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November 8, 1999

Newsmakers is a sample of faculty and staff in the media. Most of these placements were arranged by staff of University Communications.

The research of Peter Auster, National Undersea Research Center, aimed at saving the ocean fisheries off the New England coast, was the focus of a story in The Boston Globe on July 6. Auster also was mentioned in the July 30 edition of The Hartford Courant after being named a 1999 Pew Marine Conservation Fellow, one of 11 people in the country to receive the honor and a $150,000 research grant.

Frank Ballard, Puppetry Program, was featured in an article in the Willimantic Chronicle on October 7.

John Breen, Journalism, appeared on a segment about the media on Connecticut Newsmakers on Channel 30 on September 5.

The dedication of UConn's new research vessel, the Connecticut, on July 14, received coverage from television stations, Fox 61, NBC 30, WFSB, WTNH , and New England Cable News Network, along with the The Hartford Courant, The Republican-American (Waterbury), The Day (New London), the Journal Inquirer, the Connecticut Post, and the Associated Press. In addition, Robert Whitlatch, Marine Sciences, was quoted extensively in the July 21 issue of The Wall Street Journal in a story about the Connecticut, and the task of making the ship self-supporting through University research and outside rentals.

An op-ed by Mary Crawford, Psychology and Women's Studies, about binge drinking was published in the Chicago Tribune on September 15.

A controversial exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in early October provided a forum for Ken Dautrich, Political Science and Center for Survey Research and Analysis, which had just concluded a national survey of attitudes toward public funding -- and unfunding -- of controversial art. The survey results -- 59 percent said the government should not be allowed to ban art even if publically funded -- landed Dautrich and the center on the Associated Press national wire service, and in The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Calgary Herald, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, on PR Newswire, and others. The CSRA's polls are also a regular feature in The Hartford Courant, which runs The Courant/University of Connecticut Poll.

Research conducted by William Fitzgerald, Marine Sciences, and Peter Visscher, Microbiology, was the subject of stories published in The Day (New London) and The Advocate on September 9. The pair have been awarded a three-year federal grant to study how mercury gets into Long Island Sound.

A trip by Bob Googins, School of Law, to teach in China, was featured in an article in the Hartford Business Journal on September 13, a short item in the Hartford Courant on September 2 and an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune on September 6.

W. Penn Handwerker, Anthropology, was featured on the Associate Press state and local wire on September 1. Stories resulted in the Republican-American (Waterbury) on September 1; the Advocate (Stamford) on September 1; Connecticut Post, Sept. 1; The Day (New London) September 1, and the New Haven Register and Willimantic Chronicle, also September l. The story also appeared in the Journal Inquirer on September 20, and in The Hartford Courant.

Irving Kirsch, Psychology, appeared on a segment about placebos in a series about prescription medication on ABC Nightly News on September 15.

Wei Li, Geography and Asian American Studies, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about Asian-American businesses on September 17.

Charles Logan, Sociology, an expert on prisons, was quoted extensively in a two-part series October 3-4 in the Albuquerque Journal. He also was cited in a story posted by the national Associated Press.

Stephen Maxson, Psychology, was quoted in a September 2 Hartford Courant article about building a better mouse.

If your child is falling behind in school, does that mean it's time to call for a tutorial? Lee McLean, Educational Psychology and A.J. Pappanikou Center for Disability Studies, shared her thoughts on the subject in a story published in the September 12 issue of The Republican (Waterbury).

Robert Miller, Music, was quoted in The Republican (Waterbury) on September 12, discussing the Mozart Effect, the idea that classical music may make children more intelligent.

The Neag School of Education naming ceremony on September 24, was covered by the Journal Inquirer, The Hartford Courant, The Norwich Bulletin, WTNH, NBC 30, CTN, and the Metro Radio News Network.

Jeffrey Ogbar, History, was quoted in an October 28 article in The Hartford Courant discussing the annual meeting of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The work of Peter Scheifele, National Undersea Research Center, with the American School for the Deaf was the focus of an article in The Boston Globe on July 11. Scheifele and his students were conducting research off the coast of Massachusetts to determine the effects of noise pollution on whales.

William Servedio, Kinesiology, was interviewed in-depth by the Journal Inquirer for a story on August 3, examining the hidden dangers of trampolines and playground equipment.

A course on human genetics taught by Linda Strausbaugh, Molecular & Cell Biology, received recognition as "best of campus" in an insert in the Boston Globe on New England public and private universities and colleges on September 26.

A book by Hans Turley, English, on piracy and masculine identity was written up in the Connecticut Post on July 25 and The Stranger, Seattle's alternative weekly, on September 23.

In the August 12 issue of the Christian Science Monitor, Jaci VanHeest, Kinesiology, was interviewed about the use of drugs among athletes.