July 14, 1994
Vol. 14, No. 1

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    New Master appointed, two reappointments announced

    w/photos of Vandervoort, Perlman, Quintans Peter Vandervoort, Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics, has been reappointed Master of the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division for a three-year term, and Robert Perlman, Professor in Pediatrics, has been reappointed Master of the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division for a one-year term. Perlman will be succeeded in July 1995 by Jose Quintans, Professor in Pathology, who will work with him over the next year before assuming sole responsibility for the position.

    "We are very fortunate and pleased to have Peter, Bob and Jose lead these Collegiate divisions," said John Boyer, Dean of the College. "The simultaneous appointment of Bob and Jose will benefit the College tremendously by ensuring long-term continuity within the Biological Sciences."

    Vandervoort, who received all his degrees from the University, has served as Master of the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division since 1991. After receiving his A.B. in 1954, he studied in the Physics Department, receiving his S.B. in 1955, his S.M. in 1956 and his Ph.D. in 1960. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Princeton before joining the Chicago faculty in 1961. He became Associate Professor in 1965 and Professor in 1980.

    His research interests include theoretical studies of the structure and dynamics of galaxies, as well as mathematical modeling of the internal motions of galaxies to understand the relationship between their equilibrium and unstable forms.

    He teaches physical sciences courses in the Common Core and graduate courses in theoretical astrophysics.

    Like Vandervoort, Perlman received all his degrees from the University. A 1953 graduate of the Laboratory Schools, he received his A.B. in 1957, his S.B. in 1958, his M.D. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1963. He has served as Master of the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division since 1991.

    His principal research interest is how cells communicate with each other via hormones and neurotransmitters. He teaches human developmental biology in the College and reproductive biology to first-year medical students.

    Perlman served at Bellevue Hospital in New York, the National Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School and the University of Illinois College of Medicine before returning to Chicago in 1986 as Professor in Pediatrics.

    Quintans, who received both his M.D. and his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, joined the University faculty in 1977 as Assistant Professor in Pathology. He became Associate Professor in 1983 and Professor in 1987.

    His research focuses on apoptosis, the process responsible for controlled cell death in multicellular organisms. A recipient of the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1986, Quintans teaches Immunobiology 208 and 209 in the College and the first-year course in immunology in the Pritzker School of Medicine.

    Quintans served on the scientific staff of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland from 1972 to 1976. In 1976-77, he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the La Rabida-University of Chicago Institute. Since joining the Chicago faculty, he has served as Chairman of the Committee on Immunology from 1985 to 1990 and as Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and Chairman of the Pathology Graduate Review Program since 1991.