Stephen Klass became the University's vice president and dean
of students on October 1. Klass, former associate vice president and deputy dean
of students, replaces Margo Marshak, who becomes vice president for student affairs
at the California Institute of Technology.
The College's biology program has
received a $1.2 million boost from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grant
will fund three components of the biology program: summer research opportunities
for 30 undergrads; curriculum and faculty development; and postdoctoral fellowships
for teaching core courses to nonbiology concentrators.
Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, the William Benton distinguished
service professor of political science, has been elected the 2003-04 president
of the American Political Science Association. Rudolph's research focuses on the
political economy and sociology of South Asia, state formation, and the politics
of category and culture. She is the first South Asia scholar elected to the position.
ride at the GSB
The GSB's new Distinguished Fellows Program, funded
by Phillip Purcell, MBA'67, and J. William Uhrig, MBA'84, provides full scholarships
and living stipends and includes a leadership practicum. The first five students
named as distinguished fellows-selected based on academic record and leadership
skills and potential-began their studies in September.
Locke Bowman, director of the Law School's MacArthur Justice Center,
is coordinating the efforts of attorneys from around the state who are filing
petitions on behalf of death-row inmates. The inmates are seeking clemency from
Illinois Governor George Ryan before he leaves office in January.
Following the 2001 recommendation of Chicago's Ad Hoc Committee
on International Programs, the Office of International Affairs has moved to International
House. The office, formerly in the Administration Building, now occupies a suite
of converted dorm rooms on I-House's second floor. The move coincides with I-House's
Center for Early Childhood Research was given a $7 million grant from the National
Institutes of Health to explore social and biological factors in language development.
Led by Susan Goldin-Meadow, the Irving B. Harris professor in psychology and human
development, the center's research team includes both social and biomedical scientists.
For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. News & World
Report annual hospital survey named the University of Chicago Hospitals among
the nation's 17 best. The U of C ranked 14th overall, with 11 specialty areas
making the survey's top 20.
A. Epstein, the James Parker Hall distinguished service professor of law, has
been named an adviser to LifeSharers, a nonprofit voluntary network of organ and
tissue donors. The organization aims to alleviate shortages in human tissue and
organs for transplant operations.
life of Carl Sandburg?
Letters and scrapbooks saved from a landfill
last year contained a two-page account of Carl Sandburg's brief career as an undercover
courier, purportedly transporting documents smuggled out of the Soviet Union and
delivering them to the U of C.
Europe and business
Luigi Zingales, the Robert C. McCormack professor
of entrepreneurship and finance, is an inaugural fellow at the European Corporate
Governance Institute (ECGI). Founded this year, the ECGI promotes debate and dialogue
on corporate governance and best practices among academics, legislators, and practitioners.
Yerkes Observatory, a research branch of Chicago's astronomy &
astrophysics department and home of the world's largest refracting telescope,
has replaced two of its three main domes. The old domes were not watertight and
had shutters too narrow for modern telescopes. Yerkes, located in Williams Bay,
Wisconsin, also houses many of the University's astronomy library holdings.
Thomas Black, associate university registrar at Duke University
since 1997, became Chicago's registrar in July. He oversees the transition from
a 25-year-old computer system to a new student information system and automated
Meltzer, associate professor in medicine and economics, received the inaugural
Eugene Garfield Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research Award from Research
America, a nonprofit medical-research advocacy group. The award recognizes his
work in developing methods to analyze the cost-effectiveness of biomedical research
Coordinating the nation's research programs to better identify
and distribute successful educational methods for elementary and secondary schools
is the goal of a new center at the National Opinion Research Center. The effort
is funded by a five-year, $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation.