Morse College is a vibrant community. We would love to count you among us. The Fellows meet a few times per semester at the Head of College’s house, to interact with friends from all parts of the University and from the broader community. Many play the role of Advisor for a student or two. We extend invitations to student functions such as performances and college-wide social events, welcome participation at intramural sports, provide dining privileges in the college at lunch or dinner, all so you can meet with students, faculty and friends. Please join us - we welcome you!
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Wendell Bell served three years as a naval aviator with a tour of duty in the Philippines during World War II.
After receiving his PhD from UCLA, he taught at Stanford, Northwestern, and then UCLA where he directed the West Indies Study Program, he joined the Yale faculty and was appointed a Fellow of Morse College in 1963. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology, co-founded the Program of African American Studies, and directed the Comparative Sociology Training Program. He retired in 1995.
Professor Bell has served as President, Caribbean Studies Association; Fellow, Australian National University; and Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His research ranges from the social areas of cities and the emergence of the new states to human values, inequality, and the knowledge base of futures studies. He has published more than 200 articles and is an award winning author of 10 books.
His many awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Futures Studies Federation.
Prof. Bell continues his deep interest in ethnicity and race relations, social change and the future, the sociology of the future, human values and the nature of the good society, nationalism and the new states, inequality and social justice.
Research Scientist, Schlumberger Oilfield Services
Nicholas Bennett received his BA in Mathematics from the University of the South (1991), and his PhD, also in Mathematics, from Yale (1997). His interests have always involved applied math in one form or another. Beyond the training he received at Sewanee and at Yale, Professor Bennett feels the most important formative influences on his career were a semester study abroad experience at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics, summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Tennessee, two summer internships in the Director’s Summer Program at the National Security Agency, and the two summer internships at Schlumberger. The latter paved the way for his current employment as Research Scientist for Schlumberger.
Prof. Bennett’s work is quite interdisciplinary (math, acoustics, electromagnetics, geology, computer science) and so requires considerable technical collaborations. An important skill he has developed over the years, and recommends to others, is to learn how to present very technical work to a general audience. He is happy to discuss his public speaking techniques.
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Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering
Beth Bennett graduated from Yale (Morse Class of 1991) with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Math. She has stayed at Yale ever since, earning her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 and subsequently rising through the research ranks to her current position of Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer. Dr. Bennett’s research focuses on efficient numerical modeling of flames, and she teaches two engineering courses on numerical methods. She is also the enthusiastic faculty advisor for three engineering student organizations: ASME, SWE, and Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society).
In her spare time, Dr. Bennett reads mysteries and spy novels, and she and her husband enjoy renovating their home, which is a never-ending source of interesting DIY projects.
Dr. Bennett would be happy to discuss Yale’s engineering and applied math programs, what engineering research involves (i.e., what to expect if you are doing a semester or a summer of research), and what to expect when applying to and attending engineering grad school. Conversations about what Morse was like 25 years ago are also welcome!
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Henry Bolanos, retired VP of R&D for US Surgical Corporation, is named on Over 120 US patents in the Surgical and other Fields. He was responsible for the creation of state of the art surgical instruments: Endoscopic Clip Appliers and Endoscopic GIA devices used in Laparoscopic Surgery. He has a BSME from CCNY, and a Masters in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
His career has spanned both National and International corporate assignments. He is currently a Consultant on Creativity and New Product Development, and is a Lecturer at Yale University and a Visiting Professor at The University of Virginia and The University of Auckland, in New Zealand.
Mr. Bolanos has also serves as an Expert Witness in Patent and Product Liability litigation and he is the author of 5 books on Creativity and New Product Development.
Mr. Bolanos also conducts Seminars in Creativity and New Product Development for both Groups and Corporations.. He currently serves on the Board of an on-line Computer Company and is Chairman of a company in New Zealand, EverEdge IP, Ltd.
William Boos completed his MS at MIT and continued there to get his PhD in Atmospheric Science (2008.) He is now an Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale. Professor Boos’ research focuses on the fluid dynamics of Earth’s tropical atmosphere. One emphasis is monsoon circulations, which deliver water to billions of people in socially vulnerable, agricultural economies. Despite the importance of monsoon rainfall, there is no established theory that explains the observed variability of monsoons, and climate models make disparate predictions for next-century changes in monsoon rainfall. In his work, he combines theory, observational analyses, and numerical models.
Prof. Boos focuses his time on climate dynamics and societal impacts.
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Assistant Professor, Slavic Department
Marijeta Bozovic is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. She recently completed work on a monograph based on her dissertation, From Onegin to Ada: Nabokov’s Canon. She was a principal organizer for the Black and Blue Danube Symposium at Colgate University in March 2013 and the international conference Legacies of the Russian Avant-Garde at Columbia University in February 2012. Professor Bozovic is a founding member of the Central New York Mellon Humanities Corridor working group “Legacies of the Second World” and a participant in the Digital Mnemonics in Slavic Studies 2013 spring school in Freising, Germany. She is working on a book project on post-Soviet and post-Yugoslav literature and culture.
Prof. Bozovic is focused on twentieth and twenty-first-century Russian poetry, Russian and Balkan avant-gardes, diasporas and transnational culture, translation and adaptation across media, and the poetics and politics of the Danube river.
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Clinical Librarian at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
- Provides indepth reference, information, research and consultation services for clinical professionals and users in the health sciences community, including literature searches in support of systematic reviews, research, grants, clinical practice, animal use, teaching, and publishing.
- MLIS, Library & Information Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2015
- Inducted into Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, 2016
- MA, English, Oklahoma State University, 2011
- BA, English, Roanoke College, 2009
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Michael Brenes is a historian, the Senior Archivist for American Diplomacy, and Lecturer in the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Before coming to Yale, he taught American and international history at Hunter College and Seton Hall University. His first book, For Might and Right: The Cold War and the Remaking of American Democracy is under contract with University of Massachusetts Press for their series in Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond. He is currently writing a dual biography of President Lyndon Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey entitled The Price of Loyalty: Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, and the Struggle for American Liberalism.
His work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect, Newsweek, The Hill, Vox, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Cold War foreign policy, American political history, archives and archival research. He is also a runner, musician, and enjoys travel and good food.