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Spring 2005

FEATURES

COVER STORY

Our Babe in Beijing
Playing an American temptress on Chinese television gave Rachel DeWoskin a matchless insight into East-West misunderstandings. Her millions of fans taught her a lot about herself, too.
by Eric McHenry

Scents and Sensibility
Richard Axel’s work, which earned him and Linda Buck a Nobel Prize, gets to the root of how the nose knows what it’s smelling.
by Tim Stoddard

The Buck Stops — Where?
Is the dollar’s multiyear slide something we should worry about?
by George Mannes

Paradigm Lost
Anthony Lappé’s reporting may hew to the left, but he makes sure to get it right.
by Beth Kwon

Dinkins on Chisholm
SIPA professor and former New York mayor David N. Dinkins reflects on the late Shirley Chisholm and other standard-bearers.

Reading Between the Acts
The avant-garde director Peter Brook came to Columbia by way of Mali.
by Jason Zinoman

LIVING LEGACIES

Introduction
by Wm. Theodore de Bary

The J-School’s Other Founder
Although his vision was never realized, longtime dean Carl W. Ackerman largely shaped the Journalism School as we know it.
by James Boylan

DEPARTMENTS

FIRST THOUGHTS
The Value and Responsibilities
of Academic Freedom

by Lee C. Bollinger

LETTERS
Letters to the editor

COLLEGE WALK
Godzilla the Chameleon; Still in Low; My Columbia; Poetry

NEWS
Lehecka Honored at Retirement for His Three Decades of Multi-hatted Service; Chazen Event Looks at Globalization’s Multiple Facets; Procedures Clarified and Enhanced Following Release of Ad Hoc Committee Report; New MA Brings J-school Back to Its Roots; University Senate
Says No to ROTC
; SIPA Presents Global Leadership Awards; Harlem Welcomes Columbia University Employment Center; Interfaith and Intercultural Programs Boosted by $500,000 Kraft Gift, CU match; Honoring the Classroom

SCIENCE, MEDICINE, TECHNOLOGY
Top Cancer Researcher Dalla-Favera Named Director of Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center; Nurses Are Doctors, Too; Earth Institute Targets Safe Drinking Water; Artery-Clearing Procedure Comes Up Short; Healthy Gums for a Healthy Heart

REVIEWS
Books by Max Frankel ’52CC, ’53GF, David Rosand ’59CC, ’65GSAS, Wm. Theodore de Bary, David Stravitz with Christopher Gray ’75GS, Jim Dwyer ’80JRN and Kevin Flynn ’79JRN

MY COLUMBIA
Ben Bill Henslee ’61CC remembers a mysterious security guard at the old University Hall gym

CLASSIFIEDS

FINALS
School of Social Work

On the cover: Rachel DeWoskin in China, painted by James Jean