Graduate school of arts and sciences

Expanded role for data science

The Department of Statistics has been renamed the Department of Statistics and Data Science (DS2). Data science combines traditional statistics with machine learning; data mining; high-performance computing; the generation and gathering of information; and decision-making in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, medical sciences, and the arts. The DS2 department and its associated undergraduate and graduate courses will reflect this newly broadened scope, and departments such as sociology and astronomy will offer courses in the major. Over the next several years, Yale will make up to nine new faculty appointments as part of the DS2 initiative. 

Alumna heads presidential museum

Louise Bernard ’05PhD (African American studies, American studies) became the inaugural director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center in July. The museum is scheduled to be open to the public in 2022 in Chicago. Prior to joining the Obama Foundation, Bernard was director of exhibitions at the New York Public Library. Before that, she served on the design team that developed the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She was curator of prose and drama for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and currently serves on the board of the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association.

Using biotechnology to manage environmental challenges

Amy Zhang ’16PhD (anthropology, F&ES) studies the interface between urban infrastructure and politics in China. She won the Roy Rappaport Award from the Anthropology and Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association for her essay on a pilot project in “green” environmental management that uses the black soldier fly to treat organic waste in urban China. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard and will join the anthropology department at NYU in the fall. 

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