Aug. 15, 1996
Vol. 16, No. 1

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    Schramm named DSP; endowed chairs to 9 others

    s Vice President for Research David Schramm, a world leader in theoretical astrophysics, has been awarded a Distinguished Service Professorship. Nine other faculty members, in fields ranging from ancient cultures to cancer research, have been named to endowed chairs: Herbert Abelson, Homi Bhabha, Harry Hoffner, J. Paul Hunter, Albert Madansky, Dolores Norton, Martha Nussbaum, William Sewell and Richard Strier. The appointments were effective July 1.

    David Schramm

    Schramm, Louis Block Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, the Committee on Conceptual Foundations of Science and the College, has been named Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor.

    Research by Schramm, who is a leading authority on the big-bang model of the universe, has helped merge the fields of particle physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics in the study of the early universe. He is the author of more than 350 scientific research papers, and he has written or edited more than 10 books. In 1993, he was awarded the Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize from the American Physical Society "for his manifold contributions to nuclear astrophysics." He received the Helen B. Warner Prize from the American Astronomical Society in 1978, as well as numerous other awards and named lectureships. In 1994, he received the University's Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

    A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is chairman of the board on physics and astronomy of the National Research Council. He received his S.B. in 1967 from MIT and his Ph.D. in 1971 from Caltech. He was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin before joining the Chicago faculty in 1974. He has been Louis Block Professor since 1985.

    Herbert Abelson

    Abelson, Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics, has been named the George M. Eisenberg Professor.

    A pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher, Abelson joined the University faculty in 1995. Before coming to Chicago, he was professor and chairman of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, where he also was pediatrician-in-chief and director of the department of medicine at Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

    Abelson has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Center for Cancer Research at MIT. His research interests include mechanisms of action of chemotherapy agents and treatment of childhood anemia. He received his A.B. in 1962 from the University of Illinois and his M.D. in 1966 from Washington University School of Medicine.

    The George M. Eisenberg Professorship was established in 1993 by the Eisenberg Foundation for Charities in memory of the founder of American Decal Manufacturing.

    Homi Bhabha

    Bhabha, Professor in English Language & Literature, Art and the College, has been named the Chester D. Tripp Professor.

    Bhabha is one of the world's foremost authorities on post-colonial theory -- the rethinking of the experience of countries with a colonial past, such as Bhabha's native India. His work illuminates the complexity of colonial societies and examines what lessons our newly international culture can learn from them. He is perhaps best known for his book The Location of Culture (1994), a collection of essays on the conceptual and political ramifications of colonialism and post-colonialism.

    Prior to joining the University faculty in 1994, he had taught at Sussex University, England, since 1978. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Bombay, Bhabha studied at Oxford, where he received his M.A., his M.Phil. and his D.Phil.

    The Chester D. Tripp Professorship in the Humanities was established through an endowment by Tripp, a mining and metallurgical engineer and industrial consultant.

    Harry Hoffner

    Hoffner, Professor in the Oriental Institute, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Linguistics and the College, has been named the John A. Wilson Professor in the Oriental Institute.

    One of the world's leading authorities on Hittite culture, Hoffner is Editor-in-Charge of the Chicago Hittite Dictionary, a guide to Hittite literature and culture as well as a reference work on the meanings of Hittite words. The Hittite Empire flourished in central Turkey and northwestern Syria between 1750 B.C. and 1200 B.C. Hoffner's recent work has included translations of the entire corpus of Hittite mythological texts. He has been commissioned to produce a new edition of the Hittite law code.

    Hoffner received his A.B. in 1956 from Princeton, his Th.M. in 1960 from Dallas Theological Seminary and his M.A. and his Ph.D. in 1963 from Brandeis. He joined the Chicago faculty in 1974 after teaching at Wheaton College, Brandeis and Yale.

    The John A. Wilson Professorship was established in 1968 through an anonymous gift in honor of Wilson, then the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Oriental Institute.

    J. Paul Hunter

    Hunter, the Chester D. Tripp Professor in English Language & Literature and the College and the recently appointed Director of the Chicago Humanities Institute, has been named the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor.

    Hunter specializes in criticism and history relating to 17th- and 18th-century English texts. His book Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (1990) won the 1991 Louis Gottschalk Prize as the best book in 18th-century studies in any discipline. He is the author of two widely used college textbooks, both in their sixth editions: Norton Introduction to Poetry and Norton Introduction to Literature, co-written by Jerome Beaty.

    Hunter came to Chicago in 1987 from the University of Rochester, where he was dean of arts and science. He received his A.B. in 1955 from Indiana Central College, his M.A. in 1957 from Miami University and his Ph.D. in 1963 from Rice. Presently on sabbatical, he will return to direct CHI in the fall.

    Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke established the professorship that bears their name in 1992. University Trustee Richard Franke recently retired as CEO of John Nuveen & Co. in Chicago. The professorship is coterminous with the directorship of the Chicago Humanities Institute.

    Albert Madansky

    Madansky, Professor of Business Administration in the Graduate School of Business, has been named the H.G.B. Alexander Professor.

    Madansky's research has focused on econometrics, statistics in the social sciences, statistical computing and management science in marketing. He received his A.B. in 1952, his S.M. in 1955 and his Ph.D. in 1958, all from Chicago.

    Madansky was Deputy Dean for the Faculty at the GSB from 1990 to 1993 and Associate Dean for Ph.D. Studies from 1985 to 1990. He is currently Director of the school's Center for International Business Education and Research.

    The H.G.B. Alexander Professorship was created in 1963 through an endowment established by Herbert Alexander before his death in 1928. Alexander was president of the Continental Casualty Company and Continental Assurance Company.

    Dolores Norton

    Norton, Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, has been named the Samuel Deutsch Professor in SSA.

    Norton, who has taught at SSA since 1976, studies early child development, family life patterns, and social and cognitive development of children, with an emphasis on early school achievement. Her major research is a longitudinal study, "Children at Risk: The Infant Development Study," a study of inner city children from birth to age 14. Among her many publications are Plurality and Ecology (1989), Preschool Linguistic Environment and Early School Achievement (1996), Early Socialization and Temporal Development (1993) and The Dual Perspective: Inclusion of Ethnic Minority Content in the Social Work Curriculum (1978).

    Norton received her B.A. from Temple University and her M.S.S. and her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. She was a professor at Bryn Mawr and research director for the Self-Help Project in Chicago before coming to SSA.

    The Samuel Deutsch Professorship was established in 1929 by friends of Deutsch, who died earlier that year. Deutsch was president of Jewish Charities of Chicago for many years.

    Martha Nussbaum

    Nussbaum, Professor in the Law School, the Divinity School and the College, has been named the Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics.

    Nussbaum, one of the world's leading philosophers, is a prolific author whose work links the writings of Plato, Aristotle and the Greek Stoics to current issues. Her numerous publications include the books Poetic Justice (1996), The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986), Love's Knowledge (1990) and The Therapy of Desire (1994). Her Gifford Lectures, delivered in 1993 at the University of Edinburgh under the title "Need and Recognition: A Theory of the Emotions," will be published next year. She just completed a book on curricular controversies in American higher education, titled Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Radical Reform in Higher Education, which will be published next year.

    Nussbaum received her B.A. in 1969 from New York University and her M.A. in 1971 and her Ph.D. in 1975 from Harvard. She taught at Harvard and at Brown before joining the Chicago faculty in 1995.

    The Ernst Freund Professorship was established in 1967 through a grant from the Ford Foundation. The professorship honors Freund, who was one of the first members of the Law School faculty, serving from 1902 to 1932, and was an internationally known authority in the field of comparative law and international organization.

    William Sewell

    Sewell, Professor in Political Science, History and the College, has been named the Max Palevsky Professor of History and Civilizations in the College, Political Science and History.

    An expert on the French Revolution, Sewell is the author of Work and Revolution in France: The Language of Labor From the Old Regime to 1848 (1980), which has been translated into French, Italian and Spanish. His work includes two other books, Structure and Mobility: The Men and Women of Marseille (1985) and A Rhetoric of Bourgeois Revolution: The Abbe Sieyes and What Is the Third Estate? (1994).

    Sewell was a University faculty member in History from 1968 to 1975 and rejoined the Chicago faculty in 1990 as Professor in Political Science and History. He spent the intervening years at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan. He received his B.A. in 1962 from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in 1971 from Berkeley.

    The Max Palevsky Professorship was established in 1973 by Palevsky, an alumnus who has long been a generous donor to the University. Palevsky, who received both his Ph.B. and his S.B. from Chicago in 1948, co-founded Scientific Data Systems, which was sold to Xerox Corporation in 1969.

    Richard Strier

    Strier, Professor in English Language & Literature, the Committee on Jewish Studies and the College, has been named the Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Civilizations in the College.

    An authority on Renaissance literature, Strier presents in his teaching and research the controversial view that fixed, conservative ideas about such texts as those by Shakespeare have obscured the texts' actual, sometimes surprising and radical, content. As a teacher in the University's summer seminars for high school teachers, Strier discusses new historical approaches to King Lear, gender and racial issues in Othello, and the portrayal of colonialism in The Tempest. He is the author of Love Known: Theology and Experience in George Herbert's Poetry (1983) and Resistant Structures: Particularity, Radicalism and Renaissance Texts (1995), as well as numerous essays and articles in journals, books and edited collections.

    Strier received his B.A. from the City College of New York in 1966 and his M.A. in 1967 and his Ph.D. in 1976 from Harvard. A faculty member at Chicago since 1973, he was Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division from 1989 to 1992.

    The Frank L. Sulzberger Professorship was created in 1973 through an endowment by Life Trustee and business executive Frank Sulzberger, with matching funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.