Jan. 4, 2001
Vol. 20 No. 7

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    In the News

    The Chronicle’s biweekly column In the News offers a digest of commentary and quotations by a few of the University faculty members, students and alumni who have been headlining the news in recent weeks. Chicago faculty members are some of the most frequently quoted experts; however, space does not allow the Chronicle to print all of the quoted material published or interviews broadcast by media outlets. To read many of the full newspaper articles mentioned in this column, visit the In the News column at the University News Office Web site at: http://www-news.uchicago.edu/.

    Chicago fourth-year student Brad Henderson was featured on local TV stations and in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, which carried stories about his receiving a Rhodes scholarship. Henderson, who also is a captain of the men’s basketball team, is the 36th Chicago student to receive a Rhodes scholarship. Stories appeared on WBBM-TV, WGN-TV, WFLD-TV, WMAQ-TV, WLS-TV, CLTV, and radio stations WBBM-AM and WGN-AM.

    Lance Becker, Associate Professor in Medicine and Director of the Emergency Resuscitation Research Center, was interviewed for a story about research he is conducting with other members of the center. The 85-member team is looking for ways of improving survival rates of heart attack victims. The article, which was published in the Chicago Tribune Friday, Nov. 24, described a new technique called “bioengineering protective heart and brain hypothermia, using ice slurry cooling for medical treatment of cardiac arrest.” “It’s all about buying time. If we could buy another 20 or 30 minutes, it will just have enormous life-saving implications. We could suddenly change the survival statistics in major areas of the country,” said Becker about the technique, which involves injecting liquid slurry to cool vital organs during cardiac arrest.

    Robert Aliber, Professor of International Economics and Finance in the Graduate School of Business, and Marvin Zonis, Professor of Business Administration in the GSB, were featured in a story that reported on the annual economics forecast event sponsored by the University’s GSB. The story appeared in the Thursday, Dec. 7 Chicago Tribune and quoted both Aliber and Zonis about their predictions of a slowdown in the U.S. economy in the year 2001.

    Dennis Hutchinson, the William Rainey Harper Professor in the College and Senior Lecturer in the Law School, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 29 Chicago Tribune about requests by news organizations to broadcast the Court’s proceedings on the Bush/Gore presidential election dispute. Chief Justice William Rehnquist denied the request based on a majority vote by the Court. Hutchinson wrote that public scrutiny of the Court in action should no longer be denied.

    Michael Sayre, Associate Professor in Medicine, was quoted in a Thursday, Nov. 30 Chicago Tribune story about a project being led by the University. The project is part of a national study to see if community volunteers can use defibrillators––devices used to give a shock to the chest of a heart attack victim––that are available in public locations such as airports and shopping centers. The study is testing evidence that treating people within three minutes of cardiac arrest dramatically increases their chances of survival.

    Tracey Meares, Professor in the Law School, was quoted in a story covering the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that random roadblocks carried out by police officers and intended for drug searches are unconstitutional. The Chicago Sun-Times published the story Wednesday, Nov. 29.

    A one-on-one interview with Nicholas Christakis, Associate Professor in Medicine and Sociology, appeared in The New York Times Tuesday, Nov. 28. The interview was based on Christakis’ studies on physician prognosis of patients or the lack thereof. One question in the interview asked Christakis: “What is wrong with doctors’ emphasizing diagnosis and treatment and ignoring prognosis? His answer: “Doctors can become so interested in treating conditions that they can lose sight of the fact that the treatments don’t have uniform outcomes and in many cases the treatments are not as effective as is supposed.”

    The Smart Museum of Art’s current exhibition “Canceled: Exhibiting Experimental Art in China,” was reviewed by the Chicago Tribune Sunday, Dec. 10. The article, which described the exhibition’s layout, also quoted its curator Wu Hung, the Harrie H. Vandersteppen Distinguished Service Professor in Art History. Wu developed the idea for the exhibition during a visit to China last year. “I tried to recreate the interior and exterior spaces of the ancestral temple. Normally artists express themselves on the inside. Here they stay outside.” (“Canceled” is on view through Sunday, Jan. 7.)

    Benjamin Lahey, Professor in Psychiatry, was quoted in a Sunday, Nov. 26 Chicago Tribune story that reported on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Focusing on the use of the prescription drug Ritalin to treat ADHD, the article reported that many children are mistakenly diagnosed and given Ritalin for treatment, while many authentic cases of ADHD in minority children are going unrecognized. “Every symptom of ADHD describes every child,” said Lahey. “What matters is does the child have a high level of each of the symptoms and does he have a lot of symptoms?”

    Howard Sandroff, Senior Lecturer in Music, was interviewed by JUF News for a question-and-answer feature article about his musical scholarship and his compositions. The article appeared in the publication’s December 2000 issue.

    Pleasure Heard, a first-year in the College and a survivor of gang violence, was featured in Marie Claire magazine in an article that featured women who have struggled to gain an education. Heard, who suffered from severe burns inflicted by a gang member, was accepted to the University after a long mental and physical rehabilitation from the attack––a feat she accomplished while maintaining an “A” average in school.