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What makes a tyrant tick? Ask a political psychologist

How one medical school graduate’s “career in the shadows” began with an unexpected job offer.

In 1965, the CIA presented an unusual job opportunity to the young psychiatrist, then completing his residency at the National Institute of Mental Health, that was enticing enough for him to turn down a faculty position at Harvard.Asked to develop a pilot program for what he described as “assessing at a distance the...

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Looking to mechanics to explain what cells do and how they develop

Looking to mechanics to explain what cells do and how they develop

Mavericks start out young, it seems. Once, after performing an advanced earth science experiment with other...

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Straddling law and medicine, and looking for an answer to the malpractice crisis

When health policy guru Troyen A. Brennan, M.P.H. ’84, J.D. ’84, M.D. ’84, began his studies at the School of Medicine...

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1940s

Morris A. Wessel, M.D. ’43, clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale, is spending two days a week as a developmental pediatrician at the Clifford W. Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven. Throughout his career Wessel has focused on pediatric bereavement, prenatal counseling for parents, neonatal death and guidance for adolescents. In June 2003 his article on helping children and families cope...


Morris A. Wessel, M.D. ’43, clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale, is spending two days a week as a developmental pediatrician at the Clifford W. Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven. Throughout his career Wessel has focused on pediatric bereavement, prenatal counseling for parents, neonatal death and guidance for adolescents. In June 2003 his article on helping children and families cope with the loss of a loved one was published in Pediatrics in Review.

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1950s

Joseph D. Robinson Jr., M.D. ’59, professor emeritus of pharmacology at the Syracuse campus of the State University of New York, retired to Charlottesville, Va., after four decades of biomedical research (membrane transport) and teaching (neuropharmacology). For the past two decades he has been indulging his enthusiasm for the history and philosophy of science, and his most recent book, Mechanisms...


Joseph D. Robinson Jr., M.D. ’59, professor emeritus of pharmacology at the Syracuse campus of the State University of New York, retired to Charlottesville, Va., after four decades of biomedical research (membrane transport) and teaching (neuropharmacology). For the past two decades he has been indulging his enthusiasm for the history and philosophy of science, and his most recent book, Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission: Bridging the Gaps (1890-1990), just received the biennial award for Outstanding Book in the History of the Neurosciences from the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences.

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1960s

Jack D. Barchas, M.D. ’61, the Barklie McKee Henry Professor and chair of psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and psychiatrist-in-chief at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, received the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Award for Research in May at its annual meeting in New York. This honor, the oldest and most prestigious of...


Jack D. Barchas, M.D. ’61, the Barklie McKee Henry Professor and chair of psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and psychiatrist-in-chief at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, received the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Award for Research in May at its annual meeting in New York. This honor, the oldest and most prestigious of the APA’s research awards, was shared with J. Christian Gillin, M.D., who received the award posthumously. Barchas’ Award for Research lecture was titled “Adventures in Psychiatric Research: From Neurobiology to Public Policy.”

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Gerald R. Fink, Ph.D. ’65, American Cancer Society Professor of Genetics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and former director and founding member of the Whitehead Institute, has joined the scientific advisory board of Dyadic International, a biotechnology company that bases its products and solutions on its protein expression technology.

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Robert G. Luke, M.D., FW ’65, director of internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, was elected to the board of regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP) during its annual meeting in New Orleans in April. Luke, a member of the ACP since 1970, will serve as regent for a three-year term.

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1970s

Eliot Sorel, M.D., FW ’75, watched his son, Marc, graduate from Yale this year. Sorel recently chaired the scientific committee of the First African Congress on Social Psychiatry in Johannesburg, South Africa, on “Brain, Behavior and Molecules in Social Contexts.”

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1980s

Eugene J. Barrett, M.D., Ph.D., FW ’80, professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and president of the American Diabetes Association, spoke about the increasing hope for treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes at the Trinity Mother Frances Health System Diabetes Seminar in March in Tyler, Texas.

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Marc F. Glickstein, M.D. ’80, HS ’83, a radiologist at Hartford Hospital and Jefferson X-Ray Group and president of the Radiological Society of Connecticut, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Radiology at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in May.

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1990s

Andrew J. Griffith, M.D. ’92, Ph.D. ’92, who resides in Rockville, Md., with his wife and three daughters, received a 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest government honor for scientists and engineers beginning independent careers. The award was presented in May 2004. Griffith is part of the intramural research program of the National Institute on...


Andrew J. Griffith, M.D. ’92, Ph.D. ’92, who resides in Rockville, Md., with his wife and three daughters, received a 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest government honor for scientists and engineers beginning independent careers. The award was presented in May 2004. Griffith is part of the intramural research program of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health. His research group studies the clinical manifestations and the molecular basis of hereditary deafness.

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Gina M. Solomon, M.D. ’91, M.P.H., assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a senior scientist in the Health and Environment Program of the National Resources Defense Council, received the Clean Air Award for her research on a direct relationship between diesel exhaust and respiratory disease. The award was presented in April at the American...


Gina M. Solomon, M.D. ’91, M.P.H., assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a senior scientist in the Health and Environment Program of the National Resources Defense Council, received the Clean Air Award for her research on a direct relationship between diesel exhaust and respiratory disease. The award was presented in April at the American Lung Association’s annual luncheon in San Francisco.

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Anita Reddy, Ph.D. ’02, FW ’02, and Steven Harrison Williams, M.D. ’99, were married on May 30 at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. Reddy is a staff scientist at Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Williams is a resident in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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2000s

Barbara Ellen Latunik, M.M.Sc. ’03, was married on June 7 to Theodore Walter Esders Jr. at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Irondequiot, N.Y. Latunik works at Park Ridge Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., as a physician assistant. Her husband is a special education teacher.

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Anita Reddy, Ph.D. ’02, FW ’02, and Steven Harrison Williams, M.D. ’99, were married on May 30 at Pier Sixty in Manhattan. Reddy is a staff scientist at Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Williams is a resident in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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