"Newsmakers" reports major national media coverage of faculty and staff members. In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Robert Chirinko, visiting professor of economics, cited data that counters the notion that the introduction of anti-lock brakes and air bags has reduced the frequency of automobile accidents. Chirinko's research indicates that the opposite is true, due to what he describes as "offsetting behavior." When cost or risk associated with a particular behavior decreases, Chirinko, observes, "people will do it more." Chirinko's research, published originally in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, also was reported in the Wall Street Journal and on a CNN "Headline News" feature. A new book on anti-Semitism by history professor Frederic Jaher was favorably reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. The book, "A Scapegoat in the New Wilderness: The Origins and Rise of Anti-Semitism in America," covers the period 1654 to the Civil War. A Wall Street Journal article on new research on brain development indicating that human intellectual growth begins much earlier than previously believed included a reference to psychology professor William Greenough's work. Greenough, who has done extensive research with brain development, has found that young laboratory rats that live in enriched environments learn faster than those deprived of such conditions. A review of philosophy professor Richard Mohr's book, "A More Perfect Union: Why Straight Americans Must Stand Up for Gay Rights," was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. The reviewer noted that the book is more about human rights than gay rights. Two UI faculty and staff members were quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently. Rose Geier-Wilson, a research architect at the Building Research Council, suggested coping mechanisms for homeowners with wet basements. In a report on a deadly soybean fungus, extension plant pathologist Suzanne Bissonette estimated that about 10 percent of her territory in central Illinois was affected last summer. Electrical and computer engineering professor Philip Krein and some of the students who, under his direction, developed an experimental car known as the Hybrid Electric Vehicle, appeared on the CBS program "Good Morning America." During spring break, the HEV team traveled across Route 66 in the car to demonstrate the practicality and efficiency of such vehicles. The Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CBS Evening News, the BBC and Science magazine are among the media that reported on Mike Norman's simulation of the universe - the largest one ever created. Norman is a professor of astronomy and a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications. Agricultural economics professor Steven Sonka discussed changing consumer attitudes about food and marketers' attempts to use new technology to gauge those changes in a United Press International dispatch. Sonka predicted that the use of bar coding and the electronic transmission of consumer data ultimately will result in a wider variety of products available for shoppers. A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the U.S. dollar's migration to other countries included an attribution to Case Sprenkle, director of the UI-University of Warsaw joint MBA program. According to Sprenkle, the amount of U.S. currency circulating throughout the globe represents a sum almost equal to current Third World debt. In a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, John Crihfield, professor of agricultural economics, commented on Illinois' trend toward strong economic growth during the first few months of this year. A Chicago Tribune column also reported Crihfield's observations about the state's rural economy, and cited his new book, "Illinois Agriculture, Agribusiness and the Rural Economy: Strategic Issues for the Next Century." Also in the Chicago Sun-Times was a feature story that included comments by advertising professor Cele Otnes. The story was based on a study conducted by Otnes and a colleague that suggested attitudes about birthdays and other cultural rituals were shaped by early childhood experience. Terrence Jones, director of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, was named in a Chicago Sun-Times story about a dance commissioned to commemorate the center's 25th anniversary. The piece was created by dancer/choreographer David Parsons and jazz musician Billy Taylor. In addition, the center's 25th anniversary gala concert was reviewed in the Chicago Tribune. The reviewer noted that "without a doubt the most extraordinary moments of the 'Silver Jubilee' program owed to Shozo Sato, the retired UI artist-in-residence who years ago gave Chicago's Wisdom Bridge Theater some of its most indelible productions, including 'Kabuki Medea' and 'Kabuki Macbeth.' " Also mentioned was dance professor Bill Wagner's "unconventional and fascinating choreography" in an excerpt from "West Side Story." Other UI faculty and staff members interviewed or mentioned in the Chicago Tribune recently include: * Cary Nelson, a Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of criticism and interpretive theory, who uncovered a 1947 recording of Ernest Hemingway reading a tribute, titled "On the American Dead in Spain." Also, an essay co-authored by Nelson and Michael Berube, professor of criticism and interpretive theory, appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education. In it, the authors proposed steps universities, faculty members and professional associations could take to improve working arrangements and future job prospects of graduate students. * Alan Parker, chief of staff at the Small Animal Clinic, who has researched feline-hyperesthesia syndrome, a stress-related disorder that results in behavioral problems. * Mark Schwartz, a conservation biologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, who commented on data indicating that the state's forest acreage has actually increased by 10 percent since 1962. * Wayne Wendland, state climatologist at the Illinois State Water Survey, who commented about the likelihood that Illinois farmers would face another wet growing season this year. * Gary Heichel, head of agronomy, who contributed to a report about the trend among universities to patent agricultural innovations, resulting in a disruption in the previously more informal system of transferring research from academia to industry. * Vernon Bryant, extension horticulturist, who, in a story about the public's increasing interest in gardening, noted that people are growing more perennials and plants native to their area and are less obsessed with maintaining the perfect lawn. * Ellen Marsden, an assistant professional scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, who commented on a growing concentration of native lake sponges at the bottom of Lake Michigan that are killing zebra mussels, a type of mollusk that has been clogging filter systems at water treatment plants and factories. Stanley Changon, chief emeritus of the Illinois State Water Survey also discussed zebra mussels in a Science magazine article, warning that their overabundance could result in an ecological disaster. In another Science article, agronomy professor Robert Hoeft, reported that efforts to reduce acid rain are affecting farmers. Farmers's fertilizer expenses are growing, Hoeft said, as dirty coal-burning plants are cleaning up their acts and emitting less sulfur, which previously rained down on farm crops. An article in Better Homes and Gardens magazine cited research by aviation and Beckman Institute professor Art Kramer, who has found evidence to support the theory that aerobic exercise can slow, or possibly reverse, mental deterioration that occurs with aging.