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!
Will Cafferty was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1975. His family moved to England when he was 5 years old and settled in South London, Wimbledon. He graduated from Wimbledon College in 1994 and then completed a Bachelor’s degree at Bristol University. He attended graduate school at King’s College London, and received a PhD in Neuroscience studying sensory and motor dysfunction in the damaged peripheral nervous system.
Wimbledon, more specifically, tennis, and the nervous system have been constants in his life from an early age. Growing up in Wimbledon he attended the ‘the Championships’ yearly, and was elated to serve as a ball boy at the 1991 tournament. While his playing days have slowed somewhat, he still enjoys attending tournaments and playing recreationally. If not playing tennis, he can be found at the gym, or running, his father is a sub 3:30 marathoner and a friendly head to head is looming!
Will’s passion, however, is studying the central nervous system (CNS). After his PhD studies, he moved to Yale in the autumn of 2004 to begin a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Stephen Strittmatter’s laboratory to explore how and why damaged neurons fail to re-grow after spinal cord injury (SCI). Quiescence of these damaged pathways results in permanent dysfunction and therefore, clinical interventions that repair the damaged CNS are urgently required. After 4 years of studying with Dr. Strittmatter, Will received a transition award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and began setting up his own independent research laboratory. The Cafferty lab opened in the summer of 2010 and continues to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms that restrict axonal repair after spinal cord injury.
Prof Emerita, SCSU
Shulamith Chernoff received her joint Masters’ in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. For thirty years she has taught and mentored teachers, and taught and directed in early childhood centers. Now retired, she has published a book of poetry, and has also translated Holocaust survivors’ memoirs.
Prof. Chernoff is interested in speaking with minority students and students who come from less affluent neighborhoods. She would like to connect with students from those backgrounds, and those who are first generation college students who seek advice and support.
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Real Estate Development-Owner
Kevin Coady is a real estate developer who has had long involvement in commercial real estate. He is a recent resident of New Haven after 45 years up the coast in Branford where he has assisted his wife of 45 years in her endeavors as owner of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison.
Mr. Coady likes to make students feel welcome in New Haven and invites them to the home he shares with his wife, just off campus.
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Professor, Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Matthew Isaac Cohen (Ph.D., 1997) is Professor of International Theatre at Royal Holloway, University and Fellow in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music (2018-2019). His scholarship examines tradition in modernity, the emergence of new artistic forms and practices in culturally complex sites, representations of alterity and transnational performances, with geographic focus on Indonesia. He is a trained shadow puppeteer and performs occasionally under the company banner Kanda Buwana.
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.
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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 yalebulldogs.com.
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.