Inaugural Data Science Workshop Highlights Social Sciences

October 30, 2017
On Oct. 20, Yale held its first Data Science Workshop, a daylong event focused on computational social science. Computer science professor Dragomir Radev and other organizers said the workshop reflected Yale’s increased commitment to data science, and may become part of an ongoing series of workshops. Earlier this year, Yale renamed its statistics department as the Department of Statistics and Data Science and launched a new undergraduate major in statistics and data science.

David Grimm to Share Insights on Communicating Research

September 19, 2017
David Grimm MED ’04 is an award-winning journalist, Yale Poynter Fellow, and the Online News Editor of Science, the world’s leading journal of science news and scientific research. In a talk titled, “Stop Talking Like a Scientist: Communicating Research to the General Public,” Grimm shares his insights on turning scientific concepts into user-friendly language, how scientific papers become news stories, and how he made the transition from scientist to science journalist. The event is on September 20, 2017 at 3:00pm, WLH 201, Sudler Hall, 100 Wall St. The talk is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism. It is free and open to the public.

Updates on Research Data

September 18, 2017
The research team in the Office of the Provost has been developing guidelines on research data and materials. The Research Data and Materials policy clarifies the University’s position on research data and materials retention, access, transfer, and ownership, and complements existing Yale policies and the Faculty Handbook. In addition to the policy, detailed and updated guidance and a series of frequently asked questions are available. Accurate and appropriate research records are an essential component of any research project, comprising the evidence necessary to evaluate research results and to reconstruct the events and processes leading to them. Research data are an increasingly important and expensive output of the scholarly research process, across all disciplines. All research requires some level of data management before, during, and subsequent to the active research period. The Office of the Provost will continue to work with faculty and partners on campus (including ITS, the Yale Center for Research Computing, and the Library) to improve support for research and data management. For more information, visit

Peter Schiffer is Yale's New Vice Provost for Research

August 3, 2017
Peter Schiffer, an experimental physicist currently at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, has been named the university’s inaugural vice provost for research, a post created to bring a new level of strategic attention to Yale’s science and research enterprise. Schiffer will arrive in New Haven — also joining the Yale faculty as professor of applied physics — in October.

Deputy Deans of Scientific and Faculty Affairs Appointed at Yale School of Medicine

July 10, 2017
The School of Medicine announced the appointment of Linda K. Bockenstedt, MD, as deputy dean for faculty affairs, Brian R. Smith, MD, as deputy dean for scientific affairs (clinical departments), and Michael C. Crair, PhD, as deputy dean for scientific affairs (basic science departments), effective July 1, 2017.

O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall

June 14, 2017
The first gift for the Yale Science Building has been made by Edward P. Bass ’67. The $10 million leadership gift is in honor of Othniel Charles (O.C.) Marsh, a pioneering professor of vertebrate paleontology at Yale and one of the founding figures of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. The O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall will be the largest on campus, includes generous, multifunctional lobby space, and be adjacent to a spacious pavilion that is expected to be a magnet for students and faculty engaged in study and informal interactions.

Yale Affirms Commitment to Progress on Climate Change

June 6, 2017
President Peter Salovey announced on June 5 that Yale has joined with 11 other major research universities in affirming their commitment to the concerted action, consistent with the Paris Agreement, needed to address the grave challenge of climate change.   “Yale remains steadfast in its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change—among the gravest challenges our world faces in the 21st century,” Salovey stated in a message. “Yale is dedicated to pursuing these goals through outstanding research, scholarship, and teaching. Furthermore, we will continue our efforts to build a sustainable, environmentally responsible campus that is a model for other communities.”