Sept. 30, 1993
Vol. 13, No. 3

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    New faculty members announced

    Eight professors and six associate professors have joined the faculty since spring quarter. In addition to President Hugo F. Sonnenschein, who is Professor in Economics, the new faculty members are:

    ROBERT BAKER Professor and Vice Chairman of Surgery

    Author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles, a surgical textbook and five teaching films, Baker has been a pioneer in research into the surgical treatment of trauma victims and of complex gastrointestinal problems.

    Baker, who has also been appointed Chairman of Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital and Vice Chairman of Surgery at the Medical Center, comes to Chicago from Philadelphia, where he served for five years as professor and vice chairman of surgery at Jefferson Medical College and as chairman of surgery at the Medical Center of Delaware. He previously served as chief of general surgery at the University of Illinois Hospital and as director of the trauma unit at Cook County Hospital. He received his B.S. from Miami University in 1947 and his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1950. RONALD BURT (Ph.D.'77) Professor in the Graduate School of Business

    Burt's research activities focus on theory and research methodology concerning collaboration, envy and entrepreneurial opportunities in the social structure of competitive environments.

    Burt was previously professor of sociology and business at Columbia University. He has also served on the faculty at Berkeley and has been an independent consultant on questions of organization design, employee performance and diversity, customer satisfaction and market strategy. In addition to receiving his Ph.D. from Chicago, he received his B.A. in 1971 from Johns Hopkins and his M.A. in 1973 from SUNY at Albany. DON COURSEY Professor in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies

    Coursey's work examines decision making in experimental markets and experimental methods for evaluating environmental benefits.

    Coursey comes from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University, where he was the Vernon W. and Marion K. Piper Professor of Business Economics. He also served on the faculties of the University of Wyoming and the University of Arkansas, and in 1992 he was Visiting Professor in the Harris School. He received his B.A. in 1978 and his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Arizona. Coursey is co-editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. CORNELL FLEISCHER Professor in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

    Fleischer is a historian specializing in the intellectual and political organization of Islamic Middle Eastern and Ottoman society. He is the author of a pioneering work of Ottoman intellectual history, "Bureaucrat and Intellectual in the Ottoman Empire." In 1988, he was named a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

    Fleischer was previously on the faculty at Washington University, where he was professor of Islamic history. He received his A.B. in 1972, his A.M. in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1982 from Princeton. VICTOR FRIEDMAN (M.A.'71, Ph.D.'75) Professor in Slavic Languages & Literatures

    Friedman is a linguist specializing in the structure and sociolinguistics of the languages of the Balkans and the Caucasus, with particular emphasis on Macedonian, Albanian, Romani and Lak. He is the author of more than 100 articles and reviews; his book "The Grammatical Categories of the Macedonian Indicative" was the first book published in North America on modern Macedonian.

    He comes to Chicago from the University of North Carolina, where he was professor of Slavic and Balkan linguistics and chairman of the Slavic department. He received his B.A. in 1970 from Reed College. His Ph.D. from the departments of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Linguistics was the first dual Ph.D. granted in the divisions at Chicago. BRUCE LINCOLN (Ph.D.'76) Professor in the Divinity School

    Lincoln specializes in two related but distinct areas: the social and political dimensions of myth and ritual, and the mythic and ritual dimensions of society and politics. He also pursues anthropological studies of religion, including research on Indo-European religions and the traditions of Africa, Melanesia and the New World. His most recent book is "Death, War and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology and Practice."

    Lincoln was previously on the faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he was professor of comparative studies in discourse and society. In addition to receiving his Ph.D. from Chicago, he received his B.A. from Haverford College. GLORIA FERRARI PINNEY Professor in Art

    Pinney studies Greek and Roman classical art, specifically Greek painted vases and Roman sculpture. Her research also includes semiotic and post-structural theoretical approaches to the visual interpretation of images. The author of numerous articles, reviews and abstracts, she is completing a book, "Figures of Speech," to be published in 1994 by the University of Chicago Press.

    Pinney previously was the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Professor of Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College. She studied at the Universita degli Studi di Roma and Scuola Nazionale di Archeologia before receiving her Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of Cincinnati. ABRAHAM DACHMAN Associate Professor in Radiology

    Dachman specializes in abdominal radiology, laser research and outcomes research, with particular interest in the allocation of radiologic services and the sequence of radiologic work-up. He recently published the book "Radiology of the Spleen." He received his B.A. in 1974 from Yeshiva University and his M.D. in 1977 from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

    Dachman comes to Chicago from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. STEPHAN MEYER Associate Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics

    Meyer's research focuses on the beginnings of structure in the universe. He was a member of the science working group for the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite mission, which in 1992 provided the first evidence for early structure in the universe from measurements of the microwave background radiation.

    Before coming to Chicago, Meyer served on the faculty at MIT. He received his B.A. in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.A. in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1979 from Princeton. DAVID ROWLEY Associate Professor in Geophysical Sciences

    Rowley studies problems related to global tectonics--trying to determine the history of the movement of the plates that compose the earth's surface and how that motion determines the earth's geological topology. Much of his fieldwork is conducted in China, where he studies geological problems related to the assembly of Asia in areas that are largely unknown to Western scientists.

    Rowley has been a Senior Research Associate at the University since 1986. He received his B.S. in 1976 from Denison University and his M.S. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1983 from SUNY at Albany. LAURA SLATKIN Associate Professor in Classical Languages & Literatures

    A specialist in early Greek poetry, Slatkin also studies comparative epic and mythology, and she is particularly interested in anthropological approaches to classical literature. Among her recent work is the book "The Wrath of Thetis: Allusion and Interpretation in the Iliad."

    Slatkin comes to Chicago from Columbia University. She received a B.A. in 1968 from Radcliffe, a B.A. and an M.A. from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in 1979 from Harvard. KENNETH THOMPSON Associate Professor in Pathology

    Thompson studies herpes viruses, specifically human cytomegalovirus. His research interests also include anti-viral drugs and drug resistance in the herpes viruses.

    Before coming to Chicago, Thompson served on the faculty of Loyola University Medical Center. He received his B.S. in 1963, his M.S. in 1967 and his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of North Dakota. TODD WETZEL Associate Professor in Surgery

    Wetzel's clinical interests include cervical and lumbar degenerative problems, deformities, chronic pain and the treatment of spinal tumors. His research interests include treatment of cervical and lumbar disk disorders, the development of surgical instrumentation, and studies of neurotransmitters and pain.

    In addition to his faculty appointment, Wetzel directs the University of Chicago Hospitals Spine Program, a multidisciplinary program based at Weiss Hospital on the city's North Side. He received his A.B. in 1977 from Harvard and his M.D. in 1981 from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served on the faculty at Penn State.