Mon, 12 Apr 1999 12:13:57 EDT

SLATE MORNING DELIVERY: Mon., April 12, 1999

(exerpted from) today's papers

By Scott Shuger

A WP story about awards of $1 million apiece to ten scholars in their
thirties includes the following among the differences the money has
made: 1) "Before, at parties, when I'd tell people I was a
physicist, it was a definite conversation-stopper," one awardee is
quoted as saying. "Women would turn away and talk to another guy."
2) "Before the award," says another awardee, "I spent 20 percent of
my time doing grant proposals. Now I spend 15 percent doing media interviews."