June 6, 2002
Vol. 21 No. 17

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    Rosenbaum is appointed Vice President for Research

    By Steve Koppes
    News Office

    Thomas Rosenbaum

    President Randel has announced that Thomas Rosenbaum, the James Franck Professor in Physics, has been appointed the University’s Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory. The five-year appointment will be effective Monday, July 1.

    “I remain deeply committed to our scientific enterprise and in particular to an ever stronger and more effective scientific relationship with Argonne,” Randel said. “I know that Tom will be effective in this endeavor, and I look forward very much to working with him on it.”

    As Vice President for Research and for Argonne, Rosenbaum will oversee a combined research enterprise of more than $700 million. In addition to his responsibilities for research across the University and for Argonne, Rosenbaum will chair the newly formed Science Council, charged with the coordination and promotion of scientific research at the University and Argonne. The council will include the Provost, the deans of the Biological Sciences and the Physical Sciences divisions, and both the Director and Chief Scientist of Argonne.

    “I am excited by the University’s commitment to scientific inquiry that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries,” Rosenbaum said.

    “In the months to come, we anticipate making some first-rate appointments in programs specifically designed to cross these boundaries of particular interest to both University and Argonne researchers, including the Computation Institute, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics and the Nanoscience Consortium.”

    Rosenbaum succeeds Robert Zimmer, who was recently named provost of Brown University.

    Rosenbaum is an expert on the quantum mechanical nature of materials––the physics of electronic, magnetic and optical materials at the atomic level––that are best observed at temperatures near absolute zero (minus 460 degrees Fahrenheit). He conducted research at Bell Laboratories and at IBM Watson Research Center before he joined the Chicago faculty in 1983.

    He directed the University’s Materials Research Laboratory from 1991 to 1994, and the University’s James Franck Institute from 1995 to 2001.

    He presently serves on the National Research Council Solid State Sciences Committee and on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to Argonne National Laboratory.

    His honors include an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a Presidential Young Investigator Award and the William McMillan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Condensed Matter Physics. Rosenbaum also is an elected fellow and Centennial Lecturer of the American Physical Society.

    Rosenbaum received his bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Harvard University, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University.