reaction: What's going on deep inside critically ill patients?
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.
after the fall of the Wall
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.
On the self-assembly line
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.
dark side of the universe
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.
social work: Standing on Freud's shoulders
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.
week students in Bill Borden's Psychodynamic Theory and Practice
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."