May 24, 2001
Vol. 20 No. 17

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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.

    Saul Levmore, the William B. Graham Professor in the Law School, was the subject of stories that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, Sunday, May 13, upon his appointment as Dean of the Law School. Levmore, who joined the University faculty in 1998, will begin his new post July 1.

    Edward Snyder, who recently was named Dean of the Graduate School of Business by President Randel, was the subject of several news stories that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Financial Times and the Associated Press Newswires. Snyder, who currently is dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, will begin his post in the GSB Sept. 1. Snyder also was a guest on WBBM-AM Radio 780.

    The University’s Scavenger Hunt was featured on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times Monday, May 14, in a story that highlighted the annual event with four accompanying photos. Many students participating in the hunt were quoted in the story, including 20-year-old Kurt Kimmerling: “It’s using our creativity and ingenuity to see what kind of crazy, absurd things they can push us to do.”

    Steven Kaplan, the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance in the Graduate School of Business, was quoted in a story published Tuesday, May 8, by The Wall Street Journal about investments in the telecommunications industry.

    Bill Brown, Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division and Professor in English Language & Literature, was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article published Tuesday, May 8. The article reported on the auction of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road scroll on which he wrote the famous manuscript. “My guess is, it’s going to be [sold to] some Kerouac fanatic who has lots and lots of money,” said Brown.

    Steven Sibener, Professor in Chemistry and the Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, was interviewed for stories that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Associated Press Newswires. The University is leading a project funded by the Defense Department to investigate how to build more durable materials for space. Experiments in space have provided a list of space-worthy metals, polymers and ceramics but insufficient clues as to how they perform, the story reported. “The challenge is to see if we can predict why some died so quickly and others survived for many years,” said Sibener in the Sun-Times article. “That understanding does not yet exist.”

    A recent book, titled Henry James and Modern Moral Life, by philosopher Robert Pippin, the Raymond W. & Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor and Chairman of the Committee on Social Thought, was cited in a Saturday, May 5 New York Times story. The story reported on the new, Merchant-Ivory movie The Golden Bowl, which is adapted from James’ novel of the same title. Pippen suggests in his own book that James was writing of a world in which the “reliability of traditional forms” had broken down and moral certainties had shifted.

    The research of Dario Maestripieri, Assistant Professor on the Committee on Human Development, was the subject of a story that appeared on the Associated Press Newswires and in the Friday, May 11 Chicago Sun-Times. Maestripieri has found that nonhuman primates, like human primates, recognize their young shortly after birth and bond with them during a postpartum-sensitive period and demonstrate motivation to look after their offspring. Maestripieri’s research challenges an accepted view that among mammals, only cattle, sheep and goats have an evolutionary reason to bond with their young.

    James Schrager, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management in the Graduate School of Business, was interviewed for a Saturday, May 5 Chicago Tribune story about the city of Chicago’s diversity in its businesses and industries. Schrager also was quoted in a Friday, May 11, Chicago Tribune story about Boeing Co.’s “publicity coup” in Chicago, which brought the company favorable attention and financial incentives for choosing the city for its headquarters. “It reminds me of Clinton, who was a master of getting the press to talk about something other than his personal problems,” said Schrager of Boeing Co. “Now they’ve got the whole world thinking about something else.”

    A jazz conference titled “Trading Fours: Jazz and Its Milieu” and sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University received press coverage in the Chicago Tribune Thursday, May 10, prior to the event, in an article about the conference and Monday, May 14, after the event, in a very favorable review of a concert that closed the conference.

    Nicholas Vogelzang, Director of the Cancer Research Center at the University and the Fred C. Buffet Professor in Medicine, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about a new drug called atrasentan being used as a treatment for prostate cancer. The story also mentioned cancer researcher Charles Huggins, who began hormone therapy research at the University in 1941 and who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the crucial role hormones play in the growth of prostate and breast cancers.

    Craig Futterman, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Law School, was a source for two stories that reported on a police raid at Stateway Gardens public housing development. The stories appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday, May 4. Futterman is representing the plaintiffs in a federal class-action suit against the Chicago Police Department charging that the raid involved illegal searches. “The true purpose behind the complaint is to change police practices in the Stateway community so that the police are truly accountable to the residents,” said Futterman in the Sun-Times story.

    Ted O’Neill, Dean of Admissions, was quoted and pictured in the Chicago Tribune Magazine Sunday, April 29. In the photograph, O’Neill was holding a framed copy of “Crossing the Ohio River,” a photo taken by Danny Lyon (A.B., ’63) in 1966 of a motorcyclist. “Danny Lyon’s work reminds me of a type of Chicago student,” O’Neill said. “One represented by Danny himselfóthe ’60s rebel, the artist, the intellectual, the risk-taker, the kind of kid we love so much.”