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has named the University a Sun Center of Excellence in bioinformatics, computational
biology, and medical informatics-fields that require storing and analyzing large
amounts of information, including human genome, patient, and clinical data. The
University will receive Sun hardware and software for a data warehouse.
chief financial officer
Julian Reaves becomes the University's vice president for administration and chief
financial officer August 15. Reaves, who holds a Ph.D. in political science and
public administration from Kent State University, was previously CFO at Brown
of the GSB's new home (below), to be completed in autumn 2004, began with a May
18 groundbreaking. The $125 million facility, designed by Rafael Viñoly,
will be located at 58th and Woodlawn. With classrooms, group-study areas, a student
lounge, outdoor terraces, and a winter-garden atrium, the complex is designed
to promote collaboration and interaction.
and astronomers from around the country-headed by Michael Turner, chair of astronomy
& astrophysics-have outlined the needs and direction for 21st-century physics
and astronomy research. Their main recommendation: combined initiatives between
the Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. The group
presented its report, "Connecting Quarks with the Cosmos: Eleven Science
Questions for the New Century," at a joint April meeting of the American
Physical Society and the American Astronomical Society.
Moffat, the Louis Block professor of biochemistry & molecular biology, has
been named deputy provost for research. Moffat oversees research and serves on
the new Science Council, which sets priorities and develops strategies for scientific
research at the University and Argonne National Laboratory.
2002 recipients of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for
excellence in undergraduate teaching were Jean Comaroff, the Bernard E. &
Ellen C. Sunny distinguished service professor of anthropology; John Comaroff,
the Harold H. Swift distinguished service professor of anthropology; Benjamin
Glick, associate professor in molecular genetics & cell biology; Gary Herrigel,
associate professor of political science; Mario Santana, associate professor of
romance languages & literature; and Douglas MacAyeal, professor of geophysical
Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for excellence in teaching went to four
graduate students: Jonathan Hand, AM'91, PhD'02, Social Thought; Justine Lee,
immunology; Mridul Mehta, SM'98, math; and James Reid, philosophy.
Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the U of C more than $6.25 million
to establish the Center for Integrating Statistical and Environmental Science.
Researchers from Chicago, Argonne, and other universities will study global warming
and weather, air pollution and respiratory illnesses, and complex ecological systems.
student Eric Zhang and John Huizinga, the Walter David ("Bud") Fackler
professor of economics, have found a new way to combine work and play. They helped
Yao Ming, a 7'5" center from China, get out of his Chinese Basketball Association
contract and into the NBA. Ming-who is Zhang's distant cousin-was the Houston
Rockets' No. 1 pick in this summer's NBA draft.