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Hopeful Talk About Ireland
Jackson, 'Hurricane' Open
Tech Students Tackle
Crowns Aid Jewish Studies
A Change In Address
Cassel Joins Human Rights
Piecing It Together
Brave New.com World
Paying Homage to
Francis L.K. Hsu
So NEAR, Yet So Far
Reducing Risks Pays Off
Religion: Not on Front Page
Unexpected But Most
Gifts and Grants
Ovarian Cancer Grant
Lurie, Pancoe Gifts Boost University's Medical Research
A $40 million gift from a University trustee to Campaign Northwestern and a $10 million contribution from two longtime supporters have paved the way for major medical research facilities on the Chicago and the Evanston campuses.
The Chicago facility was made possible by trustee Ann Lurie and will be named The Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University in honor of her late husband.
The generosity of Arthur (G51) and Gladys Pancoe will result in a new life sciences research center on the Evanston campus.
The $200 million Lurie Medical Research Center will include space for research laboratories and offices in the fields of genetics and molecular medicine, cancer, neuroscience, bioengineering and advanced medicine.
In addition to the Lurie gift, Northwestern received an anonymous donation of $25 million from an alumnus, an investment of $30 million by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a proposed $30 million commitment from the state of Illinois to support the University's campaign goal for the facility. Construction will begin later this year.
"We are deeply appreciative of the extraordinary generosity of Ann Lurie and her strong support of the field of medical research," said University President Henry Bienen. "Her leadership, dedication and remarkable energy have provided significant support for Northwestern's research efforts."
When complete in 2003, the 12-story Lurie center will contain more than 200,000 net square feet of research space. It will include nine floors of laboratories, with additional floors for support functions and a ground floor that will offer a dining area, two auditoriums and three classrooms.
Last year, Lurie established an endowed chair at Northwestern's Medical School named for Diana, Princess of Wales. The chair is currently held by renowned research scientist Craig Jordan, who is known internationally as "the father of tamoxifen." Tamoxifen is one of the most effective drugs for women with certain types of breast cancer and has been used as a preventive therapy in some cases.
In honor of the Pancoes' gift and a previous contribution by Evanston Northwestern Healthcare [Northwestern, News on Campus, spring 2000], the Evanston facility will be named the Arthur and Gladys Pancoe-Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Life Sciences Pavilion. It will be dedicated to the memory of the Pancoes' granddaughter, Beth Elise Pancoe, a Northwestern student who died last summer from acute myelogenous leukemia.
A senior managing director at Bear Stearns & Co. in Chicago, Arthur Pancoe specializes in investments in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields. "The vision and foresight that have made Art so successful in his business are reflected in this gift, which will benefit research in important and growing fields," Bienen said.
The 166,000-square-foot building, which will cost more than $60 million, is designed to advance biomedical research through the integration of basic science discoveries with clinical investigations. Ground-breaking is planned for fall 2000, with completion projected for 2002.
In 1997 the Pancoes made a $1 million gift to establish the Arthur and Gladys Pancoe Professorship in Mathematics in the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) (Campaign Northwestern)
Architect's rendering of The Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University.
(Illustration courtesy of Davis Brody Bond, LLP)
Former senator George Mitchell, left, with T.W. Heyck
(Photo by Brian Kersey)
Hopeful Talk about Ireland
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, left, broker of the Good Friday accord for Northern Ireland, delivered the first annual T.W. Heyck Lecture in British and Irish History, named for Heyck, right, professor of history at Northwestern for more than 30 years. Mitchell spoke optimistically about the prospects for an agreement between the British and the Irish and the Protestants and the Catholics: "I'm convinced that both governments and parties are sincere in their attempts to keep moving forward." Internet users can enjoy Mitchell's remarks by going to www.northwestern.edu/univrelations/media/mitchell.ram to hear the speech in its entirety.
Barbara J. O'Keefe, a professor in the University of Michigan's school of information and director of the Media Union, will become dean of Northwestern's School of Speech July 1.
O'Keefe succeeds David H. Zarefsky (S68, GS69, 74), who has served as dean since 1988.
"President Henry Bienen and I are greatly impressed with Professor O'Keefe," said provost Lawrence Dumas. "Her highly successful experience as director of the Media Union augurs well for her leadership of the School of Speech, since the multidisciplinary Media Union brought together communities spanning the arts, humanities, engineering, social and natural sciences and professional schools at Michigan."
Before coming to Michigan, O'Keefe was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. O'Keefe's scholarly interests include interpersonal and group communication processes and their analysis, human-computer interaction and communication technology.
In the Medical School, Lewis Landsberg, Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine and interim dean of the school since August, was appointed permanent dean and vice president for medical affairs. And in the School of Music, Bernard J. Dobroski (GMu81) agreed to continue serving as dean beyond his current five-year term, which concludes in June.
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From left, Larry Marshall, Jesse Jackson, and Hurricane Carter
(Photo by Jim Ziv)
Jesse Jackson and the 'Hurricane' Help Open Center for Wrongful Convictions
Northwestern University, long in the forefront of the movement to free unjustly incarcerated prisoners, has established the Center on Wrongful Convictions.
The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the subject of an acclaimed movie about his 19 years in prison for three murders he did not commit, were the featured speakers at an inaugural teach-in last February on wrongful convictions and the death penalty.
"I am a survivor of the American justice system," Carter was quoted as saying in the Daily Northwestern. Once a middleweight prizefighter contending for the title, he is now executive director of the Toronto-based Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted.
"There are many people in prison today not because they went astray, but because the law was placed in the hands of those who went astray," Carter said.
The Northwestern center, a joint project of the School of Law and the Medill School of Journalism, is an outgrowth of the work on behalf of the wrongfully convicted by Lawrence Marshall (L85), professor of law, and David Protess, professor of journalism at Medill, and their students. Their successes played a crucial role in Illinois Gov. George Ryan's decision to put a moratorium on executions in the state.
At the center, both law and journalism students work with the staff on strategies to improve the administration of criminal justice. The center also aims to raise public awareness of the issue.
Marshall organized a conference in 1998 on wrongful convictions and the death penalty that attracted national and international publicity ("Righting Wrongful Convictions," spring 1999). In an emotional ceremony at the event, 31 former inmates who faced the possibility of execution took center stage as personal symbols of justice gone awry.
Skinny and poorly read Saturday editions have plagued daily newspapers for decades. One forward-looking publication the Times of Northwest Indiana attacked the problem with the help of students from the Medill School of Journalism.
A 95,000-circulation daily based in Munster, the Times implemented most of the recommendations made by Medill's graduate-level Newspaper Management Project.
In little more than a month, reader and advertiser response to the new Saturday edition started turning around. "Letters indicate that readers have noticed the changes and like them," said Mary Dedinsky (J69, GJ70), associate professor of journalism and former managing editor of the Chicago Sun-Times.
A major portion of the Northwestern proposal included a new, action-oriented "Your Saturday" section that gave readers tips on weekend activities places to eat and be entertained, travel information, coupons relating to Saturday chores and similar features.Tech Students Tackle Business
To meet the challenges of a global economy, undergraduates in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science now can opt to learn about the fundamentals of the business world through the Business Basics Certificate Program.
Offered through the McCormick School, the program includes business-related courses and internships for its participants. Students must take an accounting course and three to five business courses.
"When students think about whether they would rather go to Cornell, Princeton, Illinois or Northwestern, they will realize that Northwestern has something to offer that the other schools don't," said William J. White, professor of industrial engineering and management science and former CEO of Bell & Howell of Chicago.Grad Students Get Support
The Northwestern University Graduate School will soon be one of the first in the country to give students year-round support. Also, this year will see the debut of the International Summer Institute a one-month immersion program to teach international students speaking and writing skills and familiarize them with teaching in a larger American university.
Almost 30 percent of the graduate students at Northwestern speak native languages other than English.
As for the additional financial support, "the addition of more fellowships will help us to attract only the top students from around the nation and the world," said Richard Morimoto, dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education.
New funds from Campaign Northwestern have also allowed for humanities research grants of $1,500 to help continuing students defray expenses such as travel costs related to their research.
"The impact of Campaign Northwestern on the Graduate School has been pronounced," Morimoto said.Sober Sisters
The Panhellenic Association, the governing body for Northwestern sororities, voted this year to stop co-sponsoring parties with fraternities at which alcohol is served in on-campus housing.
"The reaction has been positive," said Jackie Hosking, a Kappa Delta senior and the Panhellenic vice president for education. "We're proud to be one of the first Panhellenics in the country to take this stand."
While acknowledging the decision, which takes effect next fall, may put a bit of a damper on extracurricular activities on campus, Hosking's attitude was upbeat. "We'll just have to be a little more creative, that's all," she said.Crowns Aid Jewish Studies
In recognition of a major gift from the family of Lester Crown (McC46) and of his 40 years of service to the University's Board of Trustees, the Jewish Studies program at Northwestern has been named after the Crown family.
The gift will endow a full professorship, to be called the Crown Family Professorship of Jewish Studies, and will support graduate fellowships in the field.
"This gift from the Crown family, one of the most respected names within the Jewish community of Chicago, will enable us to handle the high demand for Jewish Studies courses at Northwestern and will help create greater awareness of our program," said Jacob Lassner, Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization and director of Jewish Studies. "This grant also will allow us to continue to serve as a vast intellectual resource for the Chicago community and for the Jewish community at large."
Lassner hopes to introduce new courses on a wider spectrum of topics, particularly for the study of more modern events in Jewish history.
Last year, more than 900 students enrolled in approximately 40 courses in Jewish Studies. The program's largest offering, History of the Holocaust, regularly attracts more than 100 students.
Contributions from the Crown family were instrumental in building the Rebecca Crown Center and the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. The Arie and Ida Crown Memorial Foundation supports a wide range of educational, cultural and human service programs.
A Change of Address
Northwestern's Internet domain name, part of the University's e-mail addresses and Web sites, changed in March to northwestern.edu from nwu.edu.
Because thousands of electronic messages go in and out of Northwestern every day, the shift was made to help establish the University's identity more clearly, said Alan Cubbage (GJ78, 87), vice president for university relations.
The change will also standardize Northwestern's name with "the rest of the world," Cubbage said. By expanding the name, Northwestern follows the current trend among universities and corporations of using full names instead of often cryptic and confusing abbreviations.
Existing nwu.edu e-mail and Web addresses will continue to work for several years, said Tom Board, director of technology support services in the Department of Information Technology.
A full explanation of the change is available at www.tss.northwestern.edu/reference/northwestern.edu.html.
Students broadcasting the Northwestern News Report
(Photo by Joseph Angotti)
Move over CNN. The student-run Northwestern News Network has hit the airwaves.
A 30-minute newscast, Northwestern News Report goes out to all of Evanston, including the University. Content focuses on hard news with a heavy campus emphasis, said Joseph Angotti, broadcast journalism professor in the Medill School of Journalism and the project's adviser.
"There can be large portions devoted to a single subject, but for the most part we cover breaking news," he said.
The program is student-produced and student-directed, marking the first time undergraduates have attempted a weekly newscast.
Cassel Joins Human Rights Board to Foster Democracies
The Organization of American States has elected law professor Douglass Cassel to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Justice Studies Center for the Americas.
The purpose of the center is to facilitate training of judges, prosecutors, police and other law enforcement officials throughout North and South America; to promote exchanges of information and technical cooperation; and to support reform and modernization of justice systems in the region.
The center was established after heads of state from the Western Hemisphere mandated it in 1998 at the Second Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile. Santiago will serve as the center's headquarters.
Cassel, director of the School of Law's Center for International Human Rights, has extensive experience with organizations that monitor human rights in Latin America. At Northwestern, he teaches international human rights law.Cutting the Rug for Charity
Those boogie artists have done it again. Dance Marathon 2000, held for a grueling 30 hours in March, raised $537,645, a record for the seventh year in a row.
Nearly $400,000 of the cash total went to Gilda's Club of Chicago, which provides social services for cancer sufferers and their families and friends. Gilda's Club was named after comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.
The other major recipient of funds this year was the Evanston Community Foundation.
(Photo by James Prinz)
Piecing It Together
In 1996 an alert architectural researcher browsing through University Library stumbled across this old color lithograph of a mosaic in the Chicago Loop's famed Auditorium Theatre, designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. That was the final piece in a 40-year mosaic mystery puzzle. Using the lithograph as a color guide, artisans painstakingly reconstructed the mosaic, using 250,000 tiles. They installed it earlier this year in the lobby, where the first mosaic had either been destroyed or filched decades ago or auctioned off when the theater went bankrupt in the 1940s.
Brave New.com World
Northwestern's International Center for Advanced Internet Research, or iCAIR, established in 1998 with IBM, Cisco Systems, Ameritech and other partners, is working on several projects in the field of advanced computer networks.
One, called Internet2, is being designed primarily to meet the growing needs of the academic world. Northwestern, through iCAIR (www.icair.org), has joined scores of other American universities in the effort to put the new interactive network into operation.
Specifically, iCAIR is a leader in developing the Internet2 Digital Video Network, which will support advanced video conferencing, video-on-demand and live transmission on high-performance networks. "This technology presents full-color, full-motion, full-screen video with CD-quality audio," noted iCAIR director Joe Mambretti.
Also, Next Generation Internet, or NGI, a related project with Northwestern involvement, is focusing on advanced networks for federal agencies.
Several major donors were honored in 1925 at the groundbreaking of Northwestern's $5.6 million campus for the medical, dental and law schools on Chicago's Near North Side. From left are Elizabeth Cobb Ward, Judge Elbert Gary, Hortense Mayer Hirsch, Northwestern president Walter Dill Scott, Rachel Mayer, William Wieboldt, Marion Wallace McKinlock and G.A. McKinlock.
Paying Homage to Northwestern's Founders
On May 31, 1850, nine men gathered in Grant Goodrich's downtown Chicago law office above Jabez Botsford's hardware store on Lake Street between Dearborn and Clark. In that fateful meeting at what is now 69 W. Lake St., they agreed that "the interests of Sanctified learning require the immediate establishment of a University in the North West..." It was a noble cause, to be sure, but extremely ambitious the prairie city on Lake Michigan was only 17 years old and home to a mere 28,000 residents.
However, the men in that group were a true reflection of the farsighted pioneers attracted to Chicago. As the settlement grew, the University grew along with it to become one of the country's premier private institutions of higher learning.
On May 31, 2000, the 150th anniversary of the University's founding, the event was commemorated by the installation of a historic marker near the location of that long-ago meeting on Lake Street. Northwestern President Henry Bienen, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Illinois Gov. George Ryan unveiled the marker. A luncheon followed, honoring the current Board of Trustees and featuring an address by board chair Patrick Ryan.
From the beginning, Northwestern's founders worked hard to raise the necessary money for a university, initially purchasing land at Jackson and LaSalle Streets in Chicago. Subsequently, they bought a 360-acre tract of property 12 miles north of the city along the lake. The community that developed around what became the campus there was named Evanston in honor of John Evans, one of the University's key founders. And in Chicago, Northwestern's professional schools continued to grow and thrive after moving to a campus on the city's Near North Side in the mid-1920s.
As for upcoming Sesquicentennial festivities, the official kickoff will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, which conveniently overlaps with the Alumni Leadership Conference.
University officials have taken the nearly unprecedented step of canceling classes after 2 p.m. on Friday, and plans are in the works for speakers, workshops, picnics, kid-friendly activities, fireworks and more. For information, check out www.NU150.northwestern.edu.
Francis L.K. Hsu and Kurt Klippstatter
Francis L.K. Hsu, 90, former chair and professor emeritus of anthropology, died Dec. 15 in Tiburon, Calif.
Born in China and trained at the London School of Economics, Mr. Hsu was an innovator in psychological anthropology. He specialized in large literate societies, such as China, India and the United States, focusing on their collective psychological behaviors.
Mr. Hsu taught at Northwestern for 31 years and served as department chair for 17 of them. He wrote 16 books and more than 130 scholarly articles.
Survivors include his wife, Vera; two daughters; and three grandchildren.
Although he only taught at Northwestern for a brief period, Mr. Klippstatter was a well-known conductor, opera director, vocal coach, pianist and music educator. His wife, noted mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn, is a member of the voice faculty.
Mr. Klippstatter became director in 1990 of the Illinois Opera Theater at the University of Illinois School of Music at Urbana-Champaign, a position he held until last year.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Klippstatter is survived by his sister.
The NEAR spacecraft orbits asteroid 433, called Eros.
(Courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL)
So NEAR, Yet So Far
Mark Robinson, research assistant professor of geological sciences, is playing an integral role as part of a NASA mission team that for the first time is tracking an asteroid. Appropriately, the NEAR (Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous) spacecraft began orbiting asteroid 433, named Eros, last Valentine's Day.
In a yearlong study, NEAR will scrutinize Eros, including its chemical and physical features and evolutionary history. The asteroid, about 299,000 miles from the earth, most likely formed 4.6 billion years ago, the same time the solar system was created.
NEAR, which was launched in Feburary 1996, will be taking between 50 and 900 images daily, at times with the extraordinary resolution of one meter per pixel. Robinson has worked on imaging for other space missions and will be processing and analyzing the color pictures to help create the first detailed global geologic map of any asteroid.
Reducing Risks Pays Off
Individuals who reduce cardiovascular risk factors high cholesterol, high blood pressure and use of tobacco may live between 5.8 to 9.5 years longer than those with higher risk factors. Maintaining a favorable status for all three risk factors consistently predicted roughly a 50 percent reduction in long-term death rates from coronary heart disease and heart attack, according to Jeremiah Stamler, professor emeritus of preventive medicine, and colleagues at the Medical School in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
They also found that all people with low risk factors not just the middle-aged and elderly, but anyone 18 and older have a lower incidence of coronary and cardiovascular disease and death, fatal stroke and cancer. The group's findings were based on studies of more than 350,000 adults age 18 and older.
Donald G. Saari, Arthur and Gladys Pancoe Professor of Mathematics, has serious doubts that the outcome of U.S. primaries truly reflects voters' wishes.
Using geometry, Saari demonstrated in the journal Economic Theory that a weighted vote of two for first place, one for second and none for third is the most effective means of making choices among three candidates. Patrick Buchanan won the 1996 New Hampshire GOP primary with 27 percent of the vote. Bob Dole got 26 percent, Lamar Alexander 23 percent and Steve Forbes 12 percent. Yet the polls showed that for the majority of voters, Buchanan would have been a last choice.
"Allowing voters to name only their top choice is akin to ranking students based only on the number of A's they receive," Saari said after the study.
Not on Front Page
Despite a surging interest in religion and spirituality in the United States over the last decade, news media coverage of these topics could stand some uplift.
That finding arises from a research project conducted by the Center for Religion and the News Media, a joint effort between the Medill School of Journalism and the Garrett Theological Seminary. Between October 1998 and April 1999, a systematic content analysis was run on more than 350 television news, 150 weekly news magazine and 1,800 daily newspaper stories.
Among the discoveries in the study: Stories with a religious element often are about international conflicts, such as Kosovo; Christianity, Judaism and Islam nearly monopolize news about religion; and, while not overtly biased, the stories analyzed in the study generally failed to provide needed theological or historical context.
"Spirituality is difficult for journalists to cover," said Roy Larson, director of the Garrett-Medill Center. "It isn't necessarily event-related or connected to established institutions."
Unexpected But Most Welcome
During her life, Elizabeth Weiss Arnold (WCAS39) never once contributed to Northwestern and never disclosed the extent of her plan to include the University in her will. However, when Arnold died last year, she left the University $5 million to endow undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships for women students.
Income from the Elizabeth W. Arnold Scholarship Fund will be awarded annually to three to four undergraduates and an equal number of graduate students, with first preference for female students.
"Our only regret is that we did not know the magnitude of the gift prior to Mrs. Arnold's death, so we weren't able to thank her appropriately," said Ronald Vanden Dorpel, vice president for university development.
The University has little information about Arnold after graduation except that she served as a Red Cross volunteer during World War II, married, divorced and had no children.
The $5 million bequest is among the largest Northwestern has received, Vanden Dorpel said.Neurology Department Named for Davee Family
To honor the longstanding support of Ken (EB31) and Ruth Dunbar (G37, 42) Davee, the Medical School has named the neurology department the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Science.
Ken Davee, a Chicago businessperson and philanthropist who died in 1998, and his wife, Ruth, a journalist and educator, generously supported the medical and music programs at Northwestern for many years.
Their most recent gift will assist the Medical School with the recruitment of faculty members and will help support neurological research and clinical care.Gingers' Gift for Chemical Biodiagnostics
Leonard (WCAS39) and Mary Ginger have contributed $1 million to establish the Leonard and Mary Ginger Laboratory for Chemical Biodiagnostics in the Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly.
The laboratory will support the work of Chad Mirkin, George Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, and other research in nanotechnology. Until his retirement, Leonard Ginger was a noted research scientist with Baxter International.
The Gingers made an earlier gift to Northwestern for reconstruction of a wing in the Technological Institute, the Mary and Leonard Ginger Laboratories for Organic Chemistry.
Linda A. Teplin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Medical School, and several co-researchers have received a five-year, $14.5 million grant primarily from the National Institute of Mental Health to analyze delinquent youths and the risk factors they face.
With the funding, social scientists will be able to track 1,800 racially and ethnically diverse youths (1,200 boys and 600 girls) as they get older.
The grant complements an ongoing study, supported by the same institute, of psychiatric disorders among juvenile offenders. The additional funds will also provide for further study of the changes over time of the alcohol, drug and mental health service needs of this high-risk group.
"Many researchers study the causes of delinquency, but few people study the health needs of delinquent children over time," Teplin said. "This is a serious omission because these youth are at high risk for developing additional psychiatric disorders and sexually transmitted diseases and becoming victims of violence."
The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and a consortium of institutions have launched a $5 million project to improve detection methods of early-stage ovarian cancer in women who have no symptoms.
The five-year study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, will be conducted at Northwestern and 17 other sites in the United States and Canada.
A $2.2 million gift from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, a U.S. initiative of Avon Products, will expand Northwestern's Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Program and extend state-of-the-art breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow-up to minority women, who often tend to be medically underserved.
The Avon gift will establish a second-opinion program to give these women access to the latest breast cancer diagnostic equipment, clinical diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.
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