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JUNE 2003
Volume 95, Issue 5
 

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Cave crawler
Finding human and plant remains in southeastern U.S. caves, Patty Jo Watson trekked from archaeology’s fringes to prominence.
Human feces may not seem like an exciting find, but to archaeologist Patty Jo Watson, AM’56, PhD’59, it ranks pretty high. Well-preserved fecal specimens she found in the dry, upper passages of Kentucky’s Salts Cave date to 1000–300 B.C., in the early Woodland period. More important, sunflower-seed shells found in the paleofeces provide evidence that early American Indians in that region farmed the plants before they were brought from Mexico—and thus had formed their own, previously unknown agricultural system.
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1913 The June issue was devoted to the 37 original faculty members still teaching at Chicago two decades later. Among the group was a lone female: Dean of Women Marion Talbot. Born in Switzerland in 1858, Talbot earned degrees from Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously an instructor at Wellesley, she came to Chicago as both the dean of women and an assistant professor of sanitary science; in 1894 she became a full professor of household administration. As dean she always lived in one of the women’s dormitories: the “Beatrice,” Snell, Kelly, or Green.
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Life of the eccentric
Jump rope using human ropes. Recite monologues from Glengarry Glen Ross. Explain string theory using only sock puppets. Build a rickshaw and carry passengers around the quads as part of SHAT, the ScavHunt Authority for Transit.

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In the May 4 New York Times writer James Atlas traced an intellectual genealogy much in the news this spring: the connections between “the cohort of journalists, political philosophers, and policy wonks known as Straussians.” Classicist and political philosopher Leo Strauss, who taught at Chicago from 1949 until 1967, was known for his critiques of value-free social science. How influential are Straussians? Here are some with U of C degrees.
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