bugging you is bugging me: Finding peace in a globalized world
the El from Garfield Boulevard to the city's northern reaches,
languages and skin tones come and go with the neighborhoods: black
vernacular and Spanish, dialects from Asia and Eastern Europe,
yuppie-speak and slang on the North Side, then up, up to where
Bollywood theme songs blare along streets shared by Indian and
Pakistani eateries and long-established Jewish and Georgian delis.
Riders not absorbed in newsmagazines or cell-phone conversations
may also notice an underlying tension, rising and falling with
the bubbling of what used to be called the melting pot but which
now has a new name: globalization.
dinosaur's worst nightmare
the punishing heat of the African Sahara, paleontologist Paul
Sereno has uncovered the remains of a giant prehistoric crocodile
that dwarfs its modern counterparts. Living
during the Cretaceous period, Sarcosuchus imperator ("flesh
crocodile emperor") grew to a length of 40 feet and weighed
eight tons, twice as much as a full-grown elephant. In contrast,
modern crocodiles rarely exceed 14 feet and weigh no more than
half a ton.
Warm storage for donor organs
Americans awaiting organ donations, no transplant surgeon wants
to hear that a kidney or liver is unusable. Nonetheless, David
Cronin, PhD'97, was excited to learn in early November that one
such liver-containing 70 percent fat and therefore unsuitable
for recipients-had made its way to the University of Chicago Hospitals.
This was Cronin's first chance to keep a human liver alive outside
the body using a new warm-storage device. The machine, which he's
developing with TransMedics Inc., could ease the frenzied pace
of organ transplantation, giving surgeons the chance to monitor
and repair organs that have lived long lives or are stressed from
their donor's death.
> Procrastinating retirement
foe of workplace productivity-is also the enemy of employees'
401(k) plans, resulting in lower contribution rates, poorly thought-out
fund allocation, and, ultimately, lower long-term returns. So
says Brigitte C. Madrian, an associate professor of economics
at the Graduate School of Business who studies the effects of
automatic enrollment on 401(k) savings and whether financial education
changes savings behavior.
black political thought a form of American liberalism or, as many
African-American commentators argue, a rejection of it? The question
isn't so black-and-white, says Michael C. Dawson, the William
R. Kenan Jr. professor of political science, in his new book Black
Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political
Ideologies (Chicago, 2001). The rise of a black "counterpublic"
in the 19th century, Dawson argues, resulted in currents of black
political thought as different as abolitionist Frederick Douglass
and rap artist Ice Cube.