new LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University professorship
has been named in honor of LeRoy Carlson Sr., AB'38, and his wife,
Margaret, AM'43. The Carlson professor will be a scholar in the
humanities or humanistic social sciences whose work is making
a contribution nationally or internationally and who can inspire
students and faculty.
touch of Gray
endowed chair has been established in honor of Hanna Holborn Gray,
president emerita and the Harry Pratt Judson distinguished service
professor emerita in history. Chicago's president from 1978 to
1993, Gray continues to teach in the history department, specializing
in the history of humanism, political and historical thought,
and Renaissance and Reformation politics.
Phi Beta Kappa society's Ralph Waldo Emerson award for outstanding
studies of the intellectual and cultural condition of mankind
has gone to Peter Novick, professor emeritus in history, for his
book The Holocaust in American Life. Novick's book shows how historians
choose their subjects and how their evaluations are shaped by
their ideologies and the institutions in which they work.
Chicago Maroons football homecoming game on October 28 against
UAA rival Washington University was preceded by a groundbreaking
ceremony for the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, to be located
between 55th and 56th Streets at Ellis Avenue. As part of the
ceremony, architect Cesar Pelli presented Ratner with a watercolor
of the new building. Construction of the Ratner Center will begin
in early 2001.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation has named Sean Carroll, assistant
professor in physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute, a 2000 Packard
Fellow, an honor that includes a five-year, $625,000 research
grant. Carroll, a theorist of space and time, will use the funds
to bring together scientists whose research interests overlap
gets a house
Hoover, AB'73, founder of Hoover's, a business-information company,
has donated $1.5 million to to improve Chicago's international-studies
programs and foreign-language training and to help create the
University of Chicago Paris Center, the future home of the European-Studies
Program. In thanks, the U of C will name one of the new dorms
in the Max Palevsky Residential Commons Hoover House.
Becker, AM'53, PhD'55, professor of economics and sociology, has
been awarded the National Medal of Science. Also among this year's
12 winners are three other U of C alumni: Jeremiah Ostriker, PhD'64,
provost and professor of astronomy at Princeton University; Gilbert
White, SB'32, SM'34, PhD'42, professor of geography at the University
of Colorado; and John Griggs Thompson, SM'56, PhD'59, professor
of mathematics at the University of Florida.
November Bernard S. Cohn, professor emeritus in anthropology and
history, was honored with a lecture program at the American Anthropological
Association conference in San Francisco. The presentation, titled
"Institutional Histories, Colonial Knowledges: The Scholarly Vision
of Bernard S. Cohn," featured talks by 14 scholars, all of whom
received their Chicago Ph.D.s from the 1970s through the 1990s.
Graduate School of Business honored three alumni this fall: Joseph
Mansueto, AB'78, MBA'80, founder and chair of Morningstar, received
the distinguished entrepreneurial alumnus award. Karen Katen,
AB'70, MBA'74, president of Pfizer U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group,
earned the distinguished corporate alumnus award. The distinguished
public sector alumnus award went to Gary Mecklenburg, MBA'70,
president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.