March 2005

Tsunami survivors
Andrea Pfeiffer (Anthropology ’04) and her boyfriend, Mike Doveton, took a year-end holiday in Thailand. They arrived in Bangkok on Dec. 23 and flew south the next day. When the tsunami hit, chance, booked-up resorts and luck kept them safe and able to help with the horrific aftermath.

War surgeon
Dr. Jim Balserak (Chemistry ’86) used his medical skills to treat troops, contractors and Iraqi citizens — soldiers and detainees alike.

In her new magazine, Brangien Davis puts the focus on the female and the funny. Even when the subject is facial hair.

Expert analysis
Doctoral candidate Stephen Marrin (MA, Politics ’02) takes on post-9/11 intelligence reform.

A second year in Scotland
At the Burns’ Supper, Kirsten welcomes the haggis and toasts the laddies.

Did You Know?

The University owns about 13 million square feet of buildings, half of it designated for educational and general uses and the rest mostly assigned to the Medical Center. Half of the educational and general buildings are more than 25 years old. Recent routine inspections have turned up $144 million in readily identifiable maintenance needs — an all-time high.


Of Special Note

Two alumni will return to Grounds as speakers for Finals Weekend. The Class of 2005 chose Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind (Government ’81) to speak at Valedictory Exercises on May 21. Dr. Vivian Pinn (Medicine, ’67), director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, will address Final Exercises on May 22.