Ten Yalies receive Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Yale students or alumni comprise 10 of the 30 recipients of 2017 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.

Selected from 1,775 applicants, the recipients were chosen for their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture, or their academic fields, and will receive up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice. Hungarian immigrants Daisy M. Soros and Paul Soros (1926-2013) founded the program in 1997.


Populism’s Rise Reshapes Global Political Risk

“The rise of populism in the Western world redefines the notion of political risk and teaches that risk has no permanent address,” explains Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, professor of international business and public policy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. “Political populism, characterized by a desire to assert domestic democratic sovereignty and rejection of the ‘cult of the expert,’ owes its rise to increasing rejection of the conventional wisdom by citizens who feel left behind by globalization trends.” The backlash was inevitable as inequality swelled and citizens worry about loss of national sovereignty or local control. As a force, populism can contribute to eliminating corruption or dictatorships, and should not be ignored. Moghalu also outlines the risks of rejecting expertise and data, with attempts to substitute facts with conviction as well as threats to impartial institutions designed to safeguard the integrity of democracy. Experts and data are crucial in a complex world that prospers from well-crafted public policies. Those who disagree should argue with analysis and useful and realistic proposals. – YaleGlobal


From 1980s New York to Present-Day Mozambique, YSPH Dean Discusses Life’s Work Against HIV/AIDS

Dean Sten Vermund, Yale School of Public Health

Sten H. Vermund, the new dean of Yale School of Public Health, held a standing-room-only audience rapt for more than hour on March 29 with tales of his work fighting AIDS from 1980s New York City to present day Mozambique.

Vermund’s talk—the 69th annual Lecture of the Associates of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and given at the library—was something of a coming out for the bewhiskered epidemiologist and pediatrician. Titled “HIV/AIDS from A(labama) to Z(ambia): Research and Response since 1981,” his presentation represented his first major public speaking event since taking the helm of the Yale School of Public Health on Feb. 1.


Liman at 20: Public Interest(s): Launching the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law

After two decades of promoting equal access to justice through fellowships, research, seminars, and programs, the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program has been re-established as the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law. The launch of the Center on April 6, 2017, coincides with the 20th Anniversary Liman Colloquium at Yale Law School, a private gathering for the Law School community. The Colloquium will include some 70 of the 123 current and former YLS Liman Fellows, joining YLS students, deans, faculty, and the Liman family and friends.

“The lifelong commitment of Arthur Liman to the underserved and his vision of a world where justice is available to all inspired the creation of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program,” said Dean Robert C. Post ’77. “After 20 years, Arthur’s vision is being furthered with a new Center on solid footing to expand its efforts to support faculty and students responding to inequalities in access to justice.”



Does Immigration Create Jobs?

A recent study found that about half of unicorns in the U.S. owe their existence to immigrants. In this case, by “unicorn,” we mean highly successful, fast-growing startups—not magical creatures. The study, conducted by the National Foundation for American Policy, determined that 44 out of 87 privately held companies valued at more than $1 billion had at least one immigrant founder. It further estimated that each of these immigrant-founded companies created 760 jobs.

This is just one example of how, contrary to much of the rhetoric on the topic, immigration can contribute to economic growth and expansion of the labor market. Academic studies have found that immigration to the U.S. has little negative effect on employment levels of native workers and that the presence of immigrants is associated with greater economic productivity. Another study found that foreign-born graduate students in science and engineering departments at U.S. universities contribute to innovation and research production.



How Does Immigration Affect Global Business?

Immigrants have been shaping markets for millennia, but have frequently been the target of hostility in many countries. With economic turmoil and a wave of refugees around the world today, questions about the economics and ethics of immigration are again a focus of conversation. Global Network Perspectives asked experts across the Global Network about the roles immigrants play in their regions and whether public perceptions of that role are accurate.


Alumni worldwide electing representative to Yale Board of Trustees

Yale alumni around the globe will cast their ballots in the coming weeks to elect a new alumni fellow to serve on the Yale Board of Trustees, also known as the Yale Corporation.

This year’s nominees are Roger Lee ’94 B.A. and Kate Walsh ’77 B.A., ’79 M.P.H. Lee is a general partner of Battery Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in the development of innovative technology companies worldwide (read bio). Walsh is president and chief executive officer of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a private, not-for-profit academic medical center that anchors the BMC Health System (read bio).

The Office of the Secretary conducts the annual election, which began on April 7 and will conclude on the eve of University Commencement, on Sunday, May 21. Votes must be cast on an official ballot. Election materials and the official ballot have been sent electronically to all eligible alumni for whom the university has an email address; those who do not have an email address and those who have requested hard copies of voting materials will receive a paper ballot. Anyone who has difficulty or questions about voting may contact Election Services Corporation by e-mail at yalehelp@electionservicescorp.com or by phone at 866-720-HELP (4357) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT. For more information about the election process, visit http://secretary.yale.edu/governance/alumni-fellow-election.