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10 July 2006

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Get-together in Munich this Friday night

MunichThe next informal Stammtisch get-together of the Yale family in Munich will be at 7 p.m. this Friday evening, July 14. As our veteran Munich coordinator Alexander Schmitt-Glaeser (Yale Law School ’89) writes, “Time to meet again! The World Cup craze is over, disappointments cured, enthusiasm worn out in the office, an opportunity to bring US flags and apple pie and Klinsmann-for-Trainer buttons. Please feel free to haul along other Yalies and bring your spouses, since we are very generous in handing out honorary Yale degrees if convenient for social purposes!”

We’ll be meeting in the Max Emanuel Brauerei biergarten, Adalbertstraße 33 (click here for the restaurant’s website). Alexander has chosen this pleasant venue since it offers outdoor seating if the weather is nice and indoor seating if it isn’t.

The Max Emanuel Brauerei is within easy walking distance of Universität station (near the east end of Adalbertstraße) on the U3 or U6 lines, or the Schellingstraße stop on the N27 tram line (near the west end). For a scalable Google map showing the restaurant’s location that you can zoom in on for more detail, click here.

Strictly speaking, no sign-up necessary — but if you do know that you’re going to be coming, please let Alexander know by e-mail so that he’ll have a better idea of how big a table he should hold for us. Either way, come and meet friends new and old!




New venue for next Frankfurt stammtisch

Apple wineTo celebrate all the good weather we’ve been enjoying this summer (knock on wood), the Yale Club’s next 4th-Friday-of-the-month Stammtisch in Frankfurt will be held at a traditional outdoor Apfelweinkneipe — the Frankfurt equivalent of a beer garden that specializes in apple wine — in the city’s Sachsenhausen entertainment district. The time will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28.

We’ll be meeting in the popular Zur Germania restaurant, which dates from the early 1900s and has been run by the same family for four generations. The address is Textorstrasse 16,
Sachsenhausen, 60594 Frankfurt (click here for the restaurant’s website). This is an easy walk from the Frankfurt Süd Banhof, which is on the U1, U2, U3, S3, S4, S5 and S6 lines, among many others. For a scalable Google map showing the restaurant’s location that you can zoom in on for more detail, click here.

As with the Munich event, strictly speaking no sign-up necessary — but if you do know that you’re going to be coming, please let Laura Sudhaus (Yale College ’88) know by e-mail so that she’ll have a better idea of how big a table she should hold for us. Either way, come and meet friends new and old!




Possible Yale weekend in Dresden this
summer: how many of us are interested?

Apple wineSebastian Schmidt (Yale Graduate School ’09), a current PhD student in physics who is a native of Dresden, enjoys introducing his home town to visitors — and we’re exploring the idea of a “Yale Weekend in Dresden” this summer that would offer a special welcome to this historic city for members of the Yale family throughout Germany.

We’re looking to do this either the last weekend of August (26-27 August) or the first weekend of September (2-3 September), whichever seems best for the greatest number of people. The schedule for the weekend is still in the preliminary stages, and depends somewhat on how many people might be interested in attending. But basically the idea is that Sebastian would provide us with a walking tour of the city’s highlights, probably in a couple of segments over that Saturday and Sunday, with a pub visit or two and a special dinner for Yale Club visitors. We could also help with hotel recommendations or reservations.

Participants would be responsible for making their own way to and from Dresden. By train, Dresden is about 2¾ hours from Berlin, 4½ hours from Frankfurt or Hamburg, and 6¾ hours from Munich or Düsseldorf. By air, the time from Munich or Düsseldorf is about an hour, and Lufthansa has round-trip flights starting at less than €120, depending on your schedule and flexibility.

Children are welcome, as long as they don’t mind doing a lot of walking.

Of course, anyone participating in the “Yale Weekend” could use it as just a foundation to build their own extended visit/vacation with a longer stay. But since many of us have never visited Dresden, the basic idea of the weekend is to give us a personal introduction to the city with the friendly help of someone who knows the place well — and to have some fun meeting fellow members of the Yale family in Germany along the way!

If you think you might be interested in joining something like this, please let me (Bob Bonds ’71) know as soon as possible by e-mail. When you write, tell me how many people would probably be coming in your group, and advise whether either of the two weekends we’re considering (Aug. 26-27 or Sept. 2-3) would not be possible for you. There is no obligation at this point — we’re simply trying to gauge how much interest there is, and which weekend might be better.

We’re hoping to make a decision on this by next Monday, July 17. So if you’re interested, please let me hear from you quickly! Thanks.




Young Yale chemist meets with
Nobel laureates in Lindau, Germany

Yale chemistry team

Joe Roscioli (in red shirt) with Yale graduate student colleagues Eric Diken and Joseph Bopp and their advisor, Mark Johnson, who holds a model of water molecules. (Photo courtesy of Yale Office of Public Affairs.)


Chemistry researcher Joe Roscioli (Yale Graduate School ’09) was one of 20 outstanding students selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to attend the 56th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students last week in Lindau, Germany.

Since 1951, the Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, physiology and medicine have convened in Lindau every year to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. The event traditionally rotates by discipline each year, and this year’s meeting, held June 25–30, focused on chemistry. More than 400 international students participated.

Roscioli is completing his third year as a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, conducting his Ph.D. thesis work on how water nanocrystals rearrange themselves on an atomic scale when they attach an extra electron. To accomplish this, he has developed new laser methods that enable him to trap each step of the rearrangement process for structural identification.

“The big news about Joe’s work is that only one water molecule is present at the important trapping site in the most stable configuration — a conclusion that still confounds our theoretical colleagues,” said his thesis advisor, Mark Johnson, the Arthur T. Kemp Professor of Chemistry. “He will likely spend the next months looking at the onset of melting in these clusters of water by following their migration within the tiny structures.”

For the full press release on this story from Yale’s Office of Public Affairs, click here; for the website of this year’s Lindau meeting, click here.




Yale breaks ground for new art building

New art building

An artist’s model of the new art building designed by Charles Gwathmey, as seen from York Street. The original A & A Building designed by Paul Rudolph is on the left, with the Yale Daily News building on the right.


Last week Yale held ground-breaking for a new 7-story building adjacent to the Art & Architecture Building which will house the History of Art Department and an expansion of the art and architecture library. The new building, designed by the New York firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates under the watchful eye of veteran modernist Charles Gwathmey (Yale School of Architecture ’62), is scheduled to open at the end of summer 2008.

Part of the project includes a complete renovation of the original A & A Building, designed by Paul Rudolph, which is now 43 years old. This landmark building has been marred by a patchwork of repairs over the years, and the renovation will restore it to the purity of Rudolph’s original design concepts while improving amenities throughout. The two buildings will share a ventilation system, and a new bank of three large elevators will replace the two smaller ones that currently serve the A & A Building alone.

When the A & A Building first opened in 1963, it housed both the art and architecture graduate programs (the School of Architecture became formally separate in 1972). Both schools have grown since then, and the School of Art moved to its own large premises across Chapel Street in 2000. The upcoming A & A renovation will be able to reflect the building’s use solely for use by architecture students.

At the end of the upcoming school year — in about May 2007 — the School of Architecture will temporarily move to a new building currently under construction on Howe Street in order to leave the A & A Building empty for its year-long renovation. After the school moves back into the refurbished A & A in September 2008, the Howe Street building will house the Yale School of Art’s sculpture department, along with a public sculpture gallery, a parking garage, and street-level retail space.

For a copy of a recent New York Times article on the challenges facing Gwathmey and Yale in renovating the A & A Building, click here.



Yale Club of Germany

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

Treasurer/Alumni Schools Committee
David MacBryde (Yale College ’64)
Tel. 030 8229625 (Berlin)

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

Newsletter/Mailing List
Bob Bonds (Yale College ’71)
Tel. 06122 95590 (Wiesbaden)

Membership: 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. Welcome!

Mailing list: To add your name to the Yale Club’s mailing list, to change your address, or to notify the Club that you’re leaving Germany and should be removed from the list, please click here to let Laura and Bob know. You can also ask them who else is in your area, since they try to keep track of Yalies throughout Germany.

Interviews: The Yale Club is always looking for alumni to interview local high-school students who are applying to Yale College. If you would like to help out or learn more, please click here to e-mail our ASC director, David MacBryde.

Yale Book Award: If you interested in presenting the Yale Book Award at a high school in your area, click here to let David Ilten know.

Yale Club of Germany Prize: We are in the “quiet phase” of a long-term program to raise at least €20,000, with an eventual goal of €100,000, to endow this award for presentation to exceptional high school students in Germany who have been accepted to Yale. If you are interested in learning more about how you can contribute to this worthy effort, please click here to let David Ilten know.

Contributions: 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 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, this 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).