“It is a clear
fact—not even supposition anymore—that
people who take minority positions are highly susceptible
to a wide array of social sanctions.” Robert
Baron, professor of psychology in the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences, saying it makes perfect
sense that in communities that are not ideologically
mixed, political minorities are less likely to speak
up or vote (Austin American-Statesman, Aug. 29).
“Women’s collegiate teams have the same
problem that women’s professional teams do.
Real sports fans have already made their commitments.
Men have society so well trained over 100 years to
make collegiate and professional sports for men a
priority in the calendar.” Christine
retired women’s athletic director, pointing
out why female teams don’t prosper (Chicago
Tribune, Sept. 3).
“Labor Day is just one of many forms of free
time that has been eroded. We regard work as the
center of life.” Benjamin Hunnicutt, professor
of leisure studies in the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, disagreeing with economists’ notion
that Americans enjoy more leisure time than ever—thanks
to technologies like the microwave and home washing
machines (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 6).
“There can be a far bigger local effect in
casualties. If a kid dies from your home town, that’s
a much bigger deal, because you don’t have
to make a very big leap from that kid to your own
kid.” Gary Segura, associate professor of political
science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
noting that the higher the number of war deaths there
are from National Guard and reserve units, the stronger
the political effect (Chicago Tribune, Sept. 8)
“If there had been massive evidence that either
enterprise communities or empowerment zones had been
hugely successful, then maybe we should get excited.
But there hasn’t been.” Alan
professor of urban and regional planning in the Graduate
College, discussing studies that showed enterprise
zone ineffectiveness (CNN, Sept. 10).
“It’s an election year, so obviously
there is a high interest in the news. There is also
this explosion in cable news. News is on all the
time. What other programming is on 24 hours a day?” Mark
Andrejevic, assistant professor of communication
studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
speculating about why Texans watch news programs
more often than any other programming (Corpus
Christi Caller-Times, Sept. 11).
“It’s very exciting because we finally
have a tool to approach therapies for diseases like
Huntington’s and ataxia.” Beverly
L. Davidson, Roy J. Carver Professor in Internal Medicine
in the Carver College of Medicine, finding success
using an experimental drug (The New York Times, Sept.
“Now is the time to begin thinking about how
best to apply these types of tests clinically and
ensure that they truly benefit the families and their
children.” Jeffrey Murray, professor of pediatrics
in the Carver College of Medicine, seeking ways to
implement a new genetic test that can help predict
whether parents who have one child with a form of
cleft lip or palate are likely to have another child
with the same birth defect (Medical News Today, Sept.
“This is one of those awful decisions where
there are not many options.” Holly
director of the UI Press, conceding that the University
is in a budget bind and might not have any choice
but to reduce the UI Press’s subsidy (The
Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 17).