Monthly Archives: January 2020

Erik Clemons: Food & Empowering New Haven


At the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), the culinary arts have led to storytelling, job growth, and equitable development for New Haven’s marginalized neighborhoods. Erik Clemons, CEO and founder of ConnCAT, chats with us about what it has taken to address poverty in the city, and how food and health are at the center of this mission. Plus, notes on working together across non-profits, city agencies, and with Yale.

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Chewing the Fat is a podcast from the Yale Sustainable Food Program. We cover people making change in the complex world of food and agriculture. We’re home to brilliant minds: activists, academics, chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers, journalists, policymakers, and scientists (to name a few!). Taken together, their work represents a reimagining of mainstream food movements, challenging myths and tropes as well as inspiring new ways of collaborating.

The podcast is an aural accompaniment to our on-campus Chewing the Fat speaker series, aiming to broaden our content beyond New Haven. Episodes are released every two weeks, featuring interviews, storytelling and more.

On the farm, in the classroom, and around the world, the Yale Sustainable Food Program (YSFP) grows food-literate leaders. We create opportunities for students to experience food, agriculture, and sustainability as integral parts of their education and everyday lives. For more information, please visit

A DIY Medical Device Brings Hope with Dana Lewis

Dana Lewis was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at 14. She struggled as a teenager with the cumbersome equipment, but struggled more as a college student without parents to help wake her when her glucose was out over range overnight. Since then, her now-husband and others along the way have helped her to create an open-sourced software for a pancreas system that she uses every day, which automatically adjusts the insulin dosing on its own, in response to her changing glucose levels. The biotech industry is still catching up to the technology that patients have pushed forward on their own.

Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom on The Lessons of Lone Pine

Professor Nora Freeman Engstrom talks about her recent article, The Lessons of Lone Pine. Over the past three decades, Lone Pine orders have become a fixture of the mass-tort landscape. Issued in large toxic-tort cases, these case-management orders require claimants to come forward with certain evidence—or else face dismissal. So far, the orders have been mostly heralded as a way to expedite the resolution of complex cases.Yet it’s not so simple. Engstrom analyzes the drawbacks of Lone Pine orders, including their inconsistent application, incompatibility with formal procedural rules, and misguided insistence on using a binary screen. Given these problems, she concludes that courts ought to scale back their use of these orders. She ties Lone Pine orders to broader currents that are quietly transforming contemporary civil litigation, such as the growth of multidistrict litigation and managerial judging. Weaving these currents together, her study offers fresh insights to deepen—and complicate—our understanding of these profoundly influential phenomena.

Organelles: Episode II

The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine Podcast hosts Kelsie, Emma, and Wes interview Dr. Megan King and Dr. Patrick Lusk from Yale’s Cell Biology and Molecular, Cellular, and Development Biology departments. Listen as we discuss their research on the nucleus and their favorite organelles!
Twitter handles:
Dr. Lusk: @plusk4u
and Dr. King: @LuskingL
Wes Lewis: @ai_weslewis

Organelles: Episode I

As you may have heard, mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell! This is a phrase commonly mentioned in introductory biology textbooks and reiterated throughout our lives in an effort to prove that we do, in fact, remember something from high school biology. The first published manuscript to announce this was written by Dr. Philip Siekevitz and published in the Scientific American in 1957. It’s a short review with multiple images taken an electron microscope to confirm Dr. Siekevitz statement that the mitochondria’s form mirrors its function. However, research on mitochondria began almost exactly a century before this powerhouse statement was made…

Innovating National Security Solutions with Lucas Kunce ‘04 from the Pentagon

Lucas Kunce, Deputy General Council at the Defense Innovation Fund, discusses his path to military service after Yale and his career in national security negotiating arms control treaties and writing about the intersection of security, finance, and technology.

4. Live at Yale-Myers: Finding the Heart in Forestry with Rachel Reyna


Recorded live on site at Yale-Myers Forest in northeastern Connecticut, Thomas Easley sits down with Rachel Reyna, chief of Rural and Community Forestry at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, and recent recipient of the Mira Lloyd Dock Outstanding Woman Conservationist Award. Rachel discusses adaptive management and the necessity for awareness of the different constraints and histories among certain stakeholder groups in her work. As a forestry professional, Reyna works to create a vision of forestry that connects and appeals to a broad constituency.

The Role of Morals and Spirituality in Facing Environmental Threats

Solving the many environmental challenges we face will require insights from the worlds of science and technology, economics and the law. But those alone won’t be sufficient: we also need a moral force, say Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, senior lecturers and research scholars at Yale — and co-founders and directors of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. In this episode of the Yale Environmental Dialogue podcast, they are joined by Rev. Nancy Wright, a paster at Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington, Vermont, for a discussion on the role of religion and spirituality in addressing environmental challenges. They make the case that when moral and spiritual perspectives are brought into the conversation about social and environmental problems, innovative solutions often arise.

Tackling The Existential Crisis of the Career Decision-Making Process

The group, joined by Yale CIPE Director Calvin Yu, discusses the tapestry of factors that go into determining what they “want to do when they grow up”. Placing such importance on how one answers that question can weigh heavily on an individual. While identifying interests and passions is important, placing unneeded stress on ourselves and implementing unrealistic deadlines of when decisions must be made can take us off track. Additionally, discovering new interests and passions can happen at any point in our lives! Calvin walks us through his interesting series of professions as we identify the ways by which others can keep their finger on the pulse of their own interests and passions as they develop.

3. Breaking Open Our Seeds of Growth: CJ Goulding on the Necessity of Discomfort


CJ Goulding, Partner at the Avarna Group and JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) professional, joins Heartwood to share reflections on his work spent fostering discomfort for personal and community growth in both traditional and outdoor-oriented communities. In his work with the Children & Nature Network and Fresh Tracks, CJ trains, mentors and supports a national network of over 330 leaders who are changing systems and creating equitable access to nature in their communities. This work draws from experience leading outdoor trips, conservation crews, and youth internship programs for the National Park Service. CJ has a deep reservoir of self-awareness and shares insights on opportunities and barriers to understanding when it comes to inclusion work, and is committed to helping his clients and community break through their own perceptions in order to grow.