YSPH Grant to Train Health Professionals in China in Bioethics Renewed

Training grant renewed

A School of Public Health program that trains future generations of public health researchers in China has been awarded a grant renewal of $1.25 million from the Fogarty International Center, of the National Institutes of Health, to continue its work.

Since 2011, Associate Professor Kaveh Khoshnood, Ph.D. ’95, M.P.H. ’89, has led a team at Yale and at Central South University (CSU) in Changsha, China, with a focus on bioethics training. The new funding will support the development of a novel interdisciplinary Master of Bioethics (MBE) program at CSU.


Yale School of Forestry Unveils Ambitious New Strategic Plan

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In late May the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) introduced a new strategic plan to build on the School’s historical strengths and commitment to environmental leadership as the planet faces an increasing and widely diverse array of environmental challenges.

The ambitious plan, the culmination of a seven-month planning process that incorporated input and feedback from the entire F&ES community, aims to refocus the community’s shared vision and mission and sets the priorities for the next three to five years.

The 24-page plan is built around the School’s aspirational mission to lead the world toward a sustainable future with cutting-edge research, teaching, and public engagement on society’s evolving and urgent environmental challenges.

In the coming months a group of inclusive faculty-led committees will take the next steps, crafting specific strategies, timelines, resource needs, and metrics for the goals articulated in the plan.

“There are tremendous opportunities to strengthen the impact of F&ES as the best interdisciplinary environment school in the world,” said Dean Indy Burke, who has led the strategic planning process. “We should take this moment to sharpen our focus and to be ambitious in articulating our aspirations and developing strategies to achieve them.”

View the plan online.

Yale grad helps other immigrants find a legal path to stay in the U.S.

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In her work as a volunteer advocate, Hong Tran has been helping immigrants get their American citizenship for three years now. Now the Yale grad hopes that she’ll soon become a citizen herself.

“I’m hoping to be a citizen in a couple of years. I’m very excited for that day when I can go to vote,” said 26-year-old Tran, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 2010.

 Raised in a Saigon neighborhood that was teeming with crime and crushing poverty, Tran’s parents were among the millions that moved to the city as a result of the the Vietnam war.


Yale Center for British Art adds online collection of images into international system for research

The Yale Center for British Art has now made available through its online collection nearly 70,000 images of works of art in the public domain that are compliant with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).

IIIF is a technology framework that supports enriched image use, including comparing, manipulating, and annotating multiple images within and across collections. The IIIF Consortium consists of the world’s leading libraries, museums, universities, research institutions, and image repositories, working in a collaborative system for sharing uniform and rich access to image-based resources on the web. IIIF supports a uniform display of images of books, maps, scrolls, manuscripts, musical scores, and archival material from participating institutions for display, manipulation, measurement, and annotation by scholars and students working individually or in groups around the world.


Yale Club of South Africa: Radicals of Economic Transformation: The Role of Business at the End of Apartheid and Now


Three decades ago, South African business played an instrumental role in bringing an end to apartheid and supporting the promotion of democracy through the Consultative Business Movement (CBM).

Join us for an evening with some of the original participants in the CBM as we discuss business’s role then and now.

Michael W. Spicer, Deputy Chairman, Wesgro
Colin Coleman, Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking for Sub-Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs
Sipho Pityana, Non-executive Chairman, Anglogold Ashanti, and Convener, Save South Africa
Christo Nel, Director, The Village Leadership Consulting
Cas Coovadia, Managing Director of the Banking Association South Africa


Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and
Henry R. Luce Director, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale


Saudi Arabia’s New Succession Plan Shakes Up the Middle East

Saudi Arabia – along with Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt – abruptly broke off diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, then followed that up with an ultimatum and a 10-day deadline to respond. The first of 13 unreasonable demands targets Iran, Saudi Arabia’s key rival in the region by urging Qatar to curb diplomatic ties with Iran and close its diplomatic missions. Author Dilip Hiro reviews a history of antagonism between two monarchies as Saudi Arabia resists Qatar’s incremental steps toward freedom expression with an elected parliament, funding of Al Jazeera renowned for investigative journalism in the Arab world, and efforts to maintain Sunni-Shia ties by maintaining good relations with Iran. The US has a major base in Qatar, and its divided response does not help: The president throws full support behind Saudi Arabia, and diplomats and military leaders urge mediation. The Saudi king has approved a new line of succession, selecting a 31-year-old son as crown prince. Prince Muhammad bin Salman has a track record of endorsing aggressive moves against Iran, Yemen and now Qatar, and the expectation that other Arab nations will fall in line introduces more instability into a region that is already so volatile and violent. – YaleGlobal

Yale School of Medicine expands partnership to promote clinical trials and training in Puerto Rico

An expanded partnership between the Yale School of Medicine and research institutions in Puerto Rico is set to foster collaborative clinical research and training opportunities in the United States and the territory.

The agreement, which began May 1, 2017, expands on a partnership first announced on February 3, 2016, between the School of Medicine, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), the PuertoRico Science, Technology, and Research Trust (PRSTRT), and the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation(PRCCI)*. The partnership’s goal is to improve the health of Latino people through clinical research and trials, and to train Latinos in Puerto Rico and the United States to become clinical scientists and health services researchers.