May 13, 1999
Vol. 18 No. 16

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    [janet davison rowley]
    President Clinton presents Janet Davison Rowley with her National Medal of Science at the award ceremony held on Tuesday, April 27.

    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.

    Janet Davison Rowley, the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics, recently was back in the news. Rowley received her National Medal of Science from President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 27. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on the event in its Wednesday, April 28 Metro section. Other local news media also carried reports of the event, including WLS-TV.

    Austan Goolsbee, Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Business, was featured in the Sunday, April 25 issue of the Chicago Sun-Times. The metropolitan newspaper selected Goolsbee as one of its “30 under 30” choices, a group of Chicagoans under age 30 who are making significant contributions in their specific fields of work and research. As an economics professor, Goolsbee, 29, is an expert in taxes and government policy and the interaction between government and business.

    WTTW-Channel 11 aired a public affairs program Sunday, May 2, about Title IX and its effects on collegiate athletic programs. Title IX and Women in Sports: What’s Wrong with This Picture? featured critics of the legislation that became part of the 1972 Civil Rights Act. Leo Kocher, Associate Professor in Physical Education & Athletics, appeared on the program with others who believe Title IX has eroded athletic programs across the country rather than eliminated inequalities.

    Charles Lipson, Associate Professor in Political Science, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Sunday, April 25 Chicago Tribune about his proposed solution to those annoyances drivers must cope with every spring––damaging potholes on Illinois roads.

    John Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in Political Science, recently has been quoted in newspapers and on television, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Tonight with John Callaway, about possible resolutions to the Kosovo conflict. Mearsheimer advocates a division of Kosovo and disagrees with NATO’s assumption that different ethnic groups can be compelled to live together. “Taking the American model and imposing it on other people is not a viable strategy,” he said in a Tuesday, April 27 Tribune article.

    A group of University students, chosen to attend a private meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan Keizo Obuchi, made the news in Chicago and elsewhere when media covered the prime minister’s U.S. visit. CLTV, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times were a few of the news outlets reporting on the visit.

    Michael Rossman, co-founder of the University’s Political Union that arranged for Obuchi’s campus stop, was quoted in a Sunday, May 2 Chicago Sun-Times article about the question-and-answer session with students here. “To hear it from the person who is implementing the policy is much more insightful than hearing it from analysts,” Rossman said in the article.

    Marvin Zonis, Professor in the Graduate School of Business, recently has been interviewed by John Callaway concerning the conflict in Kosovo. He was Callaway’s guest on Chicago Tonight on Monday, May 3. Zonis also appeared on WBBM-TV’s morning show on that date. In other areas of international political economy, Zonis’s consulting firm was featured in a story in the Monday, April 19 issue of Barron’s.