New York City's power outage in early July may have damaged hundreds of experiments that Columbia University medical researchers were conducting at laboratories in upper Manhattan. The backup generators designed to power the various machinery and refrigerator units failed. Currently, researchers are trying to determine the extent of the loss.
Comings and Goings
Stanley Fish, formerly of Duke University's English department and now dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has lured two more high-profile scholars to join his ranks--the transsexual economist Deirdre McCloskey from the University of Iowa, and Gerald Graff, a professor of English and education at the University of Chicago. ... Elsewhere, the University of Pennsylvania has finally lured provocative criminologist John J. DiIulio Jr. from Princeton. DiIulio will take his endowed chair in August. ... The North Carolina-based National Humanities Center has announced its fellows for 1999-2000. Scholars will investigate a range of subjects including techno music and globalization, avarice in the late middle ages and Renaissance, and African-Americans and foreign affairs.