Yeshiva College • Stern College for Women • Sy Syms School of Business • Albert Einstein College of Medicine • BenjaminN. Cardozo School of Law • Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology • Wurzweiler School of Social Work • Bernard RevelGraduate School of Jewish Studies • Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration • affiliated Rabbi IsaacElchanan Theological Seminary / Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music / YU High Schools • Yeshiva University Museum
YESHIVAUNIVERSITY NEWS BRIEFS• NOVEMBER 20,2003
JUBILEE FAMILY DAY, THE FIRST EVENT IN THE
yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stern College for Women, took place Nov. 2 at ThePuck Building in Manhattan. More than 500 alum-ni, friends, staff and their children attended. Prizesranging from a vacation for two on St. Martin anda Sony laptop computer to Shabbat dinner for sixfrom Prestige Caterers and various sporting eventtickets were rafﬂed by
President Richard M. Joel
Marjorie Diener Blenden
Chairman of Stern’s Boardof Directors,
’64S, Dr. Monique C. KatzDean, event organizers
’87S, and Stern development director
. For information on forthcoming Jubileeevents, contact Joan Apple at 212-340-7863.
PRESIDENT JOEL HOSTED THE FIRST TWO TOWN
Hall meetings of his tenure at the Midtown andWilf Campuses on Nov. 4. The meetings inaugurat-ed a series to be held on all four YU campuses andin which the president will address major topicsand issues related to the university. The Town Halldiscussions focused on President Joel’s vision andallowed the audience, including students, faculty,and staff, to ask questions.
STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN WILL HOST A
shabbaton at the Midtown Campus this month:• Nov. 21-22, Michlelet Mevaseret YerushalayimIsrael Alumnae Reunion Shabbaton. Rabbi AlanHaber and Rabbi Baruch Felberman will reunitewith their former talmidot and will offer inspiringdivrei (words of) Torah and shiurim (Torah lec-tures) to the women during Shabbat. Programincludes a Tish on Friday night and a MelaveMalka on Saturday night.
PRESIDENT JOEL HELPED KICK OFF THE
recruiting season by speaking at the opening ses-sions of the Stern College for Women/Sy SymsSchool of Business Open House on Nov. 9 and theYeshiva College/Sy Syms School of Business OpenHouse on Nov. 16. The events attracted nearly 700prospective students and their families primarilyfrom the Tri-State area and as far away asCalifornia. Highlights of each Open House includ-ed presentations by the faculty of the S. DanielAbraham and the Jay & Jeanie SchottensteinHonors Programs along with sessions conducted byYU’s Israel Admissions Counselors, who ﬂew toNew York to speak with students interested in theS. Daniel Abraham Israel Program and to parents of students currently in the program.
KAREN BACON, DR. MONIQUE C. KATZ DEAN
at Stern College for Women, will be honored at the79th Annual Hanukkah Dinner with YU’s ﬁrst-everPresidential Medallion. The award recognizes DeanBacon for her dedication and contributions to theexcellence of Stern College and Yeshiva University.A 1964 graduate of Stern and former assistant pro-fessor of biology at Yeshiva College, she was nameddean in 1977.
THE 2003 YESHIVA COLLEGE BOOK PROJECT
host and a lecture by Tim O’Brien, author of this year’s featured text,
The Things They Carried,
a ﬁnalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize andthe National Book Critics Circle Award, onNov. 19, in Weissberg Commons, Wilf Campus.Mr. O’Brien spoke about his war experiencesand writings.
MARGARET GIBELMAN, DSW, PROFESSOR AND
doctoral program director at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, was awarded a research grant by theOfﬁce of Research Integrity at the US NationalInstitutes of Health. Dr. Gibelman is studyingwhether, and to what extent, universities educatestudents in the mental health disciplines in respon-sible research conduct. The research team includes
, PhD, assistant professor of psy-chology at Stern College;
, MD, associateprofessor of clinical psychiatry at Albert EinsteinCollege of Medicine, and
, a PhD studentat WSSW who is assisting in the research.
PENINNAH SCHRAM, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
of speech and drama at Stern College, wrote theforeword to the just-published work,
The Gerard Edery Sephardic Song Book
, which contains 40 musi-cal gems from the Sephardic oral tradition as wellas a CD. The book was co-published by TaraPublications and Sefarad Records. Professor Schramis author several books of her own, includingStories Within Stories: From the Jewish OralTradition.
EINSTEIN PROFESSOR OF NEUROLOGY
and his colleagues recently publisheda national research study describing a new screen-ing technique for migraine headaches. In the jour-nal Neurology, Dr. Lipton identiﬁed a simple three-question test, called ID Migraine, for use by pri-mary care internists and family physicians. Thethree questions are: Have your headaches causedyou to feel nauseated or sick to your stomach?Does light bother you when you have a headache?Have headaches limited you ability to work, study,or conduct daily activities for at least a full day?Dr. Lipton reports that if you answer yes to two of the three questions, there is a 93 percent probabili-ty that a headache specialist would diagnose youwith a migraine.
FOR THE EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR,
Yeshiva University ranks in the top tier of
US News& World Report’s
annual list of the nation’s top col-leges. More signiﬁcantly, YU rates with ColumbiaUniversity and New York University as among thetop three universities in the New York metro area.In the rankings’ most competitive category of theBest National Universities – Doctoral (top 50), YUplaced 40th, tying with Boston College and theUniversity of Illinois.
DR. RONALD BRESLOW, S.L. MITCHILL
Professor of Chemistry, Columbia University,delivered the Dr. Ira Kukin Lecture, “The Chemis-try-Biology Interface,” on November 12. Dr.Breslow received his undergraduate and graduatetraining at Harvard University, where he did hisPhD research. Dr. Breslow spent a year inCambridge, England as a postdoctoral fellow andjoined Columbia in 1956 as Instructor inChemistry. His research focuses on the design andsynthesis of new molecules with interesting proper-ties, and the study of these properties.
JOANNA MELLOR, DSW, WAS APPOINTED
assistant professor, Wurzweiler School of SocialWork. Her research interests include social welfarepolicy, education, administration, and gerontology.She taught at Hunter College School of SocialWork, CUNY, and was most recently vice presidentfor information services, Lighthouse International,a not-for-proﬁt organization offering resources onvision impairment and rehabilitation.
, PhD, and
, JD, previously asso-ciate professors at Wurzweiler, have become fullprofessors.
, MSW, former assistantdirector of ﬁeld instruction, is the new WSSWdirector of admissions, and
, MSW, hasassumed Ms. Bigman’s previous position.
MAC MADNESS, THE ANNUAL KICK-OFF OF THE
university’s winter sports season, featured the tradi-tional student-faculty basketball game at the MaxStern Athletic Center, Nov. 19. In addition to thegame and a rafﬂe, all Wilf and Midtown athleticteams were introduced.
RESEARCHERS AT EINSTEIN RECEIVED GRANTS
totaling $9.1 million toward researching cancer,aging, diabetes, and kidney disease in the comingyear. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH)awarded the grants to the following Einstein facul-ty members, who will each receive at least$500,000 to support their work:
,PhD, co-chair and professor of anatomy and struc-tural biology;
, MD, director of Einstein’sInstitute for Aging and Research and associate pro-