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Dean of undergraduate admissions Jeffrey Brenzel ’75 has been appointed master of Timothy Dwight College. View full image


Dean of undergraduate admissions Jeffrey Brenzel ’75 has been appointed master of Timothy Dwight College, succeeding longtime master Robert Farris Thompson ’55, ’65PhD. (For more on “Master T,” see “Professor of Mambo.”) Brenzel, who was previously the executive director of the Association of Yale Alumni, holds a PhD in philosophy from Notre Dame. He will continue in his admissions post.

President Obama has nominated Susan Carney, the university’s deputy general counsel, to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Carney, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, worked in private practice before joining the general counsel’s office in 1998.



James Rothman ’71, chair of Yale’s cell biology department, has won the 2010 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for his discoveries on the molecular workings of neurotransmitters. Rothman shares the $1 million prize with Thomas Südhof of Stanford and Richard Scheller of Genentech.



Francisco Cigarroa ’79 is already running the 200,000-student University of Texas system; for the next six years, he’ll also spend part of his time running his alma mater as a fellow of the Yale Corporation, the university’s board of trustees. Cigarroa, a pediatric transplant surgeon, was chosen by alumni in an election that also included health-care consultant Susanna E. Krentz ’80 and biotechnology entrepreneur David B. Singer ’84.



Martin Price, Sterling Professor Emeritus of English, died on April 10. He was 90 years old. Price was a distinguished scholar of British literature; his book Forms of Life is a seminal text in the study of the novel, and his book To the Palace of Wisdom is a classic piece of scholarship on eighteenth-century English literature. Former Yale College dean Richard Brodhead ’68, ’72PhD, said that Price “inspired—and daunted—generations of students with the example of his finely discriminating sensitivity, his continual precision of phrase, and his breadth of cultural knowledge and curiosity.” 

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