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The following is a selection of recent media coverage of Lafayette:

Today’s Washington Post includes an article on research by Bruce Allen Murphy, Fred Morgan Kirby Professor of Civil Rights, finding that the late William O. Douglas, the longest-serving United State Supreme Justice in the United States, fabricated his claim of serving in the military during World War I, among other things. “If these assertions, which are made in a forthcoming biography of Douglas by Lafayette College professor Bruce Allen Murphy, are true, it would mean that Douglas obtained burial at Arlington even though he may not have been entitled to it,” according to the article. “Though Murphy acknowledges that ‘after Douglas’ great service to the nation on the Supreme Court he deserved to be buried at Arlington,’ that honor was reserved for honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military. Others could gain admission only by special order of the president.” An article about Murphy’s groundbreaking book, Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas, is available on Lafayette’s web site.

The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., reported Friday on the $153,000 NASA grant received by two Lafayette professors and a colleague to conduct research that will shed light on Europa, a moon of the planet Jupiter. David Hogenboom, professor emeritus of physics, and Andrew Dougherty, associate professor of physics, will work on the project for three years along with Lafayette students and other researchers. An article on the grant is available on Lafayette’s web site.

Don Miller, John Henry McCracken Professor of History, was the subject of a article in the Jan. 14 Reading Eagle. Columnist Joseph N. Farrell focused on events related to Miller’s book, City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America, and the recently premiered PBS documentary on which it is based. “Don spent last week in Chicago being feted at a number of posh events honoring the series, including a dinner for Lafayette alumni in the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank and a reception in the Chicago Historical Society, not to mention 10 television interviews and another seven or eight, as he recalls, on radio,” the article states. “Already honored for his skills in the classroom, Don plans to continue teaching at Lafayette.” An article on Miller’s involvement in the PBS series is available on Lafayette’s web site. A partial listing of media coverage of Miller’s involvement with the series is available in the Jan. 15, Jan. 13, and Jan. 9 Media Coverage of Lafayette.

Thursday’s edition of the Express-Times of Easton noted that Joshua Sanborn, assistant professor of history at Lafayette, has made a major contribution to the field of modern Russian and military-social history by authoring Drafting the Russian Nation: Military Conscription, Total War, and Mass Politics 1905-1925, a 278-page book published last month by Northern Illinois University Press. An article on the book is available on Lafayette’s web site.

Susan Basow, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology, is cited in a Jan. 23 article in The Guardian of London, England, about attitudes toward female body hair: “In her study on the relationship between a women’s politics and sexual orientation and the shaving of her legs and underarms, Dr. Susan Basow, professor of psychology at Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College, found that the majority of the women who did not shave their legs identified as ‘very strong feminists and/or as not exclusively heterosexual,’ and the major reason they did not shave was for political reasons. However, 81% of the women surveyed shaved their legs and/or underarms on a regular basis. They identified strongly with their own heterosexuality, suggesting that the hairless norm for women serves to exaggerate the differences between men and women. ‘The implication of the hairless norm,’ she writes, ‘is that women’s bodies are not attractive when natural and must be modified.”

In August, Basow was cited in Allure magazine for her research on women’s body hair. The brief article focused on a study with Joanna Willis ’99 (when the alumna was a student) published last year in Psychological Reports. More information on the article and Basow’s recent professional activities is available on Lafayette’s web site.

In articles available on the newspaper’s web site, Friday’s Morning Call previewed tomorrow’s jazz concert by Grammy Award-winning bassist Charlie Haden and reviewed last Wednesday’s performance by Takacs String Quartet [Article no longer available at], both events at the Williams Center for the Arts. Press releases on the Haden concert and the Takacs String Quartet performance are available on Lafayette’s web site.

Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 29, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 21, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 17, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 15, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 13, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 9, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 6, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 3, 2003
Media Coverage of Lafayette: Jan. 2, 2003

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