More news of Yale people


Jo Handelsman, a microbiologist and biology professor, has won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Handelsman, an advocate of science education reform, created a science institute designed to engage students in science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and she started the Center for Scientific Teaching at Yale last year. Handelsman received $10,000 and was honored at the White House in January along with the ten other winners.



Evolutionary biologist Michael J. Donoghue and psychologist Marcia K. Johnson have been appointed to Sterling professorships, Yale's highest faculty rank. Donoghue, who just completed a two-year term as vice president in charge of developing Yale's West Campus, studies plant diversity and evolution. Johnson has won several awards for her work on human memory and consciousness, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.



Morris Cohen, a former librarian and professor at the Law School, died of leukemia in New Haven on December 18. He was 83. Cohen, one of the nation's foremost legal librarians, directed the legal libraries at SUNY–Buffalo, Penn, and Harvard before coming to Yale. As director of Yale's law library from 1981 to 1991, Cohen worked to modernize the library; its online search engine is named MORRIS in his honor. A scholar as well, Cohen published the landmark six-volume Bibliography of Early American Law in 1998.

Cyrus Hamlin '63PhD, professor emeritus of comparative literature and German and former chair of both departments, died in New Haven on January 19. He was 74. Hamlin taught at the University of Toronto for 12 years before returning to Yale in 1982, where he worked until his retirement in 2006. An expert on European Romanticism, Hamlin lectured internationally. While at home, he served as president of the Yale Elizabethan Club and ran the Stage-Talk forums at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre.  

The comment period has expired.