The U of C Press gave its Gordon J. Laing award to Edward Laumann and Robert Michael, distinguished service professors in sociology and public policy, respectively. The annual prize is given to U of C faculty authors whose book, published during the previous three years, adds the greatest distinction to the the Press. Laumann and Michael won for The Social Organization of Sexuality, cowritten with SUNY sociologist John Gagnon, AB'55, PhD'69, and NORC researcher Stuart Michaels
Built to last
Thomas Sargent, internationally known for his work in empirical and theoretical macroeconomics, received the $100,000 Erwin Plein Nemmers prize, awarded every other year by Northwestern University to economics scholars whose work has lasting significance. Sargent joined the U of C as the David A. Rockefeller professor in economics in 1991.
Anne Walters Robertson, associate professor and chair of the music department, was awarded a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation fellowship to study the great 14th-
century poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. The $18,000 fellowships are given to scholars at the middle stages of their careers. Robertson joined the faculty in 1984; most of her academic research has been on medieval and early Renaissance composers in France
Attorney Arthur Kane, AB'37, JD'39, made a $3-million gift that will underwrite the building of a new addition to the Laird Bell Quadrangle. The Arthur Kane Center for Clinical Legal Education, a 10,000-square-foot addition to the Law School, will provide expanded office, conference, and meeting space, and house a library for the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
Entrepreneur Kenneth Fisher, MBA'72, has given the U of C $2.5 million to support the downtown Gleacher Center's library-named the Kenneth G. Fisher Library in his honor. Fisher is chair and CEO of Encore Computer Corporation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Noted pianist and music scholar Charles Rosen gave three farewell campus concerts before retiring from the Committee on Social Thought this spring. Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rhein wrote, "Perhaps no pianist brings such musicological authority to the concert stage, just as no scholar has made it into the ranks of world-class pianists and stayed there for as long...." Rosen said he had "a great time" at Chicago. "The students were very smart. And the library was open late."
An old flame
On its way to the Atlanta summer games, the Olympic torch came to campus for an official June 3 ceremony. According to social sciences professor John MacAloon, AM'74, PhD'80-an Olympics expert who helped bring the flame to the quads-there's a long-standing connection between the games and the University: U of C students were the city of Chicago's first Olympians, competing at the 1900 Paris games
Holocaust survivor Ulrich Meyer and his wife, Harriet Meyer, have established a professorship in the University's Committee on Jewish Studies. The Harriet and Ulrich E. Meyer professorship is intended for eminent scholars who can contribute significantly to the field of Holocaust studies.
Doing the math
Mathematics professor emeritus Izaak Wirszup, PhD'55, received the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics lifetime-achievement medal. Wirszup was recognized both for his work in establishing the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project-the nation's largest university-based curriculum project for grades K-12-and for his research on Soviet mathematics education
Physics professor Roland Winston, SB'56, SM'57, PhD'63, was recognized for his pioneering work in non-imaging solar-energy optics with the Franklin Institute's first-ever C. Raymond Kraus medal. With U of C colleagues, Winston has developed technology that can concentrate sunlight at 84,000 times the natural level of Earth-surface sunlight
Two faculty members--Robert Clayton, the Enrico Fermi distinguished service professor in chemistry and geophysical sciences, and Elaine Fuchs, the Amgen professor in molecular genetics & cell biology--were elected to the National Academy of Sciences. They are among 51 U of C professors who are members of the academy
Motet Choir director Bruce Tammen, AM'74, has resigned from the University to join his family in Virginia. For six years, he directed the Chapel Choir, the Motet, and University Chorus. Rockefeller Chapel Dean Alison Boden credits Tammen for making choral performance a vital part of student life at the U of C. A search for his replacement is under way.
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