Oct. 18, 2001
Vol. 21 No. 3

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    In the News

    Robert Pape, Associate Professor in Political Science and the College, co-wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 4 New York Times. Pape and co-author Chaim Kaufmann, wrote that it is in the best interests of this country’s national security that the U.S. government share with the public its evidence against Osama bin Laden as the mastermind of the Tuesday, Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “If American military action appears to confirm the worst accusations of American arrogance, we will help extremists recruit a new generation of willing terrorists, far larger than the last,” they wrote. Pape also was interviewed for a Tuesday, Oct. 9 Chicago Sun-Times story on the same topic he wrote of in the op-ed. He also was interviewed for a Sunday, Oct. 7 Chicago Sun-Times article that reported on the possible risk of losing coalition allies if the U.S. military expands its attacks on terrorist groups other than bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network.

    The research and writings of Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law & Ethics in the Law School and the College, were featured in the cover story of the Friday, Oct. 5 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Nussbaum’s philosophical theories were explored in the article, which also provided insight into her new book Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions.

    Allen Sanderson, Senior Lecturer in Economics and the College, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Sunday, Oct. 7 Chicago Tribune. Sanderson wrote about a growing consensus that the federal government should take over both airport security and boost the economy through increased spending and decreased taxes. Sanderson pointed out that these actions would cause more harm than good to our economic strength. “We would be much better served if the federal government and the Federal Reserve provided a stable, steady framework through which private and industrial markets, and individual households, could respond most effectively to this tragedy.” Sanderson also was quoted in a Wednesday, Oct. 3 Chicago Sun-Times article that reported on the odds of dying in hijacked airplanes vs. the odds of dying from everyday accidents in the home.

    Robert Aliber, Professor in the Graduate School of Business, was interviewed for a story that was published in the Tuesday, Oct. 9 Chicago Tribune. The article reported on a precarious American economy, which could weaken as the United States continues its war against terrorism in the Middle East. Aliber commented on a risk of inflation. “Inflation would occur only if consumers have little concern about risk and increase their spending.” Aliber, who teaches international economics and finance, also was quoted in a BusinessWeek story published in its Monday, Oct. 8 issue. The article explored the possibility of decreased foreign investments in U.S. securities. He also was quoted in the Saturday, Oct. 6 issue of the Los Angeles Times about the government’s intentions to help the airline industry rebound from its current financial slump.

    The University’s Enrico Fermi celebration, which included a U.S. Postal Service stamp dedication ceremony, was reported on WMAQ-TV Tuesday, Oct. 2. CNN Radio interviewed James Cronin, University Professor Emeritus in Physics and the College, about the event and Fermi’s legacy. Stories about Fermi also appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 30 Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times newspapers.

    Bill Brown, Master in the Humanities Collegiate Division and the George M. Pullman Professor in English Language & Literature and the College, was photographed for and quoted in a Sunday, Oct. 7 Chicago Tribune story about today’s Ph.D. candidates and the experiences they face when writing their dissertations. “In the ’50s, ’60s and into the’70s, dissertations were not the big, bulky things they have become. Now, they really are thought of as the basis for a book. It’s important that they be good and they be substantial, because if somebody is coming up for tenure and they don’t have something that is good enough to become a book, they’re not going to get tenure. It’s a professional disaster.”

    Alumna Helen Schary Motro (A.B.,’70) wrote an op-ed that was published in the Saturday, Oct. 6 Chicago Sun-Times. Motro wrote about sending gas masks to her friends in New York City, who now must be as cautious about their safety as she and others are in Israel. She wrote of how New York City was once a place for her to go to escape the security checks, bomb threats and detainments she experiences regularly in Israel. “In New York, I could relax from the perennial Israeli tension, from the knee-jerk habit of constantly listening to the news with an ear toward a new disaster.”

    Alumna Nicole Wilson (A.B., ’00) was interviewed for a story in the Sunday, Oct. 7 Chicago Tribune, which reported on the ways universities are combining biology and engineering courses and training to prepare students for a growing biomedical engineering field.

    In an article that reported on the importance of stress management, Benjamin Fusman, Assistant Professor in Medicine, commented on the physical changes that occur in the body of someone who is experiencing a stressful situation. “People under stress experience increased blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate. There is also a change in the blood platelets; they tend to be more sticky, and that’s when people can develop heart attacks,” said Fusman in the Wednesday, Oct. 3 Chicago Tribune article.

    Abraham Dachman, Associate Professor in Radiology, was interviewed for a story about new scanning techniques being used to screen patients for diseases. The story appeared in the Wednesday, Oct. 3 Chicago Tribune.

    Rashid Khalidi, Director of the Center for International Studies and Professor in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and the College, was interviewed for a story in the Saturday, Sept. 29 New York Times. The story reported on how Arab scholars living in the West have reacted to the Tuesday, Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The New York Times reported that these Arab-American scholars, while horrified by the attacks, do not all agree on who is to blame for much of the misery among the people in Arab countries. “To say the U.S. determines everything is to deny agency of the people, and that’s obviously wrong. But, the greater share of power is obviously in the hands of the West,” said Khalidi.

    Raghuram Rajan, the Joseph L. Gidwitz Professor in the Graduate School of Business, was quoted in a Monday, Oct. 1 BusinessWeek story that reported on an economic shift from the private to the public sector that may follow in the wake of the Tuesday, Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.

    Robert Sampson, the Lucy Flower Professor in Sociology and the College, commented on an increase in gun purchases, following the terrorist attacks on Tuesday, Sept. 11. “It’s somewhat irrational for a person who wouldn’t otherwise visit a gun shop to do so in response to the terrorist attacks.”

    Milton Friedman, the Paul Snowden Russell Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business, wrote an op-ed that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, Oct. 10. Friedman explained why the federal government should not use government spending as a means to jump-start the economy, especially the additional spending and tax cuts being proposed after an already approved $40 billion in relief funding was passed by Congress.