Four Yalies win Pulitzer Prize; finalists include professor, alumni

Yale professors and alumni were among the individuals honored by the 2018 Pulitzer Prize committee for their works.

Law School professor James Forman Jr. ’92 J.D. is the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner in General Nonfiction for his book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.”

Alumna Martyna Majok, who earned an M.F.A. at Yale School of Drama, won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play “Cost of Living.”

Law School alum Ronan Farrow and the New Yorker shared a Pulitzer in Journalism (Public Reporting) with The New York Times for exposing the sexual harassment by top figures in Hollywood and elsewhere. Susan Dominus ’92 was among the reporters who contributed to The New York Times coverage on the issue.

Jake Halpern ’97, a freelance writer and lecturer at Yale, shared a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (Editorial Cartooning) with cartoonist Michael Sloan for a series in The New York Times depicting the struggles of family of refugees.

YDS and the world: An interview with Jan Hagens

an-Lüder Hagens is Director of International Student Exchange Programs at Yale Divinity School as well as Director of the School’s Visiting Fellows Program. YDS interviewed him about his work and these international dimensions of life on the Quad.

YDS: A big part of your work is overseeing international exchanges. Tell us about those programs. What opportunities does YDS offer to our students to study abroad?

JLH: We currently support student exchange programs with eight universities abroad, all of which have distinct features that appeal to different student applicants from YDS. At Cambridge, Westcott House offers the opportunity to study and live in a unique Anglican theological college and its liturgical community. Our three German partner universities (Heidelberg, Tübingen, and Freiburg) are theologically first-rate and among the most famous in Germany; they have 600-year traditions and sit in picture-perfect historic towns. With Copenhagen, we have an informal exchange arrangement that dramatically reduces tuition fees for students from either institution. This coming Fall, we will start an exchange with Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel’s premier academic institution. In Hong Kong, we collaborate with the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, the only theological education institution operating within a Chinese public university. And in Singapore, our students attend Trinity Theological College, which offers a specific Southeast Asian perspective and is a gateway into all of Southeast Asia. For the future, we envision additional exchange programs with universities in South America and Africa.


Data for Sale

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologizes about misuse of data and CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix explains how data can be used.

An industrial revolution is underway with big data driving efficiency and innovation. More than half of US companies report using big-data analytics compared with 17 percent just two years ago, reports Forbes. “News reports that Cambridge Analytica swept up details on millions of Facebook users – then used details for targeted political advertising in many countries – jolted industry, regulators and users,” writes Susan Froetschel, editor of YaleGlobal Online. Yet consumers have a choice on how much data to share and with whom, and technology companies are generally upfront about the hunger for data in terms-of-service agreements and privacy policies. “With up to 5,000 data points on over 230 million American voters, we build your custom target audience, then use this crucial information to engage, persuade, and motivate them to act” and also “produced decisive results for campaigns and initiatives throughout the world,” explains Cambridge Analytica’s website. Big-data analysis is shaping communities, and even the most cautious among us cannot escape the consequences. – YaleGlobal

Startup Saves Lives by Ridding African Market of Counterfeit Drugs

 Wei Liu, Co-Founder/Chief Science Officer; Amy Kao, Co-Founder/Chief Marketing Officer; Anna Hwang, Director of eCommerce Analytics and Client Engagement; Daniel Adereti, MAM Class of 2017; Ankur Kapadia, President; not pictured: Adebayo Alonge, Co-Founder

More than 100,000 people die every year in Africa from counterfeit medicines, and that number is increasing. Adebayo Alonge (SOM ’16), a student in the SOM Master of Advanced Management program, knows all too well. He nearly died from counterfeit drugs in a Nigerian hospital.

Alonge relayed that experience to Amy Kao (SOM ’17), a former consultant for the pharmaceutical industry, during the 2015 Yale Healthcare Hackathon. Today, Alonge is CEO and Kao is chief marketing officer of RxAll, a company they co-founded that’s building an artificial intelligence platform enabling spectrometers to authenticate legitimate medication.

Operating chiefly in African countries such as Nigeria and Kenya, where counterfeit drugs are widely available, the platform connects hospitals and pharmacies with verified medical wholesalers, informing pharmaceutical manufacturers of counterfeit products in real time. To date, RxAll has received funding from the Nigerian government and the Nigerian Ministry of Health, as well as InnovateHealth Yale and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.

Walpole’s “The Mysterious Mother” Staged Reading & Mini-Conference May 2-3

The Mysterious Mother Act 4 Scene 3 by Diana Beauclerk

Horace Walpole’s The Mysterious Mother
A Staged Reading with Talk-back Session and
A Mini-Conference

As part of the year-long celebrations of the tercentenary of Horace Walpole’s birth and marking the 250th anniversary of the first printing of The Mysterious Mother (1768), the Lewis Walpole Library and the Yale Center for British Art will jointly present a staged reading of the play followed by a talk-back session. Completed just a few years after Walpole’s celebrated gothic novel The Castle of Otranto (1764), this under-appreciated tale of incest and intrigue was initially circulated only among the author’s friends. Walpole never permitted it to be performed during his lifetime except as a private theatrical event.

In association with the performance, the Library has organized a one day mini-conference to explore aspects of both reading and staging Walpole’s play. A breakout session will look at The Mysterious Mother drawings by Lady Diana Beauclerk. Advanced registration is required for the breakout session only.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Image Caption: Lady Diana Beauclerk, The Mysterious Mother: Act 4th, Scene 3d, 1776.

Yale Club of Hong Kong: Dr. Lawrence Ma – Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & ICO

Date : Thursday 03-May-2018
Time : 12:15-2:15pm
Venue : The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Rd., Central
Event fee for pay in advance : HK$550.00 (Member)
: HK$650.00 (Associate)
: HK$650.00 (Guest)
Sign-up Deadline : Thursday 03-May-2018
Contact Person : Rawen Huang:


Speaker Lunch: Dr. Lawrence Ma: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and ICO

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 12:15 – 2:15PM

Venue: The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central

Cost (includes lunch): HK$550 (members); HK$650 (associates/guests)

NOTE: Please send payment confirmation to to confirm your seat.  Spaces are limited so sign up early!

The Internet is entering a second era that is based on blockchain. The last few decades brought us the Internet of information. We are now witnessing the rise of the Internet of value. Where the first era was sparked by a convergence of computing and communications technologies, this second era will be powered by a clever combination of cryptography, mathematics, software engineering and behavioral economics. It is blockchain technology, also called distributed ledger technology. Like the Internet before it, the blockchain promises to upend business models and disrupt industries. It is pushing us to challenge how we have structured society, defined value and rewarded participation.

Blockchain emerged in the wake of the global economic crisis when a pseudonymous person or persons named Satoshi Nakamoto on October 31, 2008 released a new protocol in the paper “A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. Bitcoin was implemented based on the proposed protocol and released in the following year as the first example of a digital asset which simultaneously has no backing or “intrinsic value” and no centralized issuer or controller. Since the birth of bitcoin, thousands of cryptocurrencies have now been created and launched; a majority of which via ICO (Initial Coin Offerings) in recent days.

In this talk, Lawrence will explain what blockchain, cryptocurrency and ICO are and then present a few promising enterprise usages of blockchain/distributed ledger technology. Obstacles and challenges of adopting and realizing the full potential of blockchain will also be discussed. Finally, he will touch upon the present involvement of Hong Kong in blockchain and the future potential role that Hong Kong can and play in the global blockchain ecosystem.


Lawrence Ma has over 20 years of academics, finance and technology development and business experiences. He is currently the President of Hong Kong Blockchain Society, Committee Member of China’s Central University of Finance and Economic’s Da Xin Blockchain Research Center Expert Committee Society and founder and CEO of eMALI.IO.

Inaugurated in 2017, Hong Kong Blockchain Society is dedicated to take part in building a vibrant blockchain community and ecosystem in Hong Kong. eMALI is a Hong Kong based blockchain company. The primary focus of eMALI is to develop blockchain applications in Public and Fin/Insur Tech sectors. eMALI has been (Dec 2016) chosen as a winner of AIA Blockchain Global Challenge; a competition with entries from 19 countries.

He received his BA in Mathematics from Yale University, MS in Mathematics from Stanford University, and PhD in Mathematics from Cornell University.

Contact Person: Rawen Huang (, Carolyn Yeh (

Mayor Harp returns from China trip

Mayor Toni Harp’s mayoral duties took her far away from City Hall last week — across the globe, in fact.

Harp travelled to China for nine days, accompanied by a 21-person delegation that included Board of Alders President Tyisha Walker, New Haven Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism Andrew Wolf and Yale-China Executive Director David Youtz, to foster business and educational relations between the world’s second-largest economic powerhouse and the Elm City. The centerpiece of the trip was an official sister city ceremony between New Haven and Changsa, the capital of the Hunan province in south central China.

“Most people have the wrong idea about what China is,” Harp said on WNHH’s “Mayor Monday” radio program, before speaking about the innovation and desire for collaboration with American cities that she observed during the trip.

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