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Vol. 64, No. 3

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CNN: "Right now, our medical system is overwhelmed with many cases of relatively minor infections. If we can help shift some of the routine diagnoses to simple at-home tests, then we give physicians more time to treat patients with more serious ailments" -Benjamin Miller, assistant professor of chemistry, outlining some of the benefits of the "smart bandage" that he and Philippe Fauchet, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering developed.

The bandage uses a high-tech chip to sense whether bacteria is present in a wound in order to alert patients to seek medical treatment.

Wall Street Journal: "The travel industry has certainly been hurt. Lots of things that used to occur now occur in different ways than they did before. That's likely to be a longer term change in the way people behave . . . ."-William Schwert, Distinguished University Professor and Gleason Professor of Finance and Statistics, discussing in January how last fall's terrorist attacks could affect the 2002 stock market.

Associated Press: "Patients are people, and they expect their physicians to be people as well"-Sam Huber '99, a third-year medical student at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, on the practical aspects of why he pursued a double major in biology and religion as an undergraduate.

Canadian Press: "It's what women have done for women for centuries"-Ruth Lawrence, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, on the role that peer support can play for new mothers who are breastfeeding their newborn children.

Astronomy: "When some philosopher wannabe starts pondering the existence of a chair in front of us, there's a strong urge to take a cue from the World Wrestling Foundation and hit him or her over the head with it. 'There,' you want to say. 'Now how real do you think it is?' In physics and astronomy, things are different. You can't take answers for granted"-Adam Frank, associate professor of physics and astronomy, offering a "real world" example in an article he wrote to explain how physicists approach some of the puzzles associated with studying the "dark matter" of the universe.

U-Wire: "We must break the thought that school is over here and being black is over there. We must bring the two together"-Signithia Fordham, associate professor of anthropology, discussing the conflict some African-American students face if they feel they are being asked to abandon their culture when they are taught standard English in school.

The New York Times: "I don't think that physicians have to avoid Ritalin in treating children identified as having both A.D.H.D. and a tic disorder"-Roger Kurlan, professor of neurology, commenting on a study he led to explore the effectiveness of often prescribed medications to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who also suffer from tic disorders.

The study found that drugs for A.D.H.D. have fewer side effects on the tic disorders than had been commonly believed.

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