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It's not a Nobel, but...
The 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.


The buck stops here
Two 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.


New appointments
The 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.


Revel with applause
The 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 Quadrangle Club.


A rising star
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.


Hat trick
Anna 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.


Two new trustees
During 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.


Who wants to be an M.B.A.?
In 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.


 


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