Marvin Chun — Yale’s Future

LC: I think in these opening assembly speeches that I watched, you always used something along the phrase of “My job is partially to maintain Yale as the research institution most dedicated to teaching and learning.”
MC: Right, that’s President Salovey’s quote.
LC: That sounds like a noble goal. I am wondering, in addition, what your vision is for Yale and what people have to look forward to in the next 5-10 years, what my girlfriend’s little brother might have to look forward to...

Marvin Chun — Athletes on Campus

LC: In a YDN piece last year, they looked at what they called “plus factors” in admissions, and I know that athletics and admissions are not strictly your area, but the data in the piece suggested that the student body is split on how recruited athletes should be treated in admissions. I am wondering what your view of the role of varsity athletes is on campus and what you might say to someone who is skeptical about the recruiting practices...

Marvin Chun — Being a Psychologist Dean

LC: In your addresses to students during the opening assembly for new first-years, you always seem to address some aspect of psychology, whether the drawbacks of multitasking, confirmation bias, or how diverse perspectives benefit teamwork. I’m wondering if that same psychological mindset affects how you approach being a Dean, either in terms of how you manage your tasks but also how you view the job of shaping students’ minds...

Marvin Chun — Bio

Marvin Chun’s interest in psychology started in high school searching for self-help motivation. High school was very difficult for Chun, moving back to South Korea for his father’s job after being raised in California. Not only are Korean schools very different from (and harder than) American schools, Chun did not speak Korean at the time. One day he found an introductory psychology book lying around the house and began reading...

Joan Steitz–Writing the Book on Women in Academic Science and Engineering

LC: You’ve also worked with the National Academies to research the role of gender in scientific research.  JS: Right, that was a one time appointment to the committee that wrote the book on women in science. The committee was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences and Donna Shalala, who’d been the HHS head secretary… Continue reading Joan Steitz–Writing the Book on Women in Academic Science and Engineering

Joan Steitz — Early RNA Work in the Watson Lab

Dr. James Watson came and gave a talk at Fred Hutch a couple years ago and said something about how genome sequencing technology is great, but that the future of cancer research and other research is in understanding the translational process beyond just mapping mutations. But obviously Dr. Watson is famous for his DNA research. What attracted you to RNA, coming from his lab?