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Leonard K. Kaczmarek

Professor of Pharmacology and Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Len Kaczmarek is a Professor of Pharmacology and Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine. He carried out his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of London and carried out research at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and the California Institute of Technology before joining the Yale faculty in 1981.He served as Chairman of the Yale Department of Pharmacology from 1989 to 1998. Professor Kaczmarek’s laboratory studies the biochemical changes that occur within neurons to produce prolonged changes in the behavior of an animal. In particular, his group discovered the genes for many of the ion channel proteins that are directly responsible for the electrical excitability of nerve cells. He is currently investigating the way mutations in these proteins in humans are responsible for several forms of intellectual disability and autism. Prof. Kaczmarek has authored or edited several books, and is co-author of the textbook “The Neuron”. 

Prof. Kaczmarek plays guitar in several music groups, including the :”Cellmates” a Yale based rock band, specializing in the “bio-rock” genre, as well as in two jazz ensembles. 

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Henry Kasha

Physicist, MSc,DSc

Henry Kasha was born and educated in Warsaw through WWII until 1950. He received his MSc from Hebrew University Jerusalem in 1954, did his research at Imperial College London from ‘57-‘59 and became a DSc in ‘60 via Tecnnion Haifa where he remained to teach for 2 years before going to Paris to conduct research at Brookhaven National Lab. Professor Kasha left Paris in ‘70 for Yale as a Senior Research Physicist and Lecturer until 2004. He worked from ‘73-73 at CERN and in ‘90 at the Superconduction Supercollider Lab in Texas.

Prof. Kasha’s interests include experimental elementary particle physics and astrophysics, high energy accelerators as well as European history and military history.

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David L. Katz

Director, Prevention Research Center

David Katz is the founding (1998) director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College in three years in 1984, his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in ‘88, and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health in ‘93. He is a two-time diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a board-certified specialist in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, and a clinical instructor in medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. He has published roughly 200 scientific papers and chapters, more than a thousand columns, and authored 15 books to date.

Dr. Katz is into health promotion, equestrian pursuits, creative writing, philosophy, carpentry, inventing, skiing, and journalism.

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Frank Keil


Frank Keil, former Master of Morse College, came to Yale after 21 years at Cornell University. He has been on the faculty in the Psychology department since 1998. Currently he is the Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Psychology and is the Chair of the department. After his BS at MIT in 1973, he went on to get his MA from Stanford in ‘75 and PhD in Psychology from University of Pennsylvania in ‘77. Professor Keil teaches an undergraduate lecture course in Developmental Psychology as well as undergraduate seminars in various topics in Cognitive Science. His recent work focuses on how children and adults grasp the causal structure of the world around them and how they cope with explanatory gaps.

Prof. Keil pursues cognitive science, science education, cognitive development, concepts and conceptual change. He also enjoys a lifelong interest in all aspects of sailing.

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Cate Kellett

Catalog and Government Documents Librarian

Ms. Kellett graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a B.A. in Spanish, History, and Latin American Studies. She earned her M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from SUNY Albany in 2007. She then went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010 with a JD/M.A. in Library and Information Science. Currently she works as a Catalog and Government Documents Librarian at Yale Law School.  

Ms. Kellett is interested in Native American Law and yoga.

Anthony Koleske

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Anthony J. Koleske studies the biochemical mechanisms that control changes in cell shape and movement, with a specific interest in cells in the brain called neurons. He joined the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1998 and has a joint appointment in the Department of Neurobiology. Dr. Koleske really enjoys teaching the first module (Biol 101) in the introductory Biology series. He is married to Ruth Koleske, a mathematics instructor, and they have 16 year old twins Ben and Emily. 

Dr. Koleske was the director of admission for our PhD program in MB&B for nearly 10 years and has just begun as the Director of our Combined PhD program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

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Jennifer Kowitt

Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut

Jennifer Kowitt graduated from Yale in 2004, and proceeded to work in museum education at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and the Brooklyn Museum. She received her MA in History of Art from the University of Bristol, Bristol, England in 2008, and is currently a doctoral student in the special education program (Department of Educational Psychology) at the University of Connecticut, where her research interests include using museums to teach cognitive and social skills to people of all ages with a range of disabilities. Ms. Kowitt continues teaching adults with cognitive and social disabilities at YCBA.

Ms. Kowitt enjoys History of Art, and Special Education – especially transition, autism, and postsecondary education for students with disabilities.

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Ingraham Marshall


Ingram Marshall, composer, lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1973 to 1985 and in Washington State, where he taught at Evergreen State College, until 1989. His current base is Connecticut where he has been on the Yale composition faculty since 2003.

He studied at Columbia University and California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A., and has been a student of Indonesian gamelan music, the influence of which may be heard in the slowed-down sense of time and use of melodic repetition found in many of his pieces. In the mid-seventies he developed a series of “live electronic” pieces such as Fragility Cycles, Gradual Requiem, and Alcatraz in which he blended tape collages, extended vocal techniques, Indonesian flutes, and keyboards. He performed widely in the United States and Europe with these works. In recent years he has concentrated on music combining tape and electronic processing with ensembles and soloists.

Mr. Marshall can be found deep in music composition, writing on music, or deep in the woods foraging for mushrooms.

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Scott J. Miller

Irénée duPont Professor of Chemistry

Scott Miller received his B.A. (1989), M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1994) from Harvard University, where he worked as a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. Subsequently, he traveled to the California Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Robert Grubbs until 1996. For the following decade, Professor Miller was a member of the faculty at Boston College, until joining the faculty at Yale University in 2006. In 2008, he was appointed as the Irénée duPont Professor of Chemistry, and in 2009, the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department.

Prof. Miller is fascinated by most things, but perhaps, especially those that are considered scientific.

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Dan Oren

Psychiatry, Associate Professor Adjunct

Dan Oren graduated from Yale College, specifically, Morse College, as a chemistry major. He continued at Yale in the med school and psychiatry residency training. He went on to do a fellowship at the US National Institute of Mental Health, and returned to Yale to spend 6 years as full time medical faculty and is now on the adjunct faculty. His current research is the study of humoral phototransduction and how light affects human and animal biology, and winter seasonal depression. Well published, Dr. Oren also wrote Joining The Club, one of Yale’s Tercentennial history books. He is spending the 2014-15 academic year as a visiting professor in Poland, but should still be reachable by e-mail.

Dr. Oren loves Yale History, photobiology and photochemistry in animals, chronobiology, and psychiatry. He also welcomes conversation about careers in academic medicine.

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