Poynter Lecture: Jonny Benjamin – “It’s Okay to Struggle. Please Talk”

The conversation between Jonny, Neil, and Phil is about how we can bring to bear the latest science on the problems faced by people with serious mental illness, in an effort to render their experiences more understandable and their suffering more manageable.

Co-sponsored by: Yale New Haven Hospital Behavioral Health & Emergency Services, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine and Yale Health. 

Registration link: http://event-reg.som.yale.edu/signup/Jonny-Neil-Phil

Yale OpenLab Launches

 OpenLab’s Energy Academy team members Bobby Berry and Winter Willoughby-Spera test new features of a virtual energy campus that the lab has produced. (At Yale CCAM)

The Yale OpenLab, which officially launches this week, has an ambitious vision: with a focus on scalable collaboration, it aims to incubate “bold projects that address our planet’s grand challenges.” As it begins to carry out this vision this fall, building collaborations across its home campus will be a priority. The OpenLab team hopes to empower Yale students from all disciplines to explore new technologies, including blockchain, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things, and to develop novel, collaboration-minded applications for these tools. Though the OpenLab’s primary hub at Yale is Tsai CITY, it will act more as a decentralized innovation space, partnering with campus interdisciplinary centers like the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM), Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), and Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) as it gets a host of programs and projects off the ground. The lab’s leadership is also looking beyond Yale in its ambitions: all OpenLab projects will be open-source, allowing innovators anywhere to see what OpenLab teams are working on — through publicly accessible code and documentation — and to build on this work.


Global Climate Action Summit will highlight Yale research on carbon pricing

An empty university lecture hall.

Yale’s expertise in carbon pricing will be a featured component of the Global Climate Action Summit, an international gathering of public and private sector leaders this month in San Francisco.

On Sept. 13, the summit hosts “Higher Education Leadership on Carbon Pricing,” an event focused on the experiences of Yale and other schools in implementing internal carbon pricing on campus. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will speak at the event, which also will include Yale Carbon Charge director Casey Pickett and Yale Associate Vice President for Strategy and Analytics Tim Pavlis.



First Impressions: Master’s in Global Business and Society Students Join the Growing Community at Yale SOM

When Paul Bashir ’19 arrived on campus at Yale SOM, he felt he was already a part of the community. Bashir, a student in the inaugural class of the new master’s degree in Global Business and Society (GBS), took a trip with other GBS students to New York the week before Orientation started to get to know his future colleagues. He also connected with an MBA student from Austria—Bashir’s home country—who gave him a place to stay until his apartment was ready.

By the time Orientation began, Bashir said, he felt like he already had a taste for the culture of Yale SOM.

“Orientation almost felt like a review of the things I had heard about SOM, and it was great,” Bashir said. “On top of that, we were alongside the MAM [Master of Advanced Management] and MMS in System Risk students, which was really great because you get a sense of the diversity and talents people have. You’re here, you’re networking, and you’re already growing. It was all just really quite impressive.”


New project fund focuses on immigration challenges

The Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, La Casa Cultural and the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies have established a new fund to promote innovative solutions to immigration issues in the United States.

The new Critical Innovation Fund will provide five awards of $1,500 each to teams that must include at least one Yale student. Projects can take a variety of forms, including events, educational campaign, technological innovations or storytelling projects. The organizations held an information session on Wednesday at La Casa to introduce the new fund.


Kerry Conversation with Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, will join former Secretary of State John Kerry for a conversation about the state of democracy at home and abroad. Secretary Kerry will also discuss his new book, “Every Day is Extra,” and sign copies after the talk.

In the memoir, Kerry tells the story of his remarkable American life—as a Navy lieutenant in  combat in Vietnam, prosecutor battling the mob, lieutenant governor, Democratic nominee for president of the United States, five-term senator, and U.S. Secretary of State.

The talk, which is free and open to the general public, is sponsored by the Kerry Initiative at Yale University, an interdisciplinary program that tackles pressing global challenges through teaching, research, and international dialogue.

Monday, October 8, 2018
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Yale School of Management, Zhang Auditorium
165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven

Seating is limited. Attendees must register online and present their EventBrite ticket at the door.

Register here: https://kerryconversation10818.eventbrite.com

Y-RISE initiative enlists faculty expertise in fight against poverty

A Bengladeshi family

A new Yale-based research initiative is developing the science needed to scale-up promising anti-poverty programs so that they can benefit the greatest number of people.

The Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale, or Y-RISE, brings together leading researchers in economics and political science from Yale and institutions around the globe to tackle questions related to expanding programs that have proven effective in small-scale randomized-controlled trials.

Mushfiq Mobarak, professor of economics at Yale and Y-RISE’s faculty director, explained that the program evaluations that social scientists conduct can demonstrate an intervention’s potential, but they are typically not designed to predict what will happen when an initiative becomes policy and is delivered to hundreds of thousands of people.