June 8, 2006
Vol. 25 No. 18

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    John Boyer, Dean of the College and the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History, was recently awarded the Karl von Vogelsang State Prize for the History of the Social Sciences by the Austrian government.

    A group of distinguished scholars in the field of social, intellectual and political history comprise the international jury that annually awards the Austrian State Prize.

    Boyer was recognized for his scholarly publications on Hapsburg and Austrian history, and in particular for his books Political Radicalism in Late Imperial Vienna: Origins of the Christian Social Movement, 1848-1897 (University Press) and Culture and Political Crisis in Vienna: Christian Socialism in Power, 1897-1918 (University Press).

    The State Prize was presented at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in the Starhemberg Palace in Vienna in April.

    Austan Goolsbee, the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Business, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2006-2007.

    He will research Internet taxation in the U.S. and European Union while spending part of the upcoming academic year at the London School of Economics and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, also in London.

    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program is an international educational exchange.

    Recipients of the scholarships are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

    Goolsbee also is a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also is a columnist for The New York Times, writing the Economic Scene column.

    Goolsbee joined the GSB faculty in 1995 after receiving his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an M.A. and B.A. in economics from Yale University.

    The Newberry Library will honor Hanna Gray, President Emerita and the Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in History and the College, with the Newberry Library Award at its Monday, June 12 spring benefit. The award recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the humanities, including but not limited to humanities scholarship.

    Past awardees include Paul Oskar Kristeller; Jaroslav Pelikan (Ph.D.,’46), a former Divinity School faculty member; Lawrence Stone; and Richard Franke, University Trustee.

    The award itself is a scale model of the sculpture titled, Umanita, by Virginio Ferrari, an Italian-American sculptor who splits his time living and working in Chicago and his native Verona, and who taught at Chicago as an Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence.