Jackson Institute for Global Affairs: Class of 2018 graduates

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs celebrated its graduates May 21 with a diploma ceremony and lunch at Horchow Hall. The Institute awarded 28 M.A. degrees and one M.A.S. degree in Global Affairs.

Jackson graduate students started the day with a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at Yale’s Old Campus, where the University symbolically conferred degrees on all undergraduate and graduate students from the Class of 2018. Jackson student Zachary Devlin-Foltz M.A. ’18 served as marshal and accepted the symbolic diploma for M.A. graduates.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the Jackson Diploma Ceremony opened with welcoming remarks from Professor Lloyd Grieger, Jackson’s director of graduate studies.

Grieger reflected on the benefits—and the scrutiny—that comes with attending a prestigious Ivy League institution, using Yale’s motto “Lux et Veritas” as a metaphor.

“The light here at Yale is bright—in and out of the classroom—and as graduates, you now inherit this light. You are now carriers of this light—and everywhere you go, you can shine it in the furtherance of truth,” Grieger said.

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Insights Animation: Why Integrated Cities Produce More Startups

When you’re launching a startup, being in the right city—a place where you can find investors, scientists, and other entrepreneurs—can make a big difference. Research by Yale SOM’s Olav Sorenson and Sampsa Samila of IESE Business School identified another important factor in entrepreneurial success: being in a racially integrated city.

Sorenson and Samila found that in cities that are more integrated, venture capital investments are more effective in producing innovation and economic growth. There are more startups and those startups are more successful.


Four Students Selected as 2018 Sabin International Fellows

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The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) has selected four graduate students as Andrew Sabin International Environmental Fellows, with each Fellow receiving up to $40,000 of funding for their education and post-graduate service in the environmental sector.

The 2018 Sabin Fellows are Indra Acharja ’19 M.F.S. (Bhutan), Anna Carcamo ’19 M.E.M. (Brazil), Sarah Omusula ’19 M.E.Sc. (Kenya), and Sneha Pandey ’19 M.E.M. (Nepal).

Started in 2011 by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the fellowship provides scholarship support for students from developing countries, and postgraduate awards to those students returning to their home countries and regions to pursue environmental careers. Each Fellow is eligible to receive tuition assistance of up to $20,000 and another $20,000 in post-graduation awards within 18 months of graduation.



Three Yale juniors win prestigious scholarships for study and research

Jane Zhang, Fernando Rojas, and Jonathan Greenberg.

Three Yale juniors have been announced as winners of prestigious scholarships for study and research.

Jane Zhang has been named a 2018 Udall Scholar, Fernando Rojas has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship, and Jonathan Greenberg has won a Boren Scholarship.


Kortum wins 2018 Onassis Prize in International Trade

Yale economist Samuel Kortum

Yale economist Samuel Kortum has won the 2018 Onassis Prize in International Trade for his research on the impact of technology on global trade.

Kortum ’92 Ph.D., the James Burrows Moffatt Professor of Economics, shared the prize with his frequent collaborator, Jonathan Eaton ’73 M.A., ’76 Ph.D., distinguished professor of economics at Pennsylvania State University. They will accept the award at a banquet in London on Sept. 24.

The Onassis Prizes honor outstanding academic achievements that have had international significance in the fields of finance, trade, and shipping. The prizes are awarded every three years by Cass Business School London jointly with the Onassis Foundation.


In its 10th year, Yale Alumni Service Corps strengthens global ties, and adds faculty

Dr. J. Zachary Porterfield, research assistant Pume Mhlongo, and Dr. Julia Toman

A planned trip this summer to Cape Town, South Africa, will mark the first time in the Yale Alumni Service Corps’ (YASC) decade-long history that Yale faculty have accompanied the volunteers to a program in Africa. It’s an important milestone, says Joao Aleixo, director of the YASC, as the program, sponsored by the Yale Alumni Association, looks to further strengthen its ties to the university and provide an experience that is not only meaningful to trip participants, but one that offers real improvement to the communities they serve.

This program is not just about service, but also about career growth, lifelong learning, mentorship, and service,” says Aleixo. “By partnering with Yale entities we are strengthening those ties.”