Bell of a prize
The University's Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes
has captured a top international prize in high-performance supercomputing.
The Gordon Bell Prize recognized the Flash Center's team, led
by director Robert Rosner, for a simulation of a nuclear detonation
within a white dwarf star. The simulation, which took several
days of continuous calculation on one of the world's most powerful
computers, will help scientists better understand how heavy elements
come into existence, and help to establish the age of the universe.
is in the House
The International House interim board of governors has appointed
former I-House resident Henry Pernet, AM'67, PhD'79, to a two-year
term as director of the facility. Pernet, the board's unanimous
choice for the position, will manage real-estate operations and
Victor Friedman, professor in the linguistics and Slavic languages
and literatures departments, has been awarded one of 175 research
fellowships given by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Friedman will use the $35,000 award to continue his research on
Balkan and Caucasian linguistics.
As part of its Interfaces in Science program, the Burroughs Wellcome
Fund has awarded the University of Chicago a five-year, $2.5 million
grant to allow graduate students in the physical sciences to apply
their field in the biological sciences as they work on projects
that combine the two disciplines. The grant will support up to
12 students a year from physics, chemistry, computer science,
statistics, and mathematics.
James Chandler, AM'72, PhD'78, the George M. Pullman professor
in English language and literature and the College, will become
the new director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities on
July 1, succeeding J. Paul Hunter, the Barbara E. and Richard
J. Franke professor in English language and literature and the
College. Chandler, who chaired the group within the Humanities
commission that recommended the
formation of the institute in 1989, says he would like it to become
a resource and a generator for critical questions about the future
of universities worldwide.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 endowment
challenge grant to the Smart Museum of Art to support collaborations
between the museum and the University. The grant, which must be
matched one-to-one over the next three years, is the latest in
a series of gifts from the foundation that have enabled the museum
to mount exhibitions in which faculty members teach courses centered
around Smart's collections.
cheers for Cherchi
Paolo Cherchi, professor of romance languages and literatures,
has been awarded the Giuseppe Dessì prize for his work
of fiction Herostraticon-Medaglioni di Astripeti, a series
of meditations on provincial would-be writers seduced by the allure
of literary glory. One of Italy's most prestigious literary awards,
the annual competition confers three $5,000 prizes for poetry,
narrative, and a book selected for its originality and meaningfulness.
Bennet Leventhal, professor in psychiatry and pediatrics, has
received the annual Bayer Institute Outstanding Physician Communicator
Award, recognizing the positive influence of his communication
skills on patient care. The annual award seeks to honor physicians
who pair clinical competence with an ability to communicate with
their patients. Leventhal works closely with the parents of children
who have been diagnosed with autism or mental retardation.