UI chemistry professor Kenneth Suslick was mentioned recently in various news reports, including a New York Times story citing scientists' various attempts to achieve cold fusion. According to the story, Suslick in 1987 led a group of researchers studying a phenomenon called sonoluminescence, which may yet prove to play a role in triggering the desired reaction. At the UI, scientists created clouds of tiny bubbles in a hydrocarbon solvent and calculated the temperature of the gas in the bubbles to be at least 9,000 degrees Fahrenheit; recent experiments elsewhere have yielded even higher temperatures, which could, in theory, ignite fusion. An Associated Press dispatch detailed Suslick's other accomplishments using ultrasound to do everything from creating a new blood substitute to changing the way metal bonds. James Economy, head of materials science, and art and design professor Roger Blakely also were quoted in the dispatch. Suslick's current investigations in sonochemistry were reported in the Dallas Morning News as well. Anthropology professor Alma Gottlieb's research was cited in a New York Times story focusing on the premise that anthropologists are way ahead of everybody else when it comes to multiculturalism. The story included a sampling of abstracts presented at the annual convention of the American Anthropological Association and listed Gottlieb's paper about how the Beng people of Africa's Ivory Coast treat babies with colic. An article in the New York Times Magazine by "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau drew on research by art history professor Jonathan Fineberg, whose research on the influence of children's art on well-known modern artists is the subject of a book and museum tour planned for this year. Fineberg's work indicates that artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky may have borrowed more directly from images originally created by children than anyone has before been able to prove. A New York Times story that attempted to trace the origins of a folk song often titled "In the Pines" mentioned Judith McCulloh's research of it for a dissertation in 1970. McColloh is executive editor of the UI Press; her work was published in the Press' "Music in American Life" series. In a letter to the editor published by the New York Times, East Asian languages and literature professor Jahyun Kim Haboush offered a more complex interpretation of relations between Japan and Korea than one that had been presented in an article on the topic. Haboush maintained that the relationship between the two countries has been "complicated, rich and multidimensional" for centuries, and that portrayal of Japan as an aggressor and Korea as a victim is an oversimplified assessment of the situation. The Wall Street Journal reported on findings of Michael LeRoy, professor of labor and industrial relations, who conducted a study of National Labor Relations Board decisions over the past decade. In 31 percent of the cases LeRoy reviewed, employers failed to rehire striking workers after the labor disputes had been resolved. LeRoy also commented on labor practices in a Chicago Tribune story. Two op-eds by journalism professor Jerry Landay have been published in the Christian Science Monitor. In the first, Landay took the federal government to task for failing to act as a responsible guardian of the public airwaves; in the second, he indicated the need for the Federal Communications Commission to impose more stringent guidelines that would close loopholes many networks and television stations have been using to get around the requirements mandated by the Children's Television Act of 1990. Michael Berube, professor of English and of criticism and interpretive theory, wrote about the emergence of a new generation of black intellectuals in an essay published in the New Yorker. Berube compared the arrival of these new thinkers, writers and public figures to the wave of New York intellectuals who appeared on the scene after World War II. Harper's magazine also published an article Berube titled "Life as We Know It: A Father, a Son and Genetic Destiny." Foods and nutrition professor Susan Brewer contributed to a Los Angeles Times Syndicate dispatch - distributed to newspapers nationwide - that focused on the appeal of crunchy foods. Brewer said food chemists are aware that crunchiness - or "fracture- ability" as they call it - enhances the sensory experience of eating for some people. In a Boston Globe story on the proliferation of English as a common world language, linguistics and education professor Braj Kachru noted that for every native speaker, there are at least four non-native speakers for whom English is a second, third or fourth language. "The spread of English today is unprecedented and represents a unique linguistic phenomenon," he said. Josef Lakonishok, the William G. Karnes Professor in Mergers and Acquisitions in the College of Commerce and Business Administration, was quoted about the "group-think mentality" of institutional money managers in a Fortune magazine article, "The Coming Investor Revolt." An Associated Press dispatch available to newspapers throughout the country documented the accomplishments of electrical and computer engineering professor Nick Holonyak - including his receipt of the 1995 Japan Prize, that country's highest award for achievements in science and technology. The Chicago Tribune also reported on the award. In another AP dispatch, Linda Duke, audience education director and lecturer at the Krannert Art Museum, commented on the talents of Chinese artist Chen Zhongsen, who visited the UI last fall. The report focused on the artist's unusual ability to create microcarvings - tiny works of art consisting of images and calligraphy carved into the surface of various materials. A Copely News Service dispatch about the state of Illinois' economy included quotes from John Crihfield, professor of agricultural economics and professor in the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Reporting on results published in the institute's Flash Index of Economic Growth, Crihfield said, "There is no sign that expansion is slowing in Illinois. The fourth quarter has begun with a bang, and if this pace continues, fourth-quarter results will be very positive." Numerous faculty and staff members provided source material for features, op-eds and other reports in the Chicago Tribune. They have included: * John F. Due, professor emeritus of transportation economics, who contributed to a story about the revival of short-line railroads. Because of their lower costs and more flexible work rules, short-line railroads often can handle switching and other activities better than the big railroads, Due said. * Geography professor John Jakle, whose book, "The Gas Station in America" - co-authored by Keith Sculle - was the focus of a detailed feature story. The book provides a scholarly look at the evolution of the roadside facilities, and, Jakle said, focuses in particular on the concepts of "place-product-packaging and corporate territoriality." * Journalism professor George Albert Gladney, who wrote an op- ed that questioned the American public's knowledge of the Republican party's "Contract with America" and its influence - or lack thereof - on choices made in the voting booth last November. Gladney based his arguments on results of a poll conducted by students in his public-opinion class. * Journalism professor William Berry, who commented in a story that profiled Chicago magazine editor Richard Babcock and looked at changes in the magazine since Babcock has been at the helm. Berry, a former editor at Ebony magazine, noted that crisper, shorter articles are among the imprints Babcock has had on his publication. * English and linguistics professor Dennis Baron, who penned an op-ed that considered new words and phrases coined in 1994. His vote for best phrase of the year: "Contract with America." * William Riley, dean of students, who was interviewed for a story about a boom in enrollment in evangelical colleges. Riley noted that the type of student attracted to such schools may not feel comfortable at large, heterogeneous institutions such as the UI, where their beliefs are prone to be challenged. * Curriculum and instruction professor Violet Harris, who discussed a controversy regarding the choice by the makers of a series of historic dolls to represent its only African-American doll as an escaped slave girl. A member of the company's advisory board, Harris said the book that accompanies the doll was carefully researched and reflects changes in the written history of slavery, which once depicted slaves as complacent to their enslavement. * Advertising professor Cele Otnes, whose research of people's gift-giving habits was documented in a pre-holiday feature story. Otnes found that givers tended to fit five general categories, and noted that men tend to buy practical presents because they haven't traditionally been socialized to be gift-givers. * Alan Parker, chief of staff at the Small Animal Clinic, who commented in a story on the growth in the number of specialists in the field of veterinary medicine. Sandra Manfra, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, also was interviewed for the story, as was Nancy Rotzoll, assistant to the dean of students, whose dog received dental care provided by Manfra. In addition, Manfra was mentioned in an AP feature about veterinarians who specialize in dentistry. * Jane Ellen Nickell, arts editor at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, whose name was dropped in the paper's "Inc." column. Nickell reported that damage to the center caused by vandals Dec. 1 did not stop performances scheduled there that evening. * Political science professor Brian Sala, who commented on the recent transition in power in Congress. Said Sala: "They [Gingrich's Republicans] are still fighting the war of the minority part. All the things they hated as members of the minority party they're going to discover were very effective tools for the majority party running the show." The Chronicle of Higher Education printed an article on the possible "zero balance" funding by Congress of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting written by Donald P. Mullally, director of broadcasting and general manager of WILL-AM-FM-TV. In stating his arguments in support of public broadcasting, Mullally wrote: "Educators - particularly the faculty members and presidents of major universities - cannot afford to remain silent in the intensifying debate. So far, they have failed to recognize the extent of their stake in public broadcasting, but if they don't figure it out soon, and act on it, we will all be the losers."