Faculty of arts and sciences

School Notes: Faculty of Arts & Sciences
September/October 2021

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

FAS faculty lead cross-campus research

As leaders of university-wide centers and institutes, FAS faculty advance new ways of understanding our world through research that bridges FAS departments and Yale’s professional schools. Psychologist Nick Turk-Browne ’09PhD, director of the new Wu Tsai Institute, and data scientist John Lafferty, director of one of the three centers that make up Wu Tsai, are leading efforts to unlock how the human mind works. Geophysicist David Bercovici will pursue new approaches to climate change as inaugural codirector of the Center for Natural Carbon Capture. At the Tobin Center for Economic Policy, director Steven Berry advances innovative approaches to public policy, while Stephen Pitti ’91’s work as director of the Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration supports new understandings of race. As director of the Whitney Humanities Center, Alice Kaplan ’81PhD advances transformative work on history, the arts, literature, and more. 

Celebrating two Abel Prize winners

For two consecutive years, members of the FAS’s mathematics community have won the top honor in the field: the prestigious Abel Prize. In 2020, it was awarded to Gregory Margulis, Erastus L. DeForest Emeritus Professor of Mathematics. In 2021, the Abel prize winner was László Lovász, a member of Yale’s mathematics faculty from 1993 to 1999. The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the discipline of mathematics.

Faculty retirements and arrivals

The summer of 2021 was an unprecedented season of welcomes and farewells for the FAS. At the end of the spring 2021 semester, Dean Gendler paid tribute to 40 retiring ladder and long-serving instructional colleagues, and to the six active FAS faculty members who passed away during the 2020–21 academic year. This fall, we will welcome an unusually large cohort of new ladder and instructional faculty members to our FAS departments, across all four FAS divisions and schools. We are thrilled to welcome these new colleagues, whose fields of expertise range from history to computer science and from ecology to playwriting. 

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