dean on Harris horizon
E. Mayer has been named dean of the Irving B. Harris Graduate
School of Public Policy Studies, succeeding Robert T. Michael,
the school's founding dean. An associate professor at the Harris
School and in the College, she begins a five-year term on July
director of the Northwestern University/University of Chicago
Joint Center for Poverty Research, Mayer joined the Harris School
in 1989. Author of two books on poverty policy issues, she is
now studying the consequences of economic inequality, economic
mobility across generations and the role of noncognitive skills
on social and economic success.
Fumaroli, professor in Romance languages & literatures and
the Committee on Social Thought, was awarded the 2001 Balzan
Prize for Literary History and Criticism (post-1500) by the
Balzan Foundation for outstanding international achievement
in the humanities. Fumaroli's writings on the art of conversation
and rhetoric made him one of four recipients of the 2001 awards,
which carry a prize of 1 million Swiss francs (approximately
the 35 students nationally who won this year's Charlotte Newcombe
doctoral dissertation fellowships, five are at Chicago, more
than from any other school. The Newcombe fellowship, administered
by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, funds dissertations on religious
and ethical topics. The students-from history, anthropology,
music, and Social Thought-receive $16,000 stipends to complete
the final year of their dissertation projects.
November James Shapiro, professor in biochemistry and molecular
biology, was named an honorary officer, Order of the British
Empire, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Shapiro, a Chicago
faculty member since 1973, was honored for his services to British-American
relations as a member of the Marshall Scholarships selection
committee since 1983, including serving as its chair since 1991.
things must pass
courses on the electronic frontier have fallen in popularity
among students as drastically as the technology companies they
study. In 1999 the course E-Business Strategies was so popular
that GSB students were required to show their I.D.s to get through
the door. Although 220 students tried to register for 60 spots
in the course only three years ago, so few students have shown
interest this year that it has been dropped.
moves to Art Institute
Woodworth has resigned as the University's vice president and
chief financial officer to become executive vice president for
finance and administration & chief financial officer at
the Art Institute of Chicago. Woodworth joined the U of C in
1998 from her position as New York state's budget director.
Her resignation was effective January 1, and a search is under
way for a successor.
comes the sun
years-old informal relationship between environmental researchers
at Argonne National Laboratory and the U of C is now formal.
The government's 2002 Veterans Housing and Urban Development
appropriations plan includes $500,000 for a new Center for Environmental
Science at Argonne that will study climate, urban air quality,
and ways to improve environmental forecasting. Argonne scientists
hope to have the center up and running by next summer.
business of the future
Goolsbee, an economics professor in the business school, has
been named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the
Switzerland-based World Economic Forum. Goolsbee was lauded
for his focus on major public-policy issues of the "new
economy," including the economics of the Internet.