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Libby Van Cleve

Oral History of American Music Archive

Libby Van Cleve is a scholar and performer with a specialty in contemporary American music. As Director of Yale’s Oral History of American Music Archive, she has conducted numerous interviews with major figures in American music. She is the author of the award-winning book and CD publication Composers’ Voices from Ives to Ellington, Yale University Press as well as various articles, program notes, and liner notes, which are often generated by material from her interviews. Complementing her work at OHAM, Ms. Van Cleve is recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary and chamber music for the oboe. She has recorded dozens of CDs and is author of Oboe Unbound: Contemporary Techniques, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

When not playing the oboe or interviewing composers, Libby enjoys gardening, hiking, taking zumba classes, and the challenge of raising a teenage daughter. She is actively involved at Yale’s St. Thomas More Chapel as musician and parishioner.

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Jack Vees

School of Music

Jack Vees is renowned as a performer and composer, at locations as varied as CBGB’s downtown New York scene and the Berlin Biennale Festival. His book The Book on Bass Harmonics has become the definitive technical text for bassists today. He has developed a distinctive musical style that combines rigorous formal thinking with the energy of rock and roll.

Eric Velazquez, MD

Cardiovascular MedicineEric J. Velazquez, MD, the Robert W. Berliner Professor of Medicine, serves as the chief for Cardiovascular Medicine for Yale School of Medicine, chief of Cardiovascular Medicine for Yale New Haven Hospital, and the Physician-in-Chief of the Heart and Vascular Center for Yale New Haven Health. Through these roles he coordinates a high-volume enterprise and an outstanding group of clinician-investigators, physician scientists, and staff who make important contributions across patient care, research and educational domains. He leads more than 150 faculty who focus on every area of cardiovascular medicine tapping into a broad array of tools, technologies, and expertise. Additionally, he is the Deputy Director at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Velazquez chose a career in cardiovascular medicine twenty-five years ago. Through key leadership positions, he has pursued clinical, research, and methodologic interests and facilitated multicenter clinical research programs and quality initiatives with substantive focus and impact on vulnerable and underserved populations at high medical risk and has honed the administrative skills required to implement challenging programs in diverse settings globally. Today, much of his research and clinical work focuses on the intersection between heart failure and coronary artery disease. As a clinical investigator, he has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and made major contributions in the design, development, and implementation of landmark clinical trials that have altered international guidelines and the treatment of patients with chronic heart failure. These programs have established the evidence for best practice standards, modified treatment guidelines, and have had a direct impact on the U.S. public health. A dedicated mentor, he has proudly guided numerous physician-scientists and allied health care professionals in building unique careers. In 2014, Velazquez was inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation; in 2019, he was inducted into the Association of University Cardiologists. Velazquez, a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Cuba, was born in New York City where he attended Regis High School. He graduated from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Psychology and then attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Velazquez did his internal medicine and cardiology training at Duke University including fellowships in clinical research and echocardiography and joined the Duke faculty as the first Greenfield Scholar of Cardiology in 2001 and was named a Professor of Medicine with Tenure in 2012. Prior to joining Yale in 2018, Velazquez held appointments at the Duke University School of Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Velazquez currently lives in New Haven with his spouse Maureen S. Velazquez, MBA. He is the proud father of Luc Tomas who is a rising 2nd year law student and Sofia who will begin graduate studies in Immunobiology this Fall at Yale. Email Eric Velazquez, MD

Dayal Veneeta

Linguistics

Veneeta Dayal is the Dorothy R. Diebold Professor of Linguistics at Yale University. She did her Masters and M.Phil in English Literature from Delhi University (India) and taught at Jamia Millia Islamia (India) from 1980-1983. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University in 1991. She taught at Rutgers University from 1990-2018 where she held the rank of Distinguished Professor of Linguistics.

Veneeta Dayal’s research focuses on the semantics of natural language, and its interface with syntax and pragmatics, typically from a cross-linguistic perspective. Her primary areas of language specialization are English and Hindi-Urdu. The topics she has worked on can be classified under four broad categories: Questions and relative clauses; Bare nominals and genericity; Free choice items, Clause structure and scope in Hindi-Urdu. She has published widely in leading journals in the field of linguistics: Linguistic Inquiry, Linguistics and Philosophy, Natural Language Semantics, and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, among others. She is the author of Locality in Wh Quantification (Kluwer Academic Publishers) and Questions (Oxford University Press) and a co-editor of Clause Structure in South Asian Languages (Kluwer Academic Publishers). She is now working on a manuscript exploring cross-linguistic variation in the morpho-syntactic expression of definiteness, indefiniteness and genericity: (In)definiteness and Genericity: A Cross-linguistic Perspective, to be published by Wiley-Blackwell. A related project, The Open Handbook of (In)definiteness: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Interpreting Bare Arguments is under contract with MIT Open Handbooks in Linguistics. Another manuscript, Scope-taking in Questions, is slated for publication in Linguistic Inquiry Monographs. Other current projects include the relationship between clausal subordination and speech acts, the expression of epistemic uncertainty in different types of noun phrases, and the syntax and semantics of question particles.

At Rutgers, Veneeta Dayal served as the founding director of the South Asian Studies Program, Graduate Program Director of Linguistics, Undergraduate Program Director of Linguistics, Department Chair of Linguistics and Acting Dean of Humanities. She is an associate editor for the journal Linguistics and Philosophy and is on the editorial board of a number of other journals. 

Veneeta Dayal has been the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant, a Fulbright Senior Research Award, a Senior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies and a Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship. She was awarded the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in 2017 by Rutgers Graduate School, New Brunswick.

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Thomas Veness

PhysicsEmail Thomas Veness

Paul Vermeal

Yale HospitalityEmail Paul Vermeal

Sten Vermund

Dean, Yale School of Public HealthSten H. Vermund, MD, PhD, is Dean of the Yale School of Public Health, the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Vermund is a pediatrician and infectious disease epidemiologist focused on diseases of low and middle income countries, and on health disparities in the U.S. His work on HIV-HPV interactions among women in a Bronx methadone program motivated a change in the 1993 CDC AIDS case surveillance definition and inspired cervical cancer screening programs launched within global HIV/AIDS programs. His research has focused on health care access, adolescent medicine, prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission, and reproductive health. Following his human biology studies at Stanford University, Dr. Vermund received his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his pediatrics training at Columbia’s Babies Hospital. He then completing a master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a diploma from the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, a Mellon Foundation fellowship in clinical epidemiology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University. Dr. Vermund is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the AAAS. Author of 560 papers and chapters, nearly all with his students and colleagues, he ranks among the top US academics for NIH grant resources over his career. He has founded two non-governmental organizations: Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and Friends in Global Health in Mozambique and Nigeria. Dr. Vermund has been recognized with the NIAID/NIH/PHS/DHHS Meritorious Service Award, the DHHS Public Health Service Superior Service Award, the Richardson Award for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Care Research, the Velji Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in Global Health, the Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He serves on several editorial boards including the JAIDS, AIDS, JIAS, PLOS ONE, and Transactions of the RSTMH and is on multiple international and U.S. advisory committees. Prior to joining Yale in 2017, Dr. Vermund was the Amos Christie Chair in Global Health and Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. He founded and directed the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health and served as Vanderbilt’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Vice President for Global Health for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Email Sten Vermund

John Wa'Njogu

African Studies

John Wa’Njogu’s interests include foreign language curriculum development, teaching methodology, material development, and assessment. Other areas of interest are language planning, language and democracy, ethnicity, Kiswahili and other African literatures and literary criticism.

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John Wargo

School of Forestry and Environmental StudiesJohn Wargo is a Professor of Environmental Health and Politics at the Yale School of the Environment and Chair of the Yale College Environmental Studies Major and Program. His research explores threats to human health posed by environmental hazards, including exposures to pesticides, vehicle emissions, toxins in foods, plastics, flame-retardants, metals, and chemicals released outdoors and indoors. His current research examines environmental and health challenges associated with the global food system. He has advised many government agencies including the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the US EPA, CDC, FDA, USDA to assist in the development in risk assessments and regulatory programs. He teaches courses in Yale College, and YSE, and holds a visiting faculty appointment at the University of Basel in Switzerland. From 2016-2020 he was a Resident Fellow in Trumbull College. Email John Wargo

Marta Wells

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Marta Wells, originally from Colombia, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale, and a Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Connecticut. She came to Yale in 1997, and has been teaching and advising students since.  Among the courses she has taught are: Biology of Terrestrial Arthropods, Laboratory for Biology of Terrestrial Arthropods, Animal Behavior, Introduction to Biology, Diversity of Life, Laboratory for Evolutionary Biology, Laboratory for Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Laboratory on Evolution, Functional Traits, and The Tree of Life.

In addition to teaching, Marta is an Academic Advisor for undergraduate students in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department, Mellon-Bouchet Fellows, and a sophomore advisor. In addition, she advises students doing their research and tutorial courses and does all the corresponding administrative work, as wells as organizing and running the E&EB Undergraduate Senior Symposium every year.

Marta’s research interests are with insects, using green lacewings as model systems to investigate topics in Evolution, species origins, behavior, acoustic signals, and phylogenetic systematics.

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Tamar Wells

Musician

Tamar Wells is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Borealis Wind Quintet and the principal oboist of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. She is also well acquainted with the underside of her sea kayak as she and her husband, Rich, work toward their BCU level 3 kayak certification, a piece of which requires their skill of rolling to be at least rudimentary.  They enjoy ballroom dancing, and taking lessons in “how not to be embarrassed on the dance floor.”

In the interest of communication with new Brazilian in-laws, Tamar is attempting to learn Portuguese, which she finds delightful!

They divide their time between Northwest CT and the coast of RI.

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Eli Westerman

Summer SessionEli may be relatively new as a Trumbull Fellow, but he’s a seasoned member of the Yale community. He earned his B.S in Chemical Engineering and Classical Civilization from Yale in 2018 and was proud to serve as a Trumbull FroCo. As the Communications Manager at Yale Summer Session, he runs campus outreach, manages the advertising campaigns, and develops collateral materials. An avid hiker, he has planted a foot atop every 5,000-foot peak in New Hampshire and is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder. He also enjoys learning about New Haven’s history, exploring New England, and cooking. Email Eli Westerman

Paul Whitmore

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R. John Williams

English

John William’s research and teaching focuses on the intersections between international histories of technological innovation and the perceived difference of racial and cultural otherness.  His current book project, “Technology and the Meeting of East and West,” examines the role of technological discourse in representations of Asian/American aesthetics in late-nineteenth and twentieth century film and literature. He argues that insofar as Anglo American modernism based its aesthetic innovations on a range of new technologies, it did so by throwing into question the relation of these technologies to the cultural traditions from which it seemed to break. It is from this vantage that Asia signaled both the perilous transnationalization of Western technologies as well as an especially therapeutic and non-alienated relation between technê and the environment.

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Brendan Woo

Yale School of Management

Brendan Woo is assistant director of Asia program operations in the executive education department at the Yale School of Management. In this role, he leads the delivery of Yale’s non-degree programs for Chinese business leaders, both in New Haven and in China. He is also responsible for recruiting and managing the executive education student workforce. Prior to Yale SOM, Brendan had a seven-year tenure with the Yale-China Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring Chinese and Americans to learn and serve together, where he worked in a variety of teaching, recruiting, coaching, development, and strategic roles in New Haven as well as Hong Kong and Anhui Province, China. He holds a BA in linguistics from Yale University, where he was a member of the varsity swimming team and the Guild of Carillonneurs.

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Amy Wrzesniewski

School of Mangement

I’m a professor at the Yale School of Management, where I’m an organizational psychologist studying the meaning of work. In short, I’m fascinated by what makes work meaningful or alienating, as it is the domain of life that gets most of our waking time. I’ve been at Yale for 11 years, and live in New Haven with my husband, two kids, dog, two cats, goldfish, and six chickens. When I’m not working on data or manuscripts, I’m serving on boards or advising students.

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Jonathan Wyrtzen

Sociology

Jonathan Wyrtzen is a comparative-historical sociologist with teaching and research interests in North African society and politics. He works on the areas of state formation and non-state forms of political organization; colonialism and empire; ethnicity and nationalism; urban and rural contentious politics; and Islamic social movements. He has recently completed a book manuscript titled, Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity, that examines the relationships among European imperial expansion, colonial policies of modernization and state formation, and the rise of Arabo-Islamic nationalism in North Africa in the mid-20th century. This study also explores the central roles of three marginal groups – Imazighen (Berbers), Jews, and women - in defining Moroccan identity during the mobilization of anti-colonial nationalism. He is beginning a comparative project examing the transformation of political space in the North Africa and the Middle East in the 1920s, looking at movements defending local autonomy in Morocco, Libya, Syria, Anatolia, and the Arabian Peninsula.

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Susan Yankee-Dillner

Voice

Susan Yankee-Dillner performed the Mezzo-soprano repertoire across the country, including two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall and soloist in the Mozart in Mass Series at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and the New York City Opera National Company. Ms. Yankee is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music and the Yale School of Music.

Ms. Yankee is a (3) three times National Endowment of the Arts grant recipient for her creation of interactive educational operas for children based on popular fairytales to the music of classical opera composers. Each opera has a civic-minded topic; youth smoking prevention, recycling, and healthy eating and exercise. She is the past Artistic Director of Shreveport Opera’s Young Artist Program. Ms. Yankee has been on the faculty of many young artist programs and makes it her mission to guide young performers in a successful career in the arts.

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Joliana Yee

Assistant Dean, Director Asian American Cultural Center

Joliana Yee’s tenure as Director of the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale began in January 2018. Prior to joining the AACC staff, Dean Yee served as a Residence Hall Director at the University of Connecticut for four years where she worked closely with campus partners to create an inclusive and equitable living and learning environment. Dean Yee’s dedication to serving Asian/Asian American students and striving for social justice stems from her re-racialization experiences as an Asian international undergraduate student at Miami University over a decade ago. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dean Yee is a first-generation college student who earned her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Miami University. Dean Yee is also currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation focuses on highlighting student affairs practice that cultivates the critical consciousness development of Asian/Asian American college students.

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Calvin Yu

Center for International and Professional ExperienceCalvin is Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE), and the Director of the Yale Visiting International Student Program. He supports the academic mission of Yale University with evidence-informed decision making, data analytics, and outcomes assessment. He previously served as an administrator with the United Nations University, a diplomat in the US State Department, and is an Army veteran. His professional postings have included Liberia, Germany, Afghanistan, and China.Email Calvin Yu