The University of Chicago Magazine

October-December 1996


  • Schools Without a Net:
    Melissa Roderick listens in to learn why even good students in Chicago high schools often struggle.

  • Look, Ma, No DNA!:
    Mad cows, defective yeast, and a disease spread by cannibalism are all key evidence in a scientific controversy over a new mechanism of inheritance, Chicago biologist Susan Lindquist and colleagues at the U of C Medical Center report in Science.

  • Calculated Risk
    Our trust in experts is the rule, says public-policy scholar Howard Margolis, except when it comes to certain environmental issues.

    Also in Investigations:

    • Two Nations: In Divided by Color: Racial Politics and Democratic Ideals (U of C Press), political scientist Lynn Sanders charts a gulf far deeper than many Americans acknowledge.
    • The Power of One: In Under God, Indivisible, 1941­ 1960 (U of C Press), Divinity School's Martin E. Marty looks at how religious organizations helped Americans to set aside cultural and political differences and cultivate consensus during World War II.
    • No Jolt: Chocolate does not affect children's behavior, says a team of researchers led by Medical Center's Mark Stein.
    • Rough Sailing: The idea of free trade among nations hasn't lacked critics, but it has become one of the strongest ideas that economics has to offer, says GSB's Douglas Irwin in Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade (Princeton).

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