The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVII, Issue 41
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
August 23, 2002

 Page One Grain & Chaff Obituaries Letters to the Chronicle Archives Feedback Weekly Bulletin

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Grain & Chaff


Research by Sociology professor Anthony Harris on the link between improved emergency care and lower murder rates has garnered widespread attention in recent weeks. His study was noted in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Salt Lake Tribune, Miami Herald, Boston Herald, New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vancouver Province, Windsor (Ont.) Star and The Guardian of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. ... Epidemiologist Elizabeth Bertone is also racking up headlines with her research on the dangers of secondhand smoke to house cats. Along with being interviewed on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" on Aug. 17, Bertone's work has been detailed in the Washington Post, London's Sunday Mail, and Salt Lake City's Deseret News.

Stepping up and out

Jack R. Warner, former vice chancellor of the Board of Higher Education and associate chancellor at UMass Dartmouth, is the new commissioner of higher education in Rhode Island. Warner, who assumed his new post last month, is a 30-year veteran of the Bay State's public higher education system. He was an administrator and psychology instructor at Northern Essex Community College from 1970-79, dean of student affairs at Bristol Community College from 1979-96 and vice chancellor of the Board of Higher Education from 1996 to 2000. For the past two years, he has been involved in strategic planning at the Dartmouth campus.

Jeff Podos

Jeff Podos

In the news

Assistant professor of Biology Jeff Podos and his research on variations among finches in the Galapagos Islands have been featured several times on recent segments of "Pulse of the Planet," a two-minute radio program that airs on 320 public and commercial radio stations across the country. ... Recently retired plant pathologist Terry Tattar was quoted by the Boston Herald (Aug. 20) about the approaching allergy season. Tattar said ragweed is thriving despite hot, dry conditions. ... Political Science professor and judicial selection expert Sheldon Goldman told the Legal Times (Aug. 19) that there is "nothing unusual or wrong about patronage-driven appointments, as long as the people are qualified." ... James Manwell, director of the Renewable Energy Research Lab in the College of Engineering, told the Washington Post (Aug. 20) that a controversial plan for a wind farm off Nantucket could put Cape Cod ahead of the country as the nation inevitably moves away from coal, oil and nuclear power. ... James Young, chair of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, was quoted in a USA Today commentary (Aug. 21) on the use of "9/11" to refer to last year's terrorist attacks. Young said "warp-speed" media coverage helped propel the shorthand term into popular use faster than expected.

Signal of support

UMass Extension's Laurie Sanders, host of WFCR-FM's "Field Notes," has been awarded a $41,750 grant from the Northeast Utilities Foundation in support of the weekly series. "Field Notes," which airs each Monday at 7:30 a.m. during National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," explores and celebrates the natural history and biological diversity of western New England.

College bowl

The University of Connecticut's board of trustees unanimously approved a midyear tuition hike last week to offset about $14 million in state budget cuts. The increase, effective spring semester, will raise tuition by $108 to $2,419 for in-state undergraduates. The trustees also approved an 11.2 percent tuition increase for 2003-04 and an 8.4 percent increase for the 2004-05 academic year. ... Irked by the University of New Hampshire's inclusion on this year's Princeton Review list of top party schools, UNH officials fired back last week with an angry press release. Referring to the annual list as "an unscientific survey based on random interactions with college students across the country," the statement said UNH "gives no credence to the review's findings." News bureau director Kim Billings said "UNH cares very much about the welfare of its students, and because of programs and workshops, there has been a steady decline in high-risk binge drinking and a decrease in the number of UNH students arrested on drinking charges."

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