Oxtoby departs for Pomona
Dean of physical sciences
David W. Oxtoby will leave the University this July to become
the ninth president of Pomona College. Oxtoby, the William
Rainey Harper distinguished service professor of chemistry,
joined the Chicago faculty in 1975 and has also directed
the James Franck Institute.
University joins amicus brief
Chicago joined Harvard, Yale, Princeton,
Brown, Duke, and the University of Pennsylvania in filing
a “friend of the court” brief this February
in two cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that
challenge the admissions policies of the University of Michigan’s
law school and undergraduate college. The cases will likely
determine whether a quarter-century-old policy of considering
race in admissions can continue. Although the cases deal
with a public university, the Court’s ruling could
also apply to private universities.
Five students—two from the College and one graduate
student each in the biological sciences, Divinity School,
and Graduate School of Business—have been called up
to serve in the Middle East. The students have taken leaves
of absence from their studies.
Scanning the horizon
Oriental Institute professor McGuire Gibson, AM’64,
PhD’68, was among the archaeologists meeting in January
with Pentagon officials, providing the locations of thousands
of Iraq’s antique ruins. The experts beseeched the
officials to comply with the 1954 Hague Convention on the
Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict,
which obligates combatants not to target cultural sites.
“There are no natural hills in southern Iraq,”
Gibson reminded the Pentagon brass. “If you see a
hill, in most cases it’s the mound of a buried ancient
Only 40 current College students
are Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduates—a statistic
that should change with a new program providing for five
full-tuition scholarships a year for CPS students. The related
Collegiate Scholars Program will allow 150 to 200 CPS high
schoolers to enroll in tuition-free summer classes in mathematics,
science, social sciences, writing, and literature taught
by Chicago faculty. During the academic year Collegiate
Scholars will participate in faculty-led seminars and receive
academic support, mentoring, and counseling in the college
application and admissions process.
Surrounded by friends waving “Ms. President”
placards, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, JD’72,
officially announced her entry into the 2004 Democratic
presidential race during a February visit to the Law School
as a Dean’s Lunch speaker. “It’s time
to take the ‘men only’ sign off the White House
door,” said Braun, the first black woman elected to
the U.S. Senate.
First there was Proof, then there was Copenhagen.
Now World Set Free is the latest in what appears to be a
trend among playwrights depicting characters and plots from
science. Like Proof before it, World—commissioned
by Steppenwolf Theatre—tells a University of Chicago
tale: the interpersonal tensions between physicists Enrico
Fermi and Leo Szilard as they secretly worked to create
a nuclear reaction. The play, written for young audiences,
ran through March.
The Yao connection
Behind the 7’6” Houston Rockets rookie Yao Ming
stands an entourage of Graduate School of Business experts,
including one of his agents, John Huizinga, the Bud Fackler
professor of economics, and Jonathan Frenzen, AB’78,
MBA’82, PhD’88, a clinical professor of marketing
at the GSB. Frenzen’s class of ten M.B.A. marketing
students created a long-term brand strategy for Yao as part
of the school’s quarter-long “management laboratory”
Janet Davison Rowley, PhB’45, SB’46, MD’48,
the Blum-Riese distinguished service professor of medicine,
molecular genetics & cell biology, and human genetics,
has received the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Medal for distinguished
achievement from the American Philosophical Society (APS).
Rowley, recognized for discovering chromosomal translocations
associated with cancer, was cited for “her exemplary
leadership and mentorship in the world of biomedical sciences."
“10”—but not perfect
For most of us, she will
forever jog the beach in a peach-colored one-piece and beaded
cornrow braids. So who would guess that Bo Derek is one
of more than 50 million Americans living in constant pain?
Derek’s was among the celebrity and noncelebrity photos
displayed at the University’s Duchossois Center for
Advanced Medicine for a week this March in the Many
Faces of Pain exhibition organized by the Pain Management
Clinic. Actor Corbin Bernsen of L.A. Law fame,
who also experiences persistent pain, co-led an awareness
discussion with clinic director Friedl Pantle-Fisher.
From the “where is he now?” files: University
President Emeritus Hugo Sonnenschein is the new chair of
the economics department. Sonnenschein’s research
explores theories of consumer and firm behavior, general
economic equilibrium, game theory, and social choice.
Sociology professor Anthony Bryk is one of two recipients
of the first annual Thomas B. Fordham Prize for distinguished
scholarship in education, given by the Fordham Foundation.
Bryk was cited for his seminal study of the organization
and effectiveness of Catholic schools, for founding the
Consortium on Chicago School Research to assess and aid
the city’s school-reform efforts, and for his role
as director of the Center for School Improvement in establishing
the North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School to test his theories
and train teachers.