After revolutionizing methods of studying
genetics, Wen-Hsiung Li reads deep into DNA sequences to unravel
At 61, Wen-Hsiung Li thought he was too
young to win a Balzan Prize, often referred to as the Italian Nobel.
The prize, given to four winners each year, two in scientific disciplines
and two in humanities, had been awarded previously in Li’s
field, genetics and evolution, but only to octo- and nonagenarians.
Doulas aid young mothers
When Tracy Wilhoite was 16 she gave birth to
the first of eight children. The young woman’s life changed
completely—even more than most mothers—because of the
emotional and social challenges unique to being a teenager. “I
felt undervalued and underrespected,” Wilhoite says 21 years
later. “That’s something I seek never to do to the mothers
I work with. I teach them to gain respect.”
Scholars of solitude
In the gospels Jesus “goes into the wilderness
and is tested by Satan, and he comes back to be who he’s going
to be.” This condensed biblical narrative, explains W. Clark
Gilpin, the Margaret E. Burton professor in the Divinity School,
provides a model of self and spirituality for a trio of American
writers: Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Emily Dickinson.
In his forthcoming book, Alone with the Alone: Solitude in American
Religious and Literary History, Gilpin argues that those authors
chronicle a break from religious traditions, embracing solitude
and nature as a way to carve a new space for encountering divinity
and critiquing society’s distracting, consuming, and volatile
Is there a plot in this plat?
Students in Kathleen N.
Conzen’s urban-history colloquium take a questioning look
at the old neighborhood.
History 296, Colloquium: Chicago and the South Side, meets in JRL
130, a windowless seminar room in the Special Collections wing of
the Joseph Regenstein Library. The room assignment makes logistical
sense. One goal of Kathleen Neils Conzen’s course is to “introduce
students to the methods and sources of historical research.”
Proximity to the Reg’s resources means that field trips—to
the University archives, for example—are quick commutes.