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The Invisible Hand Returns
"As Karl Marx is much too valuable a source of social insight to be left to the exclusive property of Communists, so Adam Smith is far too wise and amusing to be relegated to conservatives, to be cited too often by quite a few people who haven't read him," Dr. John Kenneth Galbraith told an audience gathered in the Rainey Auditorium of the University Museum last month. Continued ...


Curing Cystic Fibrosis: Asssult on Salt
By identifying a naturally occuring antibiotic peptide in human lung fluid, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have illuminated the link between the genetic defect known as cystic fibrosis and the chronic lung infections in cystic-fibrosis patients. Their research indicates that the antibiotic peptide -- human beta-defensin 1, or HBD-1 -- is rendered inactive by the high salt levels that exist in the lungs of cystic-fibrosis patients. As a result, the bacteria responsible for the infections settle in, often with fatal results. Continued ...


A Filmmaker Who Crosses
Continents and Social Classes

For an outsider, it's often easier to enter the world of the poor than to get a foot in the door of the rich. Filmmaker Nilita Vachani, ASC'83, found a way to do both, and in a recent talk at the Annenberg School for Communication, she shared some of her philosophies and techniques.
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Making the Cultural Scene
at the Writers House

"The alphabet wonders what it should do," began Tom Raworth, departing from his normal rapid-fire delivery to intone "Out of the Sun," an elegy for a friend who had died two years before. As he read, blue plaid shirt untucked, a couple of dozen writers -- some aspiring, some experienced -- listened intently. Before the public reading, Raworth -- a British poet with some two-score books to his name -- had met with two writing classes and discussed his works with the students. Afterwards, he chatted informally with the small crowd. It was a fairly typical afternoon at the Kelly Writers House. Continued ...


Virtual Dig: The Real Past Uncovered
You're leading an excavation of Paleolithic artifacts in Combe-Capelle, France, and your $100,000 budget is dwindling. The choices are becoming increasingly difficult: What should the perimeter of the excavation site be? Should you use a fast but heavy-handed backhoe, slow but delicate dental picks, or something in between? Where will you sleep? What will you eat? Make the wrong decision and you could bungle the whole dig or run out of money for the season.
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Serious Venus Envy
"Grande Venus" a six-foot bronze sculpture by Pierre Auguste Renoir, has taken up residence just outside the president's office on the first floor of college hall...
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