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August 2002
Politics and Geology Professors Speak on NPR
August 23--Professor of Politics Deborah Schildkraut spoke on National Public Radio's "Tavis Smiley Show" Wednesday, August 21, about the growing politicization of September 11 as the nation approaches the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The interview is currently available on NPR's web site. On Thursday, August 22, Professor of Geology Bruce Simonson was interviewed by Chrisopher Joyce for the NPR program "All Things Considered." The interview focused on the impact asteroids has on earth's early history, and is also available online.

July 2002
Smallpox Pioneer D.A. Henderson '50 to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
July 4--An article in last week's New York Times announced that D.A. Henderson '50 will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom with 11 other civilians. The award will be presented during a ceremony at the White House next month. Henderson, who until recently served as head of the Bush administration's new Office of Public Health Preparedness, is being recognized for his role in the worldwide effort to eradicate smallpox during the 1970s. The Cleveland Plain Dealer also ran an article on Henderson, quoting President Bush as saying that "[Henderson] is a great general in mankind's war against disease."

June 2002
The Plain Dealer's Sunday Magazine Investigates Innovative Techniques on the Jones Farm
June 28--Last week, the Plain Dealer's Sunday Magazine ran an article profiling the use of chicken tractors at Oberlin's Jones Farm. Brad Masi, the executive director of Oberlin's Ecological Design Innovation Center and the College's sustainable agriculture project coordinator, explained how this technique can repair soil and contribute to future crop production. "The chickens will do everything that's helpful to get the bed ready for production," Masi says. "And, as a byproduct, we'll get eggs and meat."

Oberlin College Becomes Barouque Battleground for 'France vs. Italy' Duel
June 23--An article in today's Plain Dealer announced the Oberlin Conservatory of Music's 31st annual Baroque Performance Institute. The annual event, which runs through July 5, will feature master classes, lectures, demonstrations, and free performances by the institute's faculty and students.

Organ Music Takes Center Stage at Oberlin Conference
June 23--A music review in today's Plain Dealer discussed the Oberlin Conference "Cavaille-Coll in Oberlin: A Celebration of the C.B. Fisk Organ." The piece focused on performances by David Boe and Haskell Thompson, members of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and several other guest performers.

Changing the World One Service Project at a Time
June 14--Beth Blissman, director of Oberlin's Center for Service and Learning, was recently quoted in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. In an article that examined the value of community service projects for college students, Blissman said: "Whatever form their community service takes, it's a chance for students to live out their values. They learn how to work with other people to change the world."

Sunday's New York Times Reviews Alum's Debut Novel
June 7--This week's New York Times featured a review of The Russian Debutante's Handbook, the debut novel by Gary Shteyngart '95. Book reviewer Daniel Zalewski calls Shteyngart's book "a rambunctious satire," and heralds it as a new breed of novel "that upends one of the most solemn traditions in American literature, the immigrant novel."

Professor Marc Blecher Interviewed on WCPN
June 4--Marc Blecher, professor of politics and East Asian studies, was interviewed on Tuesday on the Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Evening Report, broadcast on WCPN 90.3.

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