"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 English professor George Hendrick, who recently edited two collections of previously unpublished works by Carl Sandburg, was interviewed on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."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.