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Vol.24, No. 01 Sept. 4, 1998

PEOPLE: News of Columbians

GITA MAY, professor of French and Romance Philology, was recently honored by the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies as one of its "Great Teachers." She is past president of the society.

NACHUM SICHERMAN, associate professor in the Business School's Finance and Economics Division, received top honors from his peers when the Society of Labor Economists presented him with the 1998 Gregg Lewis Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to the author of the best article in the Journal of Labor Economics during the previous two years.

XIAO HUAN LIANG has won the Elaine B. Lesser Award for Research in Ovarian Cancer. Liang is an associate research scientist in the Department of Medicine at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Institute at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

STEVEN M. ROSER has been named associate dean for hospital affairs in the School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He will hold that title in conjunction with his titles of director of the Dental School's Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and director of the Presbyterian Hospital Dental Service.

Professors of music JONATHAN KRAMER and ALFRED LERDAHL have been chosen as award recipients by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The awards are based upon "the unique prestige value of each writer's catalogue of original compositions as well as recent performances."

Columbia College alumnus WELLY YANG, who played in "Miss Saigon" on Broadway his senior year in 1994, is breaking ground again. Now he's a gay playboy in an all-Asian-American production of William Finn's "Falsettoland" at the Dimson Theater in Manhattan. Though all the characters are Jewish and the plot revolves around a bar mitzvah, critics have praised the show because of that incongruity. The play's producer is another University alum, Mia Katigbak, assistant to Executive Vice President Emily Lloyd.