Newsmakers


"Newsmakers" reports major national media coverage of faculty and staff 
members.

Ed Krol's book "The Whole Internet" was mentioned in reports in the New
York Times and Newsweek reports on the public's infatuation with the global
electronic information network. Krol is an associate director of the UI's
Computing and Communications Services Office.

English professor George Hendrick, who recently edited two collections of
previously unpublished works by Carl Sandburg, was interviewed on National
Public Radio's "Morning Edition." Hendrick discussed "Billy Sunday and
Other Poems," which reflects Sandburg's experiences as a Chicago reporter
and includes poems and prose once considered by editors to be too raw for
the the tastes of the post-World War II public.  He also discussed Sandburg
in interviews broadcast on Voice of America and Chicago radio station WBEZ,
and was quoted in an Associated Press dispatch on "Billy Sunday," as well
as in features in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.  The Tribune
story also focused on "More Rootabagas," Sandburg's recently published book
of children's stories; it also was mentioned in a Newsweek article on
children's books.

C.K. Gunsalus, associate vice chancellor for research and assistant to the
chancellor, was interviewed for a report on National Public Radio's "All
Things Considered" program. The report was about misconduct procedures at
universities and national policy issues.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  commissioned Douglas T. Shaw, professor of
civil engineering at the UI's Hydrosystems Lab, to study how redesigned or
set-back levees might affect a future deluge matching the flood of '93.
Shaw's study was the basis of a five-page "Special Report" in the
Post-Dispatch . One conclusion was that St. Louis was spared more serious
flooding last summer because the Columbia and Harrisonville levees in
Illinois were overtopped. The Shaw study "sheds light on the effects of
local levees and the potential benefits . of expanding wetlands or creating
other flood-retention areas in the upper Mississippi basin," the newspaper
reported.

William T. Greenough, professor of psychology and in the Beckman Institute,
was interviewed for a USA Today story on brain plasticity, the brain's
ability to adapt to various stimuli. "When it comes to the brain, it's safe
to say 'use it or lose it,' " said Greenough, whose research indicates that
rats in enriched environments develop more connections between brain cells
than rats in less stimulating environments.

Also quoted in USA Today was finance professor Jay Ritter, who commented on
the fast rise of stock in a new fast-food franchise operation. Ritter
cautioned that investors could take a big loss if the stock value dropped
back to more realistic prices per share.

An AP dispatch noted that architecture professor Carl Lewis was one of two
architects who have proposed building a national Indian memorial and
heritage center at the edge of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
According to the report, Lewis and his architecture students volunteered to
draft the designs for the memorial.

The College of Agriculture's cows with windows in their sides gained
national notoriety when one was mentioned in a piece by syndicated
columnist Dave Barry. The columnist visited the UI last summer and was
introduced to the cow by animal sciences professor George Fahey, who was
mentioned in the column along with Tom Nash, manager of the university's
beef research farm.

Several UI faculty and staff members have been named or quoted in the
Chicago Tribune in recent months. They include:
 - Agricultural engineering professor John Hummel, who helped develop optic
   soil sensors that provide soil analyses without unearthing the samples or
   sending them to a lab.
 - Arun P. Elhance, professor of geography, who wrote an op-ed piece in which
   he lobbied for the inclusion of India on the United Nation's Security
   Council.
 - Shozo Sato, emeritus professor of fine arts, who discussed the Kabuki
   aesthetic in a story that coincided with the Chicago-area revival of his
   "Kabuki Medea."
 - Philosophy professor Richard D. Mohr, who wrote an op-ed  based on his
   forthcoming book "A More Perfect Union" that advocated the recognition of
   gay and lesbian marriages. Mohr reviewed Michelangelo Siginorile's book
   "Queer in America: Sex, the Media and the Closets of Power" for the Nation.
 - Jeffrey Dawson, professor of forestry, who disputed the claim, made by a
   Newsweek writer, that logging is good for the greenhouse effect.
 - Law professor Ronald Rotunda, who commented on the Illinois Supreme
   Court's adoption of new ethics rules that explicitly ban racial, sexual
   and other types of bias by judges and lawyers.

In addition, several UI faculty members have been featured in the Chicago
Tribune's "In the Midwest" column by Richard Orr:
 - W.R. Gomes, dean of the College of Agriculture, whose recommendations for
   reorganizing the college under a new name, the College of Agriculture,
   Consumer and Environmental Sciences, were outlined. Gomes also was quoted
   in an article in the Scientist about an Iowa State University program on
   biological research ethics that ISU is planning to extend to Illinois. 
 - David Chicoine, head of agricultural economics and in the Institute for
   Government and Public Affairs, predicted that taxes on Illinois farmland
   will continue to rise for the rest of this decade.
 - John T. Scott, professor of farm management and production economics,
   warned buyers not to get caught up in a current momentum in which sellers
   are pushing land prices up several hundred dollars above the average cost
   per acre for prime Illinois farmland.
 - Michael Hutjens, professor of animal sciences, who recommended that dairy
   farmers systematically evaluate the use of a controversial genetically
   engineering hormone called Bovine somatotropin that increases milk
   production in dairy cows.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an op-ed by English professor George
H. Douglas, who presented both sides in the national debate about the use
of American Indians as symbols for athletic teams. While acknowledging that
American Indian culture has been "whittled down, trivialized and
commercially packaged," and may be just cause for complaint, Hendrick also
expressed concern that the "purging of Indian lore and culture, with all of
their obvious inaccuracies and banalities" might have "the opposite effect
of what Indians want and need."

Don Kleinmuntz, professor of accountancy, commented in a Chronicle of
Higher Education story on decision science - an interdisciplinary field
that includes business, economics and psychology. Kleinmuntz discussed
decision-making theory from the psychologist's perspective, which usually
includes contrasting theories of rational and actual choice.

Also in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Larry Smarr, director of the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications, commented in a story about
progress made by a panel of researchers who are seeking help from the
National Science Foundation in training and equipping scientists to work
with state-of-the art computing technology. Smarr said it was up to the
nation's computing experts to make legislators aware of how the development
of high-speed computers was critical to the Clinton administration's plans
to advance the development of the electronic superhighway.

In a Science article about the development of "electronic communities,"
Bruce Schatz, an information scientist in NCSA and in Graduate School of
Library and Information Science, commented on the revolutionary changes
beginning to take place as scholars are using increasingly creative means
of communicating and conducting work via the Internet. Schatz, the article
noted, developed the Worm Community System, a "hyperlibrary" that allows
researchers to retrieve related information from many data bases at once.

In another issue of Science, anthropology professor Stanley Ambrose
contributed to an article about a controversial theory that maintains that
several different groups of modern humans - rather than a single group -
created a population explosion 50,000 years ago. Speculating on prehistoric
population shifts, Ambrose suggested that an abrupt decline may have
resulted after dust from a major volcano caused the temperature to decrease
by about 5 degrees Celsius.

The Futurist reported on research conducted by psychology professor Ed
Diener that made correlations between money and happiness. Diener found
that lifestyles often become more complex when people suddenly have more
money, and those complexities often have negative effects for individuals.
"A lot of people think, 'If I only had a million dollars, I'd be happy.' It
could be true for an individual, but for most people, on average, it
appears not to be true," Diener said.

A book by music professor Nicholas Temperley was cited in a story on
amateur choral music in the London Times.  "Only in the last few years,
with the publication of Nicholas Temperley's magisterial book "The Music of
the English Parish Church, has the richness of parochial musical life been
properly examined," the Times writer noted.

Since the last "Newsmakers" report on media attention paid to a book by
Alma Gottlieb, professor of anthropology, and Philip Graham, professor of
English, the book has been reviewed in the Washington Post, Christian
Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune. "Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist
and A Writer Encounter Africa" also was the subject of a Chicago Tribune
feature story, and the couple was interviewed for a report broadcast on
Monitor Radio's "World Service." Additionally, the Chicago Tribune has
published Graham's reviews of books by John Calvin Batchelor, John Hawkes,
Michael Dorris and Margaret Atwood.

Another past newsmaker, psychology professor Douglas A. Bernstein, has
received more media coverage. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times
reported on a survey Bernstein conducted over the Internet in which he
sought improbable excuses used by students to duck an exam or other
academic obligation.


UIUC -- Inside Illinois -- 1994/01-20-94