Faculty of arts and sciences

School Notes: Faculty of Arts & Sciences
September/October 2017

Tamar Gendler | http://fas.yale.edu

Welcome, new colleagues

The 2017–18 incoming cohort of new FAS professors spans 30 departments across the FAS divisions, including 15 appointments in the humanities, 16 in the social sciences, and 10 in science and engineering. Among the 41 newcomers are 15 joining or rejoining the FAS at the rank of full professor with tenure: Edyta Bojanowska (Slavic), Deborah Coen (history), Casey Dunn (ecology & evolutionary biology), Erika Edwards (ecology & evolutionary biology), Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (chemistry), Grace Kao (sociology), John Lafferty (statistics and data science), Pericles Lewis (comparative literature), Mushfiq Mobarak (economics), Samuel Moyn (history, law), Ana Ramos-Zayas (American studies, women’s, gender, & sexuality studies), Peter Schiffer (applied physics), Nicholas Turk-Browne (psychology), Kevin van Bladel (Near Eastern languages & civilizations), and Fabrizio Zilibotti (economics).

Science at Yale: a proud history

Yale’s current push in the sciences builds on a proud record that stretches back more than two centuries. In 1802, Yale’s eighth president, Timothy Dwight IV, appointed Benjamin Silliman the first professor of science in the United States. Silliman ushered in an era of growth and innovation, developing both the arts and the sciences across campus.

Yale was the first US institution to award the doctor of philosophy degree, issuing the first PhD in science in the New World to Arthur Williams Wright, an experimental physicist, in 1861. Two years later, Yale awarded the first North American PhD in engineering to Josiah Gibbs, a pioneer of chemical thermodynamics. Both Wright and Gibbs went on to serve as longtime members of the Yale faculty.

Today, the FAS sciences comprise some 250 faculty members who help to shape the next generation of scientific discovery and carry forward Yale’s proud history of changing the world by pushing the frontiers of human knowledge.


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