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Christopher Lindsay

From Prospect Street to the ‘path of totality,’ Yalies have eclipse covered

| Next week, when a total solar eclipse traces a narrow path across the United States, Christopher Lindsay, a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in astronomy and Gruber Science Fellow in Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, won’t be chasing its “path of totality.” He’ll follow another lofty calling instead — helping to conduct a scientific symphony of telescopes, sunspotters, pinhole projectors, and kitchen colanders at a public viewing event at Yale’s Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium.

Commencement Banner Bearers

Lynn Cooley reappointed dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

| Lynn Cooley, the C. N. H. Long Professor of Genetics and Professor of Cell Biology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, has been reappointed to a third term as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Yale President Peter Salovey announced this week. Her third five-year term will begin July 1.

Music Covers

With teaching program, students put a new spin on music education

| A power trio of new undergraduate courses — on modern opera, heavy metal, and Latin jazz — demonstrates how Yale’s Associates in Teaching program helps faculty members and PhD students partner to fine-tune their teaching chops.

Sylvia Ryerson

Five Things to Know About… Sylvia Ryerson’s ‘Calls from Home’

| A graduate student’s film examines a radio station that broadcasts messages of support to incarcerated people across Appalachia — and takes aim at mass incarceration.

Chemistry Drawing

Yale chemists synthesize unique anticancer molecules using novel approach

| Yale researchers have developed a novel approach to synthesize a highly complex group of molecules found in marine invertebrates. A team of Yale chemists, writing in the journal Science, has succeeded in synthesizing eight of the compounds for the first time using an approach that combines inventive chemical strategy with the latest technology in small molecule structure determination. Co-first authors of the new study are Yale chemistry graduate students Brandon Alexander and Noah Bartfield.

Student with Book

For women in prison, degree program creates new life pathways

| A Yale and University of New Haven collaboration offers the only four-year college degree program at any federal prison for women in the United States. Student teachers from the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offer courses through a professional development opportunity.

Handsome Dan

Introducing Emotional Wellbeing Solutions

| Eligible Local 33 graduate workers pursuing PhD degrees, their spouses, dependents, and household members are now eligible for up to six free counseling sessions provided through Optum Emotional Wellbeing Solutions.

Bass Tower

Environmental Humanities highlights importance of interdisciplinary studies in welcome back panel

| The Yale Environmental Humanities program hosted a panel with graduate students and a faculty member who presented their projects; they each highlighted the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to studying the environment.

Two students meeting

Budding political scientists find their niche

| For students considering a Ph.D. in political science, a new Yale graduate fellowship program offers practical guidance and a meaningful confidence boost through faculty mentorship, educational workshops, and peer networking.

Dean Cooley in lab

Updates to PhD Student Support

| Read Dean Cooley's message regarding increased compensation and benefits for PhD students.

2023 Wilbur Cross Medalists

Four graduate alumni receive 2023 Wilbur Cross Medals

| The award honors alumni of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for exceptional work in scholarship, public service, teaching, or academic administration.

Chiara Mingarelli, left, with students at the Beinecke Library. (Photo by Allie Barton)

Reaching across the centuries, these seminal science books speak volumes

| At a recent “pop-up” exhibit, Yale physics students took a closer look at more than a dozen trailblazing tomes by Galileo, Newton, Kepler, and others.

Rebecca Kuang

PhD Candidate Rebecca Kuang (East Asian Languages & Literatures) named one of Time Magazine’s “TIME100 Next"

| Rebecca Kuang, a PhD candidate in Yale’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, was recently named one of Time Magazine’s “TIME100 Next,” a list that recognizes rising leaders across a host of professions.

Dean Cooley in lab

Mental Health Awareness Week at the Graduate School

| Read Dean Cooley's message about Mental Health Awareness Week that features mental health resources on campus.

Dean Cooley in lab

A Warm Welcome to the New Academic Year

| Read Dean Cooley's start of semester message to the GSAS community.

Dean Cooley in lab

Sharing the Report of the Humanities Doctoral Education Advisory Working Group

| One of Yale’s principal areas of excellence is humanistic study at all levels, and as Dean of the Graduate School, I am honored to support that tradition through the training of doctoral students. The humanities are vital to our mission to improve the world today and for future generations.