January 20, 2005
Vol. 24 No. 8

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    Marianne Bertrand, Professor of Economics and the Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow in the Graduate School of Business, has been named the recipient of the 2004 Elaine Bennett Research Prize. Bertrand, an applied microeconomist who has done work on racial discrimination, CEO pay and incentives, the effects of regulation on employment, and a host of other topics in labor economics and corporate finance, received the prize Friday, Jan. 7, at the annual business meeting of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

    Established in 1998, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize recognizes and honors outstanding research in any field of economics by a woman who is at the beginning of her career. The prize is given in honor of Elaine Bennett, who mentored many women economists at the start of their careers and who made significant contributions to economic theory and experimental economics during her short professional career.

    Three previous winners of the prize include former GSB faculty member Judith Chevalier (now at Yale University), who won the prize in its inaugural year; Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Susan Athey of Stanford University.

    Anna Lisa Crone, Professor in Slavic Languages & Literatures and the College, has received the 2004 Barbara Heldt Award for scholarship and mentoring in the field of Russian literature. Crone was honored with the award at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in December 2004.

    The award recognizes two recent monographs Crone has written—her study of the poet Gavrilo Derzhavin, titled The Daring of Derzhavin: The Moral Aesthetic Independence of the Poet in Russia (2001), and My Petersburg/Myself: Mental Architecture and Imaginative Space in Modern Russian Poetry (2004). Crone’s award also recognizes her direct involvement in the training of future scholars; she has overseen nearly 40 doctoral students’ dissertation work on Russian literature.

    A specialist in 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century Russian poetry and Russian religious philosophy, Crone is currently completing a book titled Eros and Creativity: The Fate of (Freudian) Sublimation in Russian Religious Thought.

    Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham has presented the Secretary’s Gold Award to eight current and former directors of Department of Energy national laboratories, including Argonne National Laboratory Director Hermann Grunder. The award is the DOE’s highest honor.

    Grunder’s award recognized his outstanding leadership in support of DOE projects at Argonne and as former director of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility.