Grain & Chaff
In the news
The media frenzy around Tiger Woods is contributing
to a gender gap in professional golf, according to Jay Gladden,
assistant professor of Sport Studies. "The LPGA has excellent
players, but they are basically in Tiger's shadow right now,"
he told The Detroit News (Aug. 24). "The differences
in purses are largely driven by TV's interests, and by corporate
interests. ... The problem for the women is that, even with a
good economy, there are so many sports entities out there looking
for corporate sponsorship. It's a very, very competitive market."
... The Economist (Aug. 26) noted a study co-authored
by associate professor of Economics Dale Ballou suggests that
the quality of American teachers has more to do with how they
are paid, not how much. ... Nutrition professor Ken Samonds' research
on canned foods was featured in the Ottawa Sun (Aug.
Old school ties
Former Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
professor Bart Nnaji, now at the University of Pittsburgh, was
interviewed about Nigeria's emerging democracy on National Public
Radio's "All Things Considered" last weekend. Nnaji
served briefly as Nigeria's minister of science and technology
in 1993 until a military coup seized power. The country returned
to civilian rule last year.
Worth a thousand words
The Retired Faculty Association is commissioning
a portrait of the late former Provost and Chancellor Oswald Tippo.
The group has asked Jack Coughlin, retired professor of Art, to
create the painting.
Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost
and director of the Center For Teaching, was invited by the National
Science Foundation to serve on a review panel for its Course,
Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program held July 24-26
in Washington, D.C..
Around the Five Colleges
Smith College alumna Ruth Ozeki, author of
"My Year of Meats," reads from her novel on Sept. 5
at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. ... "Beyond Freedom
and Dignity: new paintings and drawings" by David Schutter
opens Sept. 1 at the main gallery in the Harold Johnson Library
at Hampshire College. An opening reception is scheduled for Sept.
7, 4-6 p.m. The exhibit runs through Sept. 29. ... Rahul Peter
Das, professor of Indology at Martin Luther University in Halle,
Germany, speaks on the idea and development of medical science
(Ayurveda) in ancient India on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the New
York Room of Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Hoyoke College. The lecture
On the air
Football coach Mark Whipple is going to the
air. "The Mark Whipple Show" debuted Tuesday night on
WHMP 1400 AM and WPNT 1600 AM. The new hour-long live program
with the football coach will be broadcast Thursday nights at 6:30
from The Hangar, on University Drive.
Norton has published "Mozart's Letters,
Mozart's Life: Selected Letters," translated and edited by
Robert Spaethling, a former faculty member in the German Department.
Spaethling later transferred to UMass Boston, where he is professor
emeritus of German.