People often ask how we come up with ideas for the articles that appear in Yale Medicine. There’s no easy answer to that question. Ideas might come from a chance conversation, a tip from a scientist or clinician, or a writer’s familiarity with a beat. We observe, discern patterns, develop a hypothesis, then look for information to confirm or deny that hypothesis—like scientists, we sometimes find ourselves following a path that leads nowhere. For this issue we had an abundance of important breaking news stories with significance not just for the medical school, but for the university and New Haven.
In August we learned that President Richard C. Levin would be stepping down after 20 years at the helm of the University. Two months later the Yale Corporation unanimously chose Provost Peter Salovey as his successor.