A former dean, but never a former nurse


Joining the staff of the university chaplain’s office is Asha Shipman, the office’s first Hindu life adviser. Shipman, who graduated from Mount Holyoke and received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Connecticut, grew up in a Hindu family in Connecticut and cofounded her temple’s Hindu Sunday School.

Jeremiah Quinlan ’03 will become Yale’s next dean of undergraduate admissions in July, succeeding Jeffrey Brenzel ’75. Quinlan went to work for the admissions office when he graduated. After leaving in 2008 to earn an MBA at Northwestern, he returned in 2010 as deputy dean. Since 2011, he has also served as dean of admissions and financial aid for Yale-NUS College.

The Yale Corporation, the university’s board of trustees, has chosen Margaret Marshall ’76JD as its senior fellow. Marshall, who joined the board for the second time last year when Fareed Zakaria ’86 resigned, is a former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, best known as the author of the 2003 decision that made same-sex marriage legal in that state.


For his work on the innate immune system, David W. Wallace Professor of Immunology Ruslan Medzhitov won the first-ever Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences from the National Institutes of Health in February. Chosen from more than 150 young scientists, Medzhitov was awarded $100,000.


Sterling Professor of Biology Emeritus Francis “Frank” Ruddle, 83, died on March 10 in New Haven. A pioneer in the field of genetics, Ruddle did research that led to the production of the transgenic mouse, an invaluable tool in genetic research. He joined the Yale faculty in 1961.

Merton Joseph Peck, the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor Emeritus of Economics, died on March 1. He was 87. Peck, an expert in industrial organization, came to Yale in 1963. He served as chair of the economics department and acting dean of the School of Management.

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