MBA is a hot ticket
Applications for the full-time M.B.A. program increased by 70
percent this year, according to Don Martin, associate dean for
enrollment management at the GSB. Martin was quoted in an April
2 Wall Street Journal article noting a similar trend at
business schools nationally as students scurry back to school
to wait out the recession.
Rosner, the William E. Wrather distinguished service professor
in astronomy & astrophysics, physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute,
and the College, has been appointed chief scientist at Argonne
National Laboratory. The new position is designed to improve
the lab's research planning, scientific programs, and collaborations
with the University.
Middle East on the Quads
Current events in the Middle East spilled over to campus as
students hosted rallies on the Quads this April. Approximately
100 people attended a pro-Israel rally, and approximately 30
attended a pro-Palestine demonstration, both of which were peaceful.
There were also Israeli and Palestinian film festivals on campus
this spring showcasing Gaza Strip and Afula Express.
Chicago scholars were elected to the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences: Carlos Kenig, SM'75, PhD'78, mathematics; Susan
M. Kidwell, geophysical sciences; Steven Levitt, economics;
Peter McCullagh, statistics; Bernard McGinn, divinity; David
A. Strauss, law; William W. Tait, philosophy; Robert Vishny,GSB;
Thomas A. Witten, physics. Meanwhile, John E. Carlstrom, professor
of astronomy & astrophysics and physics, was elected to
the National Academy of Sciences.
Mark Hansen becomes dean of the Division of the Social Sciences
July 1. The Harvard professor taught at Chicago from 1986 to
2001. The former William R. Kenan Jr. professor in political
science and the College, Hansen studies interest groups, citizen
activism, and public opinion.
Toyota Technological Institute (TTI) of Nagoya, Japan, is creating
a department of information science on the U of C campus with
classes beginning fall 2003. Initial enrollment will be ten
master's degree students, and a Ph.D. program with a faculty
of 30 is in the works. Financed with a $100 million endowment
from TTI, the program will offer its own degrees, and it will
be separate from but affiliated with the University's computer-science
Renaissance Society of America honored David Bevington, the
Phyllis Fay Horton distinguished service professor of English
language & literature, comparative literature, the Committee
on General Studies in the Humanities, and the College, with
its Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award for his
Four faculty have won Guggenheim fellowships: Andrew Abbott,
AM'75, PhD'82, the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift distinguished
service professor in sociology, will complete his book Time
and Social Structure. Susan Gal, professor in anthropology
and linguistics, will analyze communist and postcommunist political
talk. Jonathan L. Rosner, professor in physics and the Enrico
Fermi Institute, will study heavy quarks. Alison Winter, AB'87,
associate professor in history, will write on the history of
the sciences of memory.
for urban studies
Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation gave a five-year, $10
million joint grant to the Irving B. Harris Graduate School
of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Service Administration.
The funds will be used for full-tuition scholarships, professorships
to study urban issues, and activities linking the U of C and
the city, such as internships and policy briefings for public
Not many physicists have skateboards riding on their work. But
Peter J. Eng, a senior research associate at the James Franck
Institute and the Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources,
is an exception. A skater, Eng did three-dimensional computer
modeling for Free Basin, an art installation that doubles
as a skateboarding rink. The six-ton rink, designed by Steve
Badgett and Matt Lynch, was shown in the Hyde Park Art Center
and the Wexner Arts Center at Ohio State University and will
be on display at Documenta XI, an international art fair in
Companies led by chief executives with an M.B.A. from Chicago
have a higher median total return to shareholders than those
led by graduates from any other business school. The April 25
report in Forbes ranked returns from graduates of Stanford
and Harvard third and fifth, respectively. But before we get
too excited, CEOs with no advanced degree generate higher returns,
on average, than those with an M.B.A.
no quiero Taco Bell
nationwide boycott of Taco Bell has made the U of C its base.
Students are protesting the labor conditions of farm workers
employed by Taco Bell distributors: tomato pickers' annual salary,
protesters say, is $7,500, and the workers have no health or
disability insurance and no overtime pay. Students are meeting
with administrators to discuss removing Taco Bell from the Hutchinson
Commons food court.