of the (gowned) pack
President Hugo F. Sonnenschein
selected Lorna P. Straus, X'53, SM'60, PhD'62, professor of
organismal biology & anatomy, to succeed Robert L. Ashenhurst
as University Marshal, a position established in 1895. The marshal
is the ceremonial officer of the University. Ashenhurst, professor
emeritus in the GSB, served for 32 years, the longest term of
any U of C marshal.
Established in 1938
as a freestanding, degree-granting committee, the Committee
on Human Development--providing a home for researchers studying
life-course development, cultural psychology, and mental health--has
operated within the psychology department since 1973. Now it
has once again become an autonomous unit with its own faculty
members and the mandate to hire faculty and set its own agenda.
Chaired by professor Susan Goldin-Meadow, the committee focuses
on people as socially situated, cultural beings.
A trio of professors
recently received distinguished service professorships: Shakespeare
scholar David M. Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton distinguished
service professor; Richard H. Helmholz, the Ruth Wyatt Rosenson
distinguished service professor of law; and classicist James
M. Redfield, AB'54, PhD'61, the Edward Olson distinguished service
professor. In addition, James K. Chandler, AM'72, PhD'78, has
been named the George M. Pullman professor in English language
& literature; Bruce K. Lincoln, AM'73, PhD'76, is now the Caroline
E. Haskell professor in the Divinity School; and Michael J.
Murrin is the David B. and Clara E. Stern professor in the humanities.
space on your shelves
Two of the 20 books
cited by Ad Astra, the magazine of the National Space
Society, as the greatest space books of the 20th century have
U of C ties: Preservation of Near-Earth Space for Future
Generations, edited by physics professor John A. Simpson,
and Cosmos, written by the late Carl Sagan, AB'54, SB'55,
Edwin W. Taylor,
PhD'57, the Louis Block professor in molecular genetics & cell
biology and biochemistry & molecular biology, has been named
the E. B. Wilson medalist for 1999 by the American Society for
Cell Biology. The society's highest honor, it recognizes Taylor's
contributions to the field, including his work in establishing
the paradigm for how enzymes use ATP hydrolysis to generate
on the run
poet Mark Strand, a professor in the Committee on Social Thought,
was one of two Chicago poets selected by Poetry in Motion. The
national program tries to make poetry a part of daily life by
posting lines of verse in city buses.
Katz received two book awards at the American Historical Association's
annual meeting for The Life and Times of Pancho Villa
(Stanford, 1998). The Albert J. Beveridge Award is given annually
for the best work in American history from 1492 to the present,
and the Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize is for the best
book in English on any significant aspect of Latin American
got to be a millionaire
Wrong show, but right
idea. In February, Navy Lt. David Legler, a GSB student, won
$1.765 million on Twenty One--NBC's answer to Regis Philbin--making
him the highest-grossing contestant in TV game-show history.
Alison Boden has been appointed to a second term as dean of
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Since becoming Rockefeller's fifth
dean in 1995, Boden has increased attendance at Sunday services,
created more opportunities for local preachers to speak, initiated
study groups among different religions, and developed programs
to introduce new students to surrounding neighborhoods.
James Cronin and Leo Kadanoff.
professors win medal…
The White House looked
like a Physical Sciences Division faculty meeting on March 14.
Among the dozen researchers receiving the National Medal of
Science from President Bill Clinton that day were Nobel laureate
James W. Cronin, SM'53, PhD'55, University professor emeritus
in physics; Leo P. Kadanoff, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur
distinguished service professor in physics and mathematics;
and Stuart A. Rice, the Frank Hixon distinguished service professor
do two other U of C people.
Two other researchers
who received the 1999 medals have Chicago connections. Mathematician
Felix E. Browder, now at Rutgers, is the U of C's Max Mason
distinguished service professor emeritus. Lynn Margulis, AB'57,
a geoscientist at the University of Massachusetts, is known
both for her work on eukaryotic cells and her advocacy of the
and the masses
Paul J. Sally Jr.,
professor in mathematics, has received the 2000 Award for distinguished
public service from the American Mathematics Society. Cited
for his research and his service as a society trustee, Sally
was also recognized for "his many efforts in improvement of
mathematics education for the nation's youth and especially
for members of minority and under-represented groups."
dean span continues
Glenn D. Steele,
the Richard T. Crane professor of surgery, has been appointed
to a second term as dean of the Division of Biological Sciences
and the Pritzker School of Medicine. Steele will also continue
as vice president for medical affairs.