It's not a Nobel, but...
University of Chicago has been honored with a three-squirrel
rating (the highest possible outside of California) on Jon Gottshall's
squirrel-tracking Web site (www.gottshall.
com/squirrels/campsq.htm). Gottshall's site, Jon's World o'
Squirrels, rates campuses nationwide on the abundance of their
squirrel populations and has been featured in the Chronicle
of Higher Education.
buck stops here
Graduate School of Business professors have been named to lead
the American Finance Association. George Constantinides, the
Leo Melamed professor of finance, is the new AFA president,
and Douglas Diamond, the Merton H. Miller distinguished service
professor in finance, is the new vice president. The AFA, publisher
of the Journal of Finance since 1946, is an academic organization
devoted to the study of financial economics.
University Board of Trustees has appointed Beth Harris, AB'74,
vice president and general counsel, replacing Arthur Sussman,
who resigned in February (see "Chicago Journal," Feb/01).
Sonya Malunda, the University's primary liaison to the City
of Chicago, has been named assistant vice president and director
of community affairs.
Quadrangle Club Revels, a musical comedy show that flourished
from 1904 to the 1960s, was revived in January for a new production.
The U of C faculty- and staff-only troupe performed its original
work 2001: A Space Oddity to a sold-out crowd at the
American Astronomical Society awarded Wayne Hu, assistant professor
in astronomy and astrophysics, the 2000 Helen Warner Prize in
January at the organization's 197th meeting. The prize is awarded
annually to a researcher under the age of 36 who has made a
significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy.
Hu also received the 1999 Outstanding Young Researcher Award
of the Overseas Chinese Physics Association.
Lisa Crone, professor in Slavic languages and literatures, has
been given the 2000 award for achievement in postsecondary teaching
by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European
Languages. Crone, who has taught Russian literature at the U
of C for 22 years, won a Quantrell award for excellence in undergraduate
teaching in 1985 and a faculty award for excellence in graduate
teaching in 2000.
its February 15 meeting, the University Board of Trustees elected
James Dimon and Valerie Jarrett to its ranks. Dimon, an alumnus
of Tufts University and Harvard University Business School,
is chair and CEO of Bank One Corporation. Jarrett, an alumna
of the U of C Laboratory Schools, attended Stanford University
and University of Michigan Law School. She is the executive
vice president of the Habitat Company, a real-estate development
and management firm.
wants to be an M.B.A.?
March Gary Gambino became the second student in the evening
M.B.A. program in the past year to win big on a game show when
he walked away with $500,000 from ABC's Who Wants to be a
Millionaire. If he had answered one more question correctly,
he would have won $2 million, but he decided not to risk what
he already had. In February 2000 another M.B.A. student, David
Legler, became the richest game show contestant in history when
he won $1.7 million on NBC's Twenty-One.