Faculty of arts and sciences

FAS scientists inspire next generation

FAS science faculty are engaging the next generation of scientists through their outreach efforts. Nilay Hazari (chemistry), along with a team of undergraduate students and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, launched a series of short videos explaining basic chemistry concepts, with the goal of making chemistry more accessible for students at Yale and beyond. Hazari was inspired by his online teaching experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, when he realized that many of the next generation of aspiring chemistry students were visual learners who sought out video resources. 

Priyamvada Natarajan (astronomy) and Malena Rice ’22PhD (astronomy) contributed to a new book entitled Astronomy as a Field: A Guide for Aspiring Astrophysicists, part of a series directed to potential young astronomers. Wendy Gilbert (molecular biophysics and biochemistry) has received numerous accolades for her efforts to make science more accessible. Most recently, she won the 2023 RNA Society award for inclusive leadership for her ongoing outstanding contributions to the training and professional development of scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. 

These are just a few of the many instances of FAS scientists opening doors by encouraging students to ask questions, tackle problems, and pursue curiosity wherever it might lead them.

A new home for psychology

The FAS department of psychology has a new home at 100 College Street. This move allows for closer connections among researchers studying the human mind. Also in this building are the Wu Tsai Institute, where FAS psychology faculty will work alongside colleagues from across the university to explore human cognition, and faculty from the YSM department of neuroscience. The department’s newly dedicated space invites collaboration among faculty, staff, and students, with interspersed spaces for labs, lounges, classrooms, common spaces, and conference rooms.   

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