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22 September 2005

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In this issue: news from and about Yale



FrankfurtReminder: Frankfurt
get-together tomorrow

The Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be at 7:30 p.m. this Friday evening, September 23, in the Fidelio Weinkeller (Bockenheimer Landstraße 1-3, tel. 069 725758), a short walk from the U-Bahn’s Taunusanlage station (one stop from Frankfurt Hauptbanhof) or the Alte Oper. No RSVP necessary! Just come for a drink — and something to eat if you’re hungry — with Yale friends new and old. Questions? E-mail Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88).





A warm welcome to two new members of the Yale Club of Germany that we’ve learned about since the last newsletter:

  • Friedrich Bulst (Yale Law School ’03), who recently moved to Düsseldorf. Friedrich writes: “After attending one or two Yale Club of Germany events in Hamburg, I was wondering whether there are enough Yalies in Düsseldorf to establish a chapter here. If so, I would be prepared to take the initiative!” If you live in the Düsseldorf area, or often travel there, why not get in touch with Friedrich and say hello? You can e-mail him by clicking here.
  • Benjamin Krinsky (Yale College ’05, Calhoun), who recently arrived in Leipzig to study evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.



Volunteers needed for upcoming
College Day fairs in Munich, Berlin

Yale ShieldThe director of our Yale Club’s Alumni Schools Committee, David MacBryde (Yale College ’64), writes with news that Yale will have a booths at each of two upcoming college fairs — one in Munich on Monday 17 October, the other in Berlin on Wednesday 19 October — and we’re looking for volunteers to staff these booths. Normally Diana Cooke from Yale’s Undergraduate Admissions Office flies in for these annual fairs, but this year she won’t be able to.

There will be a packet of information sent directly to the fairs from Yale, and it’s not necessary that you be an expert in admissions; most applicants will get their information on Yale from its website. The main thing is just to be a personal point of contact that can answer basic questions and direct people to additional resources. As David says, “I have done this in Berlin a couple of times. You get to meet other representatives from a bunch of colleges, and interested German students. Often German students are interested in graduate programs, which are beyond my [personal] experience — but with that limitation, it can still be an interesting time.”

If you’re interested in helping out, please send David an e-mail. You can also learn more about the two college fairs at the website of CollegeCouncil GmbH, which is organizing them as part of a European tour for admissions officers from American colleges and universities (when you log in, use the user name exhibitor and the password cd2005). In addition, there are some excellent general guidelines on assisting in college fairs at Yale’s Alumni Schools Committee website.



Swensen & team have done it again:
Yale’s endowment passes $15 billion

David SwensenThose who read the cover story in the Yale Alumni Magazine’s July/August issue about the University’s endowment and its stewardship under chief investment officer David Swensen (Yale Graduate School ’80, pictured) and his team will be glad to know that they’ve done it again. The University announced on Monday that, during the fiscal year that ended June 30, Yale’s endowment achieved a return of 22.3%, growing from $12.7 billion to $15.2 billion.

Spending from the endowment in Yale’s current fiscal year is expected to total $610 million towards an operating budget of about $1.8 billion. The endowment’s contribution equals approximately 31% of the University’s revenues, and is Yale’s single largest source of support. The share of the operating budget provided by the endowment has more than doubled in the past decade.

No other Ivy League school has yet released its endowment return figures for this year, but Yale’s rate of return tends to be at or near the top of its class. The University consistently ranked in the top one percent of institutional funds during the past decade, with an average return of 17.4%. Yale’s is the 2nd-largest university endowment in the world, after that of Harvard University (a school near Boston, Massachusetts).

For the complete Yale press release on this story, click here; for the Yale Daily News article, click here.

Sources: Yale University of Public Affairs, Yale Daily News.



School of Architecture students build
New Haven’s first solar-powered home

First-Year Building ProjectA dedication ceremony and open house will be held today at 590 Orchard Street in New Haven, where students at the Yale School of Architecture have constructed the first home in New Haven to use solar photovoltaic panels for producing electricity.

Each year, students at Yale build a house for a family of low or moderate income. Called the First-Year Building Project, the program offers beginning architecture students a unique experience in design and construction, as well as the opportunity to deal with such challenges as budget constraints, client needs, neighborhood context and environmental sustainability. The required program, often cited by students as their reason for attending Yale’s prestigious architecture school, is now in its 39th year.

The Building Project is a competition. Teams of students devise models for an affordable single-family home of 1,500 square feet that will rise on a specific site in New Haven. The client for the project is Neighboring Housing Services, which makes the completed house available at low cost to first-time homeowners. A jury composed of Yale faculty and representatives of the housing service choose the winning design, and students construct the house themselves.

2005 Project:  Computer ProjectionThis year the five teams of ten students had a new challenge: to incorporate a cutting-edge, solar-powered energy system into their designs. The winning design incorporates the 16 roof-mounted solar panels in a way that makes them invisible from the street and from almost any angle on the ground, a feature that favorably impressed the judges. The panels provide about 50% of the electricity needed by an average family.

The site chosen for this year’s Building Project is a residential neighborhood between Whalley and Dixwell avenues. Students had to balance their contemporary architectural vision with the traditional character of the neighborhood. The result is a clapboard-sided two-story house that, while incorporating many modern architectural elements, manages to blend in unobtrusively with the single-family homes on the block that date from the beginning of the 20th century.

“I was interested in a school that actually values building,” says Gabrielle Brainard, a first-year student, who cited the First-Year Building Project as a big reason she chose Yale. “It really was a good educational experience.”

For the complete Yale press release on this story, click here; for details on this year’s First-Year Building Project, including photos of construction and models of all the competing entries, click here.

Source: Yale University Office of Public Affairs



Yale, U. of Cologne researchers release
study on weight-regulating neurons

Tamas HorvathA small part of the brain may be responsible for that urge to heap on another scoop of ice cream, according to a study conducted by a team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and the University of Cologne. The study was published in the September 11 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

An international team led by neurobiology professor Tamas Horvath (photo), chair of comparative medicine at Yale, identified two adjacent regions in the brain mandatory for hunger regulation. The study found that one region suppresses appetite while the other promotes it. Horvath’s senior collaborator in the study was Dr. Jens Bruening of the University of Cologne.

It is generally thought that a complex system of hormones, neurons and proteins are responsible for the regulation of hunger. The results of this study suggest these specific neuronal regions play an extremely important role in the entire process, Horvath said.

“Our results confirm the hypothesis that these two systems are critical for eating and the cessation of eating,” said Horvath. Explaining the significance of the finding, Horvath said, “It is important to ensure that the multibillion-dollar academic and pharmaceutical approach against metabolic disorders is leaning in the right direction. The approach in general could also eventually lead to specific destruction of cells in other kinds of diseases.”

For the complete Yale press release on this story, click here; for the Yale Daily News article, click here.

Sources: Yale University of Public Affairs, Yale Daily News.



Yale Club of Germany

David Ilten (Yale College ’60)
Tel. 069 622680 (Frankfurt)

Alumni Schools Committee Chairman

David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625 (Berlin)

Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88)
Tel. 06198 501700 (Eppstein)

Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (Wiesbaden)

  • If you want to check in with the Yale Club of Germany to let us know you’re here (hooray!) or that you’re leaving (sob!), or if you need to change your e-mail address or other contact information, please let Laura know. She can also help you connect to other members of the Yale family in your area.
  • If you’re interested in interviewing high school students in your area who are applying to Yale, please let David (MacBryde) know. He can always, always use more interviewers.
  • If you’re interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, please let David (Ilten) know.
  • If you have anything to contribute to the newsletter — flea-market classifieds, news on what you’re doing these days, etc. — please send it to Bob. He would love to hear from you. Thanks!

Membership and contributions: If you are an alumnus of any Yale school or a friend of Yale, you are automatically considered a member of the Yale Club of Germany! The Club does not assess dues, but asks its members to make an modest annual contribution (€20 suggested, but any amount is welcome) to help defray clerical expenses and to fund Club activities such as the Yale Book Award. To contribute, please arrange a bank transfer (Überweisung) to the Yale Club’s account. (For those of you new to Germany, a bank transfer is the standard method for making payments here — as common in Germany as writing a check in the U.S.) Account details:


Bank (Kreditinstitut des Begünstigten):

Degussa Bank, Frankfurt


Bank Number (Bankleitzahl, or BLZ):



Payee (Begünstigten):

Yale Club e.V.


Payee’s Account Number
(Konto-Nr. des Begünstigten):

22 1278

If you have questions or need a receipt for the Finanzamt, please contact our Treasurer, David MacBryde (contact details above).