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University People

January-February 2003

Enterprise Editor

Now at the helm of Harvard Business Review is Thomas A. Stewart '70, who was appointed editor in October, succeeding Suzanne R. Wetlaufer, '81, M.B.A. '88, who resigned earlier in the year. Stewart had been at Time Inc.'s Business 2.0 and Fortune, and previously worked in book publishing at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and Atheneum. The combination of magazine and book experience fits well with the Review's broad operations. (Stewart served as an "Undergraduate" columnist of this magazine, then the Harvard Bulletin, in 1969 and 1970; things have improved, for him and for our current student scribes, since he wrote, "The Bulletin pays me twenty bucks for a thousand words.")

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Michael J. Sandel
Courtesy Michael J. Sandel
Bass Beneficence

Anne T. Bass and Robert M. Bass have donated $7 million to endow two professorships in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Political theorist Michael J. Sandel, author most recently of Democracy's Discontent, will serve as the first Anne T. and Robert M. Bass professor. Some 700 undergraduates enrolled in Sandel's Moral Reasoning 22, "Justice," in the fall term, bringing to 10,600 the men and women of Harvard who have taken the Core course. One of them was the Basses' daughter Chandler Bass '00.

 

Listening Post

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Henry Ehrenreich
Courtesy Henry Ehrenreich

Harvard's first ombudsman is physicist Henry Ehrenreich, Clowes research professor of science. (For the decision to appoint an ombudsman, see "Veritas Values," November-December 2002, page 59.) Assisted by a professional mediator, Ehrenreich will offer advice, informally mediate disputes, and point community members—staff, students, and faculty—to existing dispute-resolution processes.

Humanist's High Honor

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has conferred a "distinguished achievement award" on Michael McCormick, Goelet professor of medieval history, with a grant of $1.5 million to support his research. This is the second round of such grants, conferred on five scholars at a time, through which the foundation encourages distinguished work in the humanities. Cogan University Professor Stephen J. Greenblatt, a leading Shakespeare critic, was recognized earlier (see "Brevia," January-February 2002, page 70). 

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Talent Discovered

When Discover magazine identified 50 top women scientists, the list included faculty members Melissa Franklin, professor of physics, and Lene Vestergaard Hau, McKay professor of applied physics and professor of physics. Others honored were anthropologist Sara Blaffer Hrdy '68, Ph.D. '75; physicist Mildred S. Dresselhaus, A.M. '53, S.D. '95; director of the Whitehead Institute Susan L. Lindquist, Ph.D. '77; and Maria Zuber, an MIT planetary scientist who is in residence as a Radcliffe Institute fellow this year (see "A Cluster of Scholarly Stars," November-December 2002, page 62).

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Melissa Franklin Lene Vestergaard Hau
Courtesy Melissa Franklin Rose Lincoln / Harvard News Office

FAS Development Chief

Beth Balmuth Raffeld is the new fundraising director for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She has been appointed associate vice president and dean for development, reflecting dual working relationships with the University Development Office, under vice president Thomas M. Reardon, and with FAS, through Dean William C. Kirby. Raffeld previously worked at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, and at Williams College and Smith College.