Feb. 16, 1995
Vol. 14, No. 12

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    Four faculty members appointed to endowed chairs

    Four faculty members have been appointed to endowed chairs, President Sonnenschein has announced.

    Daniel Garber has been awarded a Distinguished Service Professorship and Sander Gilman, Richard J. Miller and Stephen Schulhofer have been appointed to named chairs.

    "Each of these new chair holders is a distinguished scholar and teacher whose presence at Chicago strengthens the University," Sonnenschein said. "I am delighted that we can recognize their contributions in this way."

    The professors and their new appointments are as follows:

    Daniel Garber

    Daniel Garber, former Chairman of Philosophy, has been named the Lawrence Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor.

    Garber is one of the nation's leading experts on the history of philosophy -- particularly 19th-century philosophy -- and the history and philosophy of science. He has been a member of the University faculty since 1975, and was Chairman of Philosophy from 1987 to 1994. He has been Chairman of the Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science since July.

    Garber has published groundbreaking work on the philosophers Descartes and Leibniz. He is the author of Descartes' Metaphysical Physics (1993), has published a collection of translations -- Leibniz: Philosophical Essays (1989) -- and is currently working on a new book, Aristotelianism and Anti-Aristotelianism in Paris, 1620-1650. He has also published more than 25 articles in scholarly journals and presented numerous papers.

    Garber is co-editor of three major philosophical projects: The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy; The Yale Leibniz, a 10-volume set of selected writings; and The Cambridge Philosophical Texts in Context, a series of books that brings together sources considered essential for understanding key texts in the history of philosophy.

    He received his A.B. in 1971, his A.M. in 1974 and his Ph.D in 1975 from Harvard.

    The Lawrence Kimpton Distinguished Service Professorship was established in 1977 in honor of the former president of the University, who served as chancellor from 1951 to 1960. As chancellor, he led a campaign that raised $100 million, nearly doubling the University's endowment.

    Sander Gilman

    Sander Gilman, a member of the Germanic Studies faculty, has been named the Henry R. Luce Professor in the Liberal Arts of Human Biology.

    Gilman, who joined the University faculty in the fall quarter, conducts interdisciplinary research on the cultural meanings of illness and psychoanalysis. His central interests cluster around several related topics: Freud and psychiatry, medicine and illness, and Jewish studies.

    In the 42 books he has written or edited since he began publishing in 1972, he has also explored topics as diverse as AIDS, Bertolt Brecht, Nietzsche and Mark Twain. Of his numerous books, perhaps the best known are Seeing the Insane: A Cultural History of Psychiatric Illustration (1982), Jewish Self-Hatred: Anti-Semitism and the Hidden Language of the Jews (1986) and Disease and Representation: Images of Illness From Madness to AIDS (1988).

    Before coming to Chicago, Gilman was the Goldwin Smith Professor of Humane Studies at Cornell and professor of the history of psychiatry at Cornell Medical College. He received his B.A. in 1963 and his Ph.D. in 1968 from Tulane University.

    The Henry R. Luce Professorship was established in 1975 through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation "to encourage academic innovation through an integrative approach to the liberal arts." Luce was an innovative magazine publisher who founded Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated -- the basis of what became Luce's Time-Life publishing empire.

    Richard J. Miller

    Miller, a faculty member in Pharmacological & Physiological Sciences, has been named the William Mabie Professor.

    Miller's research focuses on the molecules that regulate communication across synapses -- the junctions between cells of the nervous system -- both in normal function and in disease. He is particularly interested in the molecules that act as intracellular signals, such as calcium ions in nerve cells, and how these in turn lead to the regulation of neurotransmitter release and the life-or-death fate of the nerve cell. His studies have implications for understanding how nerve cells die in disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).

    Miller received his B.A. in 1972 from the University of Bristol and his M.A. and his Ph.D. in 1976 from Cambridge University. He joined the Chicago faculty in 1977. He has received several awards and fellowships since then, including an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Silver Medal for Research from the University of Milan and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

    Miller serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and eight other journals in neuroscience and pharmacology.

    The William Mabie Professorship was created by Trustee John Mabie in honor of his father, a 1924 graduate of the College, who was president and chief executive officer of A.G. Becker & Co., an investment banking firm. The professorship was established to recognize an outstanding scholar in the neurosciences in the Pritzker School of Medicine.

    Stephen Schulhofer

    Schulhofer, the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor in the Law School and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice, has been named the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology.

    Schulhofer, an expert in criminal justice, has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1986. He is the co-author of one of the leading casebooks in criminal law, Criminal Law and Its Process (1989), with Sanford Kadish, and he has written numerous articles on criminal responsibility, rape, battered women, sentencing, plea bargaining, confessions, comparative criminal law and double jeopardy. His current research examines feminist criticisms of criminal law and criminal justice administration. He is the 1995 recipient of the American Philosophical Association's Berger Prize for outstanding work in the field of the philosophy of law.

    Schulhofer received his A.B. in 1964 from Princeton and his LL.B. in 1967 from Harvard. Following law school, he clerked for Justice Hugo Black of the U.S. Supreme Court and then practiced law for three years in France. He was on the law school faculty at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the Chicago faculty in 1986 as the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor.

    The Julius Kreeger Professorship was established in 1965 by Mrs. Arthur Wolf in memory of her late husband, a 1917 graduate of the College and a 1920 graduate of the Law School who was an attorney in Chicago for more than 40 years.