Oct. 5, 2000
Vol. 20 No. 2

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    A University research team–led by Graeme Bell, the Louis Block Professor in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, who was assisted by colleague Nancy Cox, Associate Professor in Human Genetics–was featured in a front-page Chicago Tribune article published Wednesday, Sept. 27. The article reported on the team’s discovery of a gene that shows people’s predisposition to a common, genetically complex disorder–type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (see Chronicle story Page 1). Other stories about the discovery appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press news service, The New York Times, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.

    The University’s efforts to save a collection of rare texts written in Urdu, following a flood in Hyderabad, India, were reported in a story published by The Chronicle of Higher Education in its Sept. 29 issue. James Nye, Bibliographer for Southern Asia, Library, Collection Development at the University, was quoted in the story, which described methods being used to prevent further damage to the books. Stories about the damaged books and the attempts to save them also appeared in the Thursday, Sept. 14 issue of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Times of India and Reuters English News Service wires.

    Richard Stern, the Helen A. Regenstein Professor in English Language & Literature, was quoted in a story that appeared on the front-page of the Chicago Tribune’s Tempo section Tuesday, Sept. 26. The story described a conflict that arose between author of Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden, and his source for the fictional book, Mineko Iwasaki, a retired geisha from Kyoto, Japan. Iwasaki claims Golden promised her confidentiality for providing him information about geisha life, but then broke that confidence by acknowledging her in the book. “There will be this continual mixture of genre, but that doesn’t mean that the rules of engagement of writing aren’t more or less the same,” said Stern, who emphasized that authors must make their intentions clear to both readers and sources.

    Linda Waite, Professor in Sociology, discussed her research on marriage and families on the program Feedback Live on CNN on Monday, Sept. 18. Waite’s recent research findings that show marriage provides benefits for both men and women was the subject of a front-page USA Today story about her new book, A Case for Marriage. The story appeared Tuesday, Oct. 3. Waite also discussed her new book as a guest of WBBM-AM Radio and Fox News. Both interviews aired Tuesday, Oct. 3.

    Don Browning, the Alexander Campbell Professor in the Divinity School, was quoted in a story that appeared on the front page of the Chicago Tribune’s WomanNews section Wednesday, Sept. 27. It reported on an emerging practice by Southern Baptist women, who say they are “submissive” to their husbands because they follow a Bible scripture that commands them to be so.

    President Randel was the subject of a feature story in the Friday, Sept. 22 Chicago Tribune about his appearance at Symphony of Words with Daniel Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The event, a discussion about music, scholarship, innovation and creativity, took place at Symphony Center in Chicago. The Hyde Park Herald published a caption and a photo from the event in its Wednesday, Sept. 27 issue, and WFMT Radio broadcast the discussion on Thursday, Sept. 21.

    Kenneth Dam, the Max Pam Professor in the Law School, was cited in a story that appeared in the New York Daily News Thursday, Sept. 21. The story described allegations that Minnesota Timberwolves agent Eric Fleisher and forward Joe Smith violated the league’s salary cap. Dam will resolve the case as its arbitrator.

    Travis Hooper, a student in the College, was quoted in an America’s Best Colleges story about a growing number of students choosing to study abroad and the academically rigorous programs offered here and at some other universities.

    Sydney Hans, Associate Professor in Psychiatry and a researcher with the Early Childhood Center, discussed preparing a child for kindergarten during an interview on WBEZ-FM Radio’s Odyssey program.

    Ian Foster, Professor in Computer Science, was quoted in stories carried by the Associated Press news service, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Gainesville Sun. The stories reported on GriPhyN, a computer data grid, for which scientists at the University and the University of Florida are laying the groundwork. The grid will tap into the computer power of institutions around the world, creating a grid that will spread storage and calculating capacity throughout the institutions, similar to the way power plants connect to an electrical grid.

    Charles Lipson, Associate Professor in Political Science, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 17 Chicago Tribune. Lipson wrote that the air-traffic problems affecting travelers across the country are problems that should be solved by the federal government through its enforcement of the commerce clause in the Constitution. Lipson supports expansion of O’Hare International Airport, which serves as a hub for national and global travel, and sees expansion of it as one solution to deteriorating flight service. Lipson also discussed the presidential campaign as a guest on WTTW-Channel 11’s Chicago Tonight program on Tuesday, Sept. 19. He also was a guest on WBEZ-FM Radio’s Odyssey program on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

    The Eschikagou powwow, which took place on the Midway Plaisance Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24, and was sponsored in part by the University, was covered widely by the local media. Stories promoting the event appeared in the Friday, Sept. 22 Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Sun-Times. Broadcast stations in Chicago, including WGN-AM Radio, WBBM-TV, WMAQ-TV and CLTV carried coverage of the event Saturday, Sept. 23, which featured traditional American-Indian dancing and songs. CLTV aired a segment Sunday, Sept. 24, which included an interview with Anne Terry Straus, Professor in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences.

    Charlie Newell, Director of Court Theatre here on the University campus, was voted by New City as best local theater director in its Best of Chicago 2000 roundup. The choice of Newell appeared in the paper’s Thursday, Sept. 28 issue.