The University of Chicago Magazine

February 1997


Top effort:

The American Cancer Society gave its highest award, the Medal of Honor, to Janet Rowley, the Blum-Riese distinguished service professor in medicine. Rowley, PhB'45, SB'46, MD'48, was honored as a world-class researcher in cancer genetics and as a teacher, mentor, and adviser in the cancer-research community.

You can't fight city Hall:

But College students can intern for the mayor's office, in a new program from Career and Placement Services and the Dean's office. Coordinated by Lisa Boulden, AB'91, AM'92, assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, the program supports three paid internships during winter and spring quarters. CAPS also plans summer internships in Washington, D.C.

The big maroon:

Posting a record 16 wins and capturing their second University Athletic Association title in three years, the women's soccer team made their first NCAA post-season appearance, going to the Division III final four. Although the team lost, 1-0, to reigning champion College of New Jersey, head coach Amy Reifert was named regional "Coach of the Year" by the National Association of Soccer Coaches.

The big maroon II:

Ending its season 13-3-1, the men's soccer team advanced to regional championships for the first time, defeating the nation's top-ranked Division III team. In the national semifinals, Chicago lost a close match to Kenyon College. The National Association of Soccer Coaches picked Maroon coach John O'Connor as regional "Coach of the Year."

On-line info:

Registered students can now view their grades on line, while faculty can review class rosters and request enrollment statistics via their desktop computers. The result is easy access to information that once took days to obtain. Students--who can't change or update their files--get a password to use the new system.

Clear thinking:

Mathematics professor William Fulton was awarded a Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition by the American Mathematical Society, for his book Intersection Theory.

Wildcat cards:

In a one-year experiment, U of C students, faculty, and staff with library privileges have access and borrowing privileges at several Northwestern University libraries. In the reciprocal agreement, users can borrow books at one school and return them to their own school's library.

Neurology chief:

Raymond Roos, a leading researcher and clinician in neurodegenerative disorders, particularly amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis, is the new chair of neurology. Director of a nationally recognized ALS clinic at the Hospitals--one of only eight such clinics designated by the Muscular Dystrophy Association--he joined the U of C in 1976.

Matters of Policy:

A new journal produced by public-policy students, Chicago Policy Review, debuted in November. Providing a forum for policy issues, the semi-annual journal has readers among Harris School alumni, business and community leaders, and policy makers nationwide.

Cancer help:

A new esophageal-cancer program for research and patient care has been launched with a $1-million grant from the Francis L. Lederer Foundation (Lederer, SB'19, MD'21, was a noted otolaryngologist). Professor of medicine Everett Vokes heads the program. Some 12,300 new cases of esophageal cancer, mostly affecting men over 50, were diagnosed in the U.S. in 1996.<


Autumn brought two honors to Hans Dieter Betz, the Shailer Mathews professor in the Divinity School. In October, the school held an international symposium celebrating his teaching and scholarship. In November, the New Testament scholar was elected president of the Society of Biblical Literature--one of America's oldest religion societies. Betz joined the faculty in 1978.

His favorite things:

Chicago astrophysicist and Nobel laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar would have been pleased with a mid-December symposium in his memory. Chandrasekhar, who died in 1995, devoted much of his research to theories on black holes and relativistic stars. Scholars at the symposium--including Stephen Hawking--focused on both topics.

Chem Prize:

Chemistry professor Philip Eaton was named a 1997 Arthur C. Cope scholar by the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes and encourages excellence in organic chemistry.

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