!  Hopefully I’ll be able to spend part of the time back at the Bioethics Center.”  (Congratulations Roberto!)

Sebastian Galbo writes: “I wanted to let you know that I’m now officially a Visiting Scholar at The Hastings Center!  This is truly an exciting opportunity to continue my research in bioethics.  I’ll be at The Hastings Center from January 6 – 20, though I may apply for an extension.”  (Congratulations Sebastian!)

Jenn Brown writes; “G’day from sunny Australia!  The weather has been great, and I am having a blast spreading the work about K9NW.  The people love it, and the dogs love it even more.  The Dingo Sanctuary is so impressed that I will be starting up a K9NW enrichment program for them.  See you soon!  I’m coming for a visit!!  (Congratulations Jenn, and can’t wait to see you again!)

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This Week on Campus

Monday, September 16

History of Science and Medicine’s Frederic L. Holmes Lecture
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: 333 Cedar St, Historical Library
Speaker: David Rosner, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
Topic: From the East Unto the West: New Struggles and Old Battles in the Lead Wars

Global Health Seminar
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: 300 Cedar St, room N107
Speaker: Brian Forsyth, Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor in the Child Study Center; Associate Director for International Research, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Topic: Children in the AIDS Epidemic

Tuesday, September 17

Envi Law & Policy/Sustainable Food "Frontiers in Food & Agriculture" Webinar
Time: 12 PM
Location: online
Speaker: Tanya Fields, executive director of the BLK ProjeK
Topic: How addressing food justice and economic development can create small business and career opportunities for underserved women and youth of color

Child Study Center Grand Rounds
Time: 1 PM
Location: 230 S Frontage Rd, Cohen Auditorium
Speaker: Anthony Samuel LaMantia, PhD, Professor, Pharmacology and Physiology; Director, George Washington Institute for Neuroscience, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Topic: From Genes to Behavior: Pathogenic Mechanisms in Autism and Other Behavioral Disorders

Wednesday, September 18

School of Forestry Seminar
Time: 12 PM
Location: 195 Prospect St, Burke Auditorium
Speaker: Mark Pagani, Professor of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University
Topic: How Screwed Are We? Climate Lessons from the Past

Rudd Center Seminar
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: 309 Edwards St, conf room
Speaker: Joyal Mulheron, MS, Former Political Advisor for Health Policy & Strategy
Topic: Politics, the Private Sector & the Realm of Possibilities

Environmental Economics Seminar
Time: 4 PM
Location: 195 Prospect St, room 321
Speaker: Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Yale FES
Topic: Temptation and the Energy-Efficiency Gap

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Conferences & Off Campus Events

Yale Day of Data
Date: Friday, September 20, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: TEAL Classroom, 17 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT
Yale Day of Data will be a day-long event that brings researchers together across the sciences and social sciences. This event will draw from the experiences of faculty to explore the common themes and intersections linking data-intensive sciences together—including challenges posed by the ever-increasing complexity of data, increased expectations from funders, and heightened attention to data as a research product.

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Questions for a Resilient Future Conference will be held on October 8th at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Center for Humans and Nature together with the American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, invite you to a fascinating afternoon of dialogue tackling big questions that challenge humanity today—and that could change our future.  Join us on October 8th in New York—and join the online conversation today. Free and open to the public.
Kaufmann Theater, 77th Street Entrance, American Museum of Natural History, New York

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Yale Food Systems Symposium
Featuring Julie Guthman, Jahi Chappell, Selvin Chambers, Saru Jayaraman
October 18–19
Urbanization and Food System Transformation brings scholars and practitioners together for action-oriented sessions addressing the impact of complex ecological and socio-economic processes of food production, consumption, climate change, and rapid urbanization.

Co-sponsored by the Fink Foundation, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and the Coalition on Agriculture, Food Systems, and the Environment at Yale. Details at

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