For the record
Former U of C professor Robert Mundell earned the 1999 Nobel Memorial
Prize in economic sciences. Now a professor at Columbia University,
Mundell was recognized for work done at Chicago, showing how international
capital movement can affect an individual country's ability to
manage its own economy. The award marks Chicago's 71st Nobel Prize,
its 19th prize in economics.
J. M. Coetzee, a visiting professor in the Committee on Social
Thought, received the 1999 Booker Prize, Britain's top fiction
award, for his novel Disgrace. Coetzee--who also won in 1983 for
his novel Life & Times of Michael K--is the first author to win
the Booker twice.
The Geological Society of America honored Frank M. Richter, SM'71,
PhD'72, the Sewell Avery distinguished service professor in geophysical
sciences, with its George Wollard Award. The annual award recognizes
outstanding contributions to geology. The GSA cited Richter's
work using fluid dynamics to discuss the driving mechanism of
The City Council of Chicago renamed the 5800 block of Maryland
Avenue to honor gastroenterologist Joseph B. Kirsner, PhD'42,
the Louis Block distinguished service professor in medicine. The
sign unveiling--along with a dinner and a lecture--marked Kirsner's
In November, Edward A. Cucci became president and chief operating
officer of Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, the U of C Hospitals's
north--side facility. Cucci, who also serves as a vice president
of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System, succeeds
Greg Cierlik, president of Weiss since 1995.
The David and Lucille
Packard Foundation named Ka Yee Lee, assistant professor of chemistry,
a 1999 Packard fellow. Lee will use the $625,000 grant for her
research on lung surfactant, a mixture of lipids and proteins
that assists the breathing process. Lee was also named a 1999
Searle scholar, an honor that brings an additional $180,000 grant.
Four University faculty
members have been named to distinguished service professorships:
Homi Bhabha, English; Sheila Fitzpatrick, history; Mark Strand,
Committee on Social Thought; and John Cacioppo, psychology.
to named posts
Michael Camille is
the first Mary L. Block professor in art history, and Anne Robertson
is the first Claire Dux Swift professor in music. In the Graduate
School of Business, Pradeep Chintagunta is now the Robert Law
Jr. professor, Steven Kaplan is the Neubauer Family professor
of entrepreneurship and finance, Abbie Smith is the Irene and
Boris Stern professor, Ruey Tsay is the H. G. B. Alexander professor,
and Mark Zmijewski is the Leon Carroll Marshall professor. John
Mark Hansen was named the William R. Kenan Jr. professor in political
Twelve scholars recently joined Chicago's faculty as
full professors: Bennett Bertenthal and John Cacioppo, psychology;
John Brewer, English; James Conant and John Haugeland, philosophy;
Donald Harper, East Asian languages & civilizations; Michael Hopkins
and Richard Jordan, chemistry; Steven Lalley, statistics; Mark
Lilla, the Committee on Social Thought; Philip Reny, economics;
and George Triantis, the Law School.
The American Philosophical Society elected James W. Cronin,
SM'53, PhD'55, University professor emeritus in physics and astronomy
& astrophysics, to its membership.