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An effective treatment for problem gambling is the goal of a new research center at Yale, to be headed by psychiatry professor Marc Potenza ’87, ’93MD, ’94PhD. A grant from the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders, which is funded by a gaming industry group, will allow Potenza to test the value of the alcoholism drug naltrexone for problem gambling.


The School of Management has risen three places in U.S. News and World Report's ranking of business schools, from 13th in 2008 to 10th this year. The School of Medicine moved from 9th to 6th in the research category, and the Law School remained number one. No other Yale rankings changed.


Earlier screening for dyslexia might become possible if research by Jeffrey R. Gruen at the School of Medicine bears fruit. Gruen, who has previously identified a gene related to dyslexia, has received a $5.2 million grant to compare the genomes of dyslexic children with those of fluent readers. A screening test could help get children with dyslexia into corrective programs sooner.


A new joint JD/MBA program at Yale offers students the chance to earn both degrees in just six semesters instead of the usual eight. Designed primarily for students interested in business law, the program omits some time-intensive elective courses.


An inspiration to time-wasters everywhere, Jack Hart ’12 turned his expertise in folding and flying paper airplanes into a moment of glory: he won a qualifying event for an international paper-airplane contest sponsored by the energy drink Red Bull. The prize: a trip to the world finals in Salzburg, Austria. "It's pretty ridiculous that throwing a piece of paper in the Payne Whitney gym has landed me a trip to Austria," a surprised Hart told the Yale Daily News. Hart and his fellow Americans placed second overall.  

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