Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The quarterly journal of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Each issue treats a single theme and field, providing a forum for discussion of social and scientific issues in a variety of fields of interest. Authors include scholars, experts from the privat

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 1, Winter

And Now for Something Completely Different
And Now for Something Completely Different... Last summer I spent an extended period doing pure research, for the first time in six years. I had a wonderful time and discovered a few things about myself and about chemistry. I worked with an old friend...
And Now for Something Completely Different. (Forum on Science & Technology)
Last summer I spent an extended period doing pure research, for the first time in six years. I had a wonderful time and discovered a few things about myself and about chemistry. I worked with an old friend who teaches in a department without a graduate...
A Note from the Editor
AN UNWELCOME PHONE CALL: MY OWN CANCER STORY In July of 1997, I had what was supposed to be routine surgery to have what everyone assumed to be a fatty cyst removed from underneath the skin on the back of my head. It was outpatient surgery and was...
Bully Pulipts and Cancer
Many well-known people have used their celebrity to create awareness about certain types of cancer. Katie Couric, anchor of TODAY on NBC, immediately comes to mind. Since her husband's death from colon cancer, she has done a number of programs to make...
Bully Pulpits and Cancer. (Lagniappe)
Many well-known people have used their celebrity to create awareness about certain types of cancer. Katie Couric, anchor of TODAY on NBC, immediately comes to mind. Since her husband's death from colon cancer, she has done a number of programs to make...
Combating Cancer-Drug Resistance: The Ceramide Connection
The phenomenon of drug and biocide resistance arising in biological systems is widespread. With surprising rapidity, organisms evolve defenses to protect themselves from toxins of all kinds. Increasingly, drug-resistant bacteria and viruses (for example,...
Extraordinary Opportunities in Cancer Research
Cancer statistics paint a daunting and seemingly overwhelming picture. One out of every two men and two out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lives. Nearly 25 percent of all deaths in the United States result from cancer,...
Letters to the Editor
ANTHROPIC QUESTIONS I read with interest this article about the anthropic questions raised by the "just so" state of the universe that allows for human life ["Anthropic Questions" by Gordon Kane, "Big Space/Little Space," Fall 2002] Dr. Kane speculates...
MBA Certification: Boon or Boondoggle?
An organization called the International Certification Institute (ICI) of Mocksville, North Carolina, recently made a very big splash in the world of business education by announcing its intention to provide and promote a certification exam for candidates...
MBA Certification: Boon or Boondoggle? (Forum on Business & Economics)
An organization called the International Certification Institute (ICI) of Mocksville, North Carolina, recently made a very big splash in the world of business education by announcing its intention to provide and promote a certification exam for candidates...
My Father's People: A Family of Southern Jews
LOUIS D. RUBIN, JR. My Father's People: A Family of Southern Jews. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2002. 139 pages. $22.50. Louis Rubin has long been known as a leading scholar and proponent of Southern Literature. What is somewhat...
News from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Researchers Nab the Gene, Develop Therapy for Lethal Leukemia Among cancer statistics, acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) ranks as the most common form of leukemia. But, with just over 10,000 cases per year, it is dwarfed by the lung, breast, prostate,...
News from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center: Bullseye! Researchers Nab the Develop Therapy for Lethal Leukemia
Among cancer statistics, acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) ranks as the most common form of leukemia. But, with just over 10,000 cases per year, it is dwarfed by the lung, breast, prostate, and colon cancers that seem to monopolize media coverage, major...
Preserving the Recent Past
Forum on the Arts Until now, I have refrained from writing about my personal creative work in these pages. Aside from the unseemliness in tooting one's own horn, there are sound reasons for this policy. While I had the benefit of a vigorous professional...
Preserving the Recent Past. (Forum on the Arts)
Until now, I have refrained from writing about my personal creative work in these pages. Aside from the unseemliness in tooting one's own horn, there are sound reasons for this policy. While I had the benefit of a vigorous professional whelping in...
Questions Worth Asking
Forum on Education & Academics In the dim morning light of late winter, the sun barely over the horizon, the day begins with a line of cars competing with the foot traffic and buses in the middle school parking lot. Inside the cafeteria window, the...
Questions Worth Asking. (Forum on Education & Academics)
In the dim morning light of late winter, the sun barely over the horizon, the day begins with a line of cars competing with the foot traffic and buses in the middle school parking lot. Inside the cafeteria window, the principal sits at a table watching...
Stem Cells: Working to Improve Nature's Miracle
Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg speaks of miracles as though they were decidedly routine. In her upside-down world, they are. Her little shop of wonders houses sixteen tiny rooms where children are rescued daily from the brink of death, saved in part by modern...
Texas Coast beneath Crescent Moon
The crisp, uncompromising lights of offshore rigs perforate the horizon, dividing the black sky from the blacker sea, while the great jellyfish of Galveston basks luminescent under the stars. Where the dark sand of the withdrawn water slides into the...
The Last Girls: A Novel
LEE SMITH. The Last Girls: A NoveL Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2002. 284 pages. $24.95. While Lee Smith was one of Louis Rubin, Jr.'s students at Hollins College, she and fifteen other "girls" decided to take a raft down the Mississippi River from...