For the Record
OI returns Iranian tablets
Led by Oriental Institute director Gil Stein, a Chicago delegation
traveled to Iran in early May with 300 cuneiform tablets for the
first return of loaned antiquities since Iran’s 1979 revolution.
Giving back the tablets—part of a huge cache estimated at
15,000 to 30,000 pieces, loaned to the OI in 1937—also signals
the probable renewal of joint Chicago-Iranian projects.
I’ll take U of C
for $200, Alex.
The game show Jeopardy!’s “Clues Crew”
visited the University in April to tape video clues for a forthcoming
episode featuring a University of Chicago category. Rockefeller
Chapel, the Reg, the Henry Moore sculpture, and Robie House made
the crew’s Hyde Park list. The episode will likely air in
Profs argue for Cuba detainees
Joseph Margules, a visiting lecturer in the Law School, represented
Shafiq Rasul in April Supreme Court arguments, challenging the Bush
administration’s policy of indefinitely detaining foreign
“enemy combatants” at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval
base. Law professor Geoffrey Stone, JD’71, and lecturer Abner
J. Mikva, JD’51, meanwhile, filed friend-of-the-court briefs
supporting the plaintiffs.
CIO steps down
Philip Halpern will step down as the University’s vice president
and chief investment officer June 30. Halpern, who oversees Chicago’s
endowment, arrived in 1998 from the California Institute of Technology,
where he served as treasurer.
Nurses avert strike
After voting 633 to 61 this April to authorize a strike, the University
Hospitals’ union nurses approved a three-year contract May
12, including a 5 percent base pay increase the first year and 4
percent increases the next two years.
Fermilab director Michael Witherell is stepping down in July 2005,
and the search is on for a replacement at the Batavia high-energy
physics laboratory. As search-committe member and physics professor
Young-Kee Kim told the suburban Daily Herald in March,
“The decision is not only the future of Fermilab, but the
future of the high-energy physics field.”
Three of the 16 inaugural Mellon Emeritus Fellowships, supporting
humanities research, were awarded to Chicago professors. W. Ralph
Johnson will study ancient Roman poetry; Bernard McGinn will research
Western Christian mysticism; and Tetsuo Najita will focus on Japanese
New director for OI Museum
Archaeologist Geoff Emberling became director of the Museum of the
Oriental Institute May 26. Emberling, the assistant curator in the
Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at New York’s Metropolitan
Museum of Art from 1997 to 2000, more recently served as field director
of the U.S.–British archeological expedition to Tell Brak.
Hospitals to grow
The U of C Hospitals board has approved a $300 million–$350
million expansion plan, including 100 intensive-care beds and 35
operating rooms, to be built at 57th Street and Drexel Avenue. If
given final approval by the board and the state of Illinois, construction
could begin in 2008. With updated equipment and additional beds,
the Hospitals hopes to attract more complex neurosurgery, heart
surgery, and cancer patients.
Marsh marches in
Jeanne Marsh, the George Herbert Jones professor in the SSA, will
become acting dean July 1. Marsh, dean from 1988 to 1998, currently
chairs the SSA’s doctoral program. She replaces Edward Lawlor,
now dean of Washington University in St. Louis’s school of
A Smart move for Duke
Smart Museum Director Kimberly Rorschach leaves Chicago August 1
to become the first director of Duke University’s Nasher Museum
of Art. Rorschach, who joined the Smart in 1994, is also an associate
professor of art history and a lecturer in the Law School. While
the Smart searches for a successor, Jacqueline Terrassa, MFA’94,
the museum’s education director, will serve as interim director.
When Denmark’s Environmental Assessment Institute and the
Economist assembled nine of the world’s top economists
for a May conference in Copenhagen, three of the nine were University
professors—Nobel laureates Robert Fogel and James Heckman,
and Nancy Stokey—and one, Justin Lin, PhD’86, was an
alumnus. The panel discussed how governments can prioritize global
economic challenges. Stokey, the Frederick Henry Prince professor
of economics, recently was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
To the left, to the right
Law School professor Cass Sunstein and a team of Law School students
have launched the Chicago Judges Project, a study of federal judges’
voting patterns. The project, one of a series of new Chicago Policy
Initiatives, continues research Sunstein and two students began
last year. It will provide data, Sunstein says, on how political
ideology and judicial decisions are related.
Art history professor and Committee on the History of Culture chair
Robert Shell Nelson will study the Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul’s
most famous landmarks, and other examples of Byzantine art as a
Getty Research Institute scholar.