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Bonnie Collier

Law Librarian

Bonnie Collier was the librarian for American History at Sterling Memorial Library before becoming the Associate Director for Yale Law Library, and currently is the Director for the Yale Law School Oral History Project.

Ms. Collier’s interests include historical research and historiography, Connecticut history, women and the law, trends in publishing and libraries, nature and changes in scholarly communication.

She is passionate about running a program at Ingalls Rink to teach inner city kids from the Wexler-Grant school how to ice skate, and she would love help from Morse students!!!! Skaters or non-skaters needed !!!!! (Wednesdays at 2:30)

As a former competitive figure skater, she is happy to meet and talk with students juggling elite sports and academics.

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Connecting students to internships or other opportunities, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

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Steve Conn

Associate Athletics Director/Sports Publicity Director

Steve Conn, an associate athletics director and Yale’s Director of Sports Publicity, has worked in college athletics for 33 years, beginning with his undergraduate days at the University of Miami. He currently oversees the publicity of a 35-sport program that includes TV, radio, a digital broadcast network and

The primary media contact for the Yale football, hockey, lacrosse and heavyweight crew teams, Conn also serves as a member of the department’s senior staff. His role includes TV and radio broadcasting, writing and mentoring students, which he also does as a fellow and a freshmen advisor at Yale’s Morse College. In addition to the work on campus, he assists the NCAA media operations with championship events, and has worked Frozen Fours, Final Fours and lacrosse national championships.

Conn, a Woodbridge, Conn., resident whose introduction to college athletics was taking photos as a 14-year-old on the sidelines of Yale football games, enjoyed his initial foray into college football outside the Ivy League as a walk-on player at Miami in 1983.

The 1985 Miami graduate did an internship at the University of South Alabama the following year and found his way back to New Haven, where he earned his master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of New Haven in 1993.

Conn began his Yale career in 1986 as the assistant sports publicity director and took over that office in 1993.

Mr. Conn is happy writing features for media, creating photographs, and running sports statistics. 

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising

Stephen Darwall

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy

Stephen Darwall is the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale, many years after being a Morse frosh in 1964. He graduated as a Philosophy major after playing in the Band and managing the men’s swimming team. He went on to the University of Pittsburg for his Master’s in Philosophy and then taught at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until 1984. It was then on to the University of Michigan where Professor Darwall taught for 24 years, served as department chair for 8, and as Director of the Honors Program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. In 2008 he joined Yale. He is deeply interested in moral philosophy and its history, and is focused on questions around the nature of moral obligation and well-being.

Prof. Darwall is happy to have lunch or dinner with interested students.

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Career advising, Serving as a reader for students preparing CVs and job or fellowship applications

Wai Chee Dimock

Professor of English and American Studies

Originally from Hong Kong, Professor Dimock was a graduate student here from the late 1970s to the early 1980’s, and has been back as a Professor of English and American Studies since 1997.

Prof. Dimock teaches American literature, write film criticism for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and also devotes a fair amount of energy to an online teaching initiative called “American Literature in the World” –

If you’re interested in digital work, or publishing online, he is be happy to offer any help he can.

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

Kevin Discepolo

Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities, Operations, and Events at Yale University

Kevin Discepolo graduated from Yale (Morse Class of 2009) majoring in American Studies. As an undergraduate, he was also a member of the varsity lacrosse team. After Yale, Discepolo received a Master’s in Marketing from Durham University in the United Kingdom, as well as a Master’s in Sports Industry Management for Georgetown University. Prior to returning to New Haven in 2014, he worked for Scholastic, Inc. and the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.

In November of 2016, Discepolo became the proud caretaker of Yale’s mascot, Handsome Dan XVIII. Walter (as the bulldog is known around campus) and Discepolo can be frequently seen on daily walks through campus, or at many of the athletic competitions.

Daniel Edeza

Assistant Director of Admissions

Daniel Edeza is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale. He received a B.A. in History from Yale in 2010 and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011. Prior to joining Yale’s admissions office, Mr. Edeza spent a year teaching English at El Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City as a Fulbright Scholar and volunteered as a research assistant at Innovations for Poverty Action.

As a first-generation college graduate, his passion in college admissions lies in increased access for underrepresented populations and the dissemination of scholarship information to low-income students. He is an avid runner and enjoys discussing history, politics, social inequality and food. 

Mr. Edeza is an avid runner, enjoys discussing history, politics, social inequality and food. He is also interested in education (general), and travel. 

Connecting students to internships or other opportunities

Jeff Fuller

Musician, Composer, Educator

Jeff Fuller graduated from Yale College (’67) and received his master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music (’69). Since 1995, he has taught Jazz Composition and led two jazz ensembles at ACES-Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven. He teaches privately and leads the Premier Jazz Ensemble of the Neighborhood Music School, and has long been an integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes. Mr. Fuller has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras and has led ensembles in many jazz venues. He composes and arranges for the acclaimed salsa group, Irazú, and is co-leader of the popular New Haven-based group Sambeleza. He has received commissions from both the New Haven and the Hartford Symphony Orchestras and has twice received project grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. 

Mr. Fuller is well versed and active in aviation, sports, cycling, basketball , nature and the business of music.

Career advising

Steven Girvin

Deputy Provost and Professor of Physics

Steven Girvin holds a BS from Bates College (1971), an MS from the University of Maine, and MS and PhD from Princeton (1977). He is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics. He also has an administrative role as Deputy Provost for Science and Technology. 

Prof. Girvin spends time on quantum computation, quantum information processing, atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics theory.

Computer science majors interested in Silicon Valley should talk to him about Palantir Technologies.

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen

Jake Halpern

Author, journalist, and radio producer

Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal’s “Best Books of the Year.”  His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR’s All Things Considered and portions of  the book were published in both the New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly.  Jake’s most recent nonfiction book, Bad Paper (2014), was excerpted as a cover story for the New York Times Magazine. It was chosen as an Amazon “Book of the Year” and was a New York Times best seller.  Jake’s debut work of fiction, a young adult trilogy, Dormia, has been hailed by the American Library Association’s Booklist as a worthy heir to the Harry Potter series.  His most recent young adult novel, Nightfall (2015), was a New York Times best seller.  As a journalist, Jake has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Slate, Smithsonian, Entertainment Weekly, Outside, New York Magazine, and other publications.  In the realm of radio, Jake is a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life.  Jake’s hour-long radio story, “Switched at Birth,” is on This American Life’s ”short list” as one of its top eight shows of all time.  Last, but not least, Jake is a fellow of Morse College at Yale University, where he teaches a class on journalism.  He recently returned from India where he was visiting as a Fulbright Scholar.  

Howard S. Hochster

Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) - Physician and oncologist

Howard Hochster, a Morse graduate 1976, holds a BS and MS Yale College and Chemistry Grad School 1976 and an MD from Yale Med School 1980. He practiced at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Internal Medicine 1980-83, had a Hematology and Oncology Fellowship 1983-87, was faculty for NYU School of Medicine 1987-2010 and is currently Associate Director Yale Cancer Center since 2010.
Dr Hochster’s academic interests include cancer drug discovery and clinical trials, clinical pharmacology.
 He is national chair of NCI Cooperative Group GI Cancer committee (SWOG.)

Dr. Hochster is married to B. Rifkin PhD 1979 and they have two children: daughter, Alexandra (pediatric dentist) and son Eitan (currently joint degree candidate at FES and SOM class of ‘16)

He is an avid marathon runner (23 marathons completed) and long distance cyclist.

Advising and mentoring for upperclassmen, Connecting students to internships or other opportunities