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> > Gut reaction: What's going on deep inside critically ill patients?
Like many doctors, John C. Alverdy, associate professor of surgery, recalls a critically ill patient who died in his care. In Alverdy's case, the patient was someone he encountered during his residency at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago in the mid-1980s.
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> > Gender after the fall of the Wall
For Susan Gal, what's most striking about the collapse of communism is how little has been said about the role of gender in the transformation. Yet you can hardly pick up a newspaper or a magazine in East Central Europe, says the professor and chair of anthropology, without tripping over gender-related issues, including abortion, rape as a weapon of war in the former Yugoslavia, domestic-violence awareness, even "how-to" articles teaching women to shave their legs and put on make-up.
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> > On the self-assembly line
Funny how you can get a group of materials scientists into a room, and a joke about baby-making turns into an earnest discussion. That's what happened at the recent workshop "Fundamentals and Applications of Mesoscopic Self-Assembly," sponsored by the U of C Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, one of 25 such centers funded by the National Science Foundation.
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> > The dark side of the universe
Observations presented by U of C astronomers at the April 29 meeting of the American Physical Society confirm mounting evidence that ordinary matter accounts for less than 5 percent of the contents of the universe. The rest consists of mysterious dark matter (30 percent) and an even more mysterious dark energy (65 percent) that causes galaxies to rush apart from each other at an accelerating rate.
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Coursework
> > Psychodynamic social work: Standing on Freud's shoulders
There's something about the question "What's the matter?" that gets a person to loosen up, feel at ease, and release the flood that's been pent up for hours, days, even years. It's true for coworkers and family members, and, says William Borden, AM'83, PhD'88, it's certainly true for the mentally ill and other troubled members of society.
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Syllabus
> > Each week students in Bill Borden's Psychodynamic Theory and Practice I course...
"Writing about something helps us integrate it into our experience," says the senior lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration. "To register these ideas takes a long time. It's important to settle in and spend some time with these thinkers."
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