CONTENTS

Pitt Magazine
March 1997
F E A T U R E S

Quantum Leap
Provost James Maher faces
higher ed's--and Pitt's--
challenges
QUANTUM LEAP
Pitt Provost James Maher tackles the complex physics of the University's
future....by Mark Collins
STORY OF THE ANCIENTS
The story of an ancient migration--as told by DNA...by Alan Friedman
THE GENIUS OF MANCHESTER
With a MacArthur grant, Bill Strickland can go anywhere. So why is he
staying right here in the 'burgh?....by Tommy Ehrbar
FELIX'S BUSINESS
A gentle story of letters by 1996 Drue Heinz winner Edith Pearlman



Another Kind of Pittsburgh
The protagonists of a new novel for
young adults explore the
city's history.
D E P A R T M E N T S
4200 FIFTH AVENUE
History

LETTERS
Heritage and writers

TUCK SHOP
Diving at Trees...Pitt's
"Studmuffin of Science"

THE COMMONS ROOM
Carpentry at the University...
traffic guru...the novel city

EXTRA CREDIT
Ecology: Tilting at windmills

Gaucher's disease
Business: NASDAQ: Trading
scandal or simply business?
Education: The children of
Bosnia return to school
CLASSES YOU MAY
HAVE MISSED

The future of plastics

CORNERSTONES
East Asian scholarship
...Pharmacies past and
present...The "Dean of
Deans," H. J. Zoffer...Literate
citizenry

HOMECOMING
Class Notes and Spotlights...
Alumni Notebook....Edited by
Sally Neiser

42ND FLOOR
Take Two Aspirin and Call Me
When You're 21...by Mark
Collins

C O N T R I B U T O R S
MIchael Ray--("The Genius of Manchester") Ray specializes in both portraits and advertisement-bound images of food that make the mouth water. His work has appeared on 13 Pittsburgh Magazine covers. The father of four, Ray moonlights as a soccer coach and karate student--for which he has to show a blue belt and healing ribs.
Brandon Oldenburg--(42nd Floor) In addition to illustrating, Oldenburg is an art director at Reel FX in Dallas where he has created special effects for PBS specials, television commercials, and film. On the side, he creates puppets--sometimes life-sized--for experimental mixed-media musical productions.
ON ON THE COVER: William E. Strickland Jr. (Arts and Sciences '70), 1996 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant awardee. Photo by Michael Ray.