Oct. 21, 1999
Vol. 19 No. 3

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    In the News

    The visit by exiled, Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng received local media coverage, when the Nobel Peace Prize nominee spoke with University students. The Chicago Sun-Times published a front-page story in its Friday, Oct. 15 issue about the dissident’s visit with students. Invited to the University by members of the student-run Political Union, Wei spoke with students at a public lecture and participated in a Human Rights Program workshop during his two-day visit as a Kovler Visiting Fellow.

    Receiving national media coverage, including stories published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the Associated Press Newswire, was Robert Mundell, a former Professor in Economics who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Mundell won the prize for work he accomplished largely while at the University.

    Jeffrey Bluestone, the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor in Pathology, Chairman of the Committee on Immunology and Director of the Ben May Institute for Cancer Research at the University, was quoted in the Wednesday, Oct. 6 Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune in stories about two, major, multiyear grants to support immune tolerance and islet transplant research. Both projects will be headed by Bluestone.

    Tom Cummins, Associate Professor in Art History, was quoted in the Thursday, Oct. 14 Chicago Tribune in a story about a conference held this past weekend to celebrate the 500th birthday of 16th-century priest the Rev. Bernardino de Sahagun. Cummins, who was one organizer of the event, said of the priest who lived with the Aztecs and studied their culture, “Sahagun was one of the most brilliant minds of the 16th century. He was a man who was interested in all facets of language, pictorial arts and natural history.”

    In a Sept. 27 story about co-CEO arrangements published in Crain’s Chicago Business, James Schrager, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management in the Graduate School of Business, said such arrangements typically do not last. “The game of business is to be the king. There can’t be two kings,” the article quotes Schrager.

    Janet Johnson, Professor in the Oriental Institute, and Robert Ritner, Associate Professor in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, were quoted in a Tuesday, Oct. 12 Chicago Tribune story about the Oriental Institute’s decades-long project of publishing the Chicago Demotic Dictionary. Johnson is editor of the reference work that is expected to be finished next year. It will be the most complete reference ever assembled on demotic script, a cursive form of hieroglyphic writing that became the everyday form of writing in Egypt from about 650 B.C. to 450 A.D.

    An article about grandparents’ visitation rights that appeared in the Sunday, Oct. 3 issue of the Chicago Sun-Times quoted Emily Buss, Associate Professor in the Law School, who is an expert in the field.

    Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School, was quoted in an article published in the Sunday, Oct. 3 Chicago Tribune about legal centers established at universities. The University’s Law School Center for Civil Justice that Sunstein founded and directs was featured in the article, which also quoted Eric Posner, Professor in the Law School.