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Ph.D.s find a future

The February issue of Lingua Franca reported that 110 U of C humanities alumni earned full-time, junior academic positions for the 1998–99 academic year. Columbia came in second with 64 alumni placements.

On board for studies abroad

Stephanie Latkovski joined the University in March as the College’s associate dean for international and second-language education. Besides coordinating administrative aspects, she will help organize new internship opportunities and assist students in selecting programs.

Good guard

Fourth-year Andy Strommem, a guard on the men’s basketball team, was named UAA co-player of the year. Leading the Maroons with 14.3 points per game, he finished his career as Chicago's all-time leader in three-point field goals (185) and three-point field goal percentage (45.5).

Scientific advancement

Chemistry professor R. Stephen Berry has been elected home secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. He will also become chair of the National Research Council’s report review committee.

Master of the humanities

Starting this quarter, associate professor of English Bill Brown replaces Philippe Desan, the Howard L. Willett professor of Romance languages and literatures, as master of the Humanities Collegiate Division.

A truly cosmic award

U of C astrophysicist John Carlstrom was named one of ten McDonnell Centennial Fellows by the James S. McDonnell Foundation. He plans to use the $1 million award to study cosmic microwave background radiation—the Big Bang’s afterglow.

A close call

Fulbright fellow Elizabeth Garland, AM’97, a U of C doctoral student in anthropology, escaped a March attack by Rwandan rebels in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park. Eight tourists and four park rangers were killed. Garland, who was studying the effects of wildlife tourism on local communities, hid in her tent at the campsite’s outskirts. Though she plans to continue her research, Garland flew to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, after the attack.

Dust in space

An instrument built and designed at the U of C was part of the payload launched in February on the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite. The instrument, SPADUS, will measure the mass, speed, and trajectory of dust particles in low-Earth orbit, and help scientists determine whether the particles were left by comets or are man-made debris.

Intimate inquiries

The winter 1998 issue of Critical Inquiry, the University’s renowned arts and humanities journal, won the professional and scholarly publishing-division award for best single issue of a journal from the Association of American Publishers. Guest edited by English professor Lauren Berlant, the theme issue focused on intimacy.

Très bien

James Lawler, the Edward Carson Waller distinguished service professor emeritus in Romance languages & literatures, was recently elected to a three-year term as president of the Association Internationale des Ètudes Français.

Historical double-header

Historian Amy Dru Stanley won two 1999 awards from the Organization of American Historians with From Bondage to Contract: Wage Labor, Marriage, and the Market in the Age of Slave Emancipation. She received the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best first book in American history and the Avery Craven Prize for the best book on the era of the Civil War and reconstruction.

The ever-evolving faculty

Wen-Hsiung Li, author of the first textbook on molecular phylogeny, joined the U of C in December as the George Wells Beadle distinguished service professor in ecology & evolution. Department chair Chung-I Wu calls Li “the premier evolutionist in the world today.”
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