Yale college

School Notes: Yale College
March/April 2007

Science and math for all

In 2003, Yale College set a new direction for several aspects of the undergraduate curriculum. One of these recommendations called for beefed-up requirements for courses in science and "quantitative reasoning," coupled with a new Science and Quantitative Reasoning Center to help students. The new center, now in its second year of operation, continues to expand its services. With one full-time and three part-time faculty, the center offers students tutoring in the science and quantitative reasoning disciplines as well as opportunities for undergraduate research and learning.

Douglas Brash, professor of therapeutic radiology and genetics, coordinates undergraduate research and runs "Perspectives on Science," a year-long course that introduces freshmen to the full range of scientific disciplines through lectures and small group discussions with some of Yale's most distinguished faculty. Applied mathematician Frank Robinson directs the Science and Quantitative Reasoning Tutoring Program, which offers one-on-one tutoring to students who are experiencing academic difficulty in a specific course. The program also helps professors bring new teaching methods to the sciences and assists students in developing their quantitative reasoning skills. Kailas Purushothaman, associate research scientist in diagnostic radiology, runs the residential college tutoring program, which offers help at scheduled times in the center and five nights a week in the residential colleges, in all areas of math and science.

Shepherding the SQR Center is Associate Dean for Science Education William Segraves, a faculty member in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and the 1996 winner of the Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences.

New dean to direct Native American Cultural Center

The Native American Cultural Center will soon have what the Afro-American, Asian American, and Latino cultural centers already have: a college assistant dean as its director. The new dean will manage and oversee the NACC and will work with undergraduates to develop services, organize activities, and sponsor events. The dean will also work with university administration to define an appropriate identity for the center and plan for its support and nurture; consult with deans and faculty on academic advising, counseling, and guidance; and assist the dean of admissions and his staff in the recruitment and admission of new students. The new position has been made possible through the gift of Fred C. Danforth ’73 and his wife, Carlene Larsson.

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