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  April 9, 2001

Activities & Achievements/Newsmakers

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Newsmakers is a selection of media coverage of UConn people and programs. Most of the stories were placed by communications staff at the main campus and the Health Center.

An opinion piece by Tom Baker, Law, supporting the continuation of health privacy regulations adopted last year by the Department of Health and Human Services ran in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 18.

Nicholas Bellantoni, Anthropology and State Archaeologist, was featured in an article in The New York Times that focused on his investigation of a possible archaeological hoax in the Pachaug State Forest. The story ran on March 4. Bellantoni and Kevin McBride, Anthropology, were also interviewed for stories that ran on WTNH TV, WFSB TV, Fox 61, WTIC radio, and in The Hartford Courant, the Journal Inquirer, The Day (New London), and the Norwich Bulletin.

Paul Schiff Berman, Law, was quoted in an article about a lawsuit concerning the public domain and copyright law in the Florida Times-Union on March 4. He also contributed an opinion piece about a court case regarding copy protection of DVDs to The Hartford Courant on March 5. On Feb. 23, The New York Times published a letter to the editor by Berman responding to an article about the increase of the application of law for dispute resolution.

March 25, Eric Ferreri of the Durham (N.C.) Herald Sun, wrote a feature story profiling the success of UConn 2000. The story included comments from Robert Birge, Chemistry and Schwenk Chair; Claire Leonardi, Board of Trustees; Larry Schilling, Architectural and Engineering Services; Dolan Evanovich, Enrollment Management; and Gary Epling, Chemistry. North Carolina residents recently approved a similar bond issue that will help rebuild North Carolina's colleges and universities.

Thomas Cooke, Geography, was quoted in a March 23 Associated Press article about Connecticut's Census figures.

Françoise Dussart, Anthropology, was a guest on the CBS network's "The Morning Show" on March 2, for a discussion about the realities of the TV show "Survivor -- The Australian Outback." Dussart's research focuses on Australia's Aborigines. She was also featured in a live interview on WTIC radio and featured in stories WPRI TV in Providence, R.I., and the Providence Journal-Bulletin.

Dolan Evanovich, Enrollment Management, and Ron Taylor, Multicultural Affairs, were interviewed for a Feb. 25 story on WTIC-TV61 on concerns expressed by the Board of Governors for Higher Education regarding the retention and graduation rates of the state's minority students. They discussed UConn's successes and areas where more work must be done.

On March 29, Richard French, Pathobiology, was interviewed on WTIC radio about the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Europe.

An opinion piece by Nicholas Georgakopoulos, Law, about the recent bankruptcy law reforms ran in The Hartford Courant on March 21.

Harry Hartley, Educational Leadership, was quoted in a story in The New York Times on April 1, about outgoing Trinity College President Evan Dobelle and the difficulties inherent in creating The Learning Corridor in downtown Hartford.

An opinion piece by James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Communication Sciences, about Uganda's fight against AIDS ran in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 18.

Carol Lammi-Keefe, Nutritional Sciences, clarified the nutritional benefits of fish to pregnant women and nursing mothers in a commentary published in the Feb. 11 issue of The Hartford Courant.

Steven Lanza, Economics and The Connecticut Economy, was interviewed on WTIC-TV61 on March 31, regarding the nation's economy, where it's heading and why so many people are nervous.

Wei Li, Geography and Asian American Studies, was quoted in an article about a proposed school district that would be predominately Asian in the Feb. 23 issue of the San Jose Mercury News.

The Archaeology Day organized by the State Museum of Natural History at UConn was featured in articles and/or photos in The Day (New London) on March 25; The Hartford Courant on March 30 and April 2; the Willimantic Chronicle on March 31; The New York Times Connecticut section on April 1; and the Norwich Bulletin on April 2.

Kent Newmyer, Law and History, was quoted in an article about the men who ruled the country before George Washington became president in the New Haven Register on Feb. 19.

An article about slavery research by Ugo Nwokeji, History, appeared on The Chronicle of Higher Education's website on March 16.

Jeffrey Ogbar, History, was quoted in an article about hip-hop and violence in the March 22 issue of the Newark Star-Ledger.

An article by Leonard Orland, Law, about Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's actions in the Microsoft antitrust case ran in the March 19 issue of the National Law Journal.

Richard Schwab, Education, was quoted in a March 19 Business Week magazine story about how to fix America's schools. He commented on the high quality and quantity of students applying to the Neag School of Education.

Lawrence Silbart, Center for Environmental Health, was quoted in a story in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 22 about the exhibit, "The Quiet Sickness: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America."

Jennifer Tebbs, Honors Program, discussed the Connecticut Academic Decathlon, which took place at the Storrs campus this year, in an article in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 25.

The UConn-University of Fort Hare international linkage was the subject of an article in The Hartford Courant on April 3.

Evan Ward, Marine Sciences, was quoted in a story in The New York Times on March 4 about the Mohegan Indians' efforts to raise oysters in Long Island Sound.

An opinion piece by Steven Wilf, Law, about Napster's $1 billion settlement offer to recording companies ran in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22.

David Yalof, Political Science, in a national Associated Press story on March 15 regarding President Bush's process of selecting Supreme Court nominees.

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